Family #73 in the 1775 Grimm census.
Family #88 in the 1798 Grimm census.
Maria Elisabeth Fritzler and her family lived with her maternal grandparents, Balthasar and Margaretha Busch at the time of the 1775 census. This was unusual because most men married and lived with their families, not their wives families. The reason is most likely because Balthasar and Margaretha Busch had no sons, at least not that lived with them in 1775, and this was a way for the family to keep their home and farm in the family. Upon their deaths, the property would go to their son-in-law, Elisabeth's husband, Johann Christoph Schultheis.
By the time of the 1834 census, Christoph had a different wife, Eva Margaretha, who was six years older than he was. There is no mention of Balthasar and Margaretha Busch, nor of Elisabeth Schultheis Fritzler. Most likely all three had passed away, Christoph remarried, and his former in-laws property was passed down to him.
Elisabeth had two children as of the 1798 census, Anna Margaretha and Maria Barbara. There was a two-year age difference between the girls, with Maria Barbara's birth in 1797-1798. After that, there is a four-year gap between Maria Barbara's birth and her brother Martin's, in 1802. In the 1834 census, Martin is not listed as belonging to his father's first wife, as would be the custom if that were so. But a closer examination of the ages of the children compared to second wife Eva Margaretha's age reveal that all the children probably belonged to Elisabeth. Eva Margaretha 45 years old at the time Daniel Fritzler was born in 1813, at a time when she was probably perimenopausal. If Elisabeth was his mother, she would have been 40, a more reasonable age at which to have a child. I suspect Elisabeth passed away shortly after the birth of her last child in 1813, and that her husband's second wife helped raise his young children.
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