Family #56 in the 1798 Grimm census.
Family #7 in the 1857 Grimm census.
Charlotta Meisner was 67 years old in 1857, giving her a birth year of about 1790. There was only one Charlotta born in or around 1790, according to the 1798 Grimm census:
Charlotta Meisner was probably Charlotta Stehli, the widow of an unnamed son of Adolph Steinbrecher and Maria Barbara Dietrich of neighboring village Dönhof. They had one child, Konrad Steinbrecker, born in 1809 when she was 17 years old. For a discussion about how the Stehlis and Steinbrechers knew each other, see Unnamed Steinbrecher.
After the death of her first husband, Mr. Steinbrecher, Charlotta married Johann Jakob Meisner, also a widower in Grimm. Meisner most likely died before 1850, when his death was most likely recorded in the 1850 male-only census. She was the head of the Meisner household in 1857, and she had not remarried by that year.
Charlotta was not the mother of any of Johann Jakob Meisner's children.
She is probably listed in the 1834 Dönhof census, where she lived before returning to her home village of Grimm to marry Johann Jakob Meisner.
She and Johann Jakob Meisner most likely married before 1850, after the death of his wife Margaretha. Johann Jakob Meisner also probably died before or in early 1850 and his death was noted in that year's male-only census. Charlotta remained living with the family and was the head of the household in 1857. She had adult stepsons who could have very easily taken responsibility for the household. This implies that she knew his second husband's sons well and had a good relationship with them. Meisner's first wife was counted in the 1834 census, so she probably passed away between 1835 and 1840. Charlotta would have married Meisner shortly thereafter. If Charlotta and Johann Jakob married in 1840, she would have been an active step-mother to two young teen boys and an eight-year-old son. Meisner may have also had daughters born after 1834 and before 1840 whom Charlotta also helped raise. If these daughters married before 1857, their name will not be in a census with their birth parents. Having a number of younger children would have encouraged Meisner to remarry as soon as possible after the death of his wife, so his children would have someone to help care for and raise them.
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