52 Ancestors: #35 MERKES-HASTERT Family – Back to School or Back to Work?

Week 35 (August 27 – September 2) – School Days: Many kids have returned to school by this time. What do you know about your ancestors’ school days? Do you have any yearbooks? Have you found him or her in a local school census? (Certainly nobody knows about any senior pranks they pulled 😉 )

Sources will be added in a day or two. It’s been a bit busy around here!

A School Teacher for the MERKES Children

On 1 September 1863 Jean THOMES, the mayor of Bastendorf, placed an advertisement in the Der Wächter an der Sauer for a teaching job in Bastendorf, Luxembourg. Adam (14) and  Mathias (12), the youngest sons of Peter and Anna Catharina MERKES-HASTERT, may still have been going to school at this time.

Concurs
am 2. September nächsthin, Vormittags halb neun Uhr im Schulgebäude zu Diekirch, für die Lehrerstelle der Knabenschule zu Bastendorf, mit welcher:
a) Ein jährlicher fixer Gehalt von Fr. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 600
b) Die Schulgebühren der nicht schulpflichtigen Kinder von circa Fr. . .50
c) Eine freie geräumige Wohnung und
d) Das Holzrecht 
verbunden sind.
Bastendorf, am 21 August 1863.
Der Bürgermeister: Jean Thomes.

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Der Wächter an der Sauer, Tuesday 1 September 1863, No. 104, p. 4, col. 1 http://www.eluxemburgensia.lu/webclient/DeliveryManager?application=DIRECTLINK&custom_att_2=simple_viewer&pid=1621505&search_terms=#panel:pa|issue:1621505|article:DTL45

Competition
On September 2 next, in the morning half past eight clock in the school building in  Diekirch, for the teaching job of the boys’ school to Bastendorf which includes:
a) An annual fixed salary of Fr. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .600
b) The school fees of (non-compulsory) children of approximately Fr. . . .  50
c) A free and spacious dwelling
d) The right to collect firewood
Bastendorf, on 21 August 1863rd
The Mayor: Jean Thomes.

In the three-quarters of a century before World War II only three teachers taught school in the village due to the good conditions offered them. The teacher hired in 1863 very likely was the first of the three. Mr. Hermes, who was the school teacher in 1949, had been teaching in Bastendorf since 1916. During the time he held school in Bastendorf the town was hard-hit by the Germans – twice, during both world wars.

The Rundstedt or Ardennes Offensive ended on 19 January 1945 for the people of Bastendorf leaving their town in ruins. The Bastendorfers’ once beautiful “village Cathedral” as they thought of their church was disfigured, leaving only the church tower standing. The school building which hardly differed from a stable was in ruins. It took nearly five years to rebuild the damaged buildings. A new church and school building were inaugurated on Sunday, 28 August 1949. The new school building was a modern promise to the children of the town. 

Inauguration of the New School in Bastendorf Next Sunday
Zur Einweihung der neuen Schule in Bastendorf am nächsten Sonntag

School Inauguration in Bastendorf
Schuleinweihung in Bastendorf

Pierre “Peter” MERKES 1805-1867

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Nicolas Merkes

Pierre “Peter” MERKES was born at one o’clock in the afternoon of Tuesday, 10 September 1805 in Bettendorf to Nicolas MERKES (b. 1763) and Magdalena WAGENER (b. abt. 1773). His father was 40 years old at the time, a farmer, and was able to sign his name on the birth record. Peter was the 6th of a dozen children.

Anna Catharina HASTERT 1810-1888

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Christope Haster

Anna Catharina HASTERT was born at three o’clock in the morning of Saturday, 15 December 1810 in Niederglabach, commune of Nommern, to Christophe HASTER(T) (1778-1852) and Barbara “Barbe” SCHMIT (1784-1861). Her father was 35 years old, a day laborer, and was able to sign his name on the birth record. I have not researched Anna Catharina’s siblings.

Peter and Anna Catharina Marry in Nommern

On Tuesday 28 February 1832 in Nommern a marriage took place between Peter MERKES and Anna Catharina HASTERT. Peter was 27 years old, a tailor (Schneider) and lived in Bettendorf. Anna Catharina was 22 years old, a day laborer (Taglöhnerin) and lived in Niederglabach. The parents of the bride and groom were present and consenting to the marriage. Banns had been proclaimed on Sunday the 12th and 19th of February in Bettendorf and Nommern. Four witnesses from Schrondweiler and Nommern were present. Their relationship to the bridal couple was not given. The groom and his father signed their names to the marriage record. The bride, mother of the bride and the mother of the groom declared not being able to write and did not sign.

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Peter Merkes

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Nicolas Merkes

The inability of the ladies present to sign their names to the marriage record in 1832 makes me wonder when girls were allowed and/or required to attend school. The 1863 advertisement seen above was for a boys’ school and children who were not required to attend school had to pay for their attendance.

The Children of Peter and Anna Catharina

Peter and Anna Catharina’ s first child was born 10 months after their marriage. Barbara, also called Barbe, was born on 21 December 1832 in Niederglabach in the commune of Nommern. Sometime after her birth the family moved to Obereissenbach in the commune of Hosingen where their second child, Anna Maria (1835-1920) was born on 14 August 1835. The family of four then moved to Bastendorf were the rest of the children were born. The move must have taken place when Anna Catharina was expecting her third child as the 1851 census indicates the family had lived in Bastendorf for 12 years. Their third child, Nicolas MERKES was born on 17 November 1838 in Bastendorf and died there on 30 December 1838. Two more children were born before the 1843 census: Pierre on 27 October 1839 and Marie, also known as Margaretha, on 26 April 1842.

On 16 December 1843 Pierre, his wife “Catharine” and their children Barbe, Pierre, and Marie were enumerated on the census taken in Bastendorf. Their daughter Anna Maria who was 8 years old at the time was not listed with the family. Was this an omission or was Anna Maria visiting with her grandparents? I have not done census work on the parents of Pierre or Anna Catharina.

Mathias MERKES was born 18 July 1846 and was listed with his parents Pierre and “Catherine” on the 24 December 1846 census along with his siblings Pierre, “Anne Marie” and “Marguerite”. His sister Barbe was 12 years old and working as a servant for farmer Pierre Steichen and living with his family. It is not unusual to see the given names written in French on one census and in German the next time.

Little Mathias died at the age of 2 years on 11 November 1848 in Bastendorf. By the time the next census was taken on 3 December 1849 another son Adam had been born to Pierre and Anna Catharina on 5 July 1849. The MERKES-HASTERT household included father Pierre, mother “Cath.” and children Pierre, Adam, Barbe, and Marie. Their 14 years old daughter Anna Maria was not with the family and has not been located in another household.

On 7 October 1851 Pierre and Anna Catharina’s 8th and youngest child, a son, was born. They named him Mathias after their 6th child who died in 1848.

On 31 December 1851 the MERKES-HASTERT household included father Pierre, mother Anne Cathérine, and children Pierre, Adam, Mathias, Barbe, Anna Marie, and Marie. A peculiarity of the census, also seen in other years, was the listing of the sons in order of birth followed by the daughters in order of birth. A remark was added concerning Anna Marie – she was absent from home and working as a servant in Tandel, a neighboring village.

On 2 December 1852 when the census was taken Pierre and Anna Catherine had 5 of their 6 living children living at home: Pierre, Adam, Mathias, Barbe, and Marie. Anna Maria was not living at home and her location at the time is unknown.

In 1855 the MERKES-HASTERT family appears to have been missed when the census was taken on 3 December.  Their oldest son Pierre was found in the Schroeder-Schütz household. He was 16 years old and working as a shepherd (berger).

The first grandchild was born on the last day of 1856 in Bastendorf. The oldest daughter Barbe who was 23 years old gave birth to an illegitimate son she named Johann. The grandfather Pierre did not wait for the New Year to have the birth registered. The child was born at 6 o’clock in the evening and Pierre met with the Johann Thomes, the mayor, an hour later.

By 3 December 1858 the oldest son Pierre had “disappeared” from the MERKES-HASTERT household and from Bastendorf. His brothers Adam and Mathias were still at home with their parents who were also keeping Barbe’s young son “Jean” while his mother was in the Fonck-Bourg household in a house called Mühlen and working as a servant.

Pierre and Anna Catharina’s second daughter was also missing from the 1858 census but she did not disappear like her brother Pierre. On 1 September 1859 Anna Maria MERKES married Anton KREMER (1836-1918) in Bettendorf. Anna Maria could not sign her name on her marriage record. Could this mean she did not attend school?

Barbe and her son “Jean” were living with her parents on 3 December 1861 in the MERKES-HASTERT household along with her brothers Adam and Mathias. The household remained the same on 3 December 1864 with the exception of Adam who was living with the Kremer-Zenner widow and working as a house servant (domestique).

Peter and Anna Catharina’s third daughter Marie “Margaretha” MERKES had also been missing from MERKES-HASTERT household since being enumerated with them in 1852. She was once again found when she married Dominique “Dominik” HEUARDT (1836- ) on 3 May 1865 in Bastendorf. As was the case for her sister Anna Maria, Marie could not sign her name on her marriage record.

The next marriage in the family was on 7 January 1867 in Bastendorf. The oldest daughter Barbe MERKES married Nicolas KELLER (1837-1878). Her son Jean MERKES was not mentioned on their marriage record and his surname remained MERKES. As was the case for her sisters Anna Maria and Marie, Barbe could not sign her name on her marriage record. Did the girls in this family not attend school because their parents could not afford to pay the school fees?

Not long after Barbe married, her father Pierre “Peter” MERKES died on 22 February 1867 in Bastendorf. He left his wife, three married daughters, two unmarried sons, and a son whose whereabouts are unknown.

Whereabouts of the Family After the Father’s Death

On the 3 December 1867 census the mother of this family was seen as Anna Maria HASTERT  and had in her household son Adam and oldest daughter Barbe, son-in-law Nicolas KELLER, grandchildren Johann MERKES and Margaretha KELLER. Her son Mathias was living in Tandel in the Nicolas KELLEN household and working as a servant (Knecht).

On 1 December 1871 Anna Catharina HASTERT was alone on the census in Bastendorf. Her son Adam and Mathias were listed on the back page as working in Rumelange. This remark came in very handy during further research as Anna Catharina was seen by herself on 1 December 1875.

Very early in my research I called the civil records office in Bastendorf for more information on the MERKES-HASTERT couple. The person on the phone was very helpful but was not able to find the death record in Bastendorf for Anna Catharina HASTERT. At the time all I knew was her daughter Anna Maria was living with her husband Anton KREMER and their children in Bettendorf. I did not know about her other children and had no idea where to search futher.

Nearly twenty years later while preparing to write this post I searched for the all of the birth, marriage, death, and census records. The information on the location of the two youngest sons in 1871 was the breakthrough I needed.

From Rob Deltgen’s site I knew Adam MERKES married Anne Marie KUNNERT on 22 December 1873 in Consthum in the canton of Clervaux. I found their marriage record as well as that of his brother Mathias MERKES who married Susanne KAUFMAN on 11 August 1875 in Bastendorf. Adam and Mathias were both able to sign their names on their marriage records.

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Adam Merkes

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Mathias Merkes

Mathias was living in Bastendorf in 1880 however his mother, his sister Barbe, and his brother Adam were missing.

The notation on the 1871 census about Adam and Mathias MERKES working in Rumelange brought all the pieces together. It’s a good thing that I checked the Tables Décennales for Rumelange before jumping into the birth and death records. At the very front of the book was this remark:

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Remarque: Rumelange records begin in 1891, avant 1891 s’était la commune de Kayl!

It pays to be able to read more than one language. Before 1891 Rumelange was part of the commune of Kayl. In the Kayl records I found Adam MERKES living in Rumelange in 1880, 1885, and 1887 per the census. His mother Anna Catharina HASTERT was in his household. His sister Barbe was living in Rumelange at the same time and has, so far, only been found in the 1885 census. His brother Mathias also moved to Rumelange by 1885. His sister Marie “Margaretha” MERKES died on 30 December 1884 in Rumelange in the commune of Kayl.

The birth records of the children of Adam MERKES show his re-location from Bastendorf to Rumelange very likely took place following his marriage in 1873. Children were born in Rumelange between 1874-1891.

Adam’s sister Barbe went to Rumelange before 1871. She had three children born between 1871 and 1876 in Rumelange and her husband Nicolas KELLER died there on 27 October 1878.

Anna Catharina HASTERT died in Rumelange on 9 May 1888. She had been living with her son Adam; her daughter Barbe and son Mathias were living in the same town. Only my husband’s 2nd great-grandmother Anna Maria MERKES, who was the first to  marry in 1859, remained in Bettendorf, her husband Anton KREMER’s hometown. But this didn’t mean her ties to her family were broken. Three of her sons went to Rumelange to work in the mines, most likely along side their uncles Adam and Mathias.

And the Search Continues….

The census records for the children of Anna Catharina HASTERT and Peter “Pierre” MERKES who lived in Rumelange still need to be found for the period 1890-1900. Adam died in 1924; the deaths of Barbe and Mathias are unknown. Another question which remains to be answered is: what happened to son Peter after 1855?

Sources: (to be added)

Genealogy Sketch

Name: Pierre “Peter” MERKES
Parents: Nicolas MERKES and Margaretha WAGENER
Spouse: Anna Catharina HASTERT
Parents of spouse: Christophe HASTERT and Barbara SCHMIT
Whereabouts: Bettendorf, Niederglabach, Bastendorf, Rumelange
Relationship to Cathy Meder-Dempsey: husband’s 3rd great-grandfather

  1. Pierre “Peter” MERKES
  2. Anna Maria MERKES
  3. Nicolas KREMER
  4. Franz “Fritz” KREMER
  5. Marie Françoise “Maisy” KREMER
  6. husband of Cathy Meder-Dempsey

© 2015 Cathy Meder-Dempsey

52ancestors-2015This is my weekly entry for Amy Johnson Crow’s challenge:
52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – 2015 Edition. It was so successful in 2014 that genealogists wanted to continue or join in on the fun in 2015. Be sure to check out the other great posts by visiting Amy’s blog No Story Too Small where she’ll be posting the weekly recap on Thurdays and allowing all participants to leave a link to their post(s) in the comments.

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Slave Name Roll Project: RELEASING Frank

Following my three part series on the slaves of my 5th grand-father James Sims I’ve made a commitment to write a post on a monthly basis until I’ve RELEASED all of the names of slaves owned by my ancestors. Today I’m RELEASING Frank.

The paternal side of my father’s family lived in Fayette County, (West) Virginia before the Civil War. I checked the Slave Schedules for 1850 and 1860 for Fayette County looking for a familiar or family name. My 3rd great-grand uncle Wilson M. Dempsey turned up on the 1860 schedule with nine slaves between 1-35 however I cannot find any documentation with names of slaves owned by him.

I then went through the other names from 1850 and compared them with the wills, appraisals, and bills of sale found in the West Virginia Will Books, 1756-1971. It took several attempts to find a record mentioning a slave.

Frank, a slave of Henry Montgomery of Fayette County, West Virginia

Henry MONTGOMERY was seen on the 1850 schedule with two slaves, a 20 years old girl and a 2 years old boy.

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1850 U.S. Federal Census > (West) Virginia >Fayette County

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1850 U.S. Federal Census > (West) Virginia >Fayette County > Slave Schedule

Henry was found in the 1810 (1 slave), 1820, 1830 (2 slaves) census of Kanawha County and the 1840 (1 slaves) and 1850 (2 slaves, as seen above) census of Fayette County.

Henry Montgomery died before September 1852. The appraisement of his estate included “One Negro Boy (Frank)” appraised at $300.

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Snippet of page with the name of the Negro Boy Frank.

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“West Virginia Will Books, 1756-1971,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-18271-59094-32?cc=1909099&wc=M6DN-5NG:179689901,179689902 : accessed 28 August 2015), Fayette > Will book, v. 001 1832-1866 > image 134 of 292; county courthouses, West Virginia.

Typewritten transcription of the above image and two following can be found here.

Young Frank does not show up on the sale bill of the personal property of Henry Montgomery.

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“West Virginia Will Books, 1756-1971,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-18271-59094-32?cc=1909099&wc=M6DN-5NG:179689901,179689902 : accessed 28 August 2015), Fayette > Will book, v. 001 1832-1866 > image 134 of 292; county courthouses, West Virginia.

