Kelsey Jackson Williams
2019-12-31 10:05:14 UTC
I had thought that the children, both legitimate and illegitimate, of Peter the Great were well-known (see https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D0%94%D0%B5%D1%82%D0%B8_%D0%9F%D0%B5%D1%82%D1%80%D0%B0_I for the current opinion) but have recently noticed an additional claimed illegitimate daughter which I'd be curious to hear s.g.m.'s opinion on (apologies that this pushes the chronological boundaries of the group!).
The lady in question is a Baltic-German noble woman and the claim appears at https://www.geni.com/people/Helene-von-Bock/6000000009827395926 with, of course, no sources whatsoever. This puzzles me and makes me suspicious to begin with, for all published and manuscript genealogies with which I'm familiar happily name her father as Christoph Wilhelm von Schulze (+ 1733), secretary to the senate and sometime secretary to the Russian embassy in Dresden. Certainly her marriage record in the Kirchenbuch of Kirchspiel Oberpahlen in Livland (EAA.1168.2.5, p. 761), the earliest contemporary record I've located for her, describes her as "fraülein Helena v. Schultze" daughter of "Herrn Senats Secretarii Wilhelm v. Schultze".
Is anyone aware of how this claim that she was Peter's daughter began?