He told me his grandmother was Annie Fanny Windscheffel and that she was born in Marylebone in 1883. It is an unusual surname so it was reasonably simple to take this limited information and go back a number of generations with the help of the census, and some definitive looking Ancestry trees, to find :
- his great grandfather was Charles Windscheffel (1842 - 1912)
- his 2 x great grandfather was William Daniel Windscheffel (1803 - 1852)
- his 3 x great grandfather was another William Daniel Windscheffel (1772 - 1837)
Mecklenburg-Strelitz, formerly Pomerania, is an area in northern Prussia and now part of Germany.
One of the interesting aspects of being a genealogist and social historian is to try to fit a story around known facts. Having said that the rest of this blog, I will admit, is educated speculation.
The internet is a wonderful source of information and it tells us that when George III came to the throne in October 1760, he needed to marry in order to secure the succession. He chose Princess Sophie Charlotte, also from Mecklenburg-Strelitz.
A flotilla, consisting of five royal yachts and six ships of war, collected Princess Charlotte from northern Germany in July 1761 and she arrived in England for her marriage to George, who she had never met, a few hours later. They went on to have 15 children !