52 Ancestors: #21 The MERTES-RUCKERT Family of Strassen

Week 21 (May 21-27) – Military: This week, the United States will be observing Memorial Day. Do you have any military ancestors? Were any ancestors affected by the military or by war?

Luxembourg was considered a neutral country during the time period the MERTES-RUCKERT  family lived. They did not have a father, mother, sister, brother, son, or daughter who died while serving the country.

The Luxembourg Crisis, a diplomatic dispute and confrontation over the political status of Luxembourg between the French Empire and Prussia almost led to war between the two parties, but was peacefully resolved by the Treaty of London signed on 11 May 1867. The immediate effect of the treaty was the reaffirmation of the neutrality of Luxembourg and the union between the Netherlands and Luxembourg under the House of Orange-Nassau.

To ensure Luxembourg’s neutrality, the fortifications of Luxembourg City, known as the Gibraltar of the North, were to be demolished and never to be rebuilt. Dismantling the fortifications required the destruction of underground defences, casemates, batteries, barracks, etc. Fortunately some remains of the fortress survived and can be visited today.

casematesLet’s Begin With A Ridddle

My husband’s great-grandmother Maria MERTES, a first born child, was the seventh child of Michel MERTES and the second daughter of Margaretha RUCKERT. She was the oldest of seven children? How many siblings did she have?

Michel MERTES, Maria’s father

Michel MERTES was born on 6 October 1837 in Strassen.[1] His birth was registered in the commune of Bertrange in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. His father François MERTES, a 31 years old day laborer, did not sign the birth record as he was unable to write. Michel’s mother’s name was given as Marguerite ERPELDING, no age was listed.

Michel married Catharina HEIN on 10 January 1861 in Strassen[2]. By this time the town of Strassen was a commune and no longer a part of the Bertrange commune. Catharina gave Michel six children before she died on 14 February 1874[3]. At the time of her death five children were living, their first born child had died at the age of six days.

  1. Maria MERTES born 1 February 1862[4] and died 6 February 1862[5]
  2. Margaretha MERTES born 11 April 1863[6]
  3. Johann MERTES born 16 November 1865[7] and died 26 February 1875[8]
  4. Maria MERTES born 11 October 1867[9] and died 24 June 1877[10]
  5. Barbara MERTES born 5 January 1870[11] and died 12 March 1900[12]
  6. Jacob MERTES born 24 April 1872[13]

All of the above children were born in Strassen.

Margaretha RUCKERT, Maria’s mother

Margaretha RUCKERT was born 4 May 1847 in Bertrange.[14] Her father Jacob RUCKERT was 59 years old and her mother Magdalena SCHMIT was 37 years old. On the birth record her mother’s maiden name was spelled with two T’s. Her father was literate and signed the birth record.

Margaretha, at the age of 23, married Jacob ANTON on 22 September 1870 in Bertrange.[15] Anton was a 49 years old widower – over twice her age. The father of the bride, the parents of the groom, and the first wife of the groom were deceased at the time.

Margaretha was married a little over six months when her husband Jacob died on 2 April 1871 in Bertrange.[16] At the time Margaretha was carrying his child. On 28 July 1871 she gave birth to their daughter Susanna ANTON.[17] As the father of the child was deceased, the midwife Susanna TIMMESCH (sic, THIMMESCH), who delivered Susanna, declared the birth.

Susanna ANTON has only been traced until 1890 when she was unmarried and working as a servant possibly in Belgium.

The Widower Michel MERTES Marries the Widow of Jacob ANTON

Michel had only been widowed two months when he married Margaretha RUCKERT, the widow of Jacob ANTON, on 22 April 1874 in Bertrange.[18] The parents of both the bride and the groom were deceased. The dates of death of six persons were listed on the marriage record: 4 parents and 2 deceased spouses. None of the witnesses were related the the bridal couple. Michel and Margaretha were both able to write and signed their names to the marriage record.

signaturesThe Children of Michel and Margaretha

Michel’s and Margaretha’s first child Maria was born on 14 February 1875 in Strassen[19] exactly one year after the death of Michel’s first wife Catharina HEIN.

Less than two weeks after the birth of their first child Maria, Michel’s son Johann from his first marriage died at the age of ten years.[20]

Their second child, a son Franz, was born 9 March 1877.[21] Three months later, another of Michel’s children from his first marriage, Maria, died on 24 June 1877. As with her brother Johann in 1875 Maria also died at the age of ten years.[22]

Five more children were born to Michel and Margaretha:

  • Catharina born 3 January 1880[23] and died unknown (after 1895)
  • Maria “Margaretha” born 10 March 1882[24] and died unknown (after 1895)
  • Jacob born 24 October 1885[25] and died 9 June 1886[26]
  • Barbara born 23 December 1887[27] died 3 January 1888[28]
  • Susanna born 4 January 1889[29] and died unknown (after 1895)

In 1890 the Michel MERTES household was made up of Michel, his wife Margaretha, and their children Franz, Catharina, Margaretha, and Susanna. Three children were listed on the back of the census as working away from home. Michel’s son Jacob MERTES was  in Belgium learning the carpentry trade. Michel and Margaretha’s daughter Maria MERTES and Margaretha’s daughter Susanna ANTON were working as servants at an illegible location.

What Happened to this Family after 1890?

On 19 February 1894 Maria MERTES, oldest daughter of Michel and Margaretha, married Nicolas PEFFER.[30] Her parents were living in Strassen at the time.

In 1895 Michel and Margaretha were in Strassen with three daughters: Catharina, Margaretha and Susanna. None of these young ladies were old enough to be married. Michel’s son Jacob from his first marriage had been working in Belgium for four years per this census. Michel and Margaretha’s son Franz was not at home and had been in Dudelange for 8 days.[31] Michel’s daughter Barbara, wife of Jean Pierre PARRAGE, was also living in Strassen with her husband and their son Jean Pierre who was born in Belgium in 1891.[32]

In 1891 Michel’s daughter from his first marriage, Barbara age 21 married Jean Pierre PARRAGE[33] a 47 years old widower who had lost his wife while living in Dippach. Barbara died 12 March 1900 in Hautcharage[34] and it was only due to her death being registered in Strassen[35] that I was able to trace her to Hautcharage. Her widower was found in the 1900 census[36] in Hautcharage with his older children from a previous marriage, their son Jean Pierre born in 1891 in Messancy (Belgium) and their son Nicolas born in 1897[37] in Steinfort.

This census information lead to the birth records of Nicolas and a daughter Anna Maria born in Steinfort in 1899.[38] She was not with her father in 1900 and no record of death was found in the communes of Steinfort or Bascharage where they were known to have been living. Was this young child with her MERTES grandparents in 1900?

Michel and Margaretha have not been located in the 1900 census in Strassen. Control lists give only the names of the head of household. If the MERTES family was living with another family each page of the census needs to be viewed to find them. No MERTES marriages were found in Strassen between 1895-1923. No death records were found for this family in Strassen between 1895-1923. The family appears to have disappeared from Strassen after the 1895 census, but where did they go?

Answer to the Riddle

Maria had 13 siblings: 6 half-siblings through her father, a half-sister through her mother, and 6 full siblings.

