Dear visitors, my great-grandmother Leontine was born in 1865 in Kowno ( todays Kaunas in Lithuania). She followed her husband to Narva (in 1886) , however Dr Ferdinand Hoffmann ,Leontines husband. died in 1916; after spending some years at Kuressaare & Tallinn she had to leave Estonia in 1939 (Nazi-Soviet-Pact) and died in 1944 in todays Swiecie... visit this site please http://www.facebook.com/LeontineHoffmann?sk=infohttp://www.facebook.com/LeontineHoffmann?sk=info
Any info (e.g.
Leontine at Kowno/Kaunas or St Katharinen/Kadrina or Arensburg/Kuressare)
is more than welcome !
Here is an account of "Marienhof" because Leontines husband was "Papachen" Hoffmanns grandson :
near the little church Klein St Marien in northern Estonia (today the church is called Vaike Maarja Virgin Mary kirik) my ancestor ,Peter Johann "Papachen" Hoffmann, in 1817 bought a humble estate which he called"Marienhof ". PJH was a merchant from Reval/Tallinn . PJH opened a shop at "Marienhof" and as there was no competition he became rich in no time . A proper manor house was built- a long wooden building that can be seen even to-day. PJHs son, Georg, erected a small building for officials. In that building (?), the first Klein Marien/Väike -Maarja school for girls was opened in 1902. The place as well housed the first hospital in Klein Marien/Väike-Maarja with four beds . A Hoffmann worked as a doctor at that hospital.
In 1891, probably because of the competition by the newly opened railway-line, "Marienhof" was sold by "Papachens" son Georg , to an Estonian called Jaan Allik who had become wealthy on running a tavern.
Obviously, the place has suffered a lot since then - though the attached drawing of 1978 shows that quite a bit was left even after those 100+ years But, when my Estonian friend Uku drove up there in 2009 to kindly take some photos the place looked rather poorly, indeed. From the fifties until the end of Soviet time (1991) Marienhof (or Muuriku Mois ) was part of a colchos.