Looking for Ancestor's Husband

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Unsuccessfully searching for the German husband of Caroline Lange b.~1829, widowed with 7 living children per 1900 US Census. Immigration Mar 19, 1886 Ellis Island, NY with her daughter Louise on ship Rhaetia departed from Hamburg and origin ?Mecklenburg, Germany. Caroline died July 13, 1912 in Utica, Oneida, New York.

in Genealogy Help by David Charbonneau G2G6 (6.8k points)

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And it turns out that Mecklenburg-Schwerin (which is the state in which Steffenshagen was then located) is one of the few German states to have preserved census records from the 19th century.

So here is the 1867 census for the Lange family in Nieder-Steffenshagen (then located in the "Domanialamt", equivalent to a county, of Doberan): https://www.ancestry.com/sharing/21076171?h=743628&utm_campaign=bandido-webparts&utm_source=post-share-modal&utm_medium=copy-url

It shows Johann Lange, born 1812, as head of household, with occupation shoe-repairer (Altschuster); wife Carlina [sic], born 1829, and their children Sophi [sic - probably Sophie] (born 1853), Marie (born 1855), Johann (born 1858), Ludwig (born 1864), and Louise (born 1866). They are all marked as being Lutherans, subjects of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, and permanent members of the household (that is, not just visiting on the day of the census, which was 3 December 1867).

by Living Geschwind G2G6 Mach 8 (83.9k points)
selected by David Charbonneau
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Here is the right Louise Lange (because we know, from the passenger list, that she came from a place called Nieder-Steffenshagen in Mecklenburg - for its location on a map, see https://www.openstreetmap.org/relation/394326#map=7/54.107/11.821).

This is her confirmation record from 1880: https://www.ancestry.com/sharing/21075047?h=75806a&utm_campaign=bandido-webparts&utm_source=post-share-modal&utm_medium=copy-url

It reads, in translation: Lange, Louise Henrike Hermine, [residence] Nieder-Steffenshagen, [born] 26 May 1866, [father] the late Johann Lange, shoe-repairer (Altschuster) in Nieder-Steffenshagen

by Living Geschwind G2G6 Mach 8 (83.9k points)
Unfortunately ancestry.com only has the parish book from Steffenshagen for 1876 to 1918, so Louise's baptismal record is not on ancestry.com. And as I mentioned in a previous thread, on archion.de they have only uploaded the parish registers for parishes beginning A-K, so we will have to wait a while until they get to S for Steffenshagen.
I did not find a death for a Johann Lange married to a Caroline Lange in Steffenshagen from 1876 to 1880, so he must have died before then.
Hi David:

I am sorry if I confused you. Yes, please ignore any reference to the Louise Lange of Möllenbeck - that is a different Louise Lange. Your Louise Lange is the one from Nieder-Steffenhagen.

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