01 May 2009

Mabel Caroline Claasen 1892-1961

Today's photo is a lovely candid shot of a young girl sent to her sister as a postcard in 1911.

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Mabel Caroline Claasen was born in NZ in 1892, her parents were Annie & John Henry William.

Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Claasen married Annie Harvey in 1889, their other children were - Ethel Annie 1890 and John George also 1892. Mabel & John had consecutive reg numbers so they were probably twins, sadly John George died aged 7 days. Mother Annie died in 1899 aged 32 and John Hy Wm married again in 1900 to Martha Mathilde Simonsen.

John Hy Wm and Martha had a further 3 children before 1909, Eric Clarence 1901, Vera Pearl 1904 and Leonard John 1908.

John Henry William Claasen was born in NZ in 1864. There are no parents listed for him in the NZ Index but thanks to Beverley's family tree I found they were Johann Heinrich Christopher & Anna Margeretha nee Bensemann. John H C Claasen & Anna Margeretha married in 1857 in NZ. I think they were also the parents of Maria Eleonora Dorothea born in 1869 and they were the parents of Augustus Heinrich Friedrick born in 1875.

Mabel married Robert John Cockburn in 1913 and she passed away in 1961.

Jim & Beverley's Pedigrees
NZ BDM Database


If anyone knows anything about or are connected to the Claasen family please do contact me.


Dawn Scotting

1 comment:

pmt36 said...

I thought she had a brother called Frank Claasen who married Florence Valander ( Rongatea ) . They were my mom ( Betty Tonks / nee Claasen ) I think Franks Middle name was Walter .
I will dig out an old pic from home of their wedding day ..it has the Brothers and Parents names on the back i think.

Regards P Tonks