Sources:
[1] Luxembourg, Registres d’état civil, 1793-1923 (images), FamilySearch (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Bertrange > Naissances 1796-1890 Mariages 1796-1827 > image 520 of 1480. 1837 Birth Record No. 48. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12703-102810-32?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-2DX:1319414221 : accessed 04 Apr 2013).
[2] Ibid, Strassen > Naissances, mariages 1796-1823, 1850-1890 > image 1221 of 1464. 1861 Marriage Record No. 1. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-12588-59528-4?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-LNP:1592332876 : accessed 03 Apr 2013).
[3] Ibid, Strassen > Décès 1850-1890 > image 251 of 446. 1874 Death Record No. 4. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11741-487-59?cc=1709358&wc=9RYH-6T5:130458601,129625702 : accessed 17 May 2015).
[4] Ibid, Strassen > Naissances, mariages 1796-1823, 1850-1890 > image 450 of 1464. 1862 Birth Record No. 5. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-12588-61420-66?cc=1709358&wc=9RY7-N38:130458601,130573201 : accessed 20 May 2015).
[5] Ibid, Strassen > Décès 1850-1890 > image 120 of 446. 1862 Death Record No. 4. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11740-160448-65?cc=1709358&wc=9RYH-6T5:130458601,129625702 : accessed 21 May 2015).
[6] Ibid, Strassen > Naissances, mariages 1796-1823, 1850-1890 > image 466 of 1464. 1863 Birth Record No. 19. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-12588-57722-32?cc=1709358&wc=9RY7-N38:130458601,130573201 : accessed 2 April 2010).
[7] Ibid, Strassen > Naissances, mariages 1796-1823, 1850-1890 > image 504 of 1464. 1865 Birth Record No. 39. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-12588-57972-12?cc=1709358&wc=9RY7-N38:130458601,130573201 : accessed 2 April 2010).
[8] Ibid, Strassen > Décès 1850-1890 > image 272 of 446. 1875 Death Record No. 10. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11741-3569-1?cc=1709358&wc=9RYH-6T5:130458601,129625702 : accessed 21 May 2015).
[9] Ibid, Strassen > Naissances, mariages 1796-1823, 1850-1890 > image 528 of 1464. 1867 Birth Record No. 39. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-12588-61010-8?cc=1709358&wc=9RY7-N38:130458601,130573201 : accessed 2 April 2010).
[10] Ibid, Strassen > Décès 1850-1890 > image 308 of 446. 1877 Death Record No. 19. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11741-3865-96?cc=1709358&wc=9RYH-6T5:130458601,129625702 : accessed 21 May 2015).
[11] Ibid, Strassen > Naissances, mariages 1796-1823, 1850-1890 > image 563 of 1464. 1870 Birth Record No. 1. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-12588-60560-57?cc=1709358&wc=9RY7-N38:130458601,130573201 : accessed 2 April 2010).  Note: mother is listed as Margaretha Hein instead of Catharina Hein.
[12] Ibid, Tuntange > Décès 1895-1912 > image 53 of 263. 1900 Death Record No. 12. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-32044-16629-65?cc=1709358&wc=9RTB-J4W:130493401,129657201 : accessed 21 May 2015). Note: When this was cited there was an issue with the death records of Strassen. Tuntange > Décès 1895-1912 are really Strassen > Deces 1895-1923. being mislabelled Tuntange.
[13] Ibid, Strassen > Naissances, mariages 1796-1823, 1850-1890 > image 594 of 1464. 1872 Birth Record No. 22. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-12588-61213-69?cc=1709358&wc=9RY7-N38:130458601,130573201 : accessed 2 April 2010),.
[14] Ibid, Bertrange > Naissances 1796-1890 Mariages 1796-1827 > image 770 of 1480. 1847 Birth Record No. 25. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12703-104061-29?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-2DX:1319414221 : accessed 04 Apr 2013).
[15] Ibid, Bertrange > Mariages 1828-1890 Décès 1796-1890 > image 372 of 1416. 1870 Marriage Record No. 7. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12131-56851-48?cc=1709358&wc=9RYC-829:129622901,129640401 : accessed 20 May 2015).
[16] Ibid, Bertrange > Mariages 1828-1890 Décès 1796-1890 > image 1223 of 1416. 1871 Death Record No. 16. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12131-56358-72?cc=1709358&wc=9RYC-829:129622901,129640401 : accessed 25 May 2015).
[17] Ibid, Bertrange > Naissances 1796-1890 Mariages 1796-1827 > image 1091 of 1480. 1871 Birth Record No. 17. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12703-103996-63?cc=1709358&wc=9RY8-YWL:129622901,129854201 : accessed 20 May 2015).
[18] Ibid, Strassen > Naissances, mariages 1796-1823, 1850-1890 > image 1336 of 1464. 1874 Marriage Record No. 5. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-12588-60372-57?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-LNP:1592332876 : accessed 03 Apr 2013).
[19] Ibid, Strassen > Naissances, mariages 1796-1823, 1850-1890 > image 645 of 1464. 1875 Birth Record No. 11. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-12588-58599-17?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-LNP:1592332876 : accessed 01 Apr 2010).
[20] Ibid, Strassen > Décès 1850-1890 > image 272 of 446. 1875 Death Record No. 10. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11741-3569-1?cc=1709358&wc=9RYH-6T5:130458601,129625702 : accessed 21 May 2015).
[21] Ibid, Strassen > Naissances, mariages 1796-1823, 1850-1890 > image 684 of 1464. 1877 Birth Record No. 10. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-12588-58094-97?cc=1709358&wc=9RY7-N38:130458601,130573201 : accessed 1 April 2010).
[22] Ibid, Strassen > Décès 1850-1890 > image 308 of 446. 1877 Death Record No. 19. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11741-3865-96?cc=1709358&wc=9RYH-6T5:130458601,129625702 : accessed 21 May 2015).
[23] Ibid, Strassen > Naissances, mariages 1796-1823, 1850-1890 > image 731 of 1464. 1880 Birth Record No. 2. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-12588-60407-65?cc=1709358&wc=9RY7-N38:130458601,130573201 : accessed 1 April 2010).
[24] Ibid, Strassen > Naissances, mariages 1796-1823, 1850-1890 > image 760 of 1464. 1882 Birth Record No. 10. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-12588-60698-90?cc=1709358&wc=9RY7-N38:130458601,130573201 : accessed 1 April 2010).
[25] Ibid, Strassen > Naissances, mariages 1796-1823, 1850-1890 > image 805 of 1464. 1885 Birth Record No. 36. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-12588-57425-38?cc=1709358&wc=9RY7-N38:130458601,130573201 : accessed 1 April 2010).
[26] Ibid, Strassen > Décès 1850-1890 > image 403 of 446. 1886 Death Record No. 10. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11740-165545-91?cc=1709358&wc=9RYH-6T5:130458601,129625702 : accessed 27 Sep 2014).
[27] Ibid, Strassen > Naissances, mariages 1796-1823, 1850-1890 > image 834 of 1464. 1887 Birth Record No. 46. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-12588-57481-98?cc=1709358&wc=9RY7-N38:130458601,130573201 : accessed 1 April 2010).
[28] Ibid, Strassen > Décès 1850-1890 > image 419 of 446. 1888 Death Record No. 2. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11740-164328-74?cc=1709358&wc=9RYH-6T5:130458601,129625702 : accessed 27 Sep 2014).
[29] Ibid, Strassen > Décès 1850-1890 > image 419 of 446. 1888 Death Record No. 2. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11740-164328-74?cc=1709358&wc=9RYH-6T5:130458601,129625702 : accessed 27 Sep 2014).
[30] Ibid, Strassen > Naissances, mariages, décès 1891-1894 > image 65 of 117. 1894 Marriage Record No. 3. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12396-19061-71?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-LNR:27729865 : accessed 01 Apr 2013).
[31] Luxembourg, Volkszählungen 1843-1900 (images), FamilySearch (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Strassen > 1895 > image 335 of 648. Mertes household no. 145. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-32395-20646-31?cc=2037957&wc=M5GD-NQF:346409101,345878001 : accessed 24 May 2015). Note: For front and back matter see images 334 and 336
[32] Ibid, Strassen > 1895 > image 503 of 648. Parrage household no. 229. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-32395-19554-40?cc=2037957&wc=M5GD-NQF:346409101,345878001 : accessed 25 May 2015). Note: For front and back matter see images 502 and 504.
[33] Civil records, Strassen > Naissances, mariages, décès 1891-1894 > image 49 of 117. 1891 Marriage Record No. 3. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12396-19882-88?cc=1709358&wc=9RYZ-N3D:130458601,129717601 : accessed 21 May 2015).
[34] Ibid, Bascharage > Décès 1895-1923 > image 52 of 300. 1900 Death Record No. 13. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-32025-16034-81?cc=1709358&wc=9RTY-N3X:129625601,129623802 : accessed 21 May 2015).
[35] Ibid, Tuntange > Décès 1895-1912 > image 53 of 263. 1900 Death Record No. 12. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-32044-16629-65?cc=1709358&wc=9RTB-J4W:130493401,129657201 : accessed 21 May 2015). Note: When this was cited there was an issue with the death records of Strassen. Tuntange > Décès 1895-1912 are really Strassen > Deces 1895-1923. being mislabelled Tuntange.
[36] Luxembourg census, Bascharage > 1900 > image 599 of 738. Parrage household no. 29. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-32395-18055-43?cc=2037957&wc=M5GD-2JW:346198501,345873901 : accessed 24 May 2015). Note: For front and back matter see images 598 and 600.
[37] Civil records, Steinfort > Naissances 1895-1923 > image 25 of 410. 1897 Birth Record No. 8. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-32046-11964-73?cc=1709358&wc=9RTB-RMQ:130395201,129648901 : accessed 24 May 2015).
[38] Ibid, Steinfort > Naissances 1895-1923 > image 60 of 410. 1899 Birth Record No. 37. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32046-12405-17?cc=1709358&wc=9RTB-RMQ:130395201,129648901 : accessed 24 May 2015).

