1) Johan Schnake is the first name shown in the Register for the
2) The next listing in the Register is Engelke Schnake, 1631, probably the son of Johan. There is an article listing Engelke Snak at Nr. 19 as one of ten farmsteads in Unterluebbe held by St. Martini Monastery in 1633 which had to pay barley and rye rent to the monastery.
Church records begin at this point. Parish records show the following:
3) Herman Schnake B. abt 1620 d. 1690 married Trinke. A "family book" for Unterluebbe says he died from a fall from an oak tree.
Had four children. Names only known of two: Marieke, the eldest, and Annke. Marieke was eldest and inherited the property. Either no sons or sons died in childhood.
While he was "besitzer" the property was taken over by the
4) Marieke Schnake married Ernst Kriete, who took the Schnake name. The listing in the source says "Herman Schnake = Ernst Kreite". Maybe he was Ernst Herman or Herman Ernst.
Marieke b. abt. 1644 d. 25 Jun 1722
Ernst b. abt. 1650 d. 28 Jul 1720
Both born at Hilverdingsen 19. Book says his res. was "Schnaken
Village Register says they married 28 Oct 1677. Note that her first child was born 27 Nov. 1677 (from church records), so she must have been 8 months pregnant when they married, if these records are correct.
Two other children both born about 1692, given names not known, one buried 24 Nov. 1710, the other buried 15 July 1725. No indication whether they were twins.
5) Johan Ernst Kriete or Schnake and Anna Catrina Mueller
Anna christened 16 Jul 1690 buried 5 Jan 1746
Children (all called Schnake)
6) Johann Hinrich Schnake married Anna Maria Scheper or Volkmann (probably indicating her mother was Scheper and heir to the Scheper farm and her father was Volkmann taking the Scheper name)
Anna Maria b. abt. 1707 d. 8 Jun 1748
Note death of the mother was less than a month later.
Johann Hinrich married again to Anna Maria Kloot, no further records. (Village register says she was from Oberluebbe No. 5) They had three children:
No death records are available on these children but had either of the two boys survived, they, being male, would have inherited the farm.
7) Anna Maria Engel Schnake married Toenies Hinrich Brink; he changed his name to Schnake. Connected with the Brinks, of whom I have an extensive family history.
Toenies then married again to Anna Marie Ilsabe Stumpelmeier, 22 Dec
1757-5 Nov 1815. He kept the name Schnake and the children of this marriage are
called Schnake although technically they have no Schnake ancestry. There are
descendants of this line of Schnakes in
8) Johann Friedrich Wilhelm Schnake 16 Mar 1775-5 Jan 1840 (Grandfather to Karl Ludwig Hermann)
In the 1800s serfdom gradually ended and the Schnakes would be free to
move about more and to leave for
Before he was married, Johann Friedrich Wilhelm had an illegitimate son
with Anne Sophie Juergens, who was living at the Schnake residence when she
became pregnant (records listed her as "of the home"). It was not
uncommon for a girl to live with a different family and do cooking and chores
in return for her keep. However, the child was born in another village, perhaps
the home of her parents. Probably she had to leave after she got pregnant. The
child, Carl Wilhelm Schnake, b. 5 Jan 1796, was baptized in the church and
fathered several children who carried the Schnake name into several other
villages of the area. It is not known if any of his descendants came to
Johann married Anna Maria Elisabeth Paul (26 May 1774-14 Jan 1840). Her family paid a dowry of 50 Talers (Prussian money), one cow, one ox, two swine, customary full Bridewagon, and ceremonial wine to seal the bargain.
Note that Johann and Anna Maria died just 9 days apart.
8) Johann Daniel Ludwig Schnake married twice. His 14 children were born over a period of 28 years.
Married first: Anna Marie Elisabeth Fegel, 2 Oct 1799-26 Nov 1830
Married second: Marie Elisabeth Wiehe, b. 8 Nov 1807, no further records. (Oral history says the youngest son, Karl Ludwig Hermann, left his widowed mother in Germany when he came to America about 1869 or 70.)
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