The family surname of
 Wohlfahrt
and other ancestors originating from
Ober-Sommerkau in West-Prussia
near Karthaus in East-Pommerania, Germany

with the direct line from  Gottfried Wohlfahrt  to

    Johann  Wohlfahrt and Caroline  Musal,  then the line from

           Rudolf Wohlfahrt and Caroline W.,  geb. Dobrot or Dobrott

                                          and Minna Wohlfahrt with Reinhold Klatt

                                                        to Otto Klatt  and Uschi Gottlob

and lastly from Günter Klatt  and Petra Wondollek-Klatt

 to Johanna  Klatt and Jöran Klatt

this side in german   2007-08-15


In the year 1824 the inhabitants of Obersommerkau talk about rumors that West- and East-Prussia were combined into one province called "Prusssia". Therefore, we begin from that point with a

preface to contemporary history
in the year
1824: Karl X. Philipp was elected King of France.  In the war of independence in South America  Antonio José de Sucre won against the Spaniards at Ayacucho in Peru.  Mexico becomes a republic.  In a land far away called "Australia" someone organized a colony for prisoners in one of the provinces called "Brisbane".
1824  is the year of the birth in Francisca, Brasil of the daughter of Peter or Pedro IV of Portugal and his wife Leopoldine of Habsburg.  Marie von Hessen is born and will later become Zarin and wife of Zar Alexander II Nokloajewitsch.  Wilhelm II of the Netherlands and his wife have a daughter named Sophie of the Netherlands , and Karl V of Spain expects a son from Maria of Braganza named Ferdinand VIII of Spain And in Scotland,
a boy named John Kerr was born who later became a great physicist (see: explorations of the electro- and magneto-optical "Kerr-effects").  In Germany the physicist of electricity, Gustav Kirchhoff  (see: "Theories of Kirchhoff") is born.  Also in this year, Friedrich Smetana is born in Tschechien and Anton Bruckner  is born in Austria. These two men will later become great composers.
1824:  A mourning is taking place for the death (on September 16th) of Ludwig XVIII of France and and the death of  Anna Karoline of Nassau, the wife of Duke Friedrich Karl of Brunswik and Lüneburg. Also the stepson of Napoleon I Bonaparte, Eugen Beauharnais dies, the Duke of Leuchtenberg and Prince of Eichstätt. The great crafter of French violins, named "Stradivaris", Nicolas Lupot and the British doctor named James Parkinson died in this year as well.

Entirely apart from these important worldwide events in this year,

Gottfried Wohlfahrt
was granted in Ober-Sommerkau, near Schönberg,
a son called
Johann Ferdinand  Wohlfahrt
Johann became a landowner and a farmer in Ober-Sommerkau.  He married on September 9th in 1853 in the protestant church of Mariensee
Caroline Wilhelmine Musal.
Caroline is the daughter of  Johann Musal who came from Schlawkau Ground, and she was born
1833-01-15; January 15, 1833 in Kalbszagel near Schlafkau.  And on
1909-01-09; January 9, 1909 Johann Ferdinand Wohlfahrt passed away.

Caroline and Johann Ferdinand leave the following descendant :
1856: Born on January 18th was

Rudolf Wilhelm Hermann  Wohlfahrt
with his birthplace in Mehsau in West-Prussian (Pommerania). Rudolf Wohlfahrt was a landowner and a farmer.
1879:  Rudolf Wilhelm Wohlfahrt married on the 10th of October in Schlawkau, Westpreußen to
Caroline Auguste Dobrot.
Caroline was born on November 11, 1862 in Shepherdshome of Kalbszagel, Kr. Karthaus. Her father was Martin Ludwig Dobrot , born May 17, 1823 in Schönberg/Westpr. and died on April 26, 1872 in Kalbszagel/Westpr.  Her mother was Luise Wilhelmine Klammer , born August 18, 1805  in Neu Czapel/Westpr., died June 20, 1881 in Schlawkau.
1918:  On July 28th Rudolf Wilhelm H.Wohlfahrt dies.
      (It's a rumour that he died in 1923 of hanging, O.S., because he lost all his  possessions in a game of chance).
1943: On March 11th, Caroline Auguste Dobrot dies in Bartin near Rummelsbrück.