Genealogy Sketch

Name: Michel MERTES
Parents: François “Franz” MERTES and Margaretha ERPELDING
Spouse:  Catharina HEIN and (*) Margaretha RUCKERT
Parents of spouse(*): Jacob RUCKERT and Magdalena SCHMIT
Whereabouts: Strassen, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
Relationship to Cathy Meder-Dempsey: husband’s 2nd great-grandparents

  1. Michel MERTES and Margaretha RUCKERT
  2. Maria MERTES
  3. Suzanne PEFFER
  4. Marie Françoise “Maisy” KREMER
  5. 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 ~ #11 In Remembrance of Everett Isaac LILLIE (1915-1944)

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.”

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#11 In Remembrance of Everett Isaac LILLIE (1915-1944)

On this Memorial Day 2015…
….in remembrance of Everett Isaac LILLIE who gave his life 71 years ago while serving his country during World War II.

Everett was inducted into the U.S. Army in March 1941.

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Inspection Day outside when I was a coporal. ~ Everett I. Lillie

Everett wrote on the back of this photo:

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Inspection Day outside when I was a coporal. ~ Everett I. Lillie

Everett and his family were proud of his service as seen in these photos taken in Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, when he was on furlough and visited with his Uncle Raymond and Aunt Ruth.

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Everett with a photo of his grandmother Florence Royalty Lillie on desk at left.

 

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Everett with his uncle Raymond (left) and his aunt Ruth Lillie.

 

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Everett with his uncle Raymond (middle).

 

eil4Wounded on D-Day and Died Two Days Later

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Courtesy of Joe Rooney

Publication: Metropolis News
First Published: July 15, 1948
Funeral services for Staff Sgt.
Everett I. Lillie were held Tuesday
afternoon in the Brookport Baptist
Church with Rev. Albert Moore of-
ficiating, followed by burial in the
Pell Cemetery.
S/Sgt. Lillie was born in 1915 to
Reese & Dovie Lillie and was in-
ducted into the U.S. Army in
March, 1941. He was wounded in
France on June 6, 1944 and died
two days later. He is survived by
his wife and daughter of New Jer-
sey, father, step-mother and several
siblings.

Everett is listed on the World War II Honor List of Dead and Missing for the State of Michigan with serial #36106054.

Gravemarker

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Courtesy of Joe Rooney

Everett I. Lillie
Illinois
S Sgt Co G 8 Inf 4 Inf Div
World War II PH
Sept 3 1915   June 8 1944

Location of marker: Pell Cemetery, Brookport, Massac County, Illinois

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

Genealogy Sketch

Name: Everett Isaac LILLIE (1915-1944)
Parents: Reese Gentry LILLY (1892-1965) and Dovie Deen (1894-1918)
Spouse: name unknown
Child: Patricia M. LILLIE (1944-2012)
Whereabouts: Massac County, IL; Detroit, MI; and France
Relationship to Cathy Meder-Dempsey: 4th cousin once removed

© 2015 Cathy Meder-Dempsey

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52 Ancestors: #20 The PEFFER-ZWANK Family of Moestroff 1832-1942

Week 20 (May 14-20) – Black Sheep: Each of us has an ancestor who was the troublemaker or the ne’er-do-well. This is their week.

It may be hard to work the Black Sheep theme into this week’s family. It doesn’t look too promising but I think I might have an ace up my sleeve. We’ll see how it turns out in the end.

The Births of Marie ZWANK and Nicolas PEFFER

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1832 Birth Record No. 51 [1]

In the year one thousand eight hundred thirty-two on the 7th of December at 7 o’clock in the morning Pierre Dondlinger, an officer of the civil office in the community of Bettendorf, in the canton of Diekirch, in the Province of Luxembourg, received Jacques ZWANCK, a day laborer in Moestroff age 33 years, living in this community, who presented us a female child born yesterday at 9 in the morning to him and his wife Marie DAHM and they declared their desire to give the name MARIE.
The declaration and presentation of the birth information was given in the presence of Nicolas Weyland, day laborer, 56 years old, and Nicolas Dondlinger, a farmer, 26 years old, both residents of the community, who signed the birth record after it was read to them. The father declared that he could not write and read. ~ followed by signatures of Nicolas Dondlinger, Nicolas Weyland, and P. Dondlinger.[1]

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1933 Birth Record No. 44 [2]

In the year one thousand eight hundred thirty-three on the 11th of August at 8 o’clock in the morning Nicolas May, an officer of the civil office in the community of Bettendorf, in the canton of Diekirch, in the Province of Luxembourg, received Antonius PEFFER, a linenweaver, age 29 years, living in this community, who presented us a male child born yesterday at 12 in the morning to him and his wife Marie GRASSER and they declared their desire to give the name NICOLAS.
The declaration and presentation of the birth information was given in the presence of Jean Weiler, school teacher , 30 years old, and Franciscus André, 28 years old, a day laborer, both residents of the community, who signed the birth record after it was read to them. ~ followed by signatures of J. Weiler, Anton PEFFER, J. Weiler, and N. May.[2]

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Annotation at top of 1833 Birth Record No. 44

An interesting addition to the birth record of Nicolas PEFFER was the notation made above the record. The father Antoine was born in Obermertzig in Feulen on 2 prairial in the year XI. The handwriting is not at all similar to the rest of the page and makes me wonder why, when and who wrote this information. 

The Marriage of Nicolas PEFFER and Marie ZWANK

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1859 Marriage Record No. 21 [3]

When Nicolas and Marie were married in 1859 the civil office had run out of pre-printed pages in the marriage book and the marriage record had to be written completely in longhand. In the 1990s when I obtained a photocopy of the page from the marriage book in Bettendorf I was a novice in reading the old handwriting. There are advantages to being able to do research in the country you live in but in this case the images at FamilySearch were invaluable. Twenty years ago I had to rely on help from my father-in-law to read the old handwriting. Today being able to zoom in on digital images makes it easier to read the old text. I will not bore you with the entire translation of the record as the wording is the same as in all Luxembourgish marriage records.

On 30 November 1859 Nicolas PEFFER, his mother Maria GRASSER, and his bride MARIE ZWANK met with Hubert SALENTINY, the mayor of Bettendorf. The fathers of the bride and groom had both died the previous year. Sadly, Marie’s mother had died only two days earlier on 28 November 1859. As both of her parents were deceased it was noted in the marriage record that her grandparents were also deceased and all death records were to be found in the death records of the town of Bettendorf. The four witnesses to the marriage were not related to the bride and groom. The bride and the mother of the groom declared not being able to write. ~ signatures of the groom, 4 witnesses, and the mayor followed.[3]

Note: Marie’s surname was spelled ZWANCK on her birth record and ZWANK on her marriage record.

The Deaths of Nicolas PEFFER and Marie ZWANK

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1887 Death Record No. 12 [4]

Nicolas PEFFER died 4 March 1887 at 7 in the evening in Moestroff at home. His older son Nicolas PEFFER, 21 years old, was the informant. Young Nicolas’ cousin Nicolas ZWANK accompagnied him.[4] At the time of his death he did not have an occupation. During his married life he worked as a day laborer and a stonemason.

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1892 Death Record No. 24 [5]

Marie ZWANK died 6 May 1892 at 10 in the evening in Moestroff at home. Her younger son Johann PEFFER, 22 years old, was the informant. As was the case at the time of her husband death her nephew Nicolas ZWANK accompagnied his cousin Johann PEFFER to make the declaration.[5]

The children of Nicolas PEFFER and Marie ZWANK

Nicolas and Marie had seven known children, five daughters and two sons. Three of their daughters, all named Margaretha, died in childhood:

  • Margaretha born 9 June 1860[6] died 24 April 1862[7]
  • Margaretha born 3 June 1871[8] died 8 July 1871[9]
  • Margaretha born 16 November 1874[10] died 30 April 1881[11]

The two daughters who lived to adulthood never married and lived to the ages of 66 and 51.

