On this day, 24 June, in the year 1683, Anna Maria Schampar (my 9th great-grandmother) passed away.
On 29 November 1643, Anna Maria Schampar, daughter of Conrad Schampar and Agnes Schraber, was born in Londorf, Gießen, Hesse, Germany. (Founded in the year 758, Londorf is located in the Lumdatal Valley. During Anna Maria’s life, Londorf was part of Hesse-Darmstadt, a state of the Holy Roman Empire.)
Anna Maria Schampar was born in the waning years of the Thirty Years’ War, a series of conflicts in Central Europe fought between 1618 and 1648. The Thirty Years’ War was one of the longest and most destructive wars, as well as the deadliest European religious conflict in history, resulting in eight million casualties. Between May and October 1648, the Westfälischer Friede (Peace of Westphalia), a series of peace treaties signed in the Westphalian cities of Osnabrück and Münster, effectively ended the European wars of religion. Anna Maria Schampar was five years old when peace was declared.
On 23 January 1662, at the age of 18, Anna Maria Schampar married 20-year old Johann Heinrich Schlösser, son of Friedrich Schlösser and Christina Schenck in the Evangelisch-Lutherische Kirche (Evangelical Lutheran Church) of Londorf, Gießen, Hesse, Germany.
On 15 February 1663, son Johannes Schlösser was born in Londorf, Gießen, Hesse, Germany.
In 1666, daughter Catharina Schlösser was born in Londorf, Gießen, Hesse, Germany.
In 1670, son Johann Joost Schlösser (my 8th great-grandfather) was born in Londorf, Gießen, Hesse, Germany.
In 1675, son Johann Philipp Schlösser was born in Londorf, Gießen, Hesse, Germany.
Then, on 1 March 1680, tragedy struck, when Anna Maria (Schampar) Schlösser’s husband, Johann Heinrich Schlösser, died. He was 38 years old.
With great sorrow came great joy, when, six days later, on 7 March 1680, daughter Anna Maria Schlösser was born in Londorf, Gießen, Hesse, Germany. At the age of 37, Anna Maria (Schampar) Schlösser was widow with several young children to support.
Three years passed. Nothing is known of how Anna Maria fared as a single mother, although we can assume that it was not good. On 24 June 1683, Anna Maria (Schampar) Schlösser died in Londorf, Gießen, Hesse, Germany, leaving her children orphans. She was only 39 years old.