My father, Walter Leo Doede, is the great-grandson of Christof Guenther and Anna Marianne Albrecht through their youngest son, Christof's daughter Augusta who married his father Leo Doede.
I'm sorry that we have no more information on Anna Marianne than you do - just the name.I wonder if her father's name might have been "August Albrecht," given the frequency of the name "August" or "Augusta" in the family.
Christof is also quite frequent, so the family did name children after parents.In fact, my father's oldest sibling was named Leona after her father Leo. The name Leo is preserved in our family in the middle names of Dad, my oldest brother David and his son Alec.I think that we are talking a strong German tradition here.(Side note: is the obsessive interest in fishing exhibited by these three, apparently inherited from Augusta and her father Christof, prevalent in your family also?)
A question I have is have you noticed that the dates given for Christof's birth and marriage mean that he was 72 years old when he married Anna Marianne, and then proceeded to move to Posen as a colonizer and father 7 children over the next 12 years?He would have been 84 when his son Christof was born, and 94 when he died, which fits in with our family tradition that my great-grandfather Christof was 10 years old when his father died.
I realize that this is not an impossibility but it does give one pause.I've been wondering if it's possible that there is a missing generation or even two.A more plausible scenario, given the dates,is that the Christof Guenther born in 1773 had a son Christof Guenther born in the mid-1790s who had a son Christof Guenther born c. 1820 who married Anna Marianne Albrecht in 1845, moved to Smolnik between 1847 and 1852 as a colonizer and had 7 children.
If the data has been mixed up between generations,it's possible that people have been looking for Anna Marianne in the wrong years and even the wrong place.What if the Christof Guenther born in 1773 married someone (who's name we do not have)in Stephansdorf and died in 1845?It does seem likely, however, that the marriage date and marriage place would refer to Anna Marianne if her name was on the register along with a Christof Guenther.
I have not seen any of the original records from which this information was taken, so I don't know why people assigned Christof's birth and marriage dates to 1773 and 1845 respectively, and can only speculate on what seems more plausible with respect to those dates.
I would be interested in learning more about the Guenther geneaology; our records only go back to Christof and Anna Marianne. I would also be interested in which branch you are descended from.
It's nice to learn of other members of the family. Most of Leo and Augusta's 7 surviving children ended up on the West coast; Uncle Bill stayed in the Midwest. Mom & Dad visited his uncle Richard and wife Lore Guenther in Wisconsin before they died.
As we struggle to resume our lives in the wake of September 11, and as we face a long struggle against an elusive and incomprehensible foe, I find that family becomes very important, even those I did not know existed. I hope to hear from you soon.