  • Margaretha born 5 January 1863[12] died 6 March 1929[13]
  • Marie born 4 November 1867[14] died 29 November 1918[15]

One of the two sons was my husband’s great-grandfather Nicolas PEFFER.

  • Nicolas born 9 February 1866[16] and died 31 December 1941[17]
  • Johann born 28 October 1869[18] and died after 6 May 1892

The Luxembourg census records of this family were found for the years following the marriage of Nicolas PEFFER and Marie ZWANK until their deaths in 1887 and 1892. Links to the census can be found in the sources for the census events of Nicolas PEFFER in my GEDCOM file.

Was There a Black Sheep in this Family?

Nothing is known of Nicolas and Marie’s younger son Johann PEFFER after he reported his mother’s death on 6 May 1892.[5] Like his brother Nicolas he was single and living at home when his mother died.

    • He was not present at the marriage of his brother Nicolas in 1895.[19]
    • He was not an informant on the death of his sister Marie in 1918.[15]
    • No record of marriage for the years 1892-1922 was found for Johann  PEFFER in Bettendorf or in Strassen where his brother Nicolas married.
    • No record of death was found for him in Bettendorf for the years following his mother’s death until 1922.
    • No articles were found in the Luxembourgish newspapers for a Johann PEFFER.

As long as the civil records of Luxembourg are not indexed at FamilySearch I will probably wonder about Johann PEFFER. What became of this illusive man? Was he a troublemaker or a ne’er-do-well? In terms of researching, yes, he caused a lot of trouble!

Afterthought – Who Wants a Black Sheep in their Family?

I did not like the fact that I couldn’t find my husband’s great-grand uncle Johann PEFFER after the death of his mother Marie ZWANK. This was ready to post but I had to give him one more chance. I searched for “Jean Peffer” instead of “Johann Peffer” on  eluxemburgensia, the National Library of Luxembourg’s newspaper site. And I hit the jackpot!

MRIN38411 1937 Jean Peffer death

Escher Tageblatt [20]

Jean PEFFER, also known as “de Naertzenger Jängel” died unexpectedly on 25 August 1937. He was from Moestroff and came to Tetingen when he was young making it his second home where he raised his family. He worked as a stonemason for G.L. and gave his best to bring his large family through life. Three of his children emigrated to America. His jovial life brought him many friends and had been retired for a few years. His funeral service was held at on Saturday the 28th at 5 in the afternoon.

MRIN38411 1937 Jean Peffer avis mortuaire

Escher Tageblatt [21]

I searched and found the 1897 marriage record[22] of Jean PEFFER and Marie JUNG in Kayl, the commune in which Tétange is located. The record shows that his parents were Nicolas PEFFER and Marie ZWANK.

Now I’m off to find the birth records of the children, search for the three who went to American, and hope to find some new American cousins who’ll forgive me for suspecting a Black Sheep in the family.

Sources:
[1] Luxembourg, Registres d’état civil, 1793-1923 (images), FamilySearch (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Bettendorf > Naissances 1828-1890 Mariages 1800-1816 > image 103 of 1507. 1832 Birth Record No. 51. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-13200-3911-1?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-28S:1346120346 : accessed 03 Apr 2013).
[2] Ibid, Bettendorf > Naissances 1828-1890 Mariages 1800-1816 > image 116 of 1507. 1833 Birth Record No. 44. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-13200-6643-72?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-28S:1346120346 : accessed 03 Apr 2013).
[3] Ibid, Bettendorf > Mariages 1817-1890 Décès 1800-1859 > image 521 of 1494. 1859 Marriage Record No. 21. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12456-35911-81?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-2ZY:2071013250 : accessed 03 Apr 2013).
[4] Ibid, Bettendorf > Décès 1860-1890 > image 422 of 465. “.” 1887 Death Record No. 12. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11711-60202-94?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-2ZR:n1595569028 : accessed 03 Apr 2013).
[5] Ibid, Bettendorf > Naissances, mariages, décès 1882-1894 > image 122 of 155. 1892 Death Record No. 24. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11578-25158-66?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-28F:1967249950 : accessed 03 Apr 2013).
[6] Ibid, Bettendorf > Naissances 1828-1890 Mariages 1800-1816 > image 668 of 1507. 1860 Birth Record No. 34. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-13200-1625-14?cc=1709358&wc=9RYD-FM9:129626601,129945501 : accessed 15 January 2015).
[7] Ibid, Bettendorf > Décès 1860-1890 > image 39 of 465. 1862 Death Record No. 13. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11711-62212-56?cc=1709358&wc=9RYH-82S:129626601,129626602 : accessed 15 January 2015).
[8] Ibid, Bettendorf > Naissances 1828-1890 Mariages 1800-1816 > image 879 of 1507. 1871 Birth Record No. 19. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-13200-1561-17?cc=1709358&wc=9RYD-FM9:129626601,129945501 : accessed 15 January 2015).
[9] Ibid, Bettendorf > Décès 1860-1890 > image 186 of 465. 1871 Death Record No. 70. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11711-66815-15?cc=1709358&wc=9RYH-82S:129626601,129626602 : accessed 15 January 2015).
[10] Ibid, Bettendorf > Naissances 1828-1890 Mariages 1800-1816 > image 940 of 1507. 1874 Birth Record No. 41. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-13200-983-44?cc=1709358&wc=9RYD-FM9:129626601,129945501 : accessed 15 January 2015).
[11] Ibid, Bettendorf > Décès 1860-1890 > image 334 of 465. 1881 Death Record No. 29. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11711-66596-11?cc=1709358&wc=9RYH-82S:129626601,129626602 : accessed 15 January 2015).
[12] Ibid, Bettendorf > Naissances 1828-1890 Mariages 1800-1816 > image 719 of 1507. 1863 Birth Record No. 4. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-13200-6303-91?cc=1709358&wc=9RYD-FM9:129626601,129945501 : accessed 15 January 2015).
[13] Luxemburger Wort, digitized by the Bibliothèque nationale de Luxembourg, http://www.eluxemburgensia.lu (Verlage der St-Paulus-Druckerei, Luxembourg), No. 94, Thursday, April 4, 1929, p. 6 column 3. Zivilstand der Stadt Ettelbrück, Margaretha Peffer age 66 yrs of Moestroff.
(http://www.eluxemburgensia.lu/webclient/DeliveryManager?application=DIRECTLINK&custom_att_2=simple_viewer&pid=1362224&search_terms=avis#panel:pp|issue:1362224|article:DTL404|query:avis : accessed 19 Feb 2015).
[14] Civil records, Bettendorf > Naissances 1828-1890 Mariages 1800-1816 > image 815 of 1507. 1867 Birth Record No. 53. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-13200-5306-94?cc=1709358&wc=9RYD-FM9:129626601,129945501 : accessed 15 January 2015).
[15] Ibid, Bettendorf > Décès 1895-1923 > image 334 of 389. 1918 Death Record No. 31. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32048-23908-78?cc=1709358&wc=9RT1-926:129626601,129623802 : accessed 15 January 2015).
[16] Ibid, Bettendorf > Naissances 1828-1890 Mariages 1800-1816 > image 783 of 1507. 1866 Birth Record No. 11. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-13200-7084-85?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-28S:1346120346 : accessed 01 Apr 2013).
[17] Ibid, Bettendorf > Naissances 1828-1890 Mariages 1800-1816 > image 783 of 1507. 1866 Birth Record No. 11. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-13200-7084-85?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-28S:1346120346 : accessed 01 Apr 2013).
[18] Ibid, Bettendorf > Naissances 1828-1890 Mariages 1800-1816 > image 849 of 1507. 1869 Birth Record No. 37. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-13200-4385-81?cc=1709358&wc=9RYD-FM9:129626601,129945501 : accessed 15 January 2015).
[19] Ibid, Strassen > Naissances, mariages, décès 1891-1894 > image 65 of 117. 1894 Marriage Record No. 3. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12396-19061-71?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-LNR:27729865 : accessed 01 Apr 2013).
[20] Escher Tageblatt, digitized by the Bibliothèque nationale de Luxembourg, http://www.eluxemburgensia.lu (Verlag Editpress S.A., Esch-sur-Alzette), Nr. 201, Friday, 27 August 1937, p.5 column 3. Death Announcement. (http://www.eluxemburgensia.lu/webclient/DeliveryManager?application=DIRECTLINK&custom_att_2=simple_viewer&pid=654384&search_terms=jean%20peffer#panel:pp|issue:654384|article:DTL82|query:jean peffer : accessed 18 May 2015).
[21] Ibid, Nr. 200, Thursday, 26 August 1937, p. 7 column 4. Avis Mortuaire. (http://www.eluxemburgensia.lu/webclient/DeliveryManager?application=DIRECTLINK&custom_att_2=simple_viewer&pid=654117&search_terms=jean%20peffer#panel:pp|issue:654117|article:DTL440|query:jean peffer : accessed 18 May 2015).
[22] Civil records, Kayl > Naissances 1913-1923 Mariages 1895-1912 > image 414 of 767. 1897 Marriage Record No. 15. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32048-12961-74?cc=1709358&wc=9RT1-MJM:129946501,130450502 : accessed 18 May 2015).

