On this day, 29 October 1692, Johannes Achenbach passed away. He was my 9th great-grandfather.
Johannes Achenbach was born on born in early July 1637, to parents Johannes Achenbach and Anna Catharina Lotsheidt in the town of Anstoß, Prussia (then part of the Holy Roman Empire but now in the modern-day state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany). He was christened on 19 July 1637, at the Protestant church (Evangelische Kirche) of Freudenberg.
Categories: Everyday People, On This Day, Taylor-Thomas Line
Tags: ancestry, biography, family history, family tree, genealogy, German history, Germany, lineage, religion, war
As a family historian, I endeavor to breathe life into my ancestors by telling their tales. Taking aged documents, diaries, letters, and photographs, I try to recreate my predecessors’ realities, using our words and my imagination. Everyone has a story to share.
As a genealogist, I know that everyone has a tale to tell. While most of these stories are of everyday people living ordinary lives, occasionally an extraordinary tale is uncovered. Such is the case with The Secret Letter, written by Debbie Rix, a historical fiction novel inspired by her parents’ wartime experiences.
On this day, 1 March 1680, a man by the name of Johann Heinrich Schlösser passed away. He was my 9th great-grandfather.
Born in 1642, in Londorf, Gießen, Hesse, Germany, Johann Heinrich Schlösser was the son of Friedrich Schlösser and Christina Schenck.
Occasionally, I read something so poignant and so profound that it speaks to my soul. Mandy Robotham’s debut novel, The German Midwife, is such a story. Set in Germany during the final years of World War II, this first-person narrative tells the tale of a midwife named Anke Hoff.