Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Johann Martin Weidmann 1685 Dec

Johann Martin Weidmann was born 5 Dec 1685. his parents were Peter Weidman, citizen and community? town lawyer, wife: Elisabetha née Cammererin. No death date is found on FS.  

Life expectancy
Average life expectancy at birth for English people in the late 16th and early 17th centuries was just under 40 – 39.7 years. However, this low figure was mostly due to the high rate of infant and child mortality; over 12% of all children born would die in their first year. With the hazards of infancy behind them, the death rate for children slowed but continued to occur. A cumulative total of 36% of children died before the age of six, and another 24% between the ages of seven and sixteen. In all, of 100 live births, 60 would die before the age of 16. A man or woman who reached the age of 30 could expect to live to 59. [Thomson Gale, 'Infant Mortality' (1998)]

Food shortages and insecurity were leading concerns in the 18th century, especially in Europe, and these were exacerbated by reduced harvests yields. Disease was another leading cause of death, with rats and fleas being the common carriers of disease, specifically plagues, during this era. (Wikipedia)

Common diseases were dysentery, malaria, diphtheria, flu, typhoid, smallpox and leprosy. (Wikipedia)

Documents related to Johann Martin Weidmann:

Johann Martin Weidmann 5 Dec 1685 Bap 3 Dec birth film 102078348 page 170

Translation by Robert Seal:

Yes, its a set of fraternal twins. Given the poor quality of this record, this is not an exact word-by-word translation.

[First column]: [record nos.] 54 and 55. On the 3rd of December [1685] in the night between 12:00 midnight and 1:00 am (1) a little daughter and (2) a little boy were born and on the 5th [of December 1685] thereafter at 3:00 pm in the afternoon were baptized.

Children: Maria Elisabetha and Johann Martin.

Parents: Peter Weidman, citizen and community? town lawyer, wife: Elisabetha née Cammererin.

Baptismal sponsors: [for the first-born twin] (1:) Mr. Hans Matthis Zeißloff and wife, Martin Scholl, an unmarried person, and Mar[ia] Margaretha, Bernhard Pfeil's unmarried daughter; [for the second-born twin] (2:) Martin Weick and wife, Matthis Heÿlman and wife.

Comment: There are two inserts before the names of two of the male baptismal sponsors which I am unable to decipher.

 Note: Maria Elisabetha Weidmann is the sister's name. She lived from 1685 to 16 March 1753. 


Information from FS on Maria Elisabetha Weidmann