... Rudolf and Caroline leave the following descendants:

Born one of 8 children of Rudolf and Caroline Wohlfahrt, on an unknown date, is
Ottilie Wohlfahrt
Her birthplace was probably Schlawkau in West-Prussia.  Ottilie was married on
January 11, 1906 in a double-ceremony to
Gustav Klatt
who was brother to Reinhold Otto Klatt, who married, in the same double-ceremony, Minna Auguste Wohlfahrt (please look at the end ) the sister of Ottilie.  Where and when they lived, and when Ottilie and Gustav died is unknown.
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Ottilie and Gustav had a child named
Rudolf  Wohlfahrt
Nothing more is known about him.
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Another child from Rudolf and Caroline was
Frieda  Wohlfahrt
about whom it is generally known only that she died in Lüneburg, Germany.
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Moreover, a daughter was born to Rudolf and Caroline, whom they named
Johanna Wohlfahrt
who married in Minden to a man named
 Kowalke.
Johanna and husband Kowalke had four children.
Two of them are Hugo Kowalke (died in 1993) and Reinhold Kowalke.
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1883:  Along comes another child named
Arthur Artur  Wohlfahrt
whose birthplace was probably also Schlawkau in West-Prussian.
He married
Hedwig  Freyer.

From the union of Hedwig and Arthur Wohlfahrt in Klobczin/West-Prussia, came seven children listed as:

Gerda Wohlfahrtborn October 4, 1919, Erna Wohlfahrtborn January 17, 1921, Dora Wohlfahrtborn August 31, 1922, Rudolph Rudi Wohlfahrtborn July 10, 1924, killed in the war in France on September 26, 1944, Hildegard Hilde Wohlfahrtborn March 13, 1927, married Rudolf Seidel, Edith Wohlfahrtborn February 22, 1928, and buried in 1945 in Russia), and Frieda Wohlfahrtborn December 12, 1931, died January 1956 in East-Germany.
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1892: Another child to Rudolf and Caroline Wohlfahrt arrives on April 10th, (or perhaps on the 4th), whom they name
Max Wohlfahrt
His birthplace is known to be Schlawkau, West-Prussia.  He grew up to become an engine-driver for the German "Reichsbahn".
He married
Hedwig Bulau
who was born on September 15, 1896.  Hedwig had an illegitiate daughter she named Helga Bulau, who married a man named Wloka.  Max Wohlfahrt escaped in 1950 to his step-daughter's and crossed the (so-called) "green border" supposedly because he was blamed for a train accident in Russia.  A legitimate daughter was born between train trips in 1920 near Köslin, Pommerania.  Her name was Liesbeth Wohlfahrt.  Liesbeth married Walter Falk (died October 18, 1997, Bad Freienwalde) and they have four children.  Liesbeth dies on December 2, 1997 in Bad Freienwalde.

1975:  Hedwig (Bulau) Wohlfahrt died on May 1, 1975 in Mölln.
1955:  Max Wohlfahrt died on December 8, 1955 in Mölln.

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1897:  Born on April 26th is
Hedwig Maria Wohlfahrt
Hedwig married
Julius Wilhelm Hermann Melchert
who was born on December 14, 1889 (mother: Alwine) in Sonnenwalde, Bütow, Pommerania.  Hedwig and Julius Melchert have the following seven children:
Udo Julius Melchert born November 20, 1922, Willi Heinz Udo Melchert born September 2, 1924, and emigrated to Amerika, USA, Helga Frieda Karola Melchert born July 7, 1926 in Sonnenwalde, married Walter Lendner (born July 12th), and they emigrated to Storfors, Sweden and had a child named Wolfgang Lendner, Herbert Horst Egon Melchert born July 30, 1928 in Sonnenwalde, died July 14, 1978 in Hällefors, Sweden, Waltraud Ingeborg Ruth Melchert born September 4, 1930 in Gumenz, Westpr., Liselotte Hildegard Hedwig Melchert born March 14, 1934 Gumenz, Westpr., and Adolf Walter Werner Melchert born March 4, 1936 in Gumenz, Westpr.
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1889-06-05: On 1889, June 5th, along comes one of the five daughters of Rudolf Wilhelm H. Wohlfahrt and Caroline Auguste Dobrot in Schlawkau, West-Prussia, they called
Minna Auguste  Wohlfahrt
who married in a double-ceremony on January 8, 1906 in Gorrenschin (registry office) and in Eggertshütte (in a church) with her sister Ottilie Wohlfahrt and her (new) brother's brother Gustav Klatt (born March 26, 1881), to
Reinhold Otto Klatt
born on November 11th in Schäferei Kalbszagel, Westpr., and gained employment with the German railway authority in Eggertshütte near Gorrentschin. Reinhold died on March 11, 1943 in Bartin, Rummelsburg.
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(Note from the author of this homepage: both became my grand-parents ..... and the great-grand-parents of my children Johanna  and Jöran Klatt
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1964:  On the 4th of October Minna Auguste (Wohlfahrt) Klatt died.
1970:  On the 2nd of February Reinhold Otto Klatt dies.
Both are buried in Salzgitter-Bad and they leave the following children and descendants:
1908: The oldest and first child of Minna Auguste and Reinhold Otto is
Elsa  Klatt
born on August 3, 1908 in Sykorschin, West-Prussia.  She married on November 6, 1936 in Gumenz in West-Prussia, to
Werner Andrée

