Sunday, April 21, 2013

Thames (NZ): Ludwig Family

Charles Ludwig came to New Zealand from Danzig, Germany. Charles or Karl was an early settler of Thames, who worked as an amalgamator. He was naturalised in 1887:
Oath of Allegiance: "I Charles Ludwig do swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Victoria, Her Heirs and Successors, according to law. So help me God. (signed) Charles Ludwig."
Sworn at Thames this twenty sixth day of August 1887  

Recent contact with a fellow researcher, has meant I have re looked at the information I have on the Ludwig family. It serves as a reminder to all..go back to your family trees and recheck: Newspapers at Paperspast (in particular Thames Advertiser/Star and Auckland Star), family trees at ancestry, The Treasury Database, Electoral Rolls and Street Directories..there is new information available all the time as sources are updated and files indexed.  

Charles married Mary GILLARD on 4 July 1965 at Onehunga. They had nine children and lived at Tapu and Thames. Charles Ludwig was buried at Tararu Cemetery - no headstone remains today. He was one of three deaths reported in the Thames Star 5/12/1906 - interesting that all requested that there was to be NO MOURNING  
P.S. Would love to hear from anyone with a photo of Charles Ludwig

A Great-grandson of Charles Ludwig was Killed in Action in WWII