A while back, I had been researching my Plenzler family further to seek out some new connections for my great-grandmother’s (Eva Dauer) family. I knew for sometime her father was Andreas Dauer and her mother was Maria Aumiller. I’ve been frustrated at not being able to locate any Aumiller data. I’ve known the name of my great-great grandmother, Maria Aumiller, for sometime. Her name was located on Eva’s and Joseph’s marriage record and I was able to locate her marriage records to Andreas Dauer through the Poznan Project. The trail for the Aumillers has gone cold for me at that point; however, the search for my great-grandmother’s lineage really hasn’t gone totally dead.
Through more pouring over the Poznan Project and the Basia database, I’ve learned a bit more about Eva’s father, Andreas, and have uncovered a sister to Eva, her name was Katharina and a half-sister whose name was Margaretha.
Andreas’ lifestory seems to be fairly typical of others in my mom’s line–in fact, I’ve come to expect multiple marriages for many ancestors from this period. They are widowed and move on to remarry and are likely to have additional children. Additionally, they seemed to have likely married into families they had known for a considerable time and from the same village. This was the same story for Andreas. He married three times, was widowed twice, and the marriages were witnessed by those with names that keep re-appearing in my family tree! A few years ago, while in the midst of a very busy email conversation with several cousins and the Sobieskis, it was discovered that Andreas was first married to Marianna Hirsch. This marriage occurred 14 January 1839 in the parish in Czapury. The record states that this was a first marriage for both and that Andreas was 27 and Marianna was 25. It is interesting to note that two of the witnesses were Georgius Aumiller and Joannes Aumiller. It’s quite possible these were relatives of Andreas’ third wife (and my great-great grandmother), Maria. No children were located for this marriage; however, Marianna Hirsch likely died within a few years of the marriage because Andreas has married Marianna Reimlein on August 15, 1841. The marriage record for Andreas and Marianna Hirsch is located here: Page 1 and Page 2 (two pages to the record).
The marriage of Andreas and Marianna Reimlein was witnessed by a Georgius Plenzler and a Josephus Aumiller. (Fancy that!) The marriage again occurred in Czapury and states that Andreas was a widower, age 30. The marriage record for Andreas and Marianna Reimlein is here: Page 1 and Page 2 (two pages to the record). Andreas and Marianna Reimlein had at least one child that I was able to locate: Margaretha Dauer whose birth would have occurred about 1842. I was able to locate Margaretha through the Basia database when seeking more data on Andreas.
A query on Andreas produced a marriage record from the Wiry Registry Office for a Margaretha Dauer Torz to Valentine Olejniczak. This record states that Margaretha Torz geb (maiden name) Dauer was the daughter of Andreas Dauer and Maria Reimlein and that Margaretha was widowed. The marriage occurred in 1880. I have not yet found the first name of Margaretha’s first husband nor whether there were any children of this marriage. Margaretha would have about age 38 at the time of this marriage and Valentine was about age 23. Valentine was the son of Johann Olejniczak and Francisca Jankowiak.
The marriage of Andreas and Marianna Reimlein ended with her death on 19 December 1844. This record is an LDS scan from the parish in Czapury I had received via the Sobieskis. It is difficult to read but does state that Marianna was the daughter of Joseph Reimlein and that Andreas Dauer reported the death. The record is here: Page 1 and Page 2 (#132, near the bottom of the scanned page).
Now we finally get to the marriage of Andreas Dauer and Maria Aumiller. Maria was actually wife number three to Andreas. I had known earlier that Andreas was a widower–see Andreas Dauer and Maria Aumiller marriage record (a downloadable version of the record is located here as well with the translation). However, at that time I had no idea that there were two previous wives and a child from a prior marriage. Another surprise came when I located another child to Andreas and Maria Aumiller, Katharina. I never had any indication that my great-grandmother, Eva, had any siblings. As with her half-sister, Margaretha, Katharina appeared after a query for Andreas on the Basia database. A record for her marriage to Casimir Borowicz was in the search results.
The marriage of Katharina Dauer to Casimir Borowicz occurred in Gluszyna in 1884 and a record of it is held in the Piotrowo Registry Office of the Poznan State Records. A copy is located here: Page 1 and Page 2. Casimir was the son of Joseph Borowicz and Katharina Matelska, born in Dopiewiec. Katharina Dauer is stated as the daughter of Andreas Dauer and Maria Aumiller.
I have located a Katharina and Casimir Borowicz having immigrated to Erie, Pennsylvania and a residence record in Erie, Pennsylvania in 1917. I have not pursued this information further to verify.
At this point, the trail for Andreas Dauer and Maria Aumiller went cold for me. No death dates or possible immigration data for either–but I’ve certainly learned more than I’d hoped to about my great-great grandfather and discovered two new additional great-grand aunts!