Lucka, Town Cemetery in 1880
Location of town cemetery in Lucka, just outside the central square (topographical map 1880; Caroline’s former residence indicated at right). — The child to whom Caroline gave birth in Lucka, Wilhelm Julius Krantz (real last name: Böhmer), was born on 3 November 1793 on Hirtengasse. Before she left Lucka for Gotha in early February 1794, however, Caroline put him in the care of foster parents, since she herself was not yet in a position to take him with her or, indeed, even to make his existence known to anyone outside a very tight circle of friends. — Julius, however, as she called him, died on 20 April 1795 and was buried on 23 April 1795 “quietly,” as the church register recorded it, presumably in the town cemetery. — As was often the case at the time, however, a child such as this, without means or family, likely had either a wooden marker or none at all, and over time, as the coffin decayed and collapsed, other deceased residents of Lucka were buried on top of him, until finally even the location of his burial place was forgotten (as happened to Auguste in Bad Bocklet).
(Map: Topographische Karte Sachsen ; Sächsische Landesbibliothek, Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Dresden [SLUB], Inv.-Nr. SLUB KS 14891, Blatt 57; Deutsche Fotothek df dk 0000278, obj 70302464.)