Catherine von Essen

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Ekaterina Eleonore Ivanovna Grosschopff

Also Known As: "Ekaterina Eleonore Ivanovna Grosschopff", "Catherine von Essen", "Ekaterina von Essen", "Yekaterina Ivanovna von Essen", "Екатерине фон Ессен", "Катерина Ивановна Гроссшопф"
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Death: Died
Place of Burial: Cheremyshevo, Pestrechinsky, Tatarstan, Russia
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Johann Gottlieb Grosschopff and Anna Beata Östedt
Wife of Konstantin
Partner of Srul Moishevich Blank
Sister of Anna Ivanovna Grosschopff; Karl Ivanovich Grosshopff and Gustav Ivanovich Grosshopff

Managed by: Olav Linno Poëll
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About Catherine von Essen

Гроссшопф, Екатерина ИвановнаGrosschopff, Ekaterina Eleonore Ivanovna

  • * 1801-04-03, 1802
  • Ioo became Catherine von Essen.
  • o-o 1842
  • † 1863-10-07

Was a private tutor and the widow of a government official of the XII class (i.e. 12th grade: Provincial Secretary / Gubernial Secretary, Губернский секретарь). Widow by 1840. The partnership with Aleksandr was childless.

"It fell to Anna Grosschopf ’s widowed sister Ekaterina von Essen to bring up the girls. She gave them an education which went well beyond that which daughters of the nobility traditionally received. She taught them German, French and English besides giving them piano lessons. The seriousness with which these studies were undertaken is indicated by the fact that in 1863 Mariya Blank was able to pass the examinations which qualified her as a teacher of Russian, French and German." (White 2001: 16)

In May 1842, Aleksandr, along with his children and his "wife", Catherine von Essen, moved to Perm. It was illegal to marry ones deceased wife's sister. Alexander applied for permisson to marry―without disclosing the sisters birth names to the authorities―but was still denied. However, it did not stop the couple from staying under the same roof until Yekaterina's death in 1863.

"Alexander Blank had several reasons to be pleased about her. Not only did she take responsibility for her nieces but also had a substantial legacy and was willing to help with the purchase of the estate of Kokushkino, twenty miles to the north-east of the old Volga city of Kazan (where she had lived with her now-deceased husband Konstantin)." (Service 2000: 19-20)



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In May 1842, Alexander D., along with children and his wife, Catherine von Essen, moved to Perm.

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Catherine von Essen's Timeline

April 3, 1801
Saint Petersburg, Russia
October 7, 1863
Age 62
Cheremyshevo, Pestrechinsky, Tatarstan, Russia