Margarete Kathrina Kobold1

#364, (1862 - 1935)
FatherJohann Georg Kobold2,1 (1831 - 1904)
MotherMarie Catharine Rosina Hölter2 (1828 - 1893)
ChartsDietrich Burchard Kolthammer - Eight generations of Descendants
Ancestors of Margarete Kathrina Kobold
Friedrich Kolthammer & Margarete Kobold - children & grandchildren


Friedrich Wilhelm Kolthammer (1856 - 1906)

Life Events

BirthMargarete Kathrina Kobold was born on 20 Aug 1862 in Eichenau, Württemberg.
Her name as recorded in the church book listing the Kobold family births was "Magdalena Margaretha."2 
ConfirmationShe was confirmed on 23 Apr 1876.2 
ImmigrationShe immigrated to England between 1881 and 1884.3 
MarriageShe married Friedrich Wilhelm Kolthammer, son of Hanna Christine Elisabeth Kolthammer, on 10 Feb 1884 in the German Protestant Reformed Church, Whitechapel, Middlesex.

The church register reads: Friedrich Wilhelm Kolthammer, 27, ledig, Schneider, aus Zelle, Hanover, father Friedrich Kolthammer, Schullehrer (deceased); Catharine Margarethe g. Koboldt, 21, ledig aus Eichenaü, Gerabronn, Wurttberg, father Georg Koboldt, Bauer; Their residence was 2 Turners Buildings, Oriental St E. The witnesses were William John Warneck and Mathilda Sophia Warneck
[Note: ledig = single, Schneider = tailor, Schullehrer = schoolteacher, Bauer = farmer]

Information from the civil marriage certificate: Friedrich Wilhelm Kolthammer, age 27, Bachelor, Tailor, son of Friedrich Kolthammer, Schoolmaster (deceased) married Margarete Kathrina Koboldt, 22, Spinster, daughter of Georg Koboldt, Farmer. They both resided at 2 Turner's Buildings in Poplar and were married in the German Protestant Reformed Church, Whitechapel by Minister E A Ehemann. Witnesses were William John & Matilda Sophia Warneck.4,1
Kolthammer - Koboldt marriage
German Protestant Reformed Church, Whitechapel, Middlesex
AnecdoteDescendant Joan Haworth told a family story of how they met:
FWK delivered a suit to the house in Celle, Germany at which MKK was a servant, and that's how they met. One household mentioned in family talk was Lady Ponsonby but the name Lady Bartlett is also mentioned.

[If this is true, they knew one another before coming to England, where they married]5 
(Son) BirthSon Frederick William was born on 4 Dec 1884 in London. Their residence was No 8, Paris Terrace, Hind Street, Poplar.3,6 
(Dtr) BirthDaughter Anna Margaretha was born on 13 Mar 1886 in Southwark, London. They lived at No 4, Park Street, Borough Market SE.3,7,8 
(Son) BirthSon William Henry was born on 21 Nov 1887 in 128 Queens Buildings, H Block, St. Saviour, Surrey.9,3 
(Son) BirthSon John was born on 9 Dec 1889 in London. Their residence was No 130 H Block, Queen's Building, Borough.3,10 
1891 CensusFritz and Magerita [sic] Kolthammer appeared on the 1891 Census of Southwark, St George the Martyr Civil Parish, London, at 130 H Block, Queens Buildings, enumerated 5 Apr 1891. Fritz was 36, employed as a Tailor, and was born in Germany. Magerita was 27 and born in Germany. They occupied two rooms with their children Fritz (6), Annie (5), Wilar (3), and Otto (1). The eldest two attended school.11 
(Son) BirthSon Charles Robert was born on 11 Dec 1891 in London. Their residence was No 31, Queen's Buildings, Southwark Road S.E.3,12 
(Dtr) BirthDaughter Bertha Margaretha was born on 30 Dec 1893 in London.13,14 
(Dtr) BirthDaughter Eda Christina was born on 28 Apr 1896 in 25 Queen's Buildings, London.5,13 
(Son) BirthSon George was born in May 1898.15,16 
Note.Called Marie on daughter Lily's baptism record in 1899 and Mary on son Harold Claude's baptism in 1904.17,18 
(Witness) DeathMargarete Kathrina Kobold registered the death of George Kolthammer.19 
(Dtr) BirthDaughter Lily was born on 1 Oct 1899.17 
1901 CensusF.W. and Margarete Kolthammer appeared on the 1901 Census of St George The Martyr Civil Parish, Southwark, London, at 25 Southwark Bridge Road, enumerated 31 Mar 1901. The family lived in 3 rooms. F.W. was 44, worked as a tailor, and was born in Germany. Margarete was 38 and born in Germany. With them were their children Fredrick (16), Anna (15), William (13, office boy), Otto (11), Charles (9), Bertha (7), Eda (5), and Lilly (1).8 
Photograph This copy of the photograph belonged to Margarete's son who immigrated to Canada [it was labelled many years later "Mrs Frederick W Kolthammer, Mother of W H Kolthammer, with daughters Marguerite [sic]., Bertha and Lily". Daughter Margareta (Rita) would have been 15 when Lily was a baby, so the third daughter in the photo is likely Eda]
Margarete Kobold Kolthammer and daughters
Bertha, Eda, & Lilian
(Son) BirthSon Harold Claude was born on 20 Jan 1904. He died in July at the age of six months.18 
(Widowed) DeathHer husband Frederick died on 20 Jun 1906.20 
(Next-of-kin) MilitaryMarie Kolthammer gave permission for her son Otto to join the military in 1906.21
Permission for Otto Kolthammer to join the military
Signed by his mother Marie
1911 CensusMargaret Kolthammer appeared on the 1911 Census of Newington, Southwark, London, at 14 Union Square, enumerated 2 Apr 1911. The family lived in a six room house. Margaret was 48, a widow, born in Germany, a German citizen, but a resident of England. She was the mother of 10 children, 8 of whom were still living. With her were her children Charles, Bertha, Eda and Lily, as well as four boarders, one of whom was her future son-in-law Ernest Long.22
Margaret Kolthammer & children
1911 census, Southwark, London
(form completed by son Charles)
AnecdoteGranddaughter Joan Haworth:
Margarete went to Germany on holiday just before the war and wasn't allowed back into England once it began. She worked in hospitals all through the war and sent postcards to her children back in England. During the war, shopkeepers and the coalman wouldn't serve them because of their German name and the girls were stoned by mobs.5
Note.The London Gazette listed the names of the former alien enemies returning to England, per the Aliens Restriction Act, 1919. Included in the list published in February 1920 from the Home Office at Whitehall was Margarete Kolthammer.23 
(Witness) Marriage Margareta Kolthammer witnessed the marriage of Percival Joseph Moody to her daughter Bertha Margaret on 2 Oct 1920 in St Saviour with St Peter, Southwark, Surrey.24 
Margarete Kobold Kolthammer
(from a photocopy, original not yet located)
AnecdoteWynne Goss recollected:
I knew Granny well and loved her enormously. She lived in Coldharbour Lane, Brixton in one room in her later years. My Mum, sister and self used to go every Saturday to collect her dirty laundry and take clean for her. Also to do her shopping. We used to go on holiday with her to Ramsgate Kent. She was a lovely cuddly Granny and I loved her deeply and miss her even now.25
AnecdoteJoan Haworth:
Grandma spoke very bad English, but we didn't know she was German.5
DeathMargarete died on 22 Aug 1935 in Ramsgate, Kent.
Details from certificate: in the General Hospital, Mary Margaret Kolthammer, 75, cause of death pneumonia, informant son J Kolthammer of Morden Surrey.26 
Ramsgate Cemetery entrance; you can see the chapel through the archway
Mary Margaret Kolthammer grave marker
(undated photo from Joan Haworth; 2010 photo from Jill)
Mary Margaret Kolthammer gravestone
(undated photo)
Mary Margaret Kolthammer grave
Close-up of Mary Margaret Kolthammer grave marker
Last Edited23 Jan 2017