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“West Virginia Will Books, 1756-1971,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-18271-59191-56?cc=1909099&wc=M6DN-5NG:179689901,179689902 : accessed 28 August 2015), Fayette > Will book, v. 001 1832-1866 > image 135 of 292; county courthouses, West Virginia.

In 1860 Henry’s widow Nancy MONTGOMERY was seen on the 1860 schedule with one 10 years old male slave. Could this be Frank? Although the age is off by 2 years compared to the young male slave seen with Henry in 1850 I believe he is very likely young Frank mentioned in the appraisement.

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1850 U.S. Federal Census > (West) Virginia >Fayette County

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1850 U.S. Federal Census > (West) Virginia >Fayette County > Slave Schedule

Nancy Montgomery died about June 1866 and her estate was appraised on 31 July 1866 and recorded 10 September 1866.

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“West Virginia Will Books, 1756-1971,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-18272-69094-20?cc=1909099&wc=M6DN-1N5:179689901,179717401 : accessed 28 August 2015), Fayette > Will book, v. 002 1861-1885 > image 17 of 255; county courthouses, West Virginia.

As would be expected no slave is listed on the appraisement which took place 3 years after the Emancipation Proclamation of 1 January 1863.

The bill of the sale was found on page 82 and the settlement of Nancy Montgomery’s estate on page 93.

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“West Virginia Will Books, 1756-1971,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-18272-68551-44?cc=1909099&wc=M6DN-1N5:179689901,179717401 : accessed 28 August 2015), Fayette > Will book, v. 002 1861-1885 > image 48 of 255; county courthouses, West Virginia.

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“West Virginia Will Books, 1756-1971,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-18272-68318-37?cc=1909099&wc=M6DN-1N5:179689901,179717401 : accessed 28 August 2015), Fayette > Will book, v. 002 1861-1885 > image 54 of 255; county courthouses, West Virginia.

Without a surname for Frank my attempts to locate him in the census in 1870 were futile.True's statement© 2015 Cathy Meder-Dempsey

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52 Ancestors: #34 KREMER-FRIEDERICH Family – Using Substitutes to Tell Their Story

Week 34 (August 20-26) – Non-Population: While we’re on the subject of special census schedules, have you found an ancestor on a non-population census — agriculture, industry, manufactures,  or 1890 Union veterans? Tell us about him or her.

“Putting Flesh on the Bones”

If the birth, marriage, and death records are the bones of your ancestors then the Non-Population Schedules and Special Censuses are the muscles and flesh we need to cover the skeleton. They provide information about the communities in which our ancestors lived making their stories more interesting. One difference between U.S. and Luxembourgish research is the lack of these special schedules.

I would be happy to have agriculture, industry, manufacturers, mortality, and veterans schedules for my Luxembourgish ancestors. I make do with the birth, marriage, death and census records for Luxembourg as they usually include enough information to substitute for misssing records and, at the same time, give more substance to the story of the entire family.

By analyzing the records of all persons in this week’s family I made some very interesting discoveries and found stand-ins for some of the missing key records.

Visiting the Ancestral Towns

viandenWhile out on our bikes last week my husband and I rode through the German and Luxembourgish countryside. I often think of the families who lived in the towns we ride through. We passed through Vianden (above), the canton where the KREMER family lived before coming to Bettendorf, and rode into Dillingen (below), where the FRIEDERICH family lived, crossing over this old cobblestone bridge.

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Nicolas KREMER 1797-1867

My husband’s 3rd great-grandfather Nicolas KREMER was born in Hosingen, Clervaux, Luxembourg, on the 11 Ventôse Year 5 of the French Republic. Ventôse is the “windy” third month of winter and the date converts to 1 March 1797. The date and place were found on his 1830 marriage record.[1] Other dates were seen on the census: 29 December 1800 (1846)[2] and the year 1795 without a day or month (1849)[3].

I searched the Hosingen birth records and found the years 1794-1797 were missing. To further complicate matters the 1843 census[4] shows his place of birth as Stolzembourg and the 1846[2] and 1847[5] census list Wahlhausen, part of the commune of Hosingen. I checked Putscheid as Stolzembourg belongs to this commune and, once again, I found records were missing from 1794-1816. I’ve nearly given up on finding the birth record.

Nicolas’ marriage record[1] is the substitute I use for his date of birth as well as the names of his parents. He was the son of Wilhelm “Guillaume” KREMER and Madelaine “Magdalena” WINANDY. The marriage record gives his father Wilhelm’s date of death as 28 January 1814 in Weiler, part of the commune of Putscheid. A death record was not found as this year is missing. I checked the Tables Décennales (the 10 year lists of births, marriages, and deaths) for Putscheid and Vianden and did not find him in the 1813-1822 lists. Can I trust the date and place given in the marriage record?

Nicolas had two sisters, Eva and Marie, and two brothers, Paul and Jacques. Marie never married. What did I find the marriage records of Eva and her brothers? Wilhelm died 28  January 1814 in Weiler. Four marriage records with his date of death. Are these substitutes enough for his death record?

  • Sib 1: Eva (1793-1867) born 10 Sep 1793 Putscheid (Vianden).[6] She married Nicolas DIFFERDING (1792-1869) on 15 October 1822 in Landscheid (Vianden).[7] Eva died 3 July 1867 in Gralingen (Putscheid).[8]
  • Sib 3: Marie (1801-1840) born about 1801 Walhausen. She died 12 May 1840 in Bettendorf.[9]
  • Sib 4: Paul (1808-1859) born 30 May 1808 Weiler (Putscheid).[10] He died 9 March 1859, both in  Bettendorf.[11]
  • Sib 5: Jacques (1813-1848) born 9 November 1813 Weiler (Putscheid).[12] He died 23 July 1848 in Bettendorf.[13]

As with Nicolas I had to rely on the marriage records of Paul[10] and Jacques[12] as a substitute for their birth records. Eva’s baptismal record was located in the collection of church records and confirms her parents were Wilhelm KREMER and Magdalena WINANDY.[6] Next on my research list is to locate the marriage record of Wilhelm and Magdalena.

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Eva’s baptismal record confirms her parents were Wilhelm KREMER and Magdalena WINANDY [6]

Elisabeth FRIEDERICH 1802-1871

My husband’s 3rd great-grandmother Elisabeth FRIEDERICH (1802-1871) was born 14 April 1802, per the 1846 census[2], or 15 April 1803, per 1849 census[3], in Dillingen, Luxembourg. Can these conflicting records be used as substitutes for her birth record? Per her 1830 marriage record[1] her parents were Mathieu “Mathias” FRIEDERICH dite THIVELS (1771-1812) and Maria OLSEM (1763-1828). Elisabeth had a brother who was stillborn in 1794 and a sister born in 1796. Rob Deltgen, who has access to more than the Luxembourg church and civil records, includes the full dates in his database. I was not able to locate the records in Beaufort, the commune Dillingen belongs to. Mathias[14] and Maria’s[15] death records were found in Beaufort.

While looking at the map of our ride, I remembered I had found information on the FRIEDERICH family (also seen as TIVELS and THIVELS) coming from Wallendorf in Germany. Across the river from Wallendorf is the Luxembourgish village of Wallendorf-Pont which lies only 4 km from Dillingen. On an off chance Wallendorf-Pont may have kept church records I browsed the database at FamilySearch and located the 1791 marriage record of Elisabeth’s parents.[16] This wonderful find made up for the lack of records for their children’s births.

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The index card which led to the religious marriage record of Mathias Friederich and Maria Olsem [16]

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1791 Religious marriage record [16a]

KREMER Marriages Solve Dilemma

What do you do when you find an error in someone else’s database? What if you are not sure it’s a mistake?

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1830 Marriage Record No. 10 (top portion) [1]

Nicolas KREMER (seen here as KREMESCH) married Elisabeth FRIEDERICH on 17 February 1830 in Bettendorf. This is the famous marriage record (above, top half) which contains the information missing due to lack of documents concerning births and deaths. Elisabeth’s parents were both deceased and their dates of death were included. If these were known why was the age and date of birth of the bride not included?

Nicolas’ father was deceased and his mother was present and consenting to the marriage. Her residence was “Eisback” or “Eisbach,” neither a place in Luxembourg. I wonder if the person who wrote up the record meant “Eisleck” which is the northern region of Luxembourg and covers a third of the country. Years ago when I obtained the marriage record from the civil hall in Bettendorf I thought it might even be the name of a German town. Today I believe it should be Eisenbach (Eesbech) which lies north of Wahlhausen, Weiler, Putscheid, and Stolzembourg.

A little over a month later Nicolas’ brother Paul married Marie DIEDERICH (1811-1847) on 27 March 1830 in Bettendorf.[10] Again the mother of the groom Magdalena WINANDY a resident of Merscheid was present for the marriage. Christian DIEDERICH and his wife, the parents of the bride, were also present and consented to the marriage.

Five years later the third KREMER son was married in Bettendorf. Jacques KREMER married Cathérine KORB (1813-1895) on 27 February 1835.[12] Both of Jacques’ parents were noted as deceased. Wilhelm died on 21 January 1814 as opposed to the 28th seen on Eva, Nicolas and Paul’s marriage records. Magdalena died on 31 March 1814 in Weiler. As seen in the marriages records of Nicolas and Paul, this is a mistake.

Marie KREMER, the daughter who never married, died on 12 May 1840 in Bettendorff in the house of Christian DIEDERICH, her brother Paul’s father-in-law.[9]

After studying the marriage records and finding Magdalena WINANDY living in 1830 and present at two of her sons’ marriage, I had to find her death record. First stop, the reliable online database maintained by Rob Deltgen. Unfortunately he had the 1814 date found in Jacques’ marriage record. I was back to searching the towns seen as her residence when her children married.

Since my success rate for the records in the Putscheid was near zero I was not surprised I was unable to find the death record there. As several of the families in this branch of my husband’s tree lived in the Bettendorf area, I took a chance and searched for her death in the Tables Décennales of Bettendorf. I found a lady of the same name but the death record showed she was born in Bettendorf and 73 years old at time of death. At first I did not believe I had the right person even though Wilhelm KREMER was the name of her deceased husband. She would have been 56 in 1813 and too old when her son Jacques was born. But once I realized she died in the home of her son Paul’s father-in-law and only a few days after the marriage I was sure there must be an error in her age at death.

Madelaine “Magdalena” WINANDY died at the home of Christian DIEDERICH in Bettendorf on 31 March 1830, four days after the wedding.[17] Did she plan to stay a while after the marriage or was she not well enough to go home?

I’ve contacted Rob with the correction and will continue to search for the other missing records.

Nicolas and Elisabeth’s Family

Three months after the marriage of Nicolas and Elisabeth, twins boys, Jean[18] and Paul[19], were born on 18 May 1830 in Bettendorf. On 6 June at 11 o’clock in the morning Paul died[20] and was followed by his older twin Jean at 3 o’clock in the afternoon.[21] The death of the second twin must have been expected as Nicolas waited to report the deaths at the same time, an hour after the second death.

Following the births and deaths of the twins more children were born:

  • Jacques was born on 5 August 1831[22]
  • Anna Maria on 2 March 1833[23]
  • Johann on 5 October 1834[24]
  • Anton on 5 June 1836[25]
  • Peter on 25 February 1839[26]

Peter was born at 5 o’clock in the morning. Six hours later his brother Johann died at age 5 years.[27] From 1843 to 1851 Peter was seen as Jean on the census. In 1858 and 1871 he was seen as Pierre. Was he known as Jean during his childhood in remembrance of his brother Johann who died the day he was born?

Another set of twins was born on 2 October 1841.The boy was given the name Paul[28] , a name used with the first set of twins, and the girl was named Marie.[29] Paul, like his namesake, died young, only a month old, on 4 November 1841.[30]

Following the twins’ births Catherine was born on 1 March 1844.[31] She died on 15 February 1847, two weeks before her 3rd birthday.[32]

Marie, Paul’s twin, died on 20 March 1850.[33] By this time Elizabeth had given birth to 10 children and 6 of these were now deceased. Jacques, Anna Maria now known as Marie, Anton and Pierre were the four remaining children.

Jacques married Elisabeth PROMMENSCHENKEL (1832-1892) on 10 May 1854 in Waldbillig.[34] They lived for a short time in Christnach, a town in the commune of Waldbillig, where they had two daughters in 1854[35] and 1858.[36] The little family may have gone to Paris following the birth of the second daughter.

In 1858 Nicolas KREMER and his wife Elizabeth FRIEDERICH had only 19 years old Pierre living at home.[37] An annotation to the census indicates one of his sons was working in Paris and his daughter was “en condition” in Luxembourg City. As Jacques was married he would no longer be mentioned on his father’s census listing. This could mean my husband’s 2nd great-grandfather Anton KREMER may have been the son who was in Paris.

If it was Anton who was working in Paris in December 1858 he did not stay for long. Anton was in Bettendorf on 1 September 1859 when he married my husband’s 2nd great-grandmother Anna Maria MERKES (1835-1920).[38]

Anna Maria “Marie”  KREMER was last seen with her parents on the 1861 census[39] and was single. Her brother Jacques was last heard of when he reported the death of his second daughter on 18 November 1865 in the 19e arrondissement, Paris, Île-de-France, France.[40] On 2 November 1892 his wife Elisabeth PROMMENSCHENKEL died at the same address. Her husband Jacques was listed as deceased.[41] These death records, found online in the Paris archives, help estimate his death at between 1865-1892.

Nicolas KREMER died 8 February 1867 Bettendorf.[42] Nicolas, who had worked as a day laborer (Journalier or Taglöhner) his entire adult life, left his wife Elisabeth and sons Anton and Pierre. Were Marie and Jacques still living? Further research may uncover their whereabouts or death records.

Elisabeth FRIEDERICH died 28 October 1871 in Bettendorf. Her son Anton was the informant.[43] Later in the year her son Pierre was listed on the back page of Anton’s census record[44] as being in service (in dienst) but without a location. He was most likely still single. If he had been married at the time he would have been listed in his own household. No further record was found for Peter/Pierre and I estimate his death at after December 1871.

Anton KREMER, the last living child of Nicolas KREMER and Elisabeth FRIEDERICH, died 28 April 1918 in Bettendorf at the age of 81.[45]

Make Do With What You Find

I hope you’ve enjoyed the photographs taken for this week’s post as well my twist on the theme. No special census records for this family. And even though I’m missing key documents for the KREMER and FRIEDERICH families the list of sources used is still quite long. I thought this would be such an easy post but while writing and reviewing the documents I noticed facts I’d missed and had to do more than usual amount of re-writing.

