This week’s ancestor is MÄrtiÅ†Å¡ Baburs, born January 9, 1844 and died 1870. He is my great-great-great-grandfather, by way of my paternal grandmother’s paternal grandmother Karoline Matilde Baburs.
MÄrtiÅ†Å¡ Baburs was born to Ä€dams Baburs and Anna Ronis (Bonis?) on SuntaÅ¾i estate in central Latvia. When he was very young, they moved (back?) to StopiÅ†i estate, where there were other known Baburs, who could be family members, since this name is extremely uncommon in Latvia.
MÄrtiÅ†Å¡ married Ä’de Jansons on October 16, 1866 in IkÅ¡Ä·ile, which is not far from StopiÅ†i. Soon afterwards, they moved to RÄ«ga, where their daughter KarolÄ«ne Matilde was born in 1867/1868 (depending on the calendar being used). The RÄ«ga tax lists attest to the fact that his parents and brothers also moved to RÄ«ga, probably around the same time.
MÄrtiÅ†Å¡ died in 1870, but where, on what date and how, I do not know. His death is not recorded in the RÄ«ga JÄ“zus church (where other family events such as KarolÄ«ne’s baptism and his father Ä€dams’ death are recorded) or in the IkÅ¡Ä·ile church. He died at the age of 26 – that is certainly the youngest death of an ancestor that I have. Had he been recruited into the army, and died there? Was he the victim of some sort of workplace accident? A disease of some kind? I want to know. I’ll have to consult all of the other RÄ«ga churches for this time period, to see if for some reason he was recorded there instead, then expand out from there. Possibly also check military recruitment registers, to see if he was called into active service, but the Russian Empire didn’t have any wars going on that I’ve been able to find at that time. So for now, it remains a mystery.
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