This week’s ancestor is JÄnis Å Ä«rs, born October 20, 1819 and died after 1868. He is my great-great-great-grandfather, by way of my paternal grandmother’s maternal grandfather, JÄ“kabs Å Ä«rs.
JÄnis Å Ä«rs was born on Staiceles farm on PuÄurga estate, near the west coast of Lake Burtnieki in northern Latvia. His parents were Marcis and Anna. JÄnis married KristÄ«ne Kvante on November 21, 1851 at the MatÄ«Å¡i Lutheran Church.
KristÄ«ne’s entry describes their migration pattern – from PuÄurga to StÄberÄ£i in 1858, to Milite in 1863, to VilzÄ“ni in 1868. It is here that their path appears to stop, though there is a notation next to the name of their son JÄ“kabs (my great-great-grandfather) that he moved to LimbaÅ¾i and became a part of the petty bourgeois at some point (I’m assuming a great deal later, since the bulk of the revision list registers are in German, but the notation is in Russian, and I would assume that a five year old did not amass the wealth necessary to achieve that status on his own). Whether there is any truth to this, I don’t know, because I have not found him in LimbaÅ¾i records and the next news I have of him is the baptism of his daughter Lilija in 1899 in DaugavgrÄ«va, near RÄ«ga.
The different revision lists provide a listing of children of JÄnis and KristÄ«ne – JÄnis (c. 1852), Antons (c. 1854), Augusts (c. 1856) are listed in the 1857 revision list and their 1858 move to StÄberÄ£i. The 1863 move to Milite lists four sons – JÄnis and Antons again, then PÄ“teris and JÄ“kabs (1862). The 1868 move to VilzÄ“ni loses Antons, but adds Marcis as the youngest son. So it seems that JÄnis and KristÄ«ne had six sons all together, but two (Antons and Augusts) died in childhood. There is never a mention of any daughters, but starting from the move to Milite, there appears to be a girl called Marija Brants traveling with the family – eight years older than their oldest son, but maybe she worked with the family as an extra caregiver? That’s what I would guess, anyways. She moved with them from StÄberÄ£i to Milite, and again from Milite to VilzÄ“ni.
Since I have no sign of them moving anywhere after VilzÄ“ni, it is probable that JÄnis died in VilzÄ“ni, but when, I cannot say. Perhaps if I could finally find a marriage record belonging to his son JÄ“kabs (to the mysterious KristÄ«ne Kukure), that might help narrow down when he died. But since I haven’t had any luck with JÄ“kabs’ marriage record yet (aggravated by the fact that 31 years of his life – from 1868 to 1899 – are unaccounted for, and KristÄ«ne Kukure’s life prior to her daughter’s birth is also a mystery), perhaps marriage records for his brothers might help, since they may have stayed in the MatÄ«Å¡i area. It is an option to look into.
Next week we return to one of my family’s repeating names – no, we’re not going back to a PÄ“teris CelmiÅ†Å¡ again yet (though there is still another one to come), but to the other repeating name! Do you remember which one that is?