Sources:
[1] Luxembourg, Registres d’état civil, 1662-1941 (images), FamilySearch (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Bettendorf > Mariages 1817-1890 Décès 1800-1859 > image 220 of 1494. 1830 Marriage Record No. 10. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12456-39950-62?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-2ZY:2071013250 : accessed 07 Apr 2013).
[2] Luxembourg, Volkszählungen 1843-1900 (images), FamilySearch (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Bettendorf > 1846 > image 27 of 334. 1846 Kremer-Friederich household.  (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-32356-27262-77?cc=2037957&wc=M5LR-BZ9:346114101,345858602 : accessed 18 February 2015).
[3] Luxembourg Census, Bettendorf > 1849 > image 33 of 343. 1849 Kremer-Friederich household. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32356-21299-31?cc=2037957&wc=M5LR-TQW:346114101,345864801 : accessed 18 February 2015).
[4] Luxembourg Census, Bettendorf > 1843 > image 190 of 288. 1843 Kremer-Friederich household. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-32360-26913-56?cc=2037957&wc=M5LT-T3L:346114101,345863501 : accessed 18 February 2015).
[5] Luxembourg Census, Bettendorf > 1849 > image 33 of 343. 1849 Kremer-Friederich household. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32356-21299-31?cc=2037957&wc=M5LR-TQW:346114101,345864801 : accessed 18 February 2015).
[6] Luxembourg Civil Records, Putscheid > Naissances 1779-1831 > image 141 of 299. 1793 Baptismal Record. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-11541-110845-43?cc=1709358&wc=9RYM-4WL:130227001,130321101 : accessed 18 August 2015).
[7] Ibid., Bastendorf > Mariages 1800-1823 > image 184 of 196. 1822 Marriage Record No. 6. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12394-249592-40?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-2CG:n1464610767 : accessed 13 Apr 2013).
[8] Ibid., Putscheid > Décès 1859-1890 > image 108 of 381. 1867 Death Record No. 17. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-11564-48433-11?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-L84:n1201975605 : accessed 01 Mar 2013).
[9] Ibid., Bettendorf > Mariages 1817-1890 Décès 1800-1859 > image 1235 of 1494. 1840 Death Record No. 11. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12456-39485-62?cc=1709358&wc=9RY8-SP8:129626601,129729901 : accessed 22 March 2010).
[10] Ibid., Bettendorf > Mariages 1817-1890 Décès 1800-1859 > image 212 of 1494. 1830 Marriage Record No. 14. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12456-40782-87?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-2ZY:2071013250 : accessed 13 Apr 2013).
[11] Ibid., Bettendorf > Mariages 1817-1890 Décès 1800-1859 > image 1478 of 1494. 1859 Death Record No. 10. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12456-41053-41?cc=1709358&wc=9RY8-SP8:129626601,129729901 : accessed 21 March 2010).
[12] Luxembourg Census, Bettendorf > 1843 > image 273 of 288. Koorb-Nilles and Kremer-Koorb household. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-32360-28353-62?cc=2037957&wc=M5LT-T3L:346114101,345863501 : accessed 16 August 2015).
[13] Luxembourg Civil Records, Bettendorf > Mariages 1817-1890 Décès 1800-1859 > image 1346 of 1494. 1848 Death Record No. 40. ((https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12456-41065-23?cc=1709358&wc=9RY8-SP8:129626601,129729901 : accessed 22 March 2010).
[14] Ibid., Beaufort > Mariages 1864-1890 Décès 1799-1890 > image 440 of 1474. 1812 Death Record. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-11577-147496-32?cc=1709358&wc=9RY9-W38:129623701,129687501 : accessed 17 August 2015).
[15] Ibid., Beaufort > Mariages 1864-1890 Décès 1799-1890 > image 676 of 1474. 1828 Death Record No. 8. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-11577-141484-84?cc=1709358&wc=9RY9-W38:129623701,129687501 : accessed 17 August 2015) Note: May be an error on record as she was listed as age 73 therefore b. 1755.
[16] Luxembourg, registres paroissiaux, 1601-1948 (images), FamilySearch (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), 1. Wallendorf-Pont > Tables des mariages 1746-1802 (index organisée par l’épouse) > image 133 of 212. 1791 Marriage Card. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32462-18064-80?cc=2037955&wc=STH8-K68:1501154317,1501173938 : accessed 19 August 2015).
[16a] Ibid., Wallendorf-Pont > Naissances 1799-1814, baptêmes 1779-1793, mariages 1779-1793, 1799-1814, décès 1799-1814, sépultures 1779-1793 > image 88 of 438. 1791 Marriage Record. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-32461-5216-23?cc=2037955&wc=STH8-92F:1501154317,1501199302 : accessed 19 August 2015).
[17] Luxembourg Civil Records, Bettendorf > Mariages 1817-1890 Décès 1800-1859 > image 1095 of 1494. 1830 Death Record No. 12. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12456-38474-75?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-2ZY:2071013250 : accessed 14 Apr 2013).
[18] Ibid., Bettendorf > Naissances 1828-1890 Mariages 1800-1816 > image 55 of 1507. 1830 Birth Record No. 32. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-13200-590-31?cc=1709358&wc=9RYD-FM9:129626601,129945501 : accessed 2 May 2015).
[19] Ibid., Bettendorf > Naissances 1828-1890 Mariages 1800-1816 > image 55 of 1507. 1830 Birth Record No. 33. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-13200-590-31?cc=1709358&wc=9RYD-FM9:129626601,129945501 : accessed 2 May 2015).
[20] Ibid., Bettendorf > Mariages 1817-1890 Décès 1800-1859 > image 1097 of 1494. 1830 Death Record No. 18. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12456-36361-85?cc=1709358&wc=9RY8-SP8:129626601,129729901 : accessed 2 May 2015).
[21] Ibid., Bettendorf > Mariages 1817-1890 Décès 1800-1859 > image 1097 of 1494. 1830 Death Record No. 19. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12456-36361-85?cc=1709358&wc=9RY8-SP8:129626601,129729901 : accessed 2 May 2015).
[22] Ibid., Bettendorf > Naissances 1828-1890 Mariages 1800-1816 > image 77 of 1507. 1832 Birth Record No. 37. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-13200-5590-72?cc=1709358&wc=9RYD-FM9:129626601,129945501 : accessed 2 May 2015).
[23] Ibid., Bettendorf > Naissances 1828-1890 Mariages 1800-1816 > image 108 of 1507. 1833 Birth Record No. 10. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-13200-6097-76?cc=1709358&wc=9RYD-FM9:129626601,129945501 : accessed 2 May 2015).
[24] Ibid., Bettendorf > Naissances 1828-1890 Mariages 1800-1816 > image 139 of 1507. 1834 Birth Record No. 49. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-13200-4896-81?cc=1709358&wc=9RYD-FM9:129626601,129945501 : accessed 2 May 2015).
[25] Ibid., Bettendorf > Naissances 1828-1890 Mariages 1800-1816 > image 176 of 1507. 1836 Birth Record No. 45. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-13200-5516-98?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-28S:1346120346 : accessed 02 Apr 2013).
[26] Ibid., Bettendorf > Naissances 1828-1890 Mariages 1800-1816 > image 231 of 1507. 1839 Birth Record No. 11. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-13200-1700-0?cc=1709358&wc=9RYD-FM9:129626601,129945501 : accessed 2 May 2015).
[27] Ibid., Bettendorf > Mariages 1817-1890 Décès 1800-1859 > image 1214 of 1494. 1839 Death Record No. 12. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12456-38221-4?cc=1709358&wc=9RY8-SP8:129626601,129729901 : accessed 2 May 2015).
[28] Ibid., Bettendorf > Naissances 1828-1890 Mariages 1800-1816 > image 287 of 1507. 1841 Birth Record No. 63. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-13200-294-34?cc=1709358&wc=9RYD-FM9:129626601,129945501 : accessed 2 May 2015).
[29] Ibid., Bettendorf > Naissances 1828-1890 Mariages 1800-1816 > image 287 of 1507. 1841 Birth Record No. 64. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-13200-294-34?cc=1709358&wc=9RYD-FM9:129626601,129945501 : accessed 2 May 2015).
[30] Ibid., Bettendorf > Mariages 1817-1890 Décès 1800-1859 > image 1250 of 1494. 1841 Death Record No. 34. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12456-39923-67?cc=1709358&wc=9RY8-SP8:129626601,129729901 : accessed 2 May 2015).
[31] Ibid., Bettendorf > Naissances 1828-1890 Mariages 1800-1816 > image 340 of 1507. 1844 Birth Record No. 13. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-13200-5801-96?cc=1709358&wc=9RYD-FM9:129626601,129945501 : accessed 2 May 2015).
[32] Ibid., Bettendorf > Mariages 1817-1890 Décès 1800-1859 > image 1325 of 1494. 1847 Death Record No. 6. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12456-38041-6?cc=1709358&wc=9RY8-SP8:129626601,129729901 : accessed 18 February 2015).
[33] Ibid., Bettendorf > Mariages 1817-1890 Décès 1800-1859 > image 1363 of 1494. 1850 Death Record No. 9. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12456-38184-84?cc=1709358&wc=9RY8-SP8:129626601,129729901 : accessed 2 May 2015).
[34] Ibid., Waldbillig > Naissances 1871-1890 Mariages 1796-1798, 1800-1803, 1805-1890 Décès 1796-1803, 1805-1838 > image 875 of 1486. 1854 Marriage Record No. 2. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11574-91736-65?cc=1709358&wc=9RYW-N38:130535001,130636701 : accessed 18 August 2015).
[35] Ibid., Waldbillig > Pièces de mariage 1779-1803 Tables décennales 1803-1892 Registres paroissiaux 1779-1793 Naissances, mariages 1795-1796 Naissances 1796-1803 Naissances, mariages, décès 1803-1805 Naissances 1805-1870 > image 1198 of 1415. 1854 Birth Record No. 30. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-12455-83981-74?cc=1709358&wc=9RY7-W38:130535001,950245901 : accessed 18 August 2015).
[36] Ibid., Waldbillig > Pièces de mariage 1779-1803 Tables décennales 1803-1892 Registres paroissiaux 1779-1793 Naissances, mariages 1795-1796 Naissances 1796-1803 Naissances, mariages, décès 1803-1805 Naissances 1805-1870 > image 1248 of 1415. 1858 Birth Record No. 4. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-12455-89144-85?cc=1709358&wc=9RY7-W38:130535001,950245901 : accessed 18 August 2015).
[37] Luxembourg Census, Bettendorf > 1858 > image 7 of 365. 1858 Kremer-Friederich household. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-32359-8277-56?cc=2037957&wc=M5LT-2JF:346114101,345867601 : accessed 18 February 2015).
[38] Luxembourg Civil Records, Bettendorf > Mariages 1817-1890 Décès 1800-1859 > image 516 of 1494. 1859 Marriage Record No. 16. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12456-37146-86?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-2ZY:2071013250 : accessed 02 Apr 2013).
[39] Luxembourg Census, Bettendorf > 1861 > image 347 of 367. Kremer-Friederich household. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-32377-4422-87?cc=2037957&wc=M5GM-MNL:346114101,345867101 : accessed 17 February 2015).
[40] Archives de Paris, http://canadp-archivesenligne.paris.fr, V4E 2310, Décès 19e arr., 18/11/1865. Images from this site are not allowed to be shared with others, used on the internet, or for commercial purposes without permission. 1865 Death Record No. 2429. (online : accessed 17 August 2015).
[41] Archives de Paris, http://canadp-archivesenligne.paris.fr, V4E 2310, Décès 19e arr., 03/11/1892. Images from this site are not allowed to be shared with others, used on the internet, or for commercial purposes without permission. 1892 Death Record No. 2485. (online: accessed 17 August 2015).
[42] Luxembourg Civil Records, Bettendorf > Décès 1860-1890 > image 118 of 465. 1867 Death Record No. 8. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11711-67192-17?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-2ZR:n1595569028 : accessed 07 Apr 2013).
[43] Ibid., Bettendorf > Décès 1860-1890 > image 189 of 465. 1871 Death Record No. 84. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11711-60058-48?cc=1709358&wc=9RYH-82S:129626601,129626602 : accessed 2 May 2015).
[44] Luxembourg Census, Bettendorf > 1871 > image 269 of 823. Kremer-Merkes household No. 20. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32382-11432-63?cc=2037957&wc=M5L1-J46:346114101,345869501 : accessed 12 February 2015). See also images 268 and 270.
[45] Luxembourg Civil Records, Bettendorf > Décès 1895-1923 > image 329 of 389. 1918 Death Record No. 11. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-32048-24192-81?cc=1709358&wc=9RT1-926:129626601,129623802 : accessed 27 Sep 2014).

Genealogy Sketch

Name: Nicolas KREMER
Parents: Wilhelm “Guillaume” KREMER and Madelaine “Magdalena” WINANDY
Spouse: Elisabeth FRIEDERICH
Parents of spouse: Mathias FRIEDERICH dite TIVELS and Maria OLSEM
Whereabouts: Hosingen, Weiler, Putscheid, Stolzembourg, Dillengen, Bettendorf
Relationship to Cathy Meder-Dempsey: husband’s 3rd great-grandfather

  1. Nicolas KREMER
  2. Anton KREMER
  3. Nicolas KREMER
  4. Franz “Fritz” KREMER
  5. Marie Françoise “Maisy” KREMER
  6. husband of Cathy Meder-Dempsey

© 2015 Cathy Meder-Dempsey

52ancestors-2015This is my weekly entry for Amy Johnson Crow’s challenge:
52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – 2015 Edition. It was so successful in 2014 that genealogists wanted to continue or join in on the fun in 2015. Be sure to check out the other great posts by visiting Amy’s blog No Story Too Small where she’ll be posting the weekly recap on Thurdays and allowing all participants to leave a link to their post(s) in the comments.

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52 Ancestors: #33 SCHERFF-CLEMENS, A Family Dependent on Each Other

Week 33 (August 13-19) – Defective, Dependent, & Delinquent: In 1880, there was a special census schedule for “Defective, Dependent, and Delinquent Classes” — the blind, deaf, paupers, homeless children, prisoners, insane, and idiotic. Do you have someone in your family tree who would have been classified as such? (To learn more about the special 1880 schedule, see my post, “Do You Have a Defective Ancestor?“)

A Researcher’s Wish List

As soon as I read Amy’s post, Do You Have a Defective Ancestor? I knew wanted to search for two of my 4th great-grand uncles, John G. “Jehu” (deaf & dumb) and Jubal (idiot) SUMNER. Although I have my own little trick to access FREE census records these schedules are only available on Ancestry.com with a subscription. The Research Manager in my genealogy program is going to come in handy when I decide to subscribe again. In the meantime….

Imagine what your research would be like if the census had been taken every 3 or so years instead of once a decade. What would you wish for on the census to make your research easier? Maiden names? Birthdates? The name of the town instead of the state for the birthplace? Religious affiliation? The whereabouts of a missing household member? Signature of the head of household? Wish no more if you are one of the lucky ones to have ancestors in Luxembourg. Thanks to FamilySearch these census records are FREE although browse only.

House Name (Maison dite)

Along with the above research helpers the Luxembourg census also included the house name (maison dite). In Luxembourg the homes of long established families were known by their surname or their occupation. The SCHERFF-CLEMENS family lived in a house called Steimetz or Steimes in 1855, 1858, 1861, 1864, 1867, 1875, and 1880. [see census discussion below] Steimetz is an occupation, i.e. stone mason, and a surname. In later years, on the census, the street where the family lived, Duerfstrooss, was listed instead of the house name. I’m certain the SCHERFF-CLEMENS family was living in the ancestral home of the paternal grandmother’s family since she was a STEIMETZ.

The Father

Michel SCHERFF (1792-1865) was born and baptized on 2 July 1792 in Born. His parents were Joannes SCHERFF (1754-1805) and Maria STEIMETZ (1763-1833).[1]

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1792 Baptismal Record for Joannes Scherff [1]

Michel’s godparents were Michael BRAUN from Givenich and Catharina STEIMETZ, his mother’s sister, from Born. His father Joannes and his godmother Catharina signed the baptismal record with a mark (Hand X zeichen) while his godfather Michael BRAUN had a very strong signature. (above)

Michel, the oldest of four known children, was only 12 1/2 years old when his father Joannes SCHERFF died on 20 January 1805 in Born. (see next image for 2nd part)

The Mother

Elisabetha CLEMENS (1796-1870) was born and baptized on 30 October 1796 in Steinheim. She was the daughter of Suzanna “Susanne” WEBER (1750-1825) and Joannes “Jean” CLEMENS (1750-1827).[2], [3][4] An extract of her baptismal record was obtained as evidence of her birth when she married in 1827.

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1827 Extract of 1796 Baptimal Record of Elisabetha Clemens (part 1)[2]

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1827 Extract of 1796 Baptimal Record of Elisabetha Clemens (part 2)[3]

This extract of the baptismal record led me to the original church record.[4] (below)

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Original 1796 Baptismal Record for Elisabetha Clemens [4]

Her godparents were Joannes FEYLEN of Minheim (today known as Minden in Germany) and Elisabetha WAGENER of Steinheim. It’s important to pay attention to the godparents. The mother Susanne was from Minden and I wondered if Joannes FEYLEN could be a relative. I hadn’t researched Susanne’s parentage. Sometimes you have to go with the flow and check out these things. I won’t go into how I pulled this ancestor out of the hat but it turns out Susanne’s mother was a FEILEN per her 10 January 1750 baptismal record (right page, 2nd entry under 1750). The relationship to Joannes FEYLEN will have to wait for later.

Elisabetha’s mother Susanne WEBER died 4 March 1825 in Steinheim at the age of 65 years.[5] Her father Jean CLEMENS died 25 September 1827 in Steinheim also at the age of 65 years.[6] His birth/baptismal record has not been located to confirm his age at time of death.

The Marriage

Michel SCHERFF married Elisabetha CLEMENS on 12 February 1827 in Born.[7] Michel was 33 and Elisabetha was 30 years old. Michel’s mother Maria STEIMETZ and Elisabeth’s father Joannes CLEMENS were present and consented to the marriage. The bride and the mother of the groom were unable to right and made their mark (Hand X zeichen). The four witnesses were all from Born and possibly distantly related to the groom. The handwriting on the marriage record is faint and difficult to read. As the marriage took place in Born the bride Elisabetha, who was from Steinheim, had to produce a record of her birth and her mother’s death. These extracts were found at the end of the marriage records for 1827. The supporting documentation helped decipher the faint handwriting on the marriage record.

