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My great grandfather "Fridrich Wilhelm Hackbarth was born May 17, 1847 at Fridrikenwalde, Regenwalde. He was the son of Wilhelm Hackbath and his wife Ernestine nee Ebert.
In a part of his biography, he states "Since I was the seventh male child in our family, King Friedrich Wilhelm the IV, who was on the throne at this time, assumed my sponsorship at my baptism, which is the reason why I received his name."
Fridrich came to Wisconsin, USA in 1893 arriving in Wausau, Wisconsin with his wife Bertha nee Kapke and five children.
(his first wife Bertha Hanneman was my great grandmother. She died about 1883.)
The Hackbarths were Carpenters by trade and a some land. My Grandfather, their son Richard, was born at Zimmerhausen. All the children by Bertha Hanneman were born there. The two by Bertha Kapke were born at Curtsdorf.
For several years now, I have been trying to find out if that was a custom for Baptism to have the King as your sponsor if you were the seventh son. He did serve in the 2nd Regiment of the Prussian army from 1867 - 1869 and was recalled in July 1870. Was at Sweinemuende for almost a year.
Thank you for your time. If you have any information that I could use, my e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Names in my family tree are Hoeft, Hagen, Fritz, Laars, Hackbarth, Hanneman, DeCrof, and Meyer are the most prevelant.
Yours truly, Elaine Simon
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