Genealogy Sketch

Name: Nicolas PEFFER
Parents: Antoine PEFFER and Marie GRASSER
Spouse: Marie ZWANK
Parents of spouse: Jacques ZWANK and Maria DAHM
Whereabouts: Moestroff, Bettendorf, Diekirch, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
Relationship to Cathy Meder-Dempsey: husband’s 2nd great-grandparents

  1. Nicolas PEFFER and Marie ZWANK
  2. Nicolas PEFFER
  3. Suzanne PEFFER
  4. Marie Françoise “Maisy” KREMER
  5. 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 ~ #10 Lillie Family 1920 Reunion

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.”

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#10 Lillie Family 1920 Reunion

In 1920 following the end of the World War, or The Great War as the Britons referred to it until the 1940s, Isaac and Florence LILLIE got the family together for a reunion in Pope County, Illinois. Tables were loaded with food for over forty guests.

tableA family group photograph was taken in front of the Isaac S. Lillie home.

reunionThis group photograph did not have any persons identified. While working with the photographs from Joe Rooney’s collection I’ve become familiar with some of the faces in this family. I was able to pick out Isaac and Florence in the very back. Their son Roy and Ike’s brother Tom in the back row. Tom’s wife Florence and Isaac’s brother-in-law Lyon Glass in the middle row. Do you remember Chester with his his big catch of fish? He would be the young man at the far left by the porch swing.

To compare photos I did a screen split and viewed photos side by side, zooming in on persons in the group photo. When I got to the next photograph I made an interesting discovery. Can you tell what it was?

smallgroupTen men and a woman are lined up in front of a bank as seen on the door behind persons #10 and #23. Joe Rooney labeled it “SamRoy3rdleft.” I compared photos of Samuel Royalty “Roy” Lillie, son of Isaac, with this photo and #5 is Roy. But who are the others?

I then noticed everyone in the lineup was also in the family group photo. More importantly, they were ALL wearing the same clothes. Could this photograph have been taken the same day as the reunion? With the exception of Roy, is it a lineup of the sons and daughter of Albert Spencer Lillie and Pernecia Elizabeth Glass?

When I made this discovery I emailed Joe explaining that I believed the lineup to be a photo of the Lillie brothers with their sister, with the exception of Roy. He then sent  another copy of the family group photo with names written in for 27 persons. It was his “working” copy. At one time while researching the family Joe had travelled around visiting the cemeteries and older living relatives. Joe first noticed the family group photo while visiting with his cousin Edna Elizabeth Lillie. He made a sketch and added names of people Edna identified. Then he went to visit Edna’s sister-in-law Marie Losnegard Lillie who was living in a nursing home. She was able to identify a few more people.

Joe agreed with my idea that the lineup was representative of the Lillie siblings. They are lined up from left to right, youngest to oldest. As Roy was a grandson and not of son of Albert and Pernecia we believe that he is standing in for Reuben D. Lillie b. 1891.

Joe wrote about Reuben’s absence, “Marie Losnegard told me that Reuben Lillie had been off to The Great War and decided to stay there and not return to the USA afterwards. I subsequently spoke to Edna Lang (Lillie) and she laughed and said Reuben Lillie robbed banks and went underground. The blacksheep.

Wouldn’t it be great to find out if this story of Reuben being a bank robber is true or false? I found he married in Bexar County, Texas, in 1918. Reuben and his wife were roomers in Nye County, Nevada, in 1920. His wife was identified on the “working” copy (see #18 below) but I wonder if she, a fairly new bride, would go the reunion without her husband. I found no trace of Reuben or his wife in 1930 and 1940. They simply disappeared after 1920.

Key to descendants of Albert Spencer LILLIE and Pernecia Elizabeth GLASS identified in family group photo as well as persons who may have been present but have not been identified. (click on link to see descendancy list)

keytophotoKey (identified persons in bold print)
1. Isaac Spencer Lillie b. 1872, husband of #2
2. Florence Royalty b. 1868, wife of #1
3. unidentified woman
4. unidentified woman
5. Samuel Royalty Lillie b. 1895, son of #1 and #2
6. Robert Wiley Lillie b. 1895, brother of #1
7. John Calvin “Jack” Lillie b. 1883, brother of #1
8. Jesse Lyon Lillie b. 1893, brother of #1
9. George Wyte Lillie b. 1874, brother of #1
10. Thomas Nathaniel “Tom” Lillie b. 1881, brother of #1, husband of #22
11. Frank Greenberry Lillie b. 1877, brother of #1
12. Albert Preston Lillie b. 1887, brother of #1  OR Reese Gentry Lillie b. 1892, son of #1
13. Edward Bicourt “Ed” Lillie b. 1889, brother of #1
14. Chester Beryl Lillie b. 1900, son of #9
15. identified as Anna ? Lillie (poss. Annie Hester Mosley Lillie b. 1880, wife of #11)
16. unknown woman (poss. Neele Owens Lillie b. 1898, wife of #6)
17. unknown woman
18. Elizabeth Ruth Breitzka Lillie b. 1893, wife of Reuben Lillie
19. Green Berry Lyon Glass b. 1864, brother of #2
20. Allie D. Obermark Glass b. 1870, wife of #19
21. unknown woman (poss. Marie Green Lillie b. 1875, wife of #9)
22. Florence Sibbie Kaufman Lillie b. 1880, wife of #10
23. Rosa Lee Lillie Jeffords b. 1873, sister of #1
24. unknown woman
25. Jenava “Geneva” Mason Lillie b 1871, stepmother of #1
26. Eugene N. “Blue” Lillie b. 1906, son of #11
27. Eli Burton Lillie b. 1915, son of #11
28. Edgar Jacob Lillie b. 1914, daughter of Reese
29. Effie Florence Lillie b. 1912, daughter of Reese
30. boy (poss. Raymond Egbert “Splitty” Lillie b. 1904, son of #1)
31. Elsie E. Lillie b. 1909, daughter of #11
32. Ruth Joanna Lillie b. 1907, daughter of #1
33. Hazel Vickers Lillie b. 1897, wife of #8
34. identified as Verna Lillie (she was not born until 1927;  may be her mother Jessie Loretta McKellar Lillie b. 1890, wife of #7)
35. Ruby Pernecia Lillie b. 1909, daughter of #1
36. boy
37. girl
38. girl (poss. Elaine Lillie b. 1913, daughter of #11)
39. boy
40. girl (poss. Doris Lillie b. 1916, daughter of #8)
41. Edna Elizabeth Lillie b. 1917, daughter of Reese
42. child (girl or boy?)

Persons, listed oldest to youngest, who may be in the photo but not identified:
Marie Green Lillie b. 1875, wife of #9
Annie Hester Mosley Lillie b. 1880, wife of #11
Albert Preston Lillie b. 1887, brother of #1
Jessie Loretta McKellar Lillie b. 1890, wife of #7
Reese Gentry Lillie b. 1892, son of #1
Myra Stewart Lillie b. 1892, wife of #13
Pearl Eve Lillie b. 1896, daughter of #9
Neele Owens Lillie b. 1898, wife of #6
Thelma Holt Lillie b. 1901, wife of #5
Raymond Egbert “Splitty” Lillie b. 1904, son of #1
Emma Roxey Lillie b. 1906, daughter of #25
Bella P. Lillie b. 1907, daughter of #9
Charles W. Lillie b. 1908, son of #25
William Chester Lillie b. 1911, son of #13
Elaine Lillie b. 1913, daughter of #11
Edith Lillie b. 1913, daughter of #25
Anna Pernecia “Necie” Lillie b. 1913, daughter of of #13
Charles Lillie b. 1914, son of #8
Harlan J. Lillie b. 1914, son of #7
June Rozena Lillie b. 1916, daughter of #7
Edith M. Lillie b. 1916, daughter of of #13
Doris Lillie b. 1916, daughter of #8

No babies or very young infants are in the photograph. There were two children born 1918-1919. James E. Lillie b. May 1919 son of #13 and Florence Alberta Lillie b. Oct 1918 daughter of #7.