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Signatures of the groom, father of the bride, four witnesses, civil servant, and the marks of the bride and mother of the groom.[7]

The Children

As seen in the marriage record Michel and Elisabetha were not a young couple when they married. Their first child was born 14 months after the marriage, the second followed 5 years later, and their third and last 16 months later. Elisabetha was 5 days short of her 40th birthday when she gave birth to her last child and only daughter Catharina.

  1. Johann SCHERFF born 8 Apr 1828 in Born.[8] He married Margaretha GOTTONG (1830-1903) on 27 Jan 1858 in Mompach.[9] Johann died 7 Dec 1901 in Born.[10]
  2. Peter SCHERFF born 24 Jun 1833 in Born.[11] He married Catharina WEYLAND (1839-1912) on 5 Feb 1862 in Mompach.[12] Peter died 18 Mar 1912 in Born.[13]
  3. Catharina SCHERFF born 25 Oct 1836 in Born.[14] She married Johann GORGES (1838-1913) on 14 Jan 1868 in Mompach.[15] Catharina died 2 Nov 1908 in Born.[16]

The Census

On 22 December 1843 the SCHERFF-CLEMENS family was enumerated in Born. The surname was spelled Schärff instead of Scherff. The birthdates are not all exact matches. Michel was working as a garde champêtre or rural guard (forest ranger, game warden). The children were all living at home and between the ages of 15 and 7.[17]

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1843 Luxembourg Census

On 3 December 1846 the birthdates were once again included. The surname was spelled correctly. Michel was now working as a day laborer, Elisabetha was taking care of the household and three children.[18]

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1846 Luxembourg Census

On 31 Dec 1847 the SCHERFF-CLEMENS household remained unchanged. The census form was in German and French and included a column with the length of time a person had been living in the community. Michel and the children had been living there since birth. Elisabetha had been living in Born for 20 years, since her marriage in 1827. Michel’s occupation was once again garde champêtre.[19]

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1847 Luxembourg Census

In Dec 1849 the person who enumerated the census added the German translation of the headers for columns 2, 3, and 4. The SCHERFF-CLEMENS household remained the same. Michel’s occupation is illegible to me while the sons worked as day laborers. His wife Elisabetha and their daughter Catharina did not work outside of the home.[20]

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1849 Luxembourg Census

On 31 Dec 1851 when the census was taken the information requested was the same as in 1847 – including the length of residence. As on all the census forms, for the place of birth the town was listed and if a person was a foreigner his country of origin was to be included. Although the sons were 24 and 18 they were still living at home and listed as not working. Michel was now the town crier/messenger (Gemeindebote).[21]

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1851 Luxembourg Census

The census taken on 4 Dec 1852 gives very little information compared to the previous census. Missing in the SCHERFF-CLEMENS household is the younger son Peter. I cannot decipher Michel’s occupation but believe it may be another term (perhaps French) for Gemeindebote.[22]

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1852 Luxembourg Census

On 3 Dec 1855 the SCHERFF-CLEMENS family is seen living in a house called Steimetz. Son Peter is back home. Michel is seen as a day laborer and most likely his sons are working with him. This census was signed Michel Scherff. Why is his signature on the census sheet? I had a look at several households before and after this one and came to this conclusion: Michel SCHERFF was the enumerator![23]

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1855 Luxembourg Census

On 3 Dec 1858 the SCHERFF-CLEMENS family, living in a house called Steimetz, had a new member in the family. Their oldest son Jean married Margaretha GOTTONG in January of the same year and the newlyweds were living with his parents and siblings. Michel’s occupation is the same as it was in 1852 but I still cannot decipher the word. The enumerator for the census was once again Michel SCHERFF and his son Jean SCHERFF signed instead of the head of household.[24]

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1858 Luxembourg Census

On 3 Dec 1861 the home of the SCHERFF-CLEMENS family was still known as Steimetz. Michel was 70 years and 2 months and still working as the town crier, his wife Elisabetha was 68 years and 6 months, his son Peter was 27 years and 6 months and worked as a stone mason (Steinmetzer), and their daughter Catharina was 25 years and 3 months and did not work.[25] Their son Jean, his wife, and their second son (their first died at 7 weeks) had moved out of the family home however the census page found for them indicated they also lived in the house named Steinmetz.[26] Jean SCHERFF was the enumerator of the 1861 census for Born, his father signed this page and the page found for Jean was signed by his wife Margaretha GOTTONG.

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1861 Luxembourg Census

The census taken on 3 Dec 1864 shows two families living in the Steimens house. Michel, Elisabetha, Catharina and her illegitimate son Jean are one family. Son Jean, his wife Margaretha, and their daughter Catharina are the second family.[27] Son Peter was also married with two children. His home was called beim Steimens Pit, meaning “at Peter Steimens’ ” or “at Peter Steimetz’s.”[28] Not only were houses known by the name of a family or their ocupation, a person could also be known by the name of his house or his occupation. So Peter SCHERFF, the grandson of Maria STEIMETZ, was known by his father’s mother’s maiden name Steimetz OR by his occupation which was Steinhauer on the 1864 census or Steinmetz.

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1864 Luxembourg Census

On 2 January 1865, a month after the above census sheet was filled out, Michel died in his home at 0ne o’clock in the morning.[29]

On 3 December 1867 his widow Elisabetha CLEMENS was living in the Steimetz house. She was 75 years old and working as a day laborer. With her in the household were her grandson Jean and her daughter Catharina. Elisabetha, seen as Elise, could not write and her son Jean SCHERFF signed for her.[30]

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1867 Luxembourg Census

The 1867 census was the last before Elisabetha’s death on 17 June 1870 in Born.[31]

Her oldest son Jean and her daughter Catharina continued to be enumerated in the house called Steimetz in 1875[32][33] and 1880[34], [35]. They were listed separately which may indicate the homeplace was large enough for two families to live as two households.

Dependent

What did I learn from this census study? Michel and Elisabetha and their three children Johann, Peter, and Catharina had to be a close-knit family. They lived together in the Steimetz family home even after the children married and started their own families. They depended on each other. Although I haven’t seen the pre-1843 census records, I can imagine Michel’s mother Maria STEIMETZ must have lived with them, or they with her, in the Steimetz home until her death in 1833.

It is my firm belief the Steimetz family home was a multigenerational home for the STEIMETZ and later the SCHERFF families. The family’s welfare was dependent on each member of the family. When Maria was still living she most likely helped care for her grandchildren while her son and daughter-in-law cared for her. This dependence on  family members continued as the next generation joined the family.

The Grandchildren

The three children of Michel and Elisabetha gave them 23 grandchildren – all born in the little village named Born. Michel lived to see the first six although two pre-deceased him. Elisabetha lived to see the first eleven, nine were living when she died.

G.Ch 1: Peter SCHERFF (Johann) born 9 Apr 1859 in Born and died 27 May 1859 in Born.
G.Ch 2: Peter SCHERFF (Johann) born 2 Sep 1860 in Born and died 19 Jan 1863 in Born.
G.Ch 3: Johann (the elder) GORGES (Catharina) born 30 Jan 1862 in Born. He married Barbara BECHTHOLD (1864- ) before 1885.
G.Ch 4: Jacob SCHERFF (Peter) born 24 Dec 1862 in Born and died 14 Nov 1941 in Dudelange. He married Anne LANG (1857-1924) on 5 Feb 1887 in Dudelange.
G.Ch 5: Catharina SCHERFF (Peter) born 26 Feb 1864 in Born.
G.Ch 6: Catharina SCHERFF (Johann) born 13 May 1864 in Born and died 4 Jul 1898 in Born.
G.Ch 7: Dorothea SCHERFF (Peter) born 6 May 1866 in Born and died 17 Jun 1932 in Beaufort.
G.Ch 8: Peter SCHERFF (Johann) born 22 Jul 1866 in Born and died 19 Jul 1875 in Born.
G.Ch 9: Margaretha GORGES (Catharina) born 27 Jul 1868 in Born and 23 Oct 1938 in Osaweiler. She married Johannes “Johann” “Jean” SCHWARTZ (1866-1920) on 24 Aug 1891 in Rosport.
G.Ch 10: Johann SCHERFF (Peter) born 18 Mar 1870 in Born and died 15 Sep 1921 in Born. He married Anna BIERCHEN (1880-1965) on 21 May 1902 Mompach.
G.Ch 11: Maria GORGES (Catharina) born 4 Jun 1870 in Born and 30 Jun 1921 in Born. She married Mathias LEMMER (1878- ) on 30 Dec 1906 in Mompach.
G.Ch 12: Elisabeth GORGES (Catharina) born 11 Oct 1871 in Born and died 6 Sep 1894 in Born.
G.Ch 13: Anna SCHERFF (Peter) born 26 Dec 1871 in Born.
G.Ch 14: Johann SCHERFF (Johann) born 4 Oct 1873 in Born. He married Anna-Elisabeth “Anna” BECHTHOLD (1872- ) on 16 Jan 1899 in Mompach.
G.Ch 15: Anna SCHERFF (Peter) born 25 Feb 1874 in Born
G.Ch 16: Peter GORGES (Catharina) born and died 16 Oct 1874 in Born.
G.Ch 17: Helena GORGES (Catharina) born 5 Jan 1876 in Born.
G.Ch 18: Michel SCHERFF (Peter) born 14 Jul 1877 in Born.
G.Ch 19: Peter GORGES (Catharina) born 16 Apr 1878 in Born and died 25 May 1906 in Born.
G.Ch 20: Mathias GORGES (Catharina) born 9 Mar 1880 in Born.
G.Ch 21: Mathias SCHERFF (Peter) born 25 Apr 1880 in Born and died 7 Jul 1880 in Born.
G.Ch 22: Johann (the younger) GORGES (Catharina) born 24 Jun 1883 in Born.
G.Ch 23: Georges SCHERFF (Peter) born 16 Feb 1886 in Born.

Source citations with links to the birth, death and marriage records of the grandchildren may be requested per email or viewed in my gedcom file.

Defective, Dependent, & Delinquent

I hope you’ve enjoyed how I defected from the theme for it to work for the SCHERFF-CLEMENS family. A theme based on U.S. research records cannot be used when writing about European or other non-U.S. families. Was it a delinquency on my part to twist it around to work for this family who was dependent on each other?

Sources:
[1] Luxembourg, registres paroissiaux, 1601-1948 (images), FamilySearch (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Born > Baptêmes 1761-1797, mariages 1761-1797, sépultures 1762-1797 > image 44 of 88. 1792 Baptismal Record. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-32399-4066-61?cc=2037955&wc=STH6-MJQ:1500965969,1500965970 : accessed 10 August 2015).
[2] Luxembourg, Registres d’état civil, 1662-1941 (images), FamilySearch (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Mompach > Naissances 1834-1890 Mariages 1797-1814, 1796-1809, 1799-1830 > image 1082 of 1393. 1796 Baptismal Record (extract) part 1 (right page).  (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12131-129477-92?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-LHS:2047330937 : accessed 13 Apr 2013).
[3] Ibid., Mompach > Naissances 1834-1890 Mariages 1797-1814, 1796-1809, 1799-1830 > image 1083 of 1393. 1796 Baptismal Record (extract) page 2 (left page). (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12131-129723-23?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-LHS:2047330937 : accessed 13 Apr 2013).
[4] Ibid., Echternach > Tables décennales 1823-1892 Registres paroissiaux 1779-1797 Naissances 1796-1808 > image 936 of 1446. 1796 Baptismal Record. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-11573-69388-66?cc=1709358&wc=9RY9-3TL:129623201,130776701 : accessed 10 August 2015).
[5] Ibid., Rosport > Naissances 1889-1890 Mariages 1797-1890 Décès 1797-1853 > image 1085 of 1410. 1825 Death Record No. 5. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11613-8498-12?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-L6L:n1038283664 : accessed 5 April 2010).
[6] Ibid., Rosport > Naissances 1889-1890 Mariages 1797-1890 Décès 1797-1853 > image 1110 of 1410. 1827 Death Record No. 26. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11613-14127-96?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-L6L:n1038283664 : accessed 5 Apr 2010).
[7] Ibid., Mompach > Naissances 1834-1890 Mariages 1797-1814, 1796-1809, 1799-1830 > image 1061 of 1393. 1827 Marriage Record No. 2.  (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12131-134204-2?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-LHS:2047330937 : accessed 7 Apr 2010).
[8] Ibid., Mompach > Mariages 1831-1890 Décès 1796-1814, 1799-1830, 1799-1880 > image 510 of 1480. 1858 Marriage Record No. 2. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-12874-22567-77?cc=1709358&wc=9RYW-MNL:130097801,130138901 : accessed 10 August 2015). Note: The date of birth was found on the tables décennales however the birth record has not been located.
[9] Ibid., Mompach > Mariages 1831-1890 Décès 1796-1814, 1799-1830, 1799-1880 > image 510 of 1480. 1858 Marriage Record No. 2. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-12874-22567-77?cc=1709358&wc=9RYW-MNL:130097801,130138901 : accessed 10 August 2015). Note: The bride’s maiden name was spelled Gottung.
[10 Ibid., Mompach > Décès 1895-1912 > image 48 of 143. 1901 Death Record No. 17. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32063-14505-75?cc=1709358&wc=9RT1-4WT:130097801,129657201 : accessed 9 August 2015).
[11] Ibid., Mompach > Naissances 1799-1834 > image 267 of 272. 1833 Birth Record No. 20. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-12332-98522-18?cc=1709358&wc=9RYQ-ZNP:130097801,130378501 : accessed 27 April 2015).
[12] Ibid., Mompach > Mariages 1831-1890 Décès 1796-1814, 1799-1830, 1799-1880 > image 536 of 1480. 1862 Marriage Record No. 3. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-12874-18912-63?cc=1709358&wc=9RYW-MNL:130097801,130138901 : accessed 10 August 2015).
[13] Ibid., Mompach > Décès 1895-1912 > image 137 of 143. 1912 Death Record No. 6. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32063-14169-91?cc=1709358&wc=9RT1-4WT:130097801,129657201 : accessed 9 August 2015).
[14] Ibid., Mompach > Naissances 1834-1890 Mariages 1797-1814, 1796-1809, 1799-1830 > image 33 of 1393. 1836 Birth Record No. 26. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12131-131830-98?cc=1709358&wc=9RYC-C68:130097801,130406101 : accessed 21 Nov 2014).
[15] Ibid., Mompach > Mariages 1831-1890 Décès 1796-1814, 1799-1830, 1799-1880 > image 567 of 1480. 1868 Marriage Record No. 1. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-12874-12362-9?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-L4B:1262051718 : accessed 02 Apr 2013).
[16] Ibid., Mompach > Décès 1895-1912 > image 111 of 143. 1908 Death Record No. 24. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-32063-14001-78?cc=1709358&wc=9RT1-4WT:130097801,129657201 : accessed 27 Sep 2014).
[17] Luxembourg, Volkszählungen 1843-1900 (images), FamilySearch (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Mompach > 1843 > image 25 of 149. Scherff-Clemens household. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-32357-12854-38?cc=2037957&wc=M5LT-921:345859501,345863501 : accessed 9 August 2015).
[18] Ibid., Mompach > 1846 > image 26 of 158. Scherff-Clemens household. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-32355-4055-17?cc=2037957&wc=M5LR-N3Y:345859501,345858602 : accessed 9 August 2015).
[19] Ibid., Mompach > 1847 > image 30 of 153. Scherff-Clemens household No. 29. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-32368-15200-50?cc=2037957&wc=M5LY-ZJL:345859501,345864101 : accessed 9 August 2015).
[20] Ibid., Mompach > 1849 > image 13 of 161. Scherff-Clemens household. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-32358-23246-78?cc=2037957&wc=M5LT-821:345859501,345864801 : accessed 9 August 2015).
[21] Ibid., Mompach > 1851 > image 26 of 163. Scherff-Clemens household. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-32378-32104-84?cc=2037957&wc=M5GM-K66:345859501,345865601 : accessed 9 August 2015).
[22] Ibid., Mompach > 1852 > image 24 of 176. Scherff-Clemens household. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-32377-33464-25?cc=2037957&wc=M5L1-Y45:345859501,345865501 : accessed 9 August 2015).
[23] Ibid., Mompach > 1855 > image 8 of 166. Scherff-Clemens household. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32378-12281-40?cc=2037957&wc=M5GM-WQQ:345859501,345866501 : accessed 9 August 2015).
[24] Ibid., Mompach > 1858 > image 26 of 165. Scherff-Clemens household No. 21. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32379-16496-16?cc=2037957&wc=M5G9-92Y:345859501,345867601 : accessed 9 August 2015).
[25] Ibid., Mompach > 1861 > image 4 of 176. Scherff-Clemens household No. 3. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32377-2222-95?cc=2037957&wc=M5LB-DPT:345859501,345867101 : accessed 9 August 2015).
[26] Ibid., Mompach > 1861 > image 10 of 176. Scherff-Gotting household No. 7. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32377-2173-77?cc=2037957&wc=M5LB-DPT:345859501,345867101 : accessed 26 April 2015).
[27] Ibid., Mompach > 1864 > image 157 of 181. Scherff-Clemens household No. 35. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-32371-5969-83?cc=2037957&wc=M5LY-Y4M:345859501,345868401 : accessed 9 August 2015).
[28] Ibid., Mompach > 1864 > image 143 of 181. Scherff-Weiland household No. 21. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-32371-6250-28?cc=2037957&wc=M5LY-Y4M:345859501,345868401 : accessed 9 August 2015).
[29] Luxembourg Civil Records, Mompach > Mariages 1831-1890 Décès 1796-1814, 1799-1830, 1799-1880 > image 1339 of 1480. 1865 Death Record No. 1. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-12874-13264-86?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-L4B:1262051718 : accessed 05 Apr 2013).
[30] Luxembourg Census, Mompach > 1867 > image 85 of 186. Elizabeth Clemens household no. 10. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32383-28029-48?cc=2037957&wc=M5GQ-HZ4:345859501,345869101 : accessed 24 April 2015).
[31] Luxembourg Civil Records, Mompach > Mariages 1831-1890 Décès 1796-1814, 1799-1830, 1799-1880 > image 1393 of 1480. 1870 Death Record No. 13. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-12874-16490-66?cc=1709358&wc=9RYW-MNL:130097801,130138901 : accessed 9 August 2015).
[32] Luxembourg Census, Mompach > 1875 > image 79 of 368. Scherff-Gotting household No. 35. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-32382-8957-83?cc=2037957&wc=M5G3-N3V:345859501,345870501 : accessed 26 April 2015).
[33] Ibid., Mompach > 1875 > image 59 of 368. Gorges-Scherff household no. 26. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-32382-9185-71?cc=2037957&wc=M5G3-N3V:345859501,345870501 : accessed 22 April 2015).
[34] Ibid., Mompach > 1880 > image 55 of 390. Scherff-Gotting household No. 24. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32391-17381-30?cc=2037957&wc=M5G3-DP5:345859501,345872201 : accessed 9 August 2015).
[35] 19. Luxembourg, Volkszählungen 1843-1900 (images), <i>FamilySearch</i> (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Mompach > 1880 > image 93 of 390. Gorges-Scherff household no. 43. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32391-17202-76?cc=2037957&wc=M5G3-DP5:345859501,345872201 : accessed 22 April 2015).

