My Maternal 3rd. Great Grandmother, Marie “Mary” Rabe (Kobel), Mecklenburg, Schwerin, Germany


Marie “Mary” Rabe (Kobel), daughter of Michael Rabe and Catharina Louisa Mueller of Germany.

Born: about 1808 in Liege, Belgium.

Married: about 1826 in Belgium or Germany to Heinrich Kobel.  

Name:Heinrich Kobel
Event Type:Census
Event Date:1900
Event Place:Schwerin
Marital Status:
Household Surname:Kobel
Relationship to Head of Household (Original Language):Haushaltungs Vorstand
Birth Date:
Enumeration District:District 234, Schwerin
Family Number:4
Sheet Number:
GS Film number:1947679
Digital Folder Number:4123414
Image Number:00375
Household Gender Age Birthplace
Haushaltungs Vorstand
Heinrich Kobel M
Ehefrau Marie Kobel F
Sohn Wilhelm Kobel M
Sohn Heinrich Kobel M
“Deutschland, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Volkszählung 1900,” index and images, FamilySearch( : accessed 07 Mar 2014), Heinrich Kobel, 1900.  source:

Schloss Schwerin, Deutschland

Schloss Schwerin, Deutschland

Died: after 1900 in Mecklenberg, Schwerin, Germany [according to the 1900 Census she and Heinrich Kobel resided together with their sons, Wilhelm and Jakob Heinrich Kobel]

In Mecklenburg during the 1700s and 1800s a type of Feudalism existed known as “Inherited Serfdom”. The land owners controlled the economy and ruled their estates with absolute authority. The peasants were dependant entirely on the nobles who could even buy and sell them with or without their property. The tax rate on the peasants had to be reviewed every two to three years, and was usually increased at that time. They could not acquire any more land than they already had. Their Landlords produced crops for export from their vast estates by using the labor of these bonded peasants, servants and laborers. The landlords were known as “Landjunker”. This word comes from “Jung Herr” which means “young noble”.

By the 1800’s the Landlords had driven away more and more peasants with their highhanded ways. They then incorporated those peasants’ plots into their estates, and crop production expanded further. This callous robbery of the peasant properties was known as “peasant seizure”. Ten thousand peasants lost their holdings in this way. In Mecklenburg, where the Nobility owned almost all of the land and dwellings, the number of estimated peasant foreclosures went from 2,490 to nearly 12,000 by 1800 AD. The former peasants who had land left held only small holdings which ensured little more than a bare livelihood for themselves.

In 1807 Baron von Stein tried to carry through a reform of the Feudal system. He felt the peasants’ and laborers’ lot had to be improved. He did not want to abolish the large Landholders, but they were to be limited in their political and administrative powers and to improve the state of their workers. At that time, workers worked from sunrise to sunset for a pfennig an hour, a very small amount. he value of goods (potatoes, corn, wood, etc.) was deducted from that and most of their work was paid for by these goods. Women and children performed heavy work. Baron von Stein’s reform said that peasants could now change their place of residence without permission, and children were allowed to learn a trade. But the Landlords ought these progressive measures, refused to implement them, and the edict of Baron von Stein was never executed.

From 1806 to 1813 the country suffered great hardship and destruction.


This is just one example of the fact that not just blacks were used as slaves. Many countries used the “feudal system”, and enslaved millions of whites too.  All lives matter, not just black ones.

My Maternal 4th. Great Grandfather, Michael Rabe

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My maternal fourth great grandfather, Michael Rabe.

Born: 13 January 1752 in Buche, Pommern, Preussen, Germany.

Married: 8 Jan. 1804 in Jerusalem, Brandenburg, Prussia, Germany.

Husband of Catherina Louisa Mueller.

Children: Frederica, Carolina (Weigart), two infant sons, and Maria Rabe (Kobel).

Died: 8 April 1832 in Buche, Pommern, Preussen, Germany.

Michael Rabe

1752–1832 • 27MJ-PF5

1753–Deceased • 9VZ1-28T

Marriage: 8 Jan. 1804

Jerusalem, Brandenburg, Prussia, Germany

Children (5)   
1809–1900 • LV91-BSV
1816–1817 • LVBL-GN2
1817–1911 • LVBL-RDG
1818–1818 • LVSM-H8C
1819–1819 • LVSM-HXC

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Mecklenburg Vorpammern, Neubrandenburg, Eines Der, Wohnen, Deutschland

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The Province of Pomerania (German: Provinz Pommern) was a province of the Kingdom of Prussia and the Free State of Prussia from 1815 until 1945. Afterwards, its territory became part of Allied-occupied Germany and Poland. The name Pomerania comes from Slavic po more, which means Land at the Sea. The province was created from the former Prussian Province of Pomerania, which consisted of Farther Pomerania and the southern Western Pomerania, and former Swedish Pomerania. It resembled the territory of the former Duchy of Pomerania, which after the Peace of Westphalia in 1648 had been split between Brandenburg-Prussia and Sweden. Also, the districts of Schivelbein and Dramburg, formerly belonging to the Neumark, were merged into the new province. Wikipedia