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Death of Conrad

This is a very unusual entry. Conrad was the father of Johannes and his death was accidental. The interpretation of how he died is subject to debate. Native German speakers have said it's ambiguous.  The word über is most commonly used to mean over, but can also mean from atop.

So, Conrad either fell out of a crabapple tree, or fell over a crabapple tree.  In either case, he broke his back and died.

Note the little crescent to the far left. That's the sign for the Moon, and indicates that the day was Monday. Other signs were used for the other days of the week.

This is a scanned version of a photocopy of a microfilm image. The microfilm image shows more fine line detail and subtlety than can be shown here.

Evangelical Lutheran Church in Dußlingen (Dusslingen)

German

Jahr únd Tag Tod Informationen
Montag dc 8t 8ter 1703 Conrad Breyel, Bürger u. BaursMan allhier
so über einen Holzapfelbaúm herabgefallen u. der
Rükgrath abgebroch noch 5. tag gelebet, seines
alters 51. Jahr weniger 8. Wochen.


English

Year and Day Death Information
Monday 8 October 1703 Conrad Breyel, citizen and farmer of this place
who upon a crabapple tree fell down and
broke his back yet lived 5 days, his
age 51 years, less 8 weeks.


OR

Year and Day Death Information
Monday 8 October 1703 Conrad Breyel, citizen and farmer of this place
who fell down over a crabapple tree and
broke his back yet lived 5 days, his
age 51 years, less 8 weeks.


 




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1 August 2009