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The Birth of Susanna Hower

April 13, 2015

April 8, 1798 was the birth of one of my maternal 3rd great-grandmothers, Susanna Hower.* She was born in Liersberg, Germany to Joannes Hower and Susanna (Schanz) Hower and baptized the next day at Roemisch-Katholische, in Liersberg, Rheinland, Prussia.

On 6 Feb, 1821, Susanna married Joannes Barthen, also of Liersberg.** The couple had nine children–seven sons and two daughters. The fifth-born, the oldest daughter, was my second great-grandmother, Barbara Clara Barton, who immigrated to Wisconsin with some of her brothers as young adults. Susanna and Joannes’ youngest child,  Frederich Wilhelm Nicholas Barthen, born 29 Jun 1840, died as a toddler on 22 Jan 1943.

Susanna died as a fairly young woman at the age of 42. The oldest of her children was 18 years old at the time of her death and the youngest, Frederick, was just 4-1/2 months old. She passed away on 14 Nov 1840 and was buried two days later in the Village Cemetery in Lieser, Germany.***

*Ancestry.com. Germany, Select Deaths and Burials, 1582-1958 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014. Original data: Germany, Deaths and Burials, 1582-1958. Salt Lake City, Utah: FamilySearch, 2013.

**Ancestry.com. Germany, Select Marriages, 1558-1929 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014. Original data: Germany, Marriages, 1558-1929. Salt Lake City, Utah: FamilySearch, 2013.

***Ancestry.com. Germany, Select Deaths and Burials, 1582-1958 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014. Original data: Germany, Deaths and Burials, 1582-1958. Salt Lake City, Utah: FamilySearch, 2013.

2 Comments
  1. Hi, I have Howers in my direct family line from Lieser, Germany. I have done a lot of research on the Lieser records. The births (baptisms), marriages, etc were in Lieser but recorded in the civil records in Liersberg. Contact me if you are interested in anything more. I would like to fill in the names for Susanne’s children if you are willing to share. She is recorded in the Lieser family book as Susanne, not Susanna. Joannes is the Latin recorded name for the real German name of Johann. His correct surname is Barthen. I have Barthens in my direct line also.

    Thanks, Liz Freeman

    • I am behind on my blog, Liz. Thank you so much for this information. And, certainly I am willing to share. We all need each other to find these gems. Let me know how I might help.

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