They had two children, Rüdiger Andrée arriving on September 23, 1938, and Gerlinde Andrée on March 20, 1941.  Born on June 26, 1910, Werner Andrée, became a Forrest Warden in Gumenz, West-Prussia.  He was killed during the second World War on August 24, 1944 in Bessarabien, Russia.  His wife and mother, Elsa Andrée, had to escape with the children to Salzgitter-Bad in western Germany.  It´s terrible that the son, Rüdiger Andrée, had to drown on May 3, 1963 in an accident while bathing in a country pond.  Elsa (Klatt) Andrée died on September 30, 1995 in Braunschweig, Germany.

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1910: The second child to be born is
Otto Reinhold Klatt
who arrived on March 13, 1910 (he will repeat at the end of this page
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Note from Günter Klatt Otto is my father and the grandfather of my children, Johanna  and Jöran , so my father Otto will be seen again below.
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1912: The third child of Reinhold and Minna was born
Gertrud  Klatt
on February 29th, a day which exists only in every fourth year, in Sykorschin, West-Prussia. Gertrud died very young, on July 30, 1937, because of meningitis. The reason was that in 1937 Prusssia, successful medicinal treatments did not exist.
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1913: The fourth child to come from Reinhold and Minna was called
Alfred Max Klatt
and born on November 21, 1913 in Sonnewalde, Bütow, West-Prussia.  Alfred married on
August 16, 1941in Köslin in West-Prusssia to
Ruth Lotte Ilse Märtins
who was called "Rutchen."  The children from "Rutchen" and Alfred are Ingetraut Klatt, Horst Klatt and Helma Klatt.  They are presently living and lying about their age to endure.
Alfred Max Klatt passed away on January 23, 1994 in Braunschweig, Germany.
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1920: The fifth child to be born was called
Erika  Klatt
and arrived on May 19, 1920 in Sonnewalde, Bütow in West-Prussia.  Erika, on April 10, 1943 in Salzgitter, married
Erich Zimmermann.
The children from this union are Gudrun and Beate.  Erich and Erika are presently living in Schleswig-Holstein.
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1921: And last, but not least, is the sixth child,
Gerhard  Klatt
born on November 11, 1921 in Sonnewalde near Bütow in West-Prussia.  Gerhard married
Inge Seegert
then both went to America to live in San Juan Capistrano near Los Angeles.
Gerhard Klatt died July 1998 in California.
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1910: March 13th brought the second child of Reinhold and Minna (Klatt) Wohlfahrt,
Otto  Klatt
1947: Otto married on February 28, 1947 in Essen-West to
Ursula Wilhelmine Gottlob.

Ursula, born on March 31, 1922 in Essen, was called "Uschi" or "Ursel".  After the second World War, they lived in Salzgitter-Bad and had four children.
One died as a child, but today Gisela Klatt, Marlis Klatt and Günter Klatt  are presently living.  Gisela and Marlis are twins.  They are both married and have children, and...and...and...
Well,...thus begins something other than posterity for the ages   .............. > > >

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