This week’s ancestor is MÄrtiÅ†Å¡ PlÅ«me, born c. 1825 and died after 1884. He is my great-great-great-grandfather by way of my maternal grandfather’s paternal grandmother, Doroteja Matilde PlÅ«me.
Just like in the case of his wife DÄrta Andersone, it is difficult to find out more about his ancestors due to the lack of revision lists prior to 1858. Like DÄrta, it is likely that he was born on the Nabe estate, probably on KroÅ†i farm. His father’s name was Ä€dams, as indicated by the 1858 revision list entry for KroÅ†i. It is possible that a woman listed in the entry as “Ä€dams’ widow”, TrÄ«ne, is his mother, but since it does not definitively say that, I cannot be certain without a different source of proof. Ä€dams must have died prior to the 1850 revision list, since otherwise he would have still had an entry mentioning his death in the 1858 list. His date of death can be estimated to be between 1834 and 1850, since there is another son of his listed, also named Ä€dams, who was born c. 1835. I do not know at this time if MÄrtiÅ†Å¡ and Ä€dams Junior had any more siblings.
MÄrtiÅ†Å¡ PlÅ«me married DÄrta Andersone on December 9, 1845 at the LÄ“durga Lutheran Church. Details of their children can be found in her 52 Ancestors entry, linked above. As I mentioned in that entry, MÄrtiÅ†Å¡ PlÅ«me was able to purchase KroÅ†i farm in 1871 from the Nabe estate owner, Johann Adolph von Sievers, a scion of that famous Baltic German noble house. The purchase price was 4608 rubles, and MÄrtiÅ†Å¡ made a downpayment of 508 rubles. The rest was on credit, and at least 300 rubles needed to be paid every 3 years. The contract also stipulates that MÄrtiÅ†Å¡ retained the right to fish in the lakes of Nabe estate, and that von Sievers retained the right to create irrigation canals on KroÅ†i farm (until 1900).
I am not certain when MÄrtiÅ†Å¡ died, only that it was after Doroteja Matilde’s marriage in 1884. He probably remained on KroÅ†i farm until he died. Doroteja Matilde inherited KroÅ†i farm, which passed to her husband upon her death in 1918 and then passed to their three youngest daughters (Vera, Velta, Margrieta) after his death in 1922.
Property records can be a great source of family information – I have not looked at the entire KroÅ†i property file yet, but it has already provided great information for me – one key document listed all of the birth and death information for Doroteja Matilde and her husband Roberts Francis, as well as all of the birth information for their children, and later marriage information (if applicable). Somewhere in there I’m sure will be the information I need about MÄrtiÅ†Å¡’ and DÄrta’s deaths.
What goodies have you found in property records that aren’t related to property? Share your stories in comments!