Today, for the very first time, I found triplets in old baptismal records. Actually, I even found two triplets born the same year in the same area. Find me surprised…
On June 13, 1849 the carpenter Johann Friedrich Griesbach and his wife Johanna Luisa nee Weissenborn, both living in the village of Gollnow, Pomerania, become the parents of three. The first-born is Carl August, born 3 a.m., one hour later the second child arrives, it is Wilhelmine Caroline. Then, at 6 a.m., Wilhelm Ferdinand is born. All children are baptized at once. Unfortunately, little Wilhelm only comes to be 4 hours, he dies at 10 a.m. the same day. The next day Wilhelmine dies at 7 a.m., followed by Carl at noon. All of them are buried on June 16, 1849. The cause stated is Stickfluss, meaning suffocation.
On October 29, the same year, in the village Kattenhoff close to Gollnow, the worker Michael Friedrich Markholz and his wife Caroline Friederike nee Backhaus become parents of triplets as well. The church record states that they are all born at 1 a.m. The three little ones are Friederike Wilhelmine Auguste, Carl Wilhelm Julius and August Carl Ferdinand. Ferdinand seems to be the weakest, he is baptized the same day, the other two on November 4. But in contrast to the Griesbach-triplets, one child survives. It is the girl, Friederike. Her brother Carl dies December 16, Ferdinand one day later, both of them being only 6 weeks old. Interestingly enough, Friederike even survives the scarlet fever in 1851, her older sister sister Johanna dies on July 3, 1851, only 3 years, 9 months and 28 days old.
However, Friederike died at the age of 6 years, 4 months and 2 days on March 1, 1856 of Schlagfluss (apolexy) and was laid to rest on March 4.