This week’s ancestor is JÄnis Graumanis, born c. 1789 and died 1851. He is my great-great-great-great-grandfather by way of my maternal grandfather’s maternal grandmother LÄ«ze Graumane.
JÄnis Graumanis was presumably born c. 1791 on DikÄ¼i estate, quite probably on MorÄ“ni farm like his brother Tenis. He was the son of KÄrlis Graumanis. His mother is unknown, since a wife of KÄrlis does not appear in the revision lists until 1834, when JÄnis was already grown and married with children of his own. Unfortunately, due to the peculiarities of the parish register in DikÄ¼i, for some reason JÄnis does not appear, though his father and brother do.
JÄnis married a woman named Grieta who was 10 years his junior sometime between 1811 and 1820. They had three sons, PÄ“teris (c. 1820), Marcis (1823, my great-great-great-grandfather) and Juris (c. 1828), and one daughter, LÄ«ze (c. 1835). They left DikÄ¼i in 1842, moving to Pociems estate, and then they moved onwards to Sigulda estate in 1849, where they were enumerated on the 1850 revision list.
This 1850 revision list presents us with a possibility as to where JÄnis was when he was not included in the parish register – in 1850, JÄnis and his family lived at the school on Sigulda estate, and he is listed as the “schoolmaster”. Perhaps when that parish register was created, JÄnis was away studying somewhere? I’m not certain what kind of education was required to become a schoolmaster at a parish school at the time, but it is something to consider.
The 1858 Sigulda revision list tells us that JÄnis died in 1851, however these records are missing for Sigulda for that time period, so I cannot confirm a date. His widow Grieta was still living there at the time, and his eldest son PÄ“teris may have taken over the position of schoolmaster, but he no longer lived at the school (I think that is what the scribbled notation is telling me). Marcis and his family had departed for Stalbe estate in 1851, though I do not know if it was before or after JÄnis’ death.
JÄnis has got to be one of my earliest ancestors that was something besides a farmer. My other ancestors only started diversifying into other occupations in the latter half of the 19th century. I should read more about education in the 19th century – could provide some important tidbits on what JÄnis’ life would have been like!