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

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: #19 The Heinrich GRISIUS Family of Hoscheid-Dickt

Week 19 (May 7-13) – There’s a Way: What ancestor found a way out of a sticky situation? You might also think of this in terms of transportation or migration.

Instead of an ancestor, I was the one who had to find a way out of a sticky situation. I think everyone has a family similar to the one I researched (again) this week. A family you keep coming back to but push away until later because of the amount of work required or not knowing where to look. There’s a way I usually do my research and there’s a way to take a short cut. I had to use both approaches before I could begin to write about this family.

I spent hours searching the census and civil records of Luxembourg for my husband’s great-great-grandfather Heinrich GRISIUS, his two wives, and thirteen children. This is my usual way of doing Luxembourg research as none of the records are indexed. You won’t find shaky leaves on Ancestry for records in Luxembourg. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t other sites that are helpful.

Rob Deltgen, who is well known to anyone researching families in Luxembourg, shares his work online. Rob’s site is the oldest and most visited genealogy site in Luxembourg and the short cut I used. [Access to the site is free but you need to register and login with a password.]

I went through the children and grandchildren of the GRISIUS family checking the dates and places Rob had with the online records at FamilySearch. Since Rob does not cite his sources online this is a good exercise in searching for records in browse only collections and comparing the information.

The reason I included grandchildren in this project was due to the time period. The GRISIUS chidren lived longer than the records are available on FamilySearch – 1922. The National Library of Luxembourg has the newspapers online. Obituaries may contain names of children but not always names of siblings. The grandchildren’s names make the search easier. But not all families published obituaries in the newspapers.

The GRISIUS-MANGERS and the GRISIUS-WECKERING Families

Heinrich “Henri” GRISIUS was born 25 June 1839 in Hoscheid-Dickt, Commune of Hoscheid, Canton of Diekirch, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. His parents were Frederique “Friedrich” GRISIUS (1805-1852) and Catherina SCHAEFFER (1815-1898). They named him Heinrich per his birth record.[1]

Heinrich married his first wife Marie MANGERS on 8 November 1860 in Wilwerwiltz in the canton of Wiltz.[2] Marie gave birth to four children:

  • Ch 1: Michel GRISIUS (1861-aft. 1900) born 19 September 1861 in Hoscheid-Dickt[3]
  • Ch 2: Anna Marie GRISIUS (1864-1921) born 3 March 1864 in Hoscheid-Dickt[4]
  • Ch 3: Cathérine GRISIUS (1866-1927) born 16 Jun 1866 in Hoscheid-Dickt[5]
  • Ch 4: Elisabeth GRISIUS (1870-1871) born 10 June 1870 in Hoscheid-Dickt[6]

Heinrich’s first wife Marie died on 2 January 1871.[7] Six days later the baby Elisabeth GRISIUS died on 8 January 1871.[8] Both deaths took place in Hoscheid-Dickt.

In December 1871 Heinrich, a widower, was seen on the census with his three young children: Michel 10, Anna Marie 7, and Cathérine 5. He did not have anyone in the household to help with the children.[9]

Heinrich waited a few more years before marrying again.  On 29 October 1874 he married Elisabeth WECKERING (1853-1905) in Hoscheid.[10]

Elisabeth was born 9 May 1853 in Hoscheid to Antoin WECKERING and Margaretha BERNARD. Her father was 72 years old and her mother 36 years old.[11] Her parents had been married 10 years and had buried 5 children during that time. Elisabeth was the only child of this couple to reach adulthood.

Elisabeth and Heinrich had nine children in 18 years:

  • Ch 5: Marguerite GRISIUS (1875-1913) born 28 August 1875 in Hoscheid-Dickt[12]
  • Ch 6: Nicolas GRISIUS (1877-1939) born 14 August 1877 in Hoscheid[13]
  • Ch 7: Cathérine GRISIUS (1879-1918) born 7 September 1879 in Hoscheid-Dickt[14]
  • Ch 8: Cathérine GRISIUS (1881-1938) born 25 December 1881 in Hoscheid-Dickt[15]
  • Ch 9: Mathieu GRISIUS (1883-aft 1912) born 5 December 1883 in Schlinder-Haut[16]
  • Ch 10: François GRISIUS (1885-1946) born 22 December 1885 in Hoscheid-Dickt[17]
  • Ch 11: Martin GRISIUS (1888-aft. 1900) born 15 August 1888 in Hoscheid-Dickt[18]
  • Ch 12: Léonard GRISIUS (1891-aft. 1923) born 2 March 1891 in Hoscheid-Dickt[19]
  • Ch 13: Nicolas GRISIUS (1893-aft.1934) born 22 September 1893 in Hoscheid-Dickt[20]

While Elisabeth was pregnant with her 6th child (Heinrich’s 10th) her stepdaughter Anna Marie was also pregnant and had to get married. Anna Marie married Michel BURGEN on 18 May 1885 in Hoscheid[21] and the first grandchild Anne BURGEN (1885-1937) was born on 10 July 1885.[22] Three more children were born to this couple and each time the child’s surname was spelled differently: Angelica Bürgen 1891, Georg “Joseph” Burghen 1899, and Susanna Birchen 1904.

Heinrich’s second daughter Cathérine GRISIUS married Albert MEYER (1863-1928) on 1 March 1889 in Bastendorf.[23] Their first child Marie was born on 31 December 1889 in Weidingen les Wiltz.[24] She was followed by (another) Marie 1893, Anne 1897, Elisabeth 1901, Michel 1904, Nicolas 1906 and Catharina 1908.

Heinrich and Elisabeth’s oldest daughter Marguerite married Dominique DONNER on 25 February 1895[25] in Hoscheid three weeks after giving birth to a son they named Henri after her father.[26]

Heinrich’s oldest child Michel GRISIUS married Elisabeth JAEGER on 31 January 1898 in Wiltz.[27] He was 36 and she was 47. It is not known if the couple remained in Wiltz were they were seen in the 1900 census. No children were found in that community and it is not very likely that his wife had a child at her late age.

To make things a bit more difficult Heinrich named three of his daughters Cathérine. On census listings they were all seen with the same first name.

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1 December 1885 Census[28]

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1 February 1887 Census[29]

Because of this naming pattern in the family it is important to read the marriage records closely to see which of the three daughters named Cathérine married which men. Marriage records include the dates and places of birth of the bride and groom making it easier to keep the girls apart.

The first daughter named Cathérine b. 1866 married in 1889 as seen above. The two others married in 1900 and 1902:

  • Cathérine GRISIUS (b. 1879) married Nicolas KREMER (1875-1951) on 28 November 1900 in Bettendorf.[30] They were my husband’s great-grandparents.
  • Cathérine GRISIUS (b. 1881) married Edouard DAUBACH (1880-1948) on 26 December 1902 in Hoscheid.[31]

Heinrich “Henri” GRISIUS died on 14 October 1904 in Hoscheid-Dickt[32] and was followed by his wife Elisabeth “Elise” WECKERING four months later on 14 February 1905 in Hoscheid-Dickt.[33]

When Heinrich and Elisabeth died their six sons were not yet married. Marriages were found for all of them except Martin.

