Sunday, October 31, 2010

Black Sheep Sunday – Hannemann

Fifth great grandpa, Jadocus Henrich Hannemann (on the Konst side) was the first gravedigger of Osterwick, Germany. The old graveyard was at the church and full, so on 7 Aug 1808, the priest blessed the new graveyard outside of Osterwick near Elsen (a street in Osterwick).

Grandpa Hanneman dug those graves for 22 years, but on 6 Mar 1831, poor Grandpa was fired. Turns out that he had been re-selling the iron fixtures from the caskets over and over again, removing them after each burial.

He went to prison for 14 days.

1 comment:

  1. How can we fault human ingenuity? lol