The Earliest Date on Record Beginning in
Sixteen Hundred and Twenty Five
The Year of Our Lord
Translated in 1928
Charles (Carl) Stoltenberg
Thought I would write and tell you about
the document I just typed from a
hand-written copy (attached). It is a diary of Stoltenbergs dating back to
1625 in Holstein. It gives information on births, deaths, marriages,
disasters such as floods, etc.
Since some of the people emigrated to Scott County, Iowa, I was wondering if
you'd help me post this document to the Web at the Scott County site.
I cannot identify any of my ancestors in the document, but perhaps others who
access the site can.
I believe it was obtained off microfiche at some library. It was sent to me
in hand-written form by Frank Jurenka.
1625 - The sea covered our meadows and much property was destroyed.
1627 -- We came under (control of) the Kaiser government.
1643 -- Our land (Probstei) was invaded by Sweden.
1657 Our land invaded for the second time by Sweden.
1694 A big flood Many lives lost in Fernwisch Many cattle and all our hogs and sheep were lost. May the Lord that made Heaven and Earth protect us in the name of the Father Amen.
1710 Narrative taken up by Hinrich Stoltenberg
1710 Two weeks after Whit Sunday*, I, Hinrich Stoltenberg, was united in matrimony to Lencke Wiesen from Krokau.
1711 My son Hans was born, God bless him.
1712 Three weeks after Whit Sunday* a daughter was born. May God bless her.
1713 One week before Michaelmas** my daughter Trinke was born; God bless her.
* The seventh Sunday after Easter, traditionally Day of Pentecost.
** The Feast of Archangel Michael, celebrated September 29.
1716 Three weeks before Whit Sunday* my daughter Becke was born.
1718 On January 30th, my dear daughter Lenke was born. Her chosen Godfathers were Abel Stoltenberg of Passade; Lenke Gotteh of Barsbeck; and Paul Schultz of Heikendorf.
1719 On Christmas Eve my daughter Gretje was born. May God bless her. Amen.
1722 Five weeks before Easter my beloved son Heinrich was born. May he live and thrive.
1728 On the 18th day of March my beloved twins, Hans and Claus, were born. May God protect them from all evil; let them grow up to be worthy men.
1728 On April 25 my beloved wife Lencke went to sleep, never to wake again.
1733 Narrative taken up by Heinrich Stoltenberg (age 11)
1733 On the Friday after Ascension Day , my father Hinrich Stoltenberg died. May he rest in peace. Amen.
1745 In this winter, the Great God sent into our country, Probstei, a cattle plague. I lost 22 head of milk cows; have 7 head left.
1746 On June 15th I was united in Holy Matrimony to Trinke Schneekloth from Schoenberg.
1747 On August 20th my son Heinrich was born.
1747 On August 27th my beloved wife was taken to her Heavenly home. Amen.
1748 On September 16th, my son Heinrich followed his mother into eternity.
1750 On January 3rd, I was again united in marriage to Becke Muhs from Barsbeck.
1751 On August 15th my dear son Heinrich was born. May God bless him, and may he thrive and live in peace.
1753 On March 28th my dear daughter Lehnke was born; God bless her. Amen
1754 On March 12th, my beloved son Heinrich was called by our Heavenly Father to rest.
 The 40th day after Easter, also called Holy Thursday.
1754 On October 24th, my son Jochim was born.
1754 On Christmas Eve, my son Hans was born; God bless him.
1755 On October 25th, my beloved daughter Lehnke left this earth to go to our Heavenly Father.
1756 On January 3rd, my dear son Hans went to his Heavenly home. God bless him.
1757 On May 15th, my son Peter was born. On June 30th of same year he went to rest forever. May God give me strength to bear my sorrow.
