On the 13th of September I was part of an historical event. For the first time in who knows how many years, descendants of the three Wyneken brothers Carl (1803-1867), Gustav (1805-1885) and Friedrich “FCD” (1810-1876) got together and chatted over lunch.
|Matthew, Katja and Karl|
Karl is a treasure trove of family information and he has been very willing to share this information with me for my family research. Having grown up in Fort Wayne, Indiana he had many opportunities from early on to get to know the numerous members of the FCD branch of Wyneken that also lived there. As a retired pastor and archivist for the LCMS he has over the years learned a lot more about the Wyneken family history.
Katja is a direct descendant of Gustav, the middle of the three 19th century brothers. Her grandmother’s maiden name was Wyneken. When this grandmother’s first son was born, she and her immediate family were under the impression that the Wyneken last name was dying out so they gave this son the first name “Wyneken”.
I, of course, am descended from FCD, the youngest of these brothers.
It’s interesting to note that, despite the difference in ages of the three Wyneken relatives sitting around our lunch table, it turns out that Karl and Katja are in the same generation. They are fourth cousins, meaning that they share a great great great grandfather, Heinrich Christoph Wyneken (1766-1815). I, on the other hand, am one generation further away from Heinrich Christoph, making me his great great great great grandson, and Karl and Katja are my fourth cousins once removed. It was bit strange that the oldest and youngest of our little trio are from the same generation whereas I am from a younger generation.