Genealogy Sketch

Name: Michel SCHERFF
Parents: Joannes SCHERFF and Maria STEIMETZ
Spouse: Elisabetha CLEMENS
Parents of spouse: Joannes “Jean” CLEMENS and Suzanna “Susanne” WEBER
Whereabouts: Born, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
Relationship to Cathy Meder-Dempsey: husband’s 3rd great-grandfather

  1. Michel SCHERFF
  2. Catharina SCHERFF
  3. Margaretha GORGES
  4. Catharina “Catherine” “Ketty” “Ged” SCHWARTZ
  5. Marcel Mathias MEDER
  6. husband of Cathy Meder-Dempsey

© 2015 Cathy Meder-Dempsey

52ancestors-2015This is my weekly entry for Amy Johnson Crow’s challenge:
52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – 2015 Edition. It was so successful in 2014 that genealogists wanted to continue or join in on the fun in 2015. Be sure to check out the other great posts by visiting Amy’s blog No Story Too Small where she’ll be posting the weekly recap on Thurdays and allowing all participants to leave a link to their post(s) in the comments.

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52 Ancestors: #32 Johann GORGES and Anna Maria BOTZ – 2 of 32

Week 32 (August 6-12) – 32. For Week 32, let’s focus on one of your 32 3rd-great-grandparents. (If you’ve already written about all of them — first, congrats on identifying all of them! — consider writing about one of their siblings.)

Let’s Talk Numbers

Johann GORGES and Anna Maria BOTZ were two of my husband’s 32 3rd-great-grandparents and my children’s 4th-great-grandparents ~ a perfect fit for this week’s theme!

pedigree

My husband’s 32 3rd-greats’ surnames:

Meder, Wilmes, Reiffer, Clos, Faber, Schenten, Lorentz, Preusen, Schwartz, Trierweiler, Schmitt, Wollscheid, Gorges, Botz, Scherff, Clemens
Kremer, Friederich, Merkes, Hastert, Grisius, Schaeffer, Weckering, Bernard, Peffer, Grasser, Zwank, Dahm, Mertes, Erpelding, Ruckert, Schmit

My 32 3rd-greats’ surnames (one unknown):

Dempsey, UNKNOWN, Wood, Honaker, Ingram, Johnson, Dempsey, Gowing, Roop, Lester, Peters, Proffitt, Clonch, Doss, Cooley, Treadway
Wildinger, Schramen Weimann, Welter, Pöppelreiter, Groelinger, Wagener, Kerscht, Fournelle, Philippart, Schloesser, Consbrück, Frantz, Frisch, Majerus, Trausch

My children have 32 sets of 4th-great-grandparents. Of these 32 only one set is presently unknown – the parents of William A. W. DEMPSEY. By the end of the year I’ll have written about 62 of their 64 (31 of 32 sets) 4th-great-grandparents. I hope one day to be able to write the post about the discovery of the key that opened the door in the Dempsey brick wall!

Johann GORGES of Fell, Trier-Saarburg, Rhineland-Palatinate

Eva Clara RODENS (1764-1836) and Johann Adam GORGES (1766-1816) married on 11 February 1789 in Fell, municipality of Longuich, district of Trier-Saarburg, state of Rhineland-Palatinate, in Germany.[1] [2] Their son, my husband’s 3rd-great-grandfather,  Johann GORGES was born on 21 January 1800 in Fell.[3] Although he was their sixth child he had only three older siblings. Four children followed Johann bringing the total children to ten. Only three of the younger ones lived making Johann the middle child between three older and three younger brothers and sisters.

Johann’s childhood years were during the Napoleonic Wars 1803-1815. His oldest brother Nikolaus (1790-1811) was a soldier during this time and died while in the military on 27 November 1811 in Dax. I checked the civil records for Dax in the department of Landes in France but did not find a record for this date. I found a record for a soldier who died on 27 December 1811 in the military hospital however the name on record #474 (lower right) was Georges NICOLAS and not Nicolas GORGES. All records in this part of the register are for soldiers who died in the military hospital. When I have some time I may have to take a closer look at this group of records.

His father Johann Adam GORGES died on 5 May 1816 in Fell when young Johann was 16 years old.[1] [2]

During his lifetime Johann had several occupations: farmer (Ackerer), day laborer (Tagelöhner), and slate river (Schieferbrecher). A slate river (pronounced as in diver) cleaves blocks of quarried slate to make slates for roofing.

Johann GORGES (1800-1860) married twice, both times to a lady named Anna Maria.

Wife #1: Anna Maria GRACH of Issel, Trier-Saarburg, Rhineland-Palatinate

Anna Maria GRACH (1798-1832) was born 29 January 1798 in Issel, a small village near Schweich. Her parents were Matthias GRACH (1766-1813)  and Anna Magdalena QUARE (1764-1814).[3] By the time Anna Maria turned 16 both of her parents were deceased. Her mother had been previously married and Anna Maria was the third daughter to be given this name as the first two died as infants.

Johann GORGES married Anna Maria GRACH on 26 February 1824 in Longuich.[3] They were the parents of 9 children including two sets of twins.

  • Ch 1: Josef GORGES (1824- ) was born 7 December 1824 in Fell[3] and was baptized the same day in Sankt Martinus catholic church in Fell.[4] He married Anna WAGNER on 1 February 1868. He was 43 years old at the time and his bride was 39 and a widow. No trace has been found of him after this time.
  • Ch 2: Nikolaus GORGES (1825-1826) was born 16 December 1825 in Fell.[3] He was baptized 26 Dec 1825 in Sankt Martinus catholic church in Fell.[5] He died 10 January 1826 in Fell.[3]
  • Ch 3: Matthias GORGES (1827-1831) was born 12 January 1827 in Fell[3] and was baptized the next day in the Sankt Martinus catholic church in Fell.[6] Matthias died shortly after his 4th birthday on 16 January 1831 in Fell.[3]
  • Ch 4: [–?–] GORGES (1828-1828), a male twin was stillborn on 22 August 1828 in Fell.[3]
  • Ch 5: [–?–] GORGES (1828-1828), a female twin was stillborn on 22 August 1828 in Fell.[3]
  • Ch 6: Nikolaus GORGES (1830-1830) was born 4 February 1830 in Fell[3] and baptized the same day in the Sankt Martinus catholic church in Fell.[7] He died 7 March 1830 in Fell.[3]
  • Ch 7: Anton GORGES (1830-1830) was born 4 February 1830[3] in Fell and baptized the same day in the Sankt Martinus catholic church in Fell.[8] He died 13 February 1830 in Fell.[3]
  • Ch 8: Gertrud GORGES (1831- ) was born 15 April 1831 in Fell[3] and was baptized the same day in the Sankt Martinus catholic Church in Fell.[9] No further information on this child was found in the family books of Fell or Longuich.
  • Ch 9: [–?–] GORGES (1832-1832), a female child was stillborn on 31 October 1832 in Fell.[3]

Following the stillbirth of her last child Anna Maria GRACH died a week later on 7 November 1832 in Fell.[3] She left Johann with a son Josef, nearly 6 years, and a daughter Gertrud, nearly 2 years. Less than two months later Johann remarried.

Wife #2: Anna Maria BOTZ of Schöndorf, Trier-Saarburg, Rhineland-Palatinate

My husband’s 3rd-great-grandmother Anna Maria BOTZ was born 15 August 1808 in Schöndorf, in the Trier district, to Caspar BOTZ (1753-1826) and Magdalena MASEN (1766-1826).[3] [10] She was the youngest of seven children. During this time her father’s surname evolved from BOTHS, BOOZ to BOTZ, her mother’s maiden name from MASHEIM, MAHSON, MAASEN to MASEN, making them a bit difficult to research. The Longuich FB has Bonerath as Anna Maria’s place of birth. Bonerath and Schöndorf are a little more than a mile apart.

Johann GORGES married Anna Maria BOTZ  on 10 January 1833 in Longuich in a civil ceremony. Witnesses were Christoph PRÜM and Heinrich PALLGEN, both of Fell. There was most likely no blood relationship of the witnesses and the bridal couple. On Sunday the 13th, they were married in a religious ceremony in Fell.[3]

Johann and Anna Maria were the parents of 8 children.

  • Ch 1: Catharina GORGES (1833-1875) was born 5 October 1833 in Fell.[3] She was baptized on 5 November 1833 in the Sankt Martinus catholic church in Fell.[11] The baptismal date is from an index at FamilySearch and is a month after the birth which is unusual. She was the mother of an illegitimate son, Johann GORGES, born 27 May 1865 in the home of Angela MEURER in Fastrau. The birth of the child was reported by the midwife Anna Maria KATTLIN. Catharina was 31 years old at the time and had no occupation.[12] She died on 20 April 1875 in Fell. Her death was reported by her neighbor Johann GRÜN, age 40, a basketmaker (Korbmacher).[13]
  • Ch 2: Nicolaus GORGES (1835-1842) was born 14 November 1835 in Fell[3] and was baptized the next day in the Sankt Martinus catholic church in Fell.[14] He died 19 March 1842 in Fell.[3]
  • Ch 3: Johann GORGES (1838-1913) was born 14 February 1838 in Fell[3] and was baptized the next day in the Sankt Martinus catholic church in Fell.[15] He was my husband’s 2nd-great-grandfather.
  • Ch 4: Antonius “Anton” GORGES (1840-1907) was born 19 May 1840 in Fell.[3] He was baptized two days later on 21 May 1840 in the Sankt Martinus catholic church in Fell.[16]
  • Ch 5: Mathias GORGES (1842-1899) was born 20 June 1842 in Fell.[3] He was baptized on 25 June 1842 in the Sankt Martinus catholic church in Fell.[17]
  • Ch 6: Nicolaus GORGES (1845-1851) was born 20 May 1845 in Fell[3] and was baptized the same day in Sankt Martinus catholic church in Fell.[18] Nicolaus died 31 March 1851 in Fell at the age of nearly six years.[3]
  • Ch 7: Anna Maria GORGES (1848- ) was born 19 June 1848 in Fell.[3] She was baptized the next day in the Sankt Martinus catholic church in Fell.[19]
  • Ch 8: Helena GORGES (1851-1913) was born 15 July 1851 in Fell[3] and was baptized the next day in the Sankt Martinus catholic church in Fell.[20]

Johann GORGES’ mother Eva Clara RODENS outlived her husband Johann Adam by twenty years and died on 22 January 1836 in Fell.[1] [2]

Johann GORGES died on 21 April 1860 in Fell.[3] His wife Anna Maria BOTZ died three years later on 13 December 1863 in Fell.[3] They left three daughters and three sons. Johann’s son Josef from his first marriage was still living however the fate of his daughter Gertrud is unknown. Josef was 39 when his step-mother died and his half-siblings Catharina, Johann, Anton, Matthias, Anna Maria, and Helena were between 30 and 12 years of age.

As mentiond above Catharina had an illegitimate son in 1865, he was the first grandchild of Johann and Anna Maria.

The year 1868 was a busy year for the GORGES siblings. Three of the sons married, two in Luxembourg and one in Germany.

  • Johann GORGES married Catharina SCHERFF (1836-1908) on 14 January 1868 in Mompach, Grand Duché de Luxembourg.[21]
  • Josef GORGES married Anna WAGNER (1828- ) on 1 February 1868 in Ruwer, Germany.[22]
  • Mathias GORGES married Barbara ACHTEN (1844-1921) on 30 June 1868 in Mertert, Grand Duché de Luxembourg.[23]

Johann and Mathias’ intention to emigrate to America was documented in two entries from the office of Schweich (Landkreis Trier-Saarburg, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany). They expected better earnings in America but in the end only moved across the border to Luxembourg.

Entry 642: Der Tagelöhner Johann Gorges, geb. 14.2.1838 zu Fell, gegenwärtig in Born, Lux., mit s. Frau Katharina Scherff, geb. 12.10.1836 zu Born in Luxemburg, und den Kindern Johann 30.1.1862 und Margaretha 28.7.1868 nach N. A. “dass er dort einen besseren Arbeitsverdienst zu finden hoffe”. 12.3.1869.[24]

Entry 640: Mathias Gorges, geb. 20.6.1842 zu Fell, gegenwärtig in Mertert, Lux., mit s. Frau Barbara Achten, nach N.A. “dass er in Amerika einen besseren Artbeitsverdienst erwarte”. 23.9.1868.[24]

The last of the sons, Anton, also moved to Luxembourg. Antonius “Anton” GORGES married Antonia “Antonnetta” JAGER (1838-1904) on 18 January 1872 in Grevenmacher, Grand Duché de Luxembourg.[25] I only recently discovered this marriage. As three of the brothers ended up in Luxembourg it is possible their half-brother Josef may have lived in Luxembourg.

On 20 April 1875 the oldest daughter of Johann and Anna Maria, Catharina GORGES died. She never married. The following year her sister Helena GORGES married Franz BIEDINGER (1848-1906). They were married on 28 October 1876 in St. Matthias parish in Trier, Germany.[26] This was the last known marriage in the family as no trace has been found of the sister Anna Maria.

Just before the turn of the century the first of the GORGES children still known to be living died and was followed by three more in the next 13 years.

