MARIA MAGDALENA SCHERER

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THE STORY AS I KNOW IT

The Hartmann family can be traced in Gellershausen bei Wildungen, Waldeck region of Germany to at least mid 1700s.   One possible set of parents of our Wilhelmina Hartmann was taken from the Waldeckische Ortsippenbucher Band WOB 62.  (Hochgrebe, Heinrich; Waldeckischer Geschichtsverein e.V. Bad Arolsen; 1998. History of the village of Gellershausen. Contains index of family surnames and data taken mostly from Church records. Written in German.  I now have a copy.  If you would like me to do a search for you, please CONTACT US  Scott Hanson first sent me the information.  Evntually I made a contact in German that got a copy of the book for me.The Administrator of Gellershausen has also been very helpful in obtaining a copy and providing other information.  The Web family is very generous.  I am very grateful!

Gellershausen is one of 13 small villages that make up the administrative community of Edertal in the small Principality of Waldeck.  Waldeck continues as a small city north of Edertal.  Waldeck and the Edertal communities are now part of Hesse Germany.  They lie in the northwest of Hesse and about 40 kilometers southwest of Kassel.  They are in the foothills and forests of the low Kellerwald mountain range.

Maria Magdalena Scherer was born on November 9, 1751 in Frebershausen. This is the next village south of  Gellershausen on the Wesebach River that flows by both villages.  By road is it now just over 4 kilometers away.   Her parents are unknown, the there does exists another book that would have the information WOB #422.  My next goal is to get that book.

On September 24, 1773 she married Lorenz Hartmann of  Gellershausen.  They settled in Gellershausen.  At one point he was Grebe of the town.  I understand that to mean the town Administrator.

This couple had the following children:.  All the family information is on page 100 of the WOB #62
1.  Johann Henrich Hartmann born June 19, 1774, married Johanette Kruhofer and died Sept 26, 1830.
2.  Johann Henrich Hartmann born March 10, 1776,  married Christine Mueller and died Feb. 3, 1838.
3.  Carolina Maria Margaretha Hartmann born Dec. 4, 1777 - I don't know what happened to her.
4.  Johanna Elisabeth Hartmann born May 7, 1779, married Daniel Mueller (not related to Christine) and died March 19, 1830.
5.  Johann Friederich Hartmann born Jan 19, 1781, he died march 25, 1838.
6.  Johanna Cunigunda Hartmann born Nov 11, 1782 married Henrich Kraft and died May 13, 1842.
7.  Johanna Maria Hartmann born March 20, 1785, she died Nov. 23, 1832.
Carolina Hartmann born March 11, 1787 and died the same year.

I am surprised that the first two sons have exactly the same name.  There may have been an error in the book, or a given name was left out.

			     Maria Scherer Hartmann did not survive her last child.  Maria died March 14, 1787.  She was 36 years old and left 6 or 7 children.  The oldest was 13.  We can but guess that 
she is buried in the church grave yard.

Lorenz Hartmann was married soon after on Aug. 31, 1787 to Anna Maria Joegling von Wellen and had another 7 children.

RESEARCH QUESTIONS

If you know the answer please CONTACT US

    1. Who were her parents?
    2. Get a copy of the Waldeckirscher book #422.

 

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