Engel Adelheid Wichern

1812–1880 (Age 67)
Ostervesede, Rotenburg, Hanover, Prussia, Germany

The Life of Engel Adelheid

When Engel Adelheid Wichern was born on 4 October 1812, in Ostervesede, Rotenburg, Hanover, Prussia, Germany, her father, Hinrich Wichern, was 27 and her mother, Catharina Ratjen, was 22. She married Joachim Diedrich Ehlen on 7 December 1841, in Sittensen, Zeven, Hanover, Prussia, Germany. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. She died in 1880, at the age of 68, and was buried in Saint Paul, Lee, Iowa, United States.

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Family Time Line

Joachim Diedrich Ehlen
Engel Adelheid Wichern
Marriage: 7 December 1841
Anna Maria Ehlen
Engel Cathrina Catherine Ehlen
Joachim Diedrich Ehlen

Spouse and Children

7 December 1841
Sittensen, Zeven, Hanover, Prussia, Germany


    Anna Maria Ehlen


    Engel Cathrina Catherine Ehlen


    Joachim Diedrich Ehlen


Parents and Siblings

    Hinrich Wichern


    Catharina Ratjen




World Events (8)

1813 · Germans defeat Napolean in Leipzig

Age 1

On Oct 19, 1813, Germany defeats Napolean. The commanding officer for the Allied side was Prince Karl Phillipp Schwarzenberg.
1819 · Panic! of 1819

Age 7

With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 
1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Age 18

Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.

Name Meaning

North German (Hamburg): possibly a topographic name from Middle Low German wīk ‘muddy place’, ‘bay’ + horn ‘corner’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Sources (3)

  • Engel Adelheid Ehlen in entry for Joachim Diedrich Ehlen, "Germany, Lutheran Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1500-1971"
  • Engel A Wichern in entry for Dietrich Ehlen, "Iowa, Death Records, 1904-1951"
  • Engel Wiehen in entry for Engel Catherina Lorenz, "Iowa, Death Records, 1904-1951"

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