  • Mathias GORGES died 30 October 1899 in Mertert, Grand Duché de Luxembourg[27]
  • Antonius “Anton” GORGES died 29 May 1907 in Grevenmacher, Grand Duché de Luxembourg[28]
  • Helena GORGES died 25 February 1913 in Trier, Germany[26]
  • Johann GORGES died 1 May 1913 in Born, Grand Duché de Luxembourg[29]

Let’s Talk Numbers (Again)

Johann GORGES’ children from his first marriage may not have had any offspring. From his second marriage to Anna Maria BOTZ we know of the first grandchild, an illegitimate child through his daughter Katharina, as well as 9 grandchildren through his son Johann, 3 through Anton, 11 through Matthias, and at least 1 through Helena. Of these 25 known grandchildren at least 10 are known to have given Johann and Anna Maria great-grandchildren. As research continues these numbers should increase.

Sources:
[1] Richard Schaffner, Einwohnerbuch der Orte Fell u. Fastrau mit Fellerhof, Fellerburg und den verschiedenen Mühlen im Gemeindebereich 1665-1905, 2008/09, p. 103 family nr. 498. Gorges-Rodens family group.
[2] Armin Giebel, Ortsfamilienbuch des StA Longuich bis Okt. 1931 (June 2013), p. 510-511 family nr. 2462. Gorges-Rodens family group.
[3] Ibid., p. 513 family nr. 2469. Gorges-Grach and Gorges-Botz family groups.
[4] Germany Births and Baptisms, 1558-1898 / Deutschland Geburten und Taufen, 1558-1898, (index), FamilySearch, FHL microfilm 463,564. (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NKS3-W4L : accessed 4 August 2015), Josephus Gorges, 07 Dec 1824, father Joannis Gorges, mother Annae Mariae Graach; citing Sankt Martinus Katholisch, Fell, Rheinland, Prussia.
[5] Ibid., (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NDZ1-9YY : accessed 4 August 2015), Nicolaus Gorges, baptized 26 Dec 1825, father Joannis Gorges, mother Annae Mariae Graach; citing Sankt Martinus Katholisch, Fell, Rheinland, Prussia.
[6] Ibid., (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NDZB-VM6 : accessed 4 August 2015), Mathias Gorges, baptized 13 Jan 1827, father Joannis Gorges, mother Annae Mariae Graach; citing Sankt Martinus Katholisch, Fell, Rheinland, Prussia.
[7] Ibid., (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NDZ1-9BM : accessed 4 August 2015), Nicolaus Gorges, baptized 04 Feb 1830, died 7 Mar 1830, father Joannis Gorges, mother Annae Mariae Grach; citing Sankt Martinus Katholisch, Fell, Rheinland, Prussia.
[8] Ibid., (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NDZ1-3R7 : accessed 4 August 2015), Antonius Gorges, 04 Feb 1830, father Joannis Gorges, mother Annae Mariae Grach; citing Sankt Martinus Katholisch, Fell, Rheinland, Prussia.
[9] Ibid., (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NDZB-2VM : accessed 4 August 2015), Gertrud Gorges, 15 Apr 1831, father Joannis Gorges, mother Annae Mariae Grach; citing Sankt Martinus Katholisch, Fell, Rheinland, Prussia.
[10] Heinrich Wagner, Familienbuch Schöndorf 1686-1895 mit dem Filialien: Bonerath, Hinzenburg, Holzerath, Ollmuth zeit 1800, vorher in Familienbuch Pellingen, 1987/88, p. 47 family nr. 212. Botz-Masen family group.
[11] Germany Births and Baptisms, (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NPCW-968 : accessed 4 August 2015), Catharina Gorges, baptized 05 Nov 1833, father Joannis Gorges, mother Annae Mariae Bootz; citing Sankt Martinus Katholisch, Fell, Rheinland, Prussia.
[12] Longuich FB, p. 514 family nr. 2474 . The birth of this illegitimate child in the home of Angela Meurer in Fastrau was reported by the midwife Anna Maria Kattlin; the mother was 31 years old and had no occupation.
[13] Longuich FB, p. 514 family nr. 2474 . Her death was reported by her neighbor Johann Grün age 40, a basketmaker (Korbmacher).
[14] Germany Births and Baptisms, (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NDZ1-9B3 : accessed 4 August 2015), Nicolaus Gorges, baptized 15 Nov 1835, died 19 Mar 1842, father Joannis Gorges, mother Annae Mariae Boos; citing Sankt Martinus Katholisch, Fell, Rheinland, Prussia.
[15] Ibid., (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NPC7-BQ7 : accessed 4 August 2015), Joannes Gorges, baptized 15 Feb 1838, father Joannis Gorges, mother Annae Mariae Botz; citing Sankt Martinus Katholisch, Fell, Rheinland, Prussia.
[16] Ibid., (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NT97-2VM : accessed 4 August 2015), Antonius Gorges, baptized 21 May 1840, father Joannis Gorges, mother Annae Mariae Botz; citing Sankt Martinus Katholisch, Fell, Rheinland, Prussia.
[17] Ibid., (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NKS3-7VC : accessed 4 August 2015), Matthias Gorges, baptized 25 Jun 1842, father Joannis Gorges, mother Annae Mariae Bootz; citing Sankt Martinus Katholisch, Fell, Rheinland, Prussia.
[18] Ibid., (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NPCW-SXJ : accessed 4 August 2015), Nicolaus Gorges, baptized 20 May 1845, father Joannis Gorges, mother Annae Mariae Batz; citing Sankt Martinus Katholisch, Fell, Rheinland, Prussia.
[19] Ibid., (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NDZ1-MR7 : accessed 4 August 2015), Anna Maria Gorges, baptized 20 Jun 1848, father Johannis Gorges, mother Annae Mariae Bootz; citing Sankt Martinus Katholisch, Fell, Rheinland, Prussia.
[20] Ibid., (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NPCW-WJ5 : accessed 4 August 2015), Helena Gorges, baptized 16 Jul 1851, father Joannis Gorges, mother Annae Mariae Botz; citing Sankt Martinus Katholisch, Fell, Rheinland, Prussia.
[21] Luxembourg, Registres d’état civil, 1793-1923 (images), FamilySearch (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Mompach > Mariages 1831-1890 Décès 1796-1814, 1799-1830, 1799-1880 > image 567 of 1480. 1868 Marriage Record No. 1. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-12874-12362-9?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-L4B:1262051718 : accessed 02 Apr 2013).
[22] Longuich FB, p. 517 family nr. 2487. Gorges-Wagner family group.
[23] Luxembourg Civil Records, Mertert > Naissances 1852-1890 Mariages 1813-1890 Décès 1813-1859 > image 958 of 1491. 1868 Marriage Record No. 7. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-12125-161445-39?cc=1709358&wc=9RY3-N38:130080101,130192001 : accessed 25 April 2015).
[24] Josef Mergen, Die Amerika-Auswanderung aus dem Landkreis Trier (1855-1910), 1952, p. 96 entry 640 and 642
[25] Luxembourg Civil Records, Grevenmacher > Naissances 1884-1890 Mariages 1796-1890 > image 1188 of 1423. 1872 Marriage Record No. 5. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12152-6280-77?cc=1709358&wc=9RYC-RM9:129629701,130248401 : accessed 7 August 2015).
[26] Longuich FB, p. 151 family nr. 662. Biedinger-Gorges family group.
[27] Luxembourg Civil Records, Mertert > Naissances 1913-1923 Mariages 1895-1923 Décès 1895-1912 > image 585 of 790. 1899 Death Record No. 23. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-32063-11398-23?cc=1709358&wc=9RT1-W3F:130080101,130401601 : accessed 4 August 2015).
[28] Ibid., Grevenmacher > Décès 1895-1923 > image 269 of 562. 1907 Death Record No. 24. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-32037-17352-82?cc=1709358&wc=9RTY-YW1:129629701,129623802 : accessed 7 August 2015).
[29] Ibid., Mompach > Décès 1913-1923 > image 5 of 80. 1913 Death Record No. 15.  (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32045-3913-24?cc=1709358&wc=9RTB-G53:130097801,129622902 : accessed 27 Sep 2014).

Genealogy Sketch

Name: Johann GORGES
Parents: Johann Adam GORGES and Eva RODENS
Spouse(s): Anna Maria GRACH and Anna Maria BOTZ(*)
Parents of Spouse(*): Caspar BOTZ and Magdalena MASEN
Whereabouts: Fell, Longuich, Trier, Germany
Relationship to Cathy Meder-Dempsey: husband’s 3rd-great-grandfather

  1. Johann GORGES
  2. Johann GORGES
  3. Margaretha GORGES
  4. Catharina “Catherine” “Ketty” “Ged” SCHWARTZ
  5. Marcel Mathias MEDER
  6. husband of Cathy Meder-Dempsey

© 2015 Cathy Meder-Dempsey

52ancestors-2015This is my weekly entry for Amy Johnson Crow’s challenge:
52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – 2015 Edition. It was so successful in 2014 that genealogists wanted to continue or join in on the fun in 2015. Be sure to check out the other great posts by visiting Amy’s blog No Story Too Small where she’ll be posting the weekly recap on Thurdays and allowing all participants to leave a link to their post(s) in the comments.

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52 Ancestors: #31 SCHMITT-WOLLSCHEID Family Research Made Easy with Cousin Bait

Week 31 (July 30-August 5) – Easy: We ended July with “Challenging,” so it seems fitting to begin August with “Easy.” Which ancestor has been pretty easy to research? (Come on, there has to be one!)

Easy Peasy

Easy peasy, easy peasy. This has been going around and around in my mind while reviewing the SCHMITT-WOLLSCHEID family. This family was not always easy to research. Not only is SCHMITT a common name in Germany, it was spelled many different ways in the records found: Schmitt, Schmidt, Schmit, Schmid, Schmiz, Schmitz. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Before I found these records there was a moment in this researcher’s life when everything fell into place without any effort on my part.

Early in 2011 I discovered Geneanet, a favorite of European genealogists. Since my GEDCOM file was too large to upload I decided to prune the tree and upload only the European branches. Not long after I had things in place I began getting messages from people who found connections.

Although my uploading to Geneanet wasn’t meant to be cousin bait, I reeled in a key to open the door in my brick wall. Fabienne, a French lady, recognized the names SCHMITT and WOLLSCHEID and their place of residence. The family wasn’t very large at the time. It consisted of Nicolas SCHMITT, his wife Anna Maria WOLLSCHEID, and their daughter Catharina who married Johann SCHWARTZ. As far as I knew Catharina was their only child and her grandparents were unknown. The little I knew about the family was found in Catharina and Johann’s marriage record.[1]

Fabienne is a 3rd great-granddaughter of the SCHMITT-WOLLSCHEID couple through their son Jakob making her my husband’s 4th cousin. After she told me Jakob married in Echternach, things fell into place. His marriage record gave the complete location of his birth – Kalberger Hof, Burgermeisterei Heidweiler, Kreis Wittlich.[8]

A new search for Kalberger Hof turned up Heckenmünster, the homepage of Thomas Eifel, with the history of Kalbergerhof from 1409 to present, including the time period it belonged to the SCHMITT family, nearly 100 years from 1748-1844:

  • 1748 – 1783     Philipp Schmitt (died 1784)
  • 1769 – 1798     Johann Schmitt (1754-1789, first son of Philipp)
  • 1789 – 1796     Appolonia Schmitt geb. Mathes (widow of Philipp)
  • 1796 – 1811     Friedrich Schmitt (1761-1829, second son of Philipp)
  • 1841 – 1844     Nikolaus Schmitt (1795-1852, son of Friederich)

I immediately acquired permission from Thomas Eifel on 30 July 2011 to use the article in my family tree notes as long as I linked back to his site.

After learning the family came from the Heidweiler area, I searched the following databases and was able to fill in two generations back for the family:

Several years have since passed. With the information found in Family Books (FB) of the towns of Longuich, Arenrath, and Heidweiler, I’ve been able to increase the once three person family group to 4-7 generations.

pedigree

I viewed the Heidweiler FB when I visited Peter Daus’ private library in Wittlich in 2013 and photographed the pages with the family groups of Philipp SCHMITZ and his son Friederich SCHMITZ. I didn’t have enough time to look closely at the information and cannot remember if I noticed the remark about Friederich’s children being found under SCHMITT in the book. Most likely not as I didn’t get a photograph of the page with Nicolas SCHMITT and Anna Maria WOLLSCHEID’s family group. [To-do: Get the information from the Heidweiler FB on the Schmitt-Wollscheid couple AND check if there are family groups listed for their children.]

The SCHMITT-WOLLSCHEID Family

Nicolaus “Nicolas” SCHMITT was born on Kalberger Hof in the commune of Heidweiler, Wittlich, Rhineland, Germany, to Fridericus “Friederich” SCHMITT (1761-1829) and Maria Elisabeth PLEIN (1766-1845). He was baptized on 12 July 1795 in the Catholic church of Heidweiler.[2] He was one of eight children. A brother, also named Nicolas, may have died before the younger Nicolas’ birth. The six other siblings were all sisters.

Anna Maria WOLLSCHEID was born on 24 December 1800 in Kirsch, Longuich, Trier-Saarburg, Rhineland. She was the daughter of Jacobus “Jacobi” WOLLSCHEID (1766-1826) and Catharine BARTHELMES (1763-1822) and baptized on 25 December 1800 in the Catholic church in Longuich.[3]

Nicolas married Anna Maria on 8 January 1827 in Heidweiler.[4] Anna Maria’s parents were both deceased at the time of the marriage. Nicolas and Anna Maria were the parents of 4 known children. [The Heidweiler FB, on my to-do list, may have more information.]

  • Ch 1: Friedrich SCHMITT (1827-1904) born 3 December 1827 on Kalberger Hof[5]
  • Ch 2: Nicolas SCHMITT (1828- ) born abt. November 1828. Nicolas was in the household of Johann SCHWARTZ and his wife Catharina SCHMITT in 1864. He was listed as 35 years and one month and the brother of Catharina.[6] No further information has been found on this child.
  • Ch 3: Catharina SCHMITT (1829-1910) born 14 June 1829 on Kalberger Hof[7]
  • Ch 4: Jakob SCHMITT (1836-1885) born 7 March 1836 on Kalberger Hof[8]

The number of years between the birth Catharina and Jakob make me wonder if there were more children. Also the child Nicolas may have been younger than indicated on the 1864 census as the estimated month and year of birth, calculated from the age seen on the census, is cutting it way too close. I wonder if perhaps it was Jakob who was in the SCHWARTZ household and his father’s name was written instead of his.

While proofreading I realized the children Friedrich, Catharina, and Jakob were named after their grandparents.

Nicolas and Anna Maria were married a little over two years when Nicolas’ father Fridericus “Friederich” SCHMITT died on 5 March 1829 on Kalberger Hof.[9] Nicolas, being the only son, most likely shared the management of the farm with his mother Maria Elisabeth PLEIN until her death on 22 January 1845 on Kalberger Hof. Seven years later Nicolaus “Nicolas” SCHMITT died 17 October 1852 on Kalberger Hof.[5],[7],[8] His three oldest known children were in their early twenties and his youngest son Jakob was 16. The list of men who managed the Kalberger Hof is incomplete and it is not known how long the farm remained in the hands of the SCHMITT family.

The marriage record of Nicolas and Anna Maria’s only known daughter Catharina on 27 January 1855 in Rosport to Johann SCHWARTZ (1823-1898) included information on the residence of Anna Maria WOLLSCHEID in January 1855.[7] She and her daughter Catharina lived in Dieschburg. The marriage banns were read in Rosport and Echternacherbrück, a German town across the Sauer River from Echternach. The banns being read in Echternacherbrück and the residence of the bride and the mother of bride being in the area could mean they lived on Diesburgerhof near Ferschweiler. This was about 40 km west of Kalberger Hof.

By the end of the year Anna Maria was living with her daughter Catharina, her son-in-law Johann and his father Mathias SCHWARTZ. Her age on the 1855 census was off by 15 years and she was seen as the mother-in-law of Mathias instead of Johann.[6] Mathias’ mother-in-law died in 1815 and he did not remarry. Anna Maria WOLLSCHEID died 3 November 1857 in Osweiler at the home of her son-in-law Johann SCHWARTZ.[10]

Following the death of Nicolas SCHMITT little is known of his son Friedrich SCHMITT until he married Elisabetha THILL (1832-1904) on 23 April 1860 in Echternach. The marriage record includes a notation concerning two children born to the couple before their marriage, a daughter in 1858 and a son in 1860, a month before the marriage. Elisabeth’s father’s whereabouts were unknown and her mother was deceased. None of the four witnesses appear to have been relatives and none of Friederich’s family appeared to be present.[5]

On the 3 December 1864 census for Osweiler a previously unknown son of the SCHMITT-WOLLSCHEID couple showed up in the household of Johann SCHWARTZ and Catharina SCHMITT. Nicolas SCHMITT, 35 years and one month, was listed as Catharina’s brother.[6]

The youngest son of Nicolas and Anna Maria, Jakob SCHMITT, married Anna Maria WEBER (1835- ) on 1 February 1866 in Echternach. None of the witnesses were related to the bridal couple.[8] It was this marriage record, shared with me by Fabienne, which helped me to locate the death record of the mother of this family Anna Maria as her date and place of death were included.