  • Nicolas GRISIUS married Susanne JACOBY on 6 January 1909 in Heiderscheid[34]
  • Mathieu GRISIUS married Susanne Cathérine SCHNEIDER 20 July 1909 in Boulaide[35]
  • François GRISIUS married Marie Sophie WIEGAND on 7 February 1911 in Diekirch[36]
  • Léonard GRISIUS married  Madeleine Susanne LEINENWEBER on 11 April 1913 in Wiltz[37]
  • Nicolas Grisius married Mathilde REUTER on 4 July 1920 in Bissen[38]

Before the last son married the two oldest daughters of Heinrich and Elisabeth died. Marguerite on 8 June 1913 in Luxemburg City[39] and Cathérine GRISIUS (b. 1879) in childbirth on 19 April 1918 in Moestroff.[40]

It is not known when Heinrich’s oldest daughter Anna Marie GRISIUS died. She was last seen alive in November 1921 when her youngest child married.[41]

Cathérine GRISIUS (b. 1866) died 3 October 1927 in Weidingen.[42]

Nicolas GRISIUS, the youngest child of this family, became a father on 28 February 1934.[43] It is not known how long he lived.

Cathérine GRISIUS (b. 1881) died before 31 May 1938, the date her son Marcel died. His obituary lists only his father and siblings.[44]

Nicolas GRISIUS died 26 March 1939 in Weidingen.[45]

François GRISIUS died 16 November 1946 in Bettendorf.[46]

The research on this family was time consuming but it was a good feeling to be able to work on a family with thirteen children and find that only one died at a very young age. Eleven of the twelve children married and had children giving Heinrich and Elisabeth 55 grandchildren.

Sources:
[1] Luxembourg, Registres d’état civil, 1793-1923 (images), FamilySearch (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Hoscheid > Décès 1805-1850 > image 347 of 459. 1839 Birth Record No. 16. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11669-101564-78?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-2B4:857665358 : accessed 02 Apr 2013).
[2] Ibid, Wilwerwiltz > Naissances 1866-1890 Mariages 1797, 1800-1890 Décès 1797-1878 > image 797 of 1495. 1860 Marriage Record No. 6. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12877-160577-7?cc=1709358&wc=9RYD-7M9:130594601,130709301 : accessed 5 May 2015).
[3] Ibid, Hoscheid > Naissances 1851-1890 Mariages 1800-1890 Décès 1798-1826 > image 107 of 1491. 1861 Birth Record No. 21. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11672-61502-31?cc=1709358&wc=9RY4-JWL:129844501,129973001 : accessed 5 May 2015).
[4] Ibid, Hoscheid > Naissances 1851-1890 Mariages 1800-1890 Décès 1798-1826 > image 134 of 1491. 1864 Birth Record No. 11. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11672-67185-68?cc=1709358&wc=9RY4-JWL:129844501,129973001 : accessed 5 May 2015).
[5] Ibid, Hoscheid > Naissances 1851-1890 Mariages 1800-1890 Décès 1798-1826 > image 154 of 1491. 1866 Birth Record No. 21. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11672-57908-62?cc=1709358&wc=9RY4-JWL:129844501,129973001 : accessed 5 May 2015).
[6] Ibid, Hoscheid > Naissances 1851-1890 Mariages 1800-1890 Décès 1798-1826 > image 197 of 1491. 1870 Birth Record No. 18. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11672-64621-87?cc=1709358&wc=9RY4-JWL:129844501,129973001 : accessed 5 May 2015).
[7] Ibid, Hoscheid > Décès 1851-1890 > image 159 of 296. 1871 Death Record No. 1. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12341-68304-33?cc=1709358&wc=9RYZ-4WP:129844501,129625502 : accessed 5 May 2015).
[8] Ibid, Hoscheid > Décès 1851-1890 > image 160 of 296. 1871 Death Record No. 3. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12341-68366-15?cc=1709358&wc=9RYZ-4WP:129844501,129625502 : accessed 7 May 2015).
[9] Luxembourg, Volkszählungen 1843-1900 (images), FamilySearch (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Hoscheid > 1871 > image 41 of 350. Heinrich Grisius household no. 14. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-32381-14477-68?cc=2037957&wc=M5G9-T3Y:345858701,345869501 : accessed 7 May 2015). Note: see also images 40 and 42 for front and back matter.
[10] Civil records, Hoscheid > Naissances 1851-1890 Mariages 1800-1890 Décès 1798-1826 > image 1238 of 1491. 1874 Marriage Record No. 6. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11672-59490-61?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-2B6:1412473990 : accessed 02 Apr 2013).
[11] Ibid, Hoscheid > Naissances 1851-1890 Mariages 1800-1890 Décès 1798-1826 > image 29 of 1491. 1853 Birth Record No. 14. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11672-56798-74?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-2B6:1412473990 : accessed 02 Apr 2013).
[12] Ibid, Hoscheid > Naissances 1851-1890 Mariages 1800-1890 Décès 1798-1826 > image 242 of 1491. 1875 Birth Record No. 21. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11672-63942-75?cc=1709358&wc=9RY4-JWL:129844501,129973001 : accessed 5 May 2015).
[13] Ibid, Hoscheid > Naissances 1851-1890 Mariages 1800-1890 Décès 1798-1826 > image 242 of 1491. 1875 Birth Record No. 21. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11672-63942-75?cc=1709358&wc=9RY4-JWL:129844501,129973001 : accessed 5 May 2015).
[14] Ibid, Hoscheid > Naissances 1851-1890 Mariages 1800-1890 Décès 1798-1826 > image 242 of 1491. 1875 Birth Record No. 21. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11672-63942-75?cc=1709358&wc=9RY4-JWL:129844501,129973001 : accessed 5 May 2015).
[15] Ibid, Hoscheid > Naissances 1851-1890 Mariages 1800-1890 Décès 1798-1826 > image 242 of 1491. 1875 Birth Record No. 21. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11672-63942-75?cc=1709358&wc=9RY4-JWL:129844501,129973001 : accessed 5 May 2015).
[16] Ibid, Hoscheid > Naissances 1851-1890 Mariages 1800-1890 Décès 1798-1826 > image 242 of 1491. 1875 Birth Record No. 21. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11672-63942-75?cc=1709358&wc=9RY4-JWL:129844501,129973001 : accessed 5 May 2015).
[17] Ibid, Hoscheid > Naissances 1851-1890 Mariages 1800-1890 Décès 1798-1826 > image 337 of 1491. 1885 Birth Record No. 22. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11672-58779-81?cc=1709358&wc=9RY4-JWL:129844501,129973001 : accessed 5 May 2015).
[18] Ibid, Hoscheid > Naissances 1851-1890 Mariages 1800-1890 Décès 1798-1826 > image 361 of 1491. 1888 Birth Record No. 22. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11672-66072-80?cc=1709358&wc=9RY4-JWL:129844501,129973001 : accessed 5 May 2015).
[19] Ibid, Hoscheid > Naissances 1851-1890 Mariages 1800-1890 Décès 1798-1826 > image 361 of 1491. 1888 Birth Record No. 22. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11672-66072-80?cc=1709358&wc=9RY4-JWL:129844501,129973001 : accessed 5 May 2015).
[20] Ibid, Hoscheid > Naissances, mariages, décès 1891-1894 > image 20 of 77. 1893 Birth Record No. 17. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-11555-122015-89?cc=1709358&wc=9RYM-N38:129844501,129717601 : accessed 5 May 2015).
[21] Ibid, Hoscheid > Naissances 1851-1890 Mariages 1800-1890 Décès 1798-1826 > image 1298 of 1491. 1885 Marriage Record No. 2. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11672-63143-2?cc=1709358&wc=9RY4-JWL:129844501,129973001 : accessed 12 May 2015).
[22] Ibid, Hoscheid > Naissances 1851-1890 Mariages 1800-1890 Décès 1798-1826 > image 334 of 1491. 1885 Birth Record No. 10. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11672-66463-79?cc=1709358&wc=9RY4-JWL:129844501,129973001 : accessed 12 May 2015).
[23] Ibid, Bastendorf > Mariages 1872-1890 > image 139 of 148. 1889 Marriage Record No. 4. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12394-253277-35?cc=1709358&wc=9RYZ-DP8:129624201,129707601 : accessed 10 May 2015).
[24] Ibid, Wiltz > Naissances 1851-1890 > image 1463 of 1497. 1889 Birth Record No. 83.  (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-12872-175490-50?cc=1709358&wc=9RY7-BZ9:130592301,129857101 : accessed 10 May 2015).
[25] Ibid, Hoscheid > Naissances 1903-1923 Mariages 1895-1923 Pièces de mariages 1903-1912 Décès 1895-1902 > image 151 of 727. 1895 Marriage Record No. 1. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-32039-1287-43?cc=1709358&wc=9RTB-3T5:129844501,130173601 : accessed 9 May 2015).
[26] Ibid, Hoscheid > Naissances 1895-1902 > image 2 of 59. 1895 Birth Record No. 2. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-32047-20559-74?cc=1709358&wc=9RTB-16V:129844501,129766201 : accessed 12 May 2015).
[27] Ibid, Wiltz > Mariages 1898-1923 Décès 1895-1902 > image 4 of 657. 1898 Marriage Record No. 1. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-32066-24778-38?cc=1709358&wc=9RT1-ZNL:130592301,131024201 : accessed 8 May 2015).
[28] Census records, Hoscheid > 1885 > image 277 of 569. Grisius-Weckering household no. 35. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-32390-4185-22?cc=2037957&wc=M5GW-JWY:345858701,345873701 : accessed 6 May 2015). Note: see also images 276 and 278 for front and back matter.
[29] Ibid, Hoscheid > 1887 > image 256 of 336. Grisius-Weckering household no. 22. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-32393-3866-56?cc=2037957&wc=M5G8-2NB:345858701,345875201 : accessed 6 May 2015). Note: see also images 255 and 257 for front and back matter.
[30] Civil records, Bettendorf > Naissances 1896-1923 Mariages 1895-1923 > image 530 of 777. 1900 Marriage Record No. 21. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-32044-7034-74?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-28W:n1332603780 : accessed 01 Apr 2013).
[31] Ibid, Hoscheid > Naissances 1903-1923 Mariages 1895-1923 Pièces de mariages 1903-1912 Décès 1895-1902 > image 193 of 727. 1902 Marriage Record No. 5.  (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-32039-1200-44?cc=1709358&wc=9RTB-3T5:129844501,130173601 : accessed 9 May 2015).
[32] Ibid, Hoscheid > Décès 1903-1923 > image 9 of 123. 1904 Death Record No. 11. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-32048-4164-20?cc=1709358&wc=9RT1-SPN:129844501,129640001 : accessed 27 Sep 2014).
[33] Ibid, Hoscheid > Décès 1903-1923 > image 12 of 123. 1905 Death Record No. 4. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-32048-3847-7?cc=1709358&wc=9RT1-SPN:129844501,129640001 : accessed 27 Sep 2014).
[34] Ibid, Heiderscheid > Naissances 1903-1923 Mariages 1895-1923 Décès 1895-1912 > image 384 of 713. 1909 Marriage Record No. 3. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-32042-2920-54?cc=1709358&wc=9RTB-6TT:129701001,130456301 : accessed 8 May 2015).
[35] Ibid, Boulaide > Mariages 1895-1923 > image 94 of 174. 1909 Marriage Record No. 3. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-32045-1627-70?cc=1709358&wc=9RTB-L2H:129622701,129649201 : accessed 11 May 2015).
[36] Ibid, Diekirch > Mariages 1895-1923 Décès 1895-1902 > image 256 of 661. 1911 Marriage Record No. 7. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-32038-645-83?cc=1709358&wc=9RTB-92Q:129628901,130043302 : accessed 9 May 2015).
[37] Ibid, Wiltz > Mariages 1898-1923 Décès 1895-1902 > image 286 of 657. 1913 Marriage Record No. 7.  (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32066-25007-56?cc=1709358&wc=9RT1-ZNL:130592301,131024201 : accessed 9 May 2015).
[38] Ibid, Bissen > Naissances, mariages, décès 1895-1923 > image 507 of 789. 1920 Marriage Record No. 4. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-32024-7650-21?cc=1709358&wc=9RTY-FMC:129623501,129971001 : accessed 10 May 2015).
[39] Ibid, Luxembourg > Décès 1911-1916 > image 324 of 820. 1913 Death Record No. 220. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-32019-18141-64?cc=1709358&wc=9RTY-HZ3:130045801,131216501 : accessed 9 May 2015).
[40] Ibid, Bettendorf > Naissances 1896-1923 Mariages 1895-1923 > image 530 of 777. 1900 Marriage Record No. 21. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-32044-7034-74?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-28W:n1332603780 : accessed 01 Apr 2013).
[41] Ibid, Wiltz > Mariages 1898-1923 Décès 1895-1902 > image 429 of 657. 1920 Marriage Record No. 35. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32066-24712-78?cc=1709358&wc=9RT1-ZNL:130592301,131024201 : accessed 12 May 2015).
[42] deltgen.com
[43] Escher Tageblatt, digitized by the Bibliothèque nationale de Luxembourg, http://www.eluxemburgensia.lu (Verlag Editpress S.A., Esch-sur-Alzette), No. 56, Wednesday, March 7, 1934, p.7 column 4. Zivilstand der Gemeinde Wiltz, Susanne Pauline Grisius birth (http://www.eluxemburgensia.lu/webclient/DeliveryManager?application=DIRECTLINK&custom_att_2=simple_viewer&pid=529645&search_terms=Gerberarbeiter%20#panel:pp|issue:529645|article:DTL101|query:Gerberarbeiter : accessed 12 May 2015).
[44] Ibid, No. 128, Thursday, June 2, 1938, p. 7 column 3. Avis mortuaire for Marcel Daubach. (http://www.eluxemburgensia.lu/webclient/DeliveryManager?application=DIRECTLINK&custom_att_2=simple_viewer&pid=665119&search_terms=marcel%20daubach#panel:pp|issue:665119|article:DTL416|query:marcel daubach : accessed 10 May 2015).
[45] Ibid, No. 74, Tuesday, 28 March 1939, p. 7 column 4. Avis Mortuaire for Mathias Grisius. (http://www.eluxemburgensia.lu/webclient/DeliveryManager?application=DIRECTLINK&custom_att_2=simple_viewer&pid=677443&search_terms=nicolas%20grisius#panel:pp|issue:677443|article:DTL403|query:nicolas grisius : accessed 8 May 2015).
[46] Luxemburger Wort, digitized by the Bibliothèque nationale de Luxembourg, http://www.eluxemburgensia.lu (Verlage der St-Paulus-Druckerei, Luxembourg), No. 322, Monday, November 18, 1946, p. 5 column 3. Avis Mortuaire for François Grisius. (http://www.eluxemburgensia.lu/webclient/DeliveryManager?application=DIRECTLINK&custom_att_2=simple_viewer&pid=802390&search_terms=sophie%20wiegand#panel:pp|issue:802390|article:DTL633|query:sophie wiegand : accessed 11 May 2015).

