Click for full image. Image courtesy of a cousin from my Lūkins family line.
Fishing manager JĒKABS ŠĪRS, 61 1/2 years old, born in Aloja, divorced.
Died on October 4, 1923, at 10 o’clock in the evening in Rīnuži.
Buried October 14, 1923 at the Baltās Baznīcas (White Church) cemetery.
Daugavgrīva church book, 1923 deaths, #53.
Jēkabs Šīrs was my great-great-grandfather. He was born in Aloja in northern Latvia to parents Jānis and Kristīne on May 30, 1862 (O.S.). When he came to live in the Rīga area is unclear, but his daughter Lilija was born at Kalnciems in 1899. Sometime prior to this, he married Kristīne Kukure, who is also allegedly from northern Latvia, but I have yet to find her birth record anywhere. They divorced in June of 1923.
At the time of Jēkabs’ death, he was living at Rīnuži, which was a place in what is now the Vecmilgrāvis part of Rīga. Whether Rīnuži was a hamlet with a number of families or a property owned by the Šīrs and Lūkins families, I’m not exactly certain yet, but today in that area is a Rīnuži street, which intersects with Baltāsbaznīcas street (White Church Street), where the Šīrs and Lūkins families lived. The “White Church” in question is the Daugavgrīva Lutheran Church, in whose cemetery Jēkabs was interred.