The youngest son of this family, Jakob SCHMITT died 13 January 1885 in Echternach at the age of 48.[11] Nearly twenty years later his brother Friedrich SCHMITT died on 7 February 1904 in Echternach at the age of 76.[12] The only known daughter Catharina SCHMITT died on 1 December 1910 in Osweiler at the age of 81 years.[13]

Another Cousin is Found

Fabienne told me she had a first cousin once removed living in my hometown of Echternach. Her cousin Josette’s mother was [surprisingly] a SCHWARTZ, a granddaughter of Catharina SCHMITT and Johann SCHWARTZ. This makes her my husband’s 2C1R and 3C1R as both her mother and her father descend from Nicolas SCHMITT and Anna Maria WOLLSCHEID. Fabienne and her husband visited Josette and her husband in Echternach and, while here, the four of them stopped by our house to spend some time with us talking about the family relationships. We were actually already acquainted with Josette and her husband.

Since making the connection with Fabienne through Geneanet I’ve taken down my GEDCOM file from the site. It was too much trouble to upload a partial file whenever I made changes to the database. Even a ZIP file of my database is twice the permitted size. Maybe other researchers who use the site can give me tips on how to work around this.

How many opportunities am I missing to bait more cousins by only having my family tree online at RootsWeb’s WorldConnect?

Sources:
[1] Luxembourg, Registres d’état civil, 1793-1923 (images), FamilySearch (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Rosport > Naissances 1889-1890 Mariages 1797-1890 Décès 1797-1853 > image 643 of 1410. 1855 Marriage Record No. 2. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11613-10947-44?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-L6L:n1038283664 : accessed 02 Apr 2013).
[2] Germany Births and Baptisms, 1558-1898 / Deutschland Geburten und Taufen, 1558-1898, (index), FamilySearch, FHL microfilm 846,155. (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NTXK-T6X : accessed 1 August 2015), Nicolaus Schmid, baptized 12 Jul 1795, father Friderici Schmid, mother Elisabetha Plein; citing Catholic records of Heidweiler, Rheinland.
[3] Ibid., FHL microfilm 469,141. (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NC1V-N84 : accessed 28 July 2015), Maria Anna Wolschett, baptized 25 Dec 1800, father Jacobi Wolschett, mother Catharinae Barthelmaes; citing Longuich, Rheinland, Preußen, Germany.
[4] Germany Marriages, 1558-1929 / Deutschland, Heiraten, 1558-1929, (index), FamilySearch, FHL microfilm 469,141. (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J4FC-TYK : accessed 1 August 2015), Nicolaus Schmidt and Maria Anna Wolschett, married 17 Jan 1827, parents of groom Friderici Schmidt and Elisabethae Plein, parents of bride Jacobi Wolschett and Catharinae Barthelmaes; citing Longuich, Rheinland, Preußen, Germany.
[5] Luxembourg, Civil Records, Echternach > Mariages 1809 > image 1067 of 1462. 1860 Marriage Record No. 10. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-11670-167828-84?cc=1709358&wc=9RYS-C68:129623201,129776101 : accessed 28 July 2011).
[6] Luxembourg, Volkszählungen 1843-1900 (images), FamilySearch (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Rosport > 1864 > image 162 of 339. Schwartz-Schmit household. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-32384-1937-81?cc=2037957&wc=M5G3-6YQ:346331501,345868401 : accessed 1 April 2015).
[7] Luxembourg, Civil Records, Rosport > Naissances 1889-1890 Mariages 1797-1890 Décès 1797-1853 > image 643 of 1410. 1855 Marriage Record No. 2. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11613-10947-44?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-L6L:n1038283664 : accessed 02 Apr 2013).
[8] Ibid., Echternach > Mariages 1809 > image 1154 of 1462. 1866 Marriage Record No. 2. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-11670-166074-78?cc=1709358&wc=9RYS-C68:129623201,129776101 : accessed 28 July 2011).
[9] Armin Giebel, Familienbuch Longuich nach den Standesamtsregistern von 1802-1931, Family No. 8740, June 2013 edition.
[10] Ibid., Rosport > Décès 1853-1891 > image 52 of 510. 1857 Death Record No. 24. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-11627-97505-85?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-L62:1818144340 : accessed 05 Apr 2013).
[11] Luxembourg, Civil Records, Echternach > Décès 1882-1890 > image 88 of 251. 1885 Death Record No. 4. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-11022-11689-39?cc=1709358&wc=9RYM-92W:129623201,129706801 : accessed 28 July 2011).
[12] Ibid., Echternach > Mariages 1906-1923 Décès 1895-1912 > image 474 of 675. 1904 Death Record No. 13. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-32043-10535-43?cc=1709358&wc=9RTB-6YZ:129623201,130153902 : accessed 2 August 2015).
[13] Ibid., Rosport > Décès 1903-1923 > image 102 of 262. 1910 Death Record No. 26. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-32039-6194-7?cc=1709358&wc=9RTB-7MC:130314401,129640001 : accessed 8 February 2015).

Genealogy Sketch

Name: Nicolaus “Nicolas” SCHMITT
Parents: Fridericus “Friederich” SCHMITT and Maria Elisabeth PLEIN
Spouse: Anna Maria WOLLSCHEID
Parents of spouse: Jacobus “Jacobi” WOLLSCHEID and Catharine BARTHELMES
Whereabouts: Kalberger Hof, Diesburgerhof, Osweiler, Echternach
Relationship to Cathy Meder-Dempsey: husband’s 3rd great-grandfather

  1. Nicolaus “Nicolas” SCHMITT
  2. Catharina SCHMITT
  3. Johannes “Johann” “Jean” SCHWARTZ
  4. Catharina “Catherine” “Ketty” “Ged” SCHWARTZ
  5. Marcel Mathias MEDER
  6. husband of Cathy Meder-Dempsey

© 2015 Cathy Meder-Dempsey

52ancestors-2015This is my weekly entry for Amy Johnson Crow’s challenge:
52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – 2015 Edition. It was so successful in 2014 that genealogists wanted to continue or join in on the fun in 2015. Be sure to check out the other great posts by visiting Amy’s blog No Story Too Small where she’ll be posting the weekly recap on Thurdays and allowing all participants to leave a link to their post(s) in the comments.

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Slave Name Roll Project: RELEASING Jack

Following my three part series on the slaves of my 5th grand-father James Sims I’ve made a commitment to write a post on a monthly basis until I’ve RELEASED all of the names of slaves owned by my ancestors. 

I’ve come to a standstill in my search of ancestors who owned slaves. There may be some I have not discovered. To fill in I would like to share slave names I have come across while doing random searches for others.

Every now and then I’ll take some time out of my own research to reply to a query in one of the Facebook genealogy groups I belong to. While checking for information on an ARTHUR family in the Virginia Memory: Chancery Records Index – Library of Virginia I came across this slave name.

It’s Honorable to do… You’re RELEASING their Names and their Souls for their Descendants to hopefully find them one day. Every time this Happens they are Rejoicing. They have been in a book or what have you for so long.
                                                        ~ True A. Lewis

Today I’m RELEASING Jack.

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Exrs of William Arthur vs Charles Gwatkins, Bedford County, Virginia, File Number 1791-004 (image 6 of 17) http://www.lva.virginia.gov/chancery/case_detail.asp?CFN=019-1791-004

Franklin County Sct.
This deposition of Thomas Scruggs Showeth, that Jack a Negro fellow lately sold by the Sheriff of Bedford to Satisfy the Commonwealth’s execution against the Estate of Gross Scruggs Deceased, was in the Possion [possession] of the Said Gross Scruggs from Winter 1776 till after the Death of the said Gross Scruggs which was in the Spring 1789, that in the Lifetime of the said Gross Scruggs and not many years before his Death, two or three Seizures of the said Gross Scrugg’s Estate was made by the Sheriff and as many Sales appointed when the said Slave Jack was always brought fourth on Part of the Estate of the said Deceased and Exposed to Sale, that on all such Occasions he was on the Spot and Knows of no Claim was being set up by any One to the said Slave till after the Death of the said Gross Scruggs, that said Slave was about Seven or Eight Years Old (and not big enough to Ride to Mill) when he first came to the Possession of the said Gross Scruggs, that he has heard Elizabeth Scruggs, the widow of the said Gross say that said slave Jack was given to her by her Father; that he never heard anything to the Contrary Said or Surmissed till after the Death of said Gross Scruggs, that he is Persuaded if any claim had been set up to the said slave at any Earlier Period he must in all Probability have Known it, that Gross Scruggs in his Lifetime Uniformly Listed and Paid Tax on said Slave as his Property, that Since the Death of said Gross Scruggs and since William Arthurs Executors has Sued the Sheriff for said Slave, he has heard William Arthur say that his Father Benjamin Arthur never Expected to Recover on said Action, that such Suit was not brought of his own Will but to Please & gratify some of the Children who was dissatisfied and further this deponant sayeth not done at Hailsford Franklin County the 12th day of March 1791. Signed   Thos Scruggs

Franklin County Sct.
The above Deposition sworn to and subscribed in our prasence and in presence of John Hook, at the House of the said John Hook, none of the opposite party present but a certificate produced to us as anexed of due notice being given to Benjamin Arthur. Certifyed by us this 12th day of March 1791.   Signed   Jonathan [illegible]   &   John      [illegible]

Note: William Arthur was the father of Benjamin and Elizabeth and the grandfather of William Arthur who Thomas Scruggs mentions in the above.

On image 9 of the same case two statements were made.

David Irvine claimed, “that Sum time before the war with Grate Britan he was in company with William Arthur Decd at New London, and heard him say that he had never givin nor never sold a Negro to any of his children in his lifetime, the Reson the said Arther gave that he wold not give his Negroes to his children was that he had not Negroes enught to give any one of his Children one and have then anuf to work for him & his wife – in their Auld age.”

Robert Hughes claimed, “that after the Decease of Wm Arthur the said Hughes Being one of the Appraisers of the said Arthurs Estate, Barnabas Arthur the acting Executor of the said Estate Desired that a Negro Boy Named Jack should be appraised with the rest of the Estate and that he the said Jack Belonged to it tho than in the prosion (sic) of Gross Scrugs and absent at the time of appraisment.”

The will of William ARTHUR was not included in packet of chancery records. The will of Gross SCRUGGS does not mention the slave Jack or any slaves for that matter.

© 2015 Cathy Meder-Dempsey

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Old Photographs Saved From Trash Can ~ #19 Guy Royaltey BOSWELL 1893-1979

This is a spin-off of my 52 Ancestors: #14 Albert Spencer LILLIE (1848-1913) ~ Old Photographs Saved From Trash Can blogpost in which I featured a few photos from a collection of old photographs my 4C1R Joe Rooney shared with me. I asked Joe about using the photos and he kindly wrote, Please use them at your will.  I feel it is keeping it in the family and don’t need credit.  If anything, I appreciate your evaluations, identifications and detective work.  I’m hopeful you and yours enjoy them.  On a blog, in a book, above a cloud.”

#19 Guy Royaltey BOSWELL 1893-1979

Guy Royaltey BOSWELL was the only child of Olive ROYALTY and John R. BOSWELL. He was born 14 June 1894 in Golconda, Pope County, Illinois. When his parents married his mother’s maiden name was spelled ROYALTY. Guy’s World War I and II Draft Registration Cards both have his middle name spelled ROYALTEY.

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A very young Guy, not a girl.

Guy is wearing a sailor themed little boy’s dress in this photograph taken about 1895. He was most likely still in diapers as dresses made frequent diaper changes easier. Once a boy was potty trained he would be seen wearing shorts.

guy2

Guy on Bee Rock in Griffith Park overlooking the old zoo in Los Angeles.

“Guy has the sun grins” was written on the back of this photograph along with the location.

guy3

Guy Boswell posing in snow.

I believe the couple in the background help to date the photograph – 1920s.

guy4

Guy Royaltey Boswell or not?

These (above and below) photos were labelled “UnknownMan” by Joe Rooney. While going through all the knows and unknowns I came to the conclusion this must be a young Guy, above, and below perhaps an older Guy, below.

guy5

Guy Royaltey Boswell or not?

Joe Rooney kindly gave me permission to use these photographs on my blog.

Links to previous posts in this series may be found in Old Photographs

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Joe ROONEY wrote on 15 February 2015: This collection of photographs was scanned at 300 dpi color by me. The original photos were sent by Sandra Lillie about ten years ago after she found them cleaning out a relative’s garage in Southern Illinois, finding no other takers (suckers). She believes they were a collection by L Vance Lillie. Many of the pictures seemed to be removed from frames or were in albums evidenced by fading characteristics and may have been from other’s collections. I scanned the reverse if there was laboratory advertising or writing. Some of the authors’ identification may be figured out of the handwriting matches. I did not scan the reverse of photos where there was only a three digit number that I believe to be sequence numbers on a roll of film. I didn’t spot any obvious helpful commonalities.

© 2015 Cathy Meder-Dempsey

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52 Ancestors: #30 Challenging-To-Research But So Rewarding, The SCHWARTZ-TRIERWEILER Family

Week 30 (July 23-29) – Challenging: It’s a good time to take a look at another challenging-to-research ancestor.

Challenging-To-Research But So Rewarding

My children’s 4th great-grandfather Mathias SCHWARTZ 1791-1860 has always been a challenge to research. I still remember the day I obtained his marriage record. It was in 1996 and sadly followed by the death of my father-in-law which put an end to my interest in genealogy research for several years. But the challenge of researching Mathias has also been rewarding.

In 1996 I took at short trip, less than 9 km from where I live, to visit the records office at the town hall of Rosport. The plan was to ask if they would look up several marriage records and make copies for me to take home. They opened the vault and gave me permission to look through the old ledgers and find the documents on my own. At the time I was very new to genealogy but I already knew one of the secrets to researching in Luxembourg. Get the marriage records! If you have followed my posts on the Luxembourgish families this year you will by now know these records include information on two to three generations. Today, if I had known they would open the vault for me, I would have had a better plan. But in the end I came away with marriage records of several generations of SCHWARTZ couples.

Mathias’ marriage record was in a very tightly bound ledger and the name of his mother was not complete on the photocopy they made. For years I thought the Ha… I saw could only be HASTERT. As in Dennis HASTERT,  Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1999 to 2007, whose ancestors came from Osweiler, the village the SCHWARTZ family lived in.

As the years passed I neglected researching in Luxembourg while concentrating on my families in America. When FamilySearch uploaded the Luxembourg Civil Registration collection, I learned to use the browse only collection and found the digital copies of the marriage records I had laid aside so many years ago. Mathias’ mother was a HALER and not a HASTERT and the challenge continued.

In order to write about Mathias, his wife and children, I had to get my records for the family cited and all missing records needed to be found. From the beginning I knew Mathias was born on 22 November 1791 in Osweiler per his 1820 marriage record. But I didn’t have the birth or baptismal record. Civil records have been kept since 1796 which meant a civil record would not be found for Mathias. When the Luxembourg Church Records went online 9 January 2015 I made a resolution to not jump in and search haphazardly. I would only use them when I was working on a specific family from the time period.

As Mathias was born in Osweiler, a village belonging to the commune of Rosport, I checked this parish first and then Echternach, the next closest town, but did not find his baptismal record. What if the year of birth was wrong on the marriage record? To answer this question I checked for the marriage of his parents. I was rewarded with the 1790 marriage record of his parents Lorentz SCHWARTZ and Magdalena HALER, as well as the 1757 and 1759 marriage records of both of their parents, Mathias’ grandparents. These records gave the names of Mathias’ four great-grandfathers, two deceased before 1757 and two living in 1759. [Note: the links are to the index cards which include the volume and page numbers of the parish record. Links to the records will be shared upon request.]

I had gotten carried away with my searches but before doing anything else I shared this information with my husband’s 5C1R Julie Cahill Tarr of Julie’s Genealogy & History Hub. Julie descends from Mathias’ brother Heinrich b. 1796 – she was also rewarded by my challenging research.