Genealogy Sketch

Name: Heinrich “Henri” GRISIUS
Parents: Frederique “Friedrich” GRISIUS and Catharina SCHAEFFER
Spouse: Marie MANGERS and Elisabeth WECKERING(*)
Parents of spouse(*): Antoin WECKERING and Marguerite BERNARD
Whereabouts: Hoscheid-Dickt, Hoscheid, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
Relationship to Cathy Meder-Dempsey: husband’s 2nd great-grandparents

  1. Heinrich “Henri” GRISIUS and Elisabeth WECKERING
  2. Cathérine GRISIUS
  3. Franz KREMER
  4. Maisy KREMER
  5. 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 ~ #9 Florence ROYALTY (1868-1946)

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.”

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#9 Florence ROYALTY (1868-1946)

With tomorrow being Mother’s Day these photos of Joe Rooney’s grandmother Florence ROYALTY are a natural choice for today’s post. The wife of Isaac Spencer LILLIE, Florence was the original owner of the collection of old photographs being featured in this series.

Florence was not quite 3 years old when her mother died and 6 years old when her father remarried. She was quite close to her ROYALTY family as well as her stepmother’s PADDOCK family as will be seen by the photographs to be featured in later posts in this series.

florence This tintype of young Florence was taken when she was about 5 or 6 years old (ca. 1874). Does she look angry or upset about something or was the look caused by her having to be still for her portrait?

floroyandikeThis late 1890s or early 1900s strip was included in the previous post. It shows what a beautiful woman Florence was in her thirties. Florence, alone, with her second son Roy, and with her husband Isaac.

florenceolderEven as she grew older she was elegant and lovely. They didn’t photoshop pictures in the 1920s, did they?

floandgirlsFlorence with her daughters Ruth (left, b. 1907) and Ruby (right, b. 1909) in the mid- to late ’20s. The Victorian fashion era was over. Mid-calf hemlines, as Florence