Johann Michael Schenk

1706–
Bonfeld, Heilbronn, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

The Life of Johann Michael

Johann Michael Schenk was born in 1706, in Bonfeld, Heilbronn, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.

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1813 · Germans defeat Napolean in Leipzig

Age 107

On Oct 19, 1813, Germany defeats Napolean. The commanding officer for the Allied side was Prince Karl Phillipp Schwarzenberg.
1814

Age 108

The Congress of Vienna established the German Confederation of 39 independent German states.

Name Meaning

1 German and Dutch: from Middle High German, Middle Dutch schenke, ‘cupbearer’, ‘wine server’ (from Old High German scenko, from scenken ‘to pour out or serve’), hence an occupational name for a cupbearer or server of wine. As a German name it also denotes a tavernkeeper. In another development, similar to English Butler , the word came to be used as an honorary title for a high court official, and some cases of the surname may have arisen from this use.2 Jewish (Ashkenazic): metonymic occupational name for an innkeeper, from German Schenke ‘inn’, ‘tavern’. At one time only Jews were allowed to sell alcohol in the Russian empire, which is why Shenk and its related surnames are very common.

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