I had already found Mathias’ census records and along with the missing baptismal record they had me questioning the date of birth listed on the marriage record. Three of the eight census records found included dates of birth – all conflicting. In 1843 he was seen as born 15 July 1789, in 1846 on 2 November 1794, and in 1849 on 1 May 1795. I went back to the church records of Rosport to check from 1789 to 1795 even though I was sure he had to have been born after his parents’ 1790 marriage. As the parish was quite small at the time the search was quick but in vain.

Once again I went through the church records of Echternach for the time period 1789-1795. Working my way backwards I discovered a quirk in the records I had missed the first time I searched only for 1791 baptismal records. I had not looked at pages 197-203 in the parish book because I found the 1791 baptismal records on pages 205-220. I had erroneously assumed the pages before 205 would be for 1790 but they were another group of records for 1791. Finally I found Mathias’ baptismal record on page 202 but it did not confirm the date of birth given on his marriage record, 22 November 1791. He was actually born and baptized a day earlier on 21 November 1791.

The SCHWARTZ-TRIERWEILER Family

The baptismal record of Mathias SCHWARTZ is in latin and begins with, “Die vigesima prima…”On the twenty-first… I haven’t studied Latin which makes it difficult to transcribe the handwriting even when I use a translator. But the most important information can be deciphered.

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1791 Baptismal Record [1]

Mathias SCHWARTZ was born on 21 November 1891 in Osweiler to Laurentius (Lorentz) SCHWARTZ and Magdalena HALER, both of Osweiler. His godparents were Mathias HALER of Osweiler and Magdalena WILLEMS of Frombourg, a farm near Osweiler.[1] Although the obvious conclusion would be the child was named after his maternal grandfather, I haven’t researched the HALER family and I don’t know if Mathias HALER the grandfather was still living or if Magdalena had a brother named Mathias.

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1819 Marriage Proclamation [2]

Mathias SCHWARTZ and Anna TRIERWEILER’s proclamation of marriage was published on 13 December 1819. The banns had been read and hung out on the 5th and 12th at the city hall in Rosport.[2]

They were married at 9 in the morning of 17 January 1820 in Rosport by the mayor Peter MICHELS. The military commander had signed the required certificate concerning Mathias’ military service on 15 January. The bride, Anna TRIERWEILER, was born on 22 July 1794 in Olk (Germany) to Nicolas TRIERWEILER and Catharina HOFFMANN, both deceased at the time of the marriage. The bride and groom declared not being able to write and the marriage record was signed by four witnesses and the mayor. The witnesses do not appear to have been related to the bridal couple. The parents of the groom were both living but may not have been present for the marriage – they did not sign and there is no note of their not being able to write.[3]

Mathias’ father Lorentz SCHWARTZ died 10 days after the marriage.[4] Lorentz’s wife Magdalena HALER may have been caring for him at home while their son married.

Mathias and Anna were the parents of seven sons. Two of their sons died young, two others have not been located after the December 1852/1855 census. The three oldest sons married and continued the SCHWARTZ line in Osweiler and in Echternach.

  1. Heinrich “Hari” SCHWARTZ b. 31 July 1821[5] d. 12 April 1892[6]
  2. Johann SCHWARTZ b. 10 March 1823[7] d. 13 February 1898[8]
  3. Peter SCHWARTZ b. 23 November 1824[9] d. 21 November 1893[10]
  4. Christophe SCHWARTZ b. 19 May 1827[11] d. after December 1852[12] (no marriage or death found)
  5. Guillaume SCHWARTZ b. 14 August 1830[13] d. 9 May 1833[14]
  6. Mathias SCHWARTZ b. 3 March 1833[15] d. after December 1855[16] (no mariage or death found)
  7. Nicolas SCHWARTZ b. 1 February 1836[17] d. 18 December 1836[18]

Anna TRIERWEILER and Mathias SCHWARTZ were present for the marriage of their son Hari to Christina HANSEN on 6 January 1847 in Rosport[19] and of their son Peter to Maria ERNZEN on 22 January 1851 in Rosport.[20]

Anna TRIERWEILER did not live long enough to see her son Johann marry in 1855. She died on 21 March 1853 in Osweiler, her son Peter was the informant. Although she was only 58 her age was reported as 63. Her husband Mathias who was 61 at the time was mentioned as being 65. Peter who was 28 at the time may not have gotten his parents’ ages correct but he did know his own age.[21]

A year later Mathias’ mother Magdalena HALER died at the hospital in Echternach on 20 April 1854.[22] The hospital was also a home for the elderly run by the Catholic nuns. Madgalena may have been living there from as early as 1846 when she was seen on the census with other older ladies.[23] The census records for 1843, 1847, 1849, 1851, and 1852 may confirm this. [To-do list]

The last of Mathias’ sons to marry was my husband’s 2nd great-grandfather Johann SCHWARTZ. He married Catharina SCHMITT on 27 January 1855 in Rosport.[24]

Mathias SCHWARTZ lived with his son Johann from 1855 until his death on 20 February 1860 in Osweiler. His death took placed at the home of his son Johann and was reported by his oldest son Heinrich who signed “Hari Schwartz” – the name seen on his birth record.[25]

One more marriage was to take place after Mathias’ death. In 1865 Peter SCHWARTZ’s lost his wife[26] and married his sister-in-law Anna Maria ERNZEN on 16 May 1866.[27]

The research for this family has been challenging and there are still loose ends which need to be taken care of. What happened to the sons Christophe and Mathias? They do not appear to have remained in the Rosport or Echternach area. Did they remain in Luxembourg or did they go to work in France or Germany or even emigrate to America?

Sources:
[1] Luxembourg, registres paroissiaux, 1601-1948 (images), FamilySearch (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Echternach > Baptêmes, mariages, décès 1788-1797 > image 97 of 331. 1791 Baptismal Record. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-32401-8510-60?cc=2037955&wc=STHZ-4W5:1500937901,1500937902 : accessed 27 July 2015).
[2] Luxembourg, Registres d’état civil, 1793-1923 (images), FamilySearch (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Rosport > Naissances, mariages, décès 1800-1815 > image 277 of 385. 1820 Marriage Banns. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-11676-85875-96?cc=1709358&wc=9RYS-JWL:130314401,130827901 : accessed 11 April 2013 and 22 July 2015).
[3] Ibid., Rosport > Naissances, mariages, décès 1800-1815 > image 280 of 385. 1820 Marriage Record. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-11676-83258-61?cc=1709358&wc=9RYS-JWL:130314401,130827901 : accessed 11 April 2013 and 22 July 2015).
[4] Ibid., Rosport > Décès 1815-1823 Naissances 1797-1888 > image 29 of 1499. 1820 Death Record. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-11618-24932-24?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-L6K:n1548117469 : accessed 11 Apr 2013).
[5] Ibid., Rosport > Naissances, mariages, décès 1800-1815 > image 168 of 385. 1821 Birth Record No. 14. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-11676-88657-8?cc=1709358&wc=9RYS-JWL:130314401,130827901 : accessed 22 May 2011 and 22 July 2015).
[6] Ibid., Rosport > Naissances, mariages, décès 1891-1894 > image 130 of 176. 1892 Death Record No. 13. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12165-230236-73?cc=1709358&wc=9RYZ-92Q:130314401,129717601 : accessed 21 May 2011).
[7] Ibid., Rosport > Naissances 1889-1890 Mariages 1797-1890 Décès 1797-1853 > image 643 of 1410. 1855 Marriage Record No. 2. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11613-10947-44?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-L6L:n1038283664 : accessed 02 Apr 2013).
[8] Ibid., Rosport > Naissances, mariages 1895-1923 Décès 1895-1902 > image 764 of 823. 1898 Death Record No. 2. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32046-4125-42?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-L6G:2025664037 : accessed 02 Apr 2013).
[9] Ibid., Rosport > Décès 1815-1823 Naissances 1797-1888 > image 304 of 1499. 1824 Birth Record No. 43. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-11618-15476-12?cc=1709358&wc=9RY9-RM9:130314401,130314402 : accessed 4 Apr 2010).
[10] Ibid., Rosport > Naissances, mariages, décès 1891-1894 > image 149 of 176. 1893 Death Record No. 37. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12165-230319-15?cc=1709358&wc=9RYZ-92Q:130314401,129717601 : accessed 21 May 2011).
[11] Ibid., Rosport > Décès 1815-1823 Naissances 1797-1888 > image 339 of 1499. 1827 Birth Record No. 16. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-11618-24326-32?cc=1709358&wc=9RY9-RM9:130314401,130314402 : accessed 20 July 2015).
[12] Luxembourg, Volkszählungen 1843-1900 (images), FamilySearch (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Rosport > 1852 > image 178 of 325. Schwartz-Trierweiler household. “Luxembourg, Volkszählungen 1843-1900,” images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-32379-16445-47?cc=2037957&wc=M5LB-44H:346331501,345865501 : accessed 26 March 2015).
[13] Luxembourg Civil Records, Rosport > Décès 1815-1823 Naissances 1797-1888 > image 386 of 1499. 1830 Birth Record No. 34. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-11618-23095-32?cc=1709358&wc=9RY9-RM9:130314401,130314402 : accessed 4 April 2010).
[14] Ibid., Rosport > Naissances 1889-1890 Mariages 1797-1890 Décès 1797-1853 > image 1170 of 1410. 1833 Death Record No. 13. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11613-13906-73?cc=1709358&wc=9RY4-3TL:130314401,130555301 : accessed 4 April 2010).
[15] Ibid., Rosport > Décès 1815-1823 Naissances 1797-1888 > image 434 of 1499. 1833 Birth Record No. 12.  (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-11618-25836-5?cc=1709358&wc=9RY9-RM9:130314401,130314402 : accessed 4 April 2010).
[16] Luxembourg Census, Rosport > 1855 > image 162 of 290. Mathias Schwartz household. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-32381-20546-60?cc=2037957&wc=M5GS-J47:346331501,345866501 : accessed 1 April 2015).
[17] Luxembourg Civil Records, Rosport > Décès 1815-1823 Naissances 1797-1888 > image 492 of 1499. 1836 Birth Record No. 6. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-11618-20593-39?cc=1709358&wc=9RY9-RM9:130314401,130314402 : accessed 4 April 2010).
[18] Ibid., Rosport > Naissances 1889-1890 Mariages 1797-1890 Décès 1797-1853 > image 1200 of 1410. 1836 Death Record No. 23. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11613-12716-49?cc=1709358&wc=9RY4-3TL:130314401,130555301 : accessed 20 July 2015).
[19] Ibid., Rosport > Naissances 1889-1890 Mariages 1797-1890 Décès 1797-1853 > image 576 of 1410. 1847 Marriage Record No. 2. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11613-10348-99?cc=1709358&wc=9RY4-3TL:130314401,130555301 : accessed 4 April 2010).
[20] Ibid., Rosport > Naissances 1889-1890 Mariages 1797-1890 Décès 1797-1853 > image 612 of 1410. 1851 Marriage Record No. 2. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11613-7639-89?cc=1709358&wc=9RY4-3TL:130314401,130555301 : accessed 4 Apr 2010).
[21] Ibid., Rosport > Décès 1853-1891 > image 4 of 510. 1853 Death Record No. 13. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-11627-96341-81?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-L62:1818144340 : accessed 19 May 2011).
[22] Ibid., Echternach > Décès 1854-1855 > image 9 of 59. 1854 Death Record No. 28. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-11022-10578-17?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-2V8:n1816692577 : accessed 13 May 2012).
[23] Luxembourg Census, Echternach > 1846 > image 317 of 722. Schwartz, Madelaine 1769 Osweiler veuve. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-32357-26948-34?cc=2037957&wc=M9MV-MMQ:716415365 : accessed 27 July 2015).
[24] Luxembourg Civil Records, Rosport > Naissances 1889-1890 Mariages 1797-1890 Décès 1797-1853 > image 643 of 1410. 1855 Marriage Record No. 2. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11613-10947-44?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-L6L:n1038283664 : accessed 02 Apr 2013).
[25] Ibid., Rosport > Décès 1853-1891 > image 90 of 510. 1860 Death Record No. 7. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-11627-94599-71?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-L62:1818144340 : accessed 05 Apr 2013).
[26] Ibid., Rosport > Décès 1853-1891 > image 161 of 510. 1865 Death Record No. 30. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-11627-95600-7?cc=1709358&wc=9RY9-16X:130314401,130472201 : accessed 28 July 2015).
[27] Ibid., Rosport > Naissances 1889-1890 Mariages 1797-1890 Décès 1797-1853 > image 734 of 1410. 1866 Marriage Record No. 8. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11613-11631-95?cc=1709358&wc=9RY4-3TL:130314401,130555301 : accessed 4 April 2010).

Genealogy Sketch

Name: Mathias SCHWARTZ
Parents: Lorentz SCHWARTZ and Magdalena HALER
Spouse: Anna TRIERWEILER
Parents of spouse: Nicolas TRIERWEILER and Catharina HOFFMANN
Whereabouts: Osweiler, Rosport, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
Relationship to Cathy Meder-Dempsey: husband’s 3rd great-grandfather

  1. Mathias SCHWARTZ
  2. Johann SCHWARTZ
  3. Johann SCHWARTZ
  4. Catharina “Catherine” “Ketty” “Ged” SCHWARTZ
  5. Marcel Mathias MEDER
  6. husband of Cathy Meder-Dempsey

© 2015 Cathy Meder-Dempsey

52ancestors-2015This is my weekly entry for Amy Johnson Crow’s challenge:
52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – 2015 Edition. It was so successful in 2014 that genealogists wanted to continue or join in on the fun in 2015. Be sure to check out the other great posts by visiting Amy’s blog No Story Too Small where she’ll be posting the weekly recap on Thurdays and allowing all participants to leave a link to their post(s) in the comments.

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Old Photographs Saved From Trash Can ~ #18 Olive ROYALTY 1871-1949

This is a spin-off of my 52 Ancestors: #14 Albert Spencer LILLIE (1848-1913) ~ Old Photographs Saved From Trash Can blogpost in which I featured a few photos from a collection of old photographs my 4C1R Joe Rooney shared with me. I asked Joe about using the photos and he kindly wrote, Please use them at your will.  I feel it is keeping it in the family and don’t need credit.  If anything, I appreciate your evaluations, identifications and detective work.  I’m hopeful you and yours enjoy them.  On a blog, in a book, above a cloud.”

#18 Olive ROYALTY 1871-1949

Olive ROYALTY, born 8 July 1871 in Illinois, was the youngest daughter of Samuel L. ROYALTY and Joanna PALMER. Her mother died between 1871-1874 and Olive was raised by her step-mother Johanna PADDOCK.

youngoliveThis photograph was labeled Irene (left) and Olive (right). The girls resemble each other but I have not been able to figure out who Irene may have been. At first glance of the back I was hoping to read Florence, Olive’s sister, instead of Irene. Olive was raised in Pope County, Illinois. Could she have visited Girard, Kansas, as a young girl? Or did the family live there for a while?

Olive married John R. BOSWELL on 12 June 1892 at Prospect Church, Golconda, Pope County, Illinois. They had only one child, Guy Royalty BOSWELL, born 14 June 1893 in Golconda.

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Olive ROYALTY with her husband John R. BOSWELL and their son Guy Royalty BOSWELL ca. 1897.

Olive, John and Guy were living in Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, New Mexico, at the time of the 1900 census. Before 1910 they moved to Los Angeles, California, where they lived the rest of their lives.

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Olive ROYALTY, photo taken in Los Angeles

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An older Olive (ROYALTY) BOSWELL

Joe Rooney kindly gave me permission to use these photographs on my blog.

Links to previous posts in this series may be found in Old Photographs

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Joe ROONEY wrote on 15 February 2015: This collection of photographs was scanned at 300 dpi color by me. The original photos were sent by Sandra Lillie about ten years ago after she found them cleaning out a relative’s garage in Southern Illinois, finding no other takers (suckers). She believes they were a collection by L Vance Lillie. Many of the pictures seemed to be removed from frames or were in albums evidenced by fading characteristics and may have been from other’s collections. I scanned the reverse if there was laboratory advertising or writing. Some of the authors’ identification may be figured out of the handwriting matches. I did not scan the reverse of photos where there was only a three digit number that I believe to be sequence numbers on a roll of film. I didn’t spot any obvious helpful commonalities.

© 2015 Cathy Meder-Dempsey

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