1758 On September 20th, my son Claus was born.
1760 On December 30th, my dear daughter Antje was born; God bless her.
1762 On July 16th, my daughter Silke was born.
1764 On February 3rd, my beloved daughter Trinke was born; God bless her.
1769 On January 20th , my daughter Gretje was born.
1771 On April 3rd, my son Claus was taken to his Heavenly home. May he rest in peace.
1773 On November 6th, my dear daughter Weibke on this world was born.
1790 Narrative taken up by Jochim Stoltenberg (age 35)
1790 On July 24th, I, Jochim Stoltenberg, was married to Becke Wiesen from Krumbeck.
1792 On July 9th, my dear son Heinrich was born; and died on November 12th of the same year.
1794 On January 13th, my daughter Becke was born.
1796 On March 16th, my mother, Becke Stoltenberg (nee Muhs) died.
1796 On July 2nd, my beloved daughter Becke died at age 2.
1797 On June 29th, my son Paul was born.
1799 In February, my father, Heinrich Stoltenberg died at age 77.
1800 On May 11th, my daughter Antje was born.
1800 On July 28th, my wife, Becke Stoltenberg (nee Wiesen) died.
1801 On February 10th, my son Paul died, age 3.
1801 On April 8th, I, Jochim Stoltenberg, was married the second time to Antje Horsten from Schoenberg.
1801 On August 28th, my daughter Gretje was born.
1802 On January 2nd, my wife Antje Stoltenberg (nee Horsten) died.
1802 On March 22nd , I, Jochim Stoltenberg, was married the third time to Trina Wiese from Stein.
1803 On March 24th, a son was born to Jochim and Trina.
1804 On February 3rd, my son Claus was born .
1806 On October 29th, my daughter Becke was born.
1816 On April 27th, my daughter Trin was born.
1818 Narrative taken up by Trina Stoltenberg, wife of Jochim.
1818 On March 22nd, my husband, Jochim Stoltenberg, died at age 63.
1819 I, Trina Stoltenberg, widow of Jochim, was married the second time to Heinrich Wellendorf of Wisch.
1820 My daughter Lena Wellendorf was born.
1821 We build the large dike to protect our land.
1821 Narrative taken up by Claus Stoltenberg (age 17)
1828 On November 30th, I, Claus Stoltenberg, was married to Trin Schneekloth.
1829 On October 27, my daughter Trin was born.
1831 On June 23rd, my daughter Antje was born.
 In a marginal note, Charles states that Claus was his grandfather.
1832 On October 5th, my daughter Becke was born; she died on May 3rd, 1833.
1834 On April 23rd, my son Jochim was born (father of Charles/ Carl).
1835 On October 25th, my son Thomas was born.
1835 On December 17th, my wife Trin (nee Schneekloth) died.
1840 On July 24th, I, Claus Stoltenberg, was married the second time to Margaretha ___
1844 On September 20th, my son Peter was born.
1854 On March 30th, my son Gustav was born.
1856 On September 26th, my son August was born.
1858 On October 19th, my daughter Emilie Dorothea Margretha was born.
1864 On January 9th, my son Thomas (age 28) went to America, and settled near Davenport, Iowa.
1866 On January 22nd, my son Peter ( age 21) went to America, and settled near Davenport, Iowa.
1869 On January 13th, my son Jochim (who had gone to America earlier) returned for a second visit. His wife had died in 1865. He married for the second time Doris Suhrkohl, and on March 3rd they left for America.
1872 On November 13th, the North Sea broke all the dikes and flooded all the lowlands. The water was higher by 2 ft than the flood of 1694. A total of 21 houses and 3 people were swept away. I lost 47 head of cattle, 80 head of sheep, and all my hogs. All of my buildings were damaged to some extent.
Narrative taken up by Jochim Stoltenberg (age 38 in 1872)
(The following events apply to Jochims life, out of chronological order of narrative)
1855 I, Jochim Stoltenberg, was married to Gretchen Wiese.
(Note: Though not stated, it was about this time that Jochim and Gretchen emigrated to America, settling near Davenport, Scott County, Iowa.)
1858 On September 15th, our daughter Emma Cecilia was born.
1860 Our son Ferdinand was born.
1862 Our daughter Trina was born.
1864 On September 1st, our son Carl (Charles) was born.
1865 My beloved wife Gretchen and children Ferdinand and Trina died of the dreaded disease, Black Diphtheria.
1869 On January 13th, I, Jochim Stoltenberg, returned to Germany for a second visit. I married for the second time Doris Suhrkohl.
1869 On March 3rd, my wife Doris and I left for America, returning to Davenport, Iowa.
1872 I moved with my family from Scott County to Benton County, Iowa.
1873 On January 24th, our son Albert was born.
1886 We left Iowa and moved to Keya Paha County, Nebraska.
Narrative taken up by Carl (Charles) Stoltenberg (age 21 in 1885)
1885 I, Carl Stoltenberg, left Iowa and moved to Nebraska, landing at Grand Island on July 12th. That same fall, on November 22nd, I moved to Keya Paha County, Nebraska, and established a homestead.
1886 On January 12th, the never to be forgotten blizzard hit Nebraska and Kansas. Hundreds of cattle died, and a lot of people also perished. Drifts were so high that trains were stopped on their tracks.
1893 I moved from Keya Paha County to Grand Island in Hall County, Nebraska.
1894 On August 22nd, I, Carl Stoltenberg, was married to Minnie Ewoldt of Grand Island, Nebraska.
1896 On February 12th, our daughter Violet Sylvia was born.
1898 On October 3rd, our daughter Margaret Cecilia was born.
1901 On June 26th, our dear father Jochim Stoltenberg died; he was laid to rest in the cemetery at Wills, Nebraska. May he rest in peace.
1901 On November 15th, our daughter Alice Elizabeth was born.
1905 I moved with my family to Cairo in Hall County, Nebraska.
1905 On November 25th, our beloved daughter Violet died.
1928 I, Carl (Charles) Stoltenberg, translated this diary from the original German.
1930 On January 22nd, Carl (Charles) Stoltenberg died at age 65 at Cairo, Nebraska. According to his obituary he died of apoplexy, and was survived by his wife Minnie and daughters Margaret Powers and Alice Hollstein.