  1. Copy marriage certificate of Friedrich Wilhelm Kolthammer and Margarete Kathrina Koboldt, married 10 February 1884 in the Registration District of Whitechapel.
  2. Microfilm of the Familienbuch of Lendsiedel, Württemberg, (Family History Library, 1528589), original records in Stuttgart Archives. [My knowledge of German and reading early German handwriting is rudimentary so details may be slightly off]
  3. Microfilm of the Baptisms of St George's German Lutheran Church, Whitechapel, Middlesex, 1857-1897 (Family History Library, 1752197).
  4. Microfilm of the Marriages of the German Protestant Reformed Church, 1871-1938 (Family History Library, 1785883).
  5. Letters from Joan Haworth, Gorleston-on-Sea, Norfolk, to J Kolthammer, dated beginning in 1989.
  6. FreeBMD. Frederick Kolthammer, Mar Q 1885, Poplar RD.
  7. FreeBMD. Margreta Kolthammer, Jun Q 1886, St Saviour RD.
  8. 1901 Census for England & Wales, RG 13/366 folio 127.
  9. Copy birth certificate of Henry William Kolthammer, born 21 November 1887, registered 2 January 1888 in the Registration District of St Saviour Surrey.
  10. FreeBMD. Otto Kolthammer, Mar Q 1890, St Saviour RD.
  11. 1891 Census for England & Wales, RG12/346 folio 143.
  12. FreeBMD. Charles Robert Kolthammer, Mar Q 1892, St Saviour RD.
  13. Index to St. Georges German Lutheran Church, Little Alie Street, London, Baptisms, copied by a mailing list volunteer, 1998.
  14. FreeBMD. Bertha Margareta Kolthammer, Mar Q 1894, Lambeth RD.
  15. FreeBMD. George Kolthammer, Sep Q 1898, St Saviour RD.
  16. Baptisms of St George the Martyr, London. Register at London Metropolitan Archives. Image viewed at Ancestry. George Kolthammer, 1899, #1826.
  17. Baptisms of St George the Martyr, London. Register at London Metropolitan Archives. Image viewed at Ancestry. Lily Kolthammer, 1899, #1954.
  18. Baptisms of St George the Martyr, London. Register at London Metropolitan Archives. Image viewed at Ancestry. Harold Claude Kolthammer, 1904, #1190.
  19. FreeBMD. George Kolthammer, age 1, Sep Q 1899, St Saviour RD.
  20. Copy death certificate of Frederick Kolthammer, died 20 June 1906, registered 21 June 1906 in the Registration District of Hackney.
  21. Service Records of Otto Kolthammer, 16th Lancers, 1906. The National Archives WO363 (images accessed on
  22. Image of the 1911 Census for England and Wales (1911,, RG78/510A, RG14/1797 RD 23, SD 4, ED 5, SN 358.
  23. The London Gazette, online at
  24. Marriages of the parish of St Saviour with St Peter, Southwark, Surrey. Register at London Metropolitan Archives. Image viewed at Ancestry. Percival Joseph Moody & Bertha Margaret Kolthammer, 1920, #374.
  25. Letters from Wynne Goss, Crawley, Sussex, to J Kolthammer, dated circa 1991.
  26. Copy death certificate of Mary Margaret Kolthammer, died 22 August 1935, registered 24 August 1935 in the Registration District of Thanet.
  27. Copy death certificate of Harold Claude Kolthammer, died 25 July 1904, registered 25 July 1904 in the Registration District of Southwark.