Lorenz Christian Aue(1796)
Johann Friedrich Jost Aue(1740)
Uwe Schaper also found information about Lorenz Christian Aue (1796), (father in law to Andreas Heinrich Julius Baller (1825)), en his father Johann Friedrich Jost Aue (presumably 1740). From the certificates it is assumed that the father of Lorenz Christian Aue was 56 at the time of Lorenz’s birth. From the marital certificate of Lorenz Christian Aue Uwe learned that Johann F. J. Was a soldier (petty officer) and married Anna Elisabeth Donner at 22 October 1783.
The marriage was solemnized by a field pastor, which means that he was still a soldier in the army of Frederic the Great (Frederik II/Alter Fritz, who lived till 1786) when he married. He married at 43 years old, which can be explained by the fact that in Prussia in those days young soldiers were not easily allowed to marry. They needed a permission by their commander (party by paying him). Since Johann Friedrich Jost Aue and Benedict Baller were about the same age, it is likely that they were soldiers in the same regiment.
The birth certificate of Lorenz Christian Aue also states that at the moment of his birth his father was a Royal Prussian Gate Clerk at the Western Gate of Quedlinburg. In those days it was common in Prussia for veterans to work as a teacher, nightwatcher or gate clerk. The Western Gate in Quedlinburg was one of the city’s gates.
One of the tasks of the gate clerk was to tax, also called excise duty, all goods that were imported into the city. The Prince-Elector (who ruled Brandenburg) had established this tax in 1667, which was abolished in 1818. The extra income generated was used to finance the military. To be able to tax everyone, even in the 18th century city walls and city gates were built. This was no longer meant as a military defence wall, but as a customs border.
Translated from the Dutch translation of the German original text by Uwe Schaper.