Amalie Simon

born on 10 August 1843  in Harscheid
died on 12 May 1892  in Elberfeld
 
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Amalie Simon's birth certificate

Amalie Simon, born on 14th August 1843 in Harscheid, died on 12th May 1892 in Elberfeld.
 
Amalie Simon was a daughter of Caspar Henrich Simon, from Hoff near Waldbröl, and Elisabeth Dax from Harscheid near Nümbrecht. She married Christian Heinrich Müller on the 3rd of April 1866 and gave birth to 10 children (plus supposedly two dead -born children; one surviving girl died later at the age of six). The names of 8 children are known (look at the list of descendants).

Amalie Simon is described as a real beauty, a very tall woman of an impressive appearance. Even years after her death, her cloths spoke of her physical size (which she gave on to her children). Frieda Müller, née Knapp, her son Emil's wife, who never knew Amalie personally, saw her mother-in-law's cloths and was so impressed by their size, that in 1966, still, she described them to her grandson as being so large in every direction "that I would have fit in twice". To be really big now, though, was a result of Amalie's last 15 years. After having given birth to 10 or more children the formerly tall figure had put on an enormous weight, and Amalie had started to dislike her own image strongly.  So with all her heart she tried to avoid that any idea of this image should become lasting memory, and

The world of Amalie's childhood comes to life again in her brother Wilhelm's “Chronicle of the Simon Family”.

Chronicle of the Simon
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by Wilhelm Simon 1927
 

Her life in Elberfeld with her family and the lives of her husband and her children are described in

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Chronicle of the Müller
and his descendants
Heinrich Müller
 

so all witnesses reported the same story: she successfully prevented anyone from taking even a single picture of her. So definitely no picture of her exists.

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