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  1. Charlotte Christine /Buck/: Birth: 18 DEC 1833 in Quernheim by 6, Hannover, Germany. Death: 22 APR 1893 in Frelsburg, Colorado County, Texas


Sources
1. Title:   z Confirmation document, Ephoralarchiv, Diepholz, Niedersachsen

Notes
a. Note:   NI01009
Note:   In 1815, when he should normally have finished school and been confirmed, his pastor required that he attend an additional year. The pastor wrote, regarding him and another classmate: "�ber diese beyden mage ich nicht zu urteilen und erbitte mir f�r dieselben besondere Pr�fung. Beide lesen einigerma�en zusammen, doch sehr st�mperhaft. Religi�se Erkenntnis: ganz im Anfange. Sittliches Betragen: desgleichen. Haben angefangen zu schreiben, nehmen etwas Unterricht. Dieser gro�e Unflei� im Schulbesuch ist wohl mit durch ihre ausnehmende Armuth veranla�t." (Regarding these two I can't make a judgment and request a separate examination for them. They both read together a little, but very clumsily. Bible and catechism: just the basics. Deportment: the same. They have begun to write and are taking some lessons. This great lack of diligence in school attendance is no doubt due to their exceptional poverty.) Final confirmation report card, 1816 -- Bible and catechism: below average Reading and writing: below average Arithmetic: "a little bit" (Source: Lemf�rde confirmation registers, Ephoral-Archiv, Diepholz, Niedersachsen) From 1833 to 1845, he and his family lived in a laborer's cottage on the Meyer farm at 6 Quernheim. By 1836, his father had come to live with them. In 1837, Pastor Jacobi of Lemf�rde and village leaders of Quernheim brought charges in court against Henrich and his wife for abuse of Heinrich's father: Written testimony by Pastor L. Jacobi of Lemf�rde on 17 June 1837: "Johann Hinrich Buck, H�usling zu Quernheim, und dessen Ehefrau Anne geb. Kreynhop haben sich gegen ihren alten, rechtlichen, aber friedlich durch das Schicksal oft schwer gepr�ften Vater, Gerd Buck, w�hrend meines Hierseyns h�ufig so pflichtvergessen, so ehr- und gewissenlos, so wahrhaft unchristlich und unmenschlich betragen, da� ich wohl f�nf- bis sechsmal mich gen�thigt gesehen habe, die jungen Leute privatim ernstlich an ihre Pflicht zu erinnern. Ich habe es an den dringendsten Vorstellungen, Bitten und Ermahnungen nicht fehlen lassen. Ich habe zuletzt, als ich vernahm, da� sie, vorz�glich die Frau, die rohesten und emp�rendsten Schimpf- und Scheltworte gegen den Alten sich erlaubt hatten, die landesherrliche Verordnung wegen Bestrafung der Kinder, die ohnehin j�hrlich einmal in der hiesigen Kirche vorgelesen wird, im Besonderen warnend ihnen vorgehalten. Ich hoffe, ihr hartes, gef�hlloses Herz sollte durch das alles sich endlich einmal erweichen lassen und edleren Gesinnungen gegen ihren alten Vater Raum geben. Aber in dieser meiner Hoffnung sehe ich mich g�nzlich get�uscht. Die jungen Leute benehmen sich gegenw�rtig auf eine so wahrhaft unpassende und unmenschliche Weise gegen ihren Vater, da� ich mich kaum des Gedankens erwehren kann, da� es ihre geheime Absicht sey, letzteren theils durch verursachten Gram und Aerger, theils durch Versagung jeder helfenden Handreichung so bald als m�glich unter die Erde zu bringen. Denn obwohl dem achtbaren Greise, der in den siebenziger Jahren steht, mehrfache Unterst�tzungen, namentlich auch an Kleidungsst�cken verabreicht worden sind, und es nur der Reinigung der letzteren von Seiten seiner Schwiegertochter bed�rfte, um ihn vor dem Vergehen im Elende zu sch�tzen, so versagen ihm dennoch seine gottlosen Kinder auch diesen Liebesdienst, und er ist bereits der Gefahr sehr nahe, in Schmutz und Ungeziefer zu verkommen. Seine n�chtliche Lagerst�tte bietet alles da, was man Widerliches sehen kann. Er selbst, gegenw�rtig eine Schattengestalt, ist das Bild des h�chsten menschlichen Elends und Jammers. Ich glaube, ich w�rde eine schwere Schuld auf mein Gewissen laden, wolle ich nicht das verehrliche K�nigl. Amt hiervon in Kenntnis setzen u. dasselbe so dringend als m�glich ersuchen, die obengenannten pflichtvergessenen Kinder wegen ihres bisherigen Benehmens gegen ihren Vater nicht nur zur Rechenschaft zu ziehen, sondern auch gen�gendlich mit Sorge tragen zu wollen, da� dem alten Manne auf seine letzten Tage und Stunden ein besseres Los bereitet werde. Er selbst, der kaum noch reden kann, fleht durch mich verehrliches K�nigl. Amt ehrfurchtsvoll um schnellen Beistand an, der in der That auch dringend Noth ist, was der Bauerrichter Clausmeyer und Vorsteher Wichmann in Quernheim bezeugen werden." ("Johann Heinrich Buck, laborer of Quernheim, and his wife Anne n�e Kreyenhop have, during my time here, behaved in such a truly neglectful, dishonorable, unprincipled, un-Christian, and inhumane manner toward their father, Gerd Buck -- old, upright, and genial, though often severely challenged by fortune -- that I have been compelled to speak with them in private five or six times to remind them forcefully of their responsibilities. I have not neglected to express the most emphatic remonstrances, entreaties, and exhortations. As I have become aware that they, and especially the wife, permit themselves the most vile and shocking abuse and invective against the old man, I have finally given them a warning under the official decree regarding punishment of children, which is read aloud annually in the church here. I hoped that their hard, unfeeling hearts would finally be softened and make room for virtuous sentiments toward their old father. But in this hope I have been completely mistaken. The young people on the contrary conduct themselves in such a truly unfit and callous way toward their father that I can barely avoid the thought that it is their secret desire -- partly through grief and vexation and partly through denial of required care -- to bury him as soon as possible. Although the venerable old man, now in his seventies, has been provided with much assistance, particularly clothing, and needs his daughter-in-law only to do laundry for him to keep him from slipping into destitution, his faithless children deny him even this act of kindness, and he is now in danger of descending into filth and vermin. His nightly resting place is as disgusting as anything that can be seen. He himself, now a mere shadow, is an image of the worst human misery and wretchedness. I believe that it would weigh heavily on my conscience if I did not bring this matter to the attention of government, and I request that as urgently as possible the above negligent children not only be called to account for their previous conduct toward their father but also be made to provide sufficient care so that the old man will have a better fate during his last days and hours. He himself, who can barely speak, respectfully pleads through me for government assistance, which is urgently needed, as will be affirmed by peasant judge Clausmeyer and village head Wichmann of Quernheim.") Note that Gerd Buck died two months after this testimony. By 1848, at the time of the confirmation of his daughter Charlotte, Johann Heinrich Wilhelm was described as destitute (unbemittelter). In the census of that year, he was listed as living with his wife and daughter at house number 35 in Quernheim. By 1852, the family had moved to a laborer's cottage on the Schwacke farm at 1 Quernheim; in the 1858 German census, he was widowed and living alone with his daughter Charlotte at the same farm. Since the churchbooks of Lemf�rde/Quernheim were destroyed in 1961, details of his life have been gleaned from surviving confirmation and other archives in Diepholz, Germany.


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