Time for Week 10 of the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge! As noted in my first post of this challenge, I am starting with my most ancient known ancestors.

This week’s ancestors is Ēde Jansone, born May 27, 1845, died sometime after 1897. She is my great-great-great-grandmother, by way of my paternal grandmother’s paternal grandmother Karolīne Matilde Baburs. Ēde was born on Dandas farm on Vibroka estate in central Latvia, northwest of the town of Mālpils. She was baptized in the Mālpils Lutheran Church. Her parents were Indriķis and Ieva. She was the youngest of five siblings, having one sister, Līze, and three brothers, Juris, Indriķis and Mārtiņš.

I don’t know much about her early life, only that she must have lost her father at a young age – he does not appear in the 1858 revision list in any way. The 1850 revision list is missing, but the ages at last revision provided in 1858 indicate that a revision list was done in 1850. If he had died between 1850 and 1858, he would be noted in the 1858 revision list as having died in the interim. Since he was not, and his wife Ieva is listed as a widow, this means he died sometime between Ēde’s birth (since he was still living at the time) and the time of the 1850 revision list. I have not had time to look for his death record yet.

The next time Ēde pops up after the 1858 revision list is marrying my great-great-great-grandfather Māŗtiņš Baburs in the town of Ikšķile on October 16, 1866. Ikšķile is about 50km southwest of Mālpils. I’m not sure what she was doing there or how she got there. As mentioned in my post about her father-in-law Ādams Baburs, the Baburs family was living on nearby Stopiņi estate at the time, but I’m not sure what brought Ēde there. After their marriage, Ēde moved to Rīga with Mārtiņš and his family, where their only child, my great-great-grandmother Karolīne Matilde Baburs, was born in 1867/1868.

Just like Ēde lost her father at a young age, so did her daughter – Ēde’s husband Mārtiņš died in 1870, though I have not yet found his death record, just a notation in the 1897 tax list that he died in 1870. His death record does not appear in the Rīga Jēzus church where Karolīne was baptized and other Baburs family deaths are recorded. However, even after Karolīne married in 1892, it seems as though Ēde stayed with the Baburs family, since she appears under their listing in the 1897 tax list. What happened to her after that, I don’t know. It is possible that she moved to Bolderāja with her daughter and son-in-law, or she may have stayed in Rīga. I know only that she did not appear in the Rīga Jēzus congregation lists of 1914-1939 (nor do any other Baburs), nor does she appear in the family funeral photo of her son-in-law Jēkabs in 1929.

Truth be told, I can’t be completely certain that the Ēde from Dandas farm on Vibroka estate is my Ēde until I find her death record (which would hopefully list her place of birth). The only document I have linking them together is a family document from the 1940s which provided a three-generation family lineage for my great-grandfather’s brother (and therefore my great-grandfather as well, since they had the same mother and father). This information was probably provided by Ēde’s daughter Karolīne, and backed up by archival documents found by a relative who worked at the archives. I need that death record!!

Next week we’ll be moving on to one of my more puzzling female ancestors – stay tuned!

52 Ancestors #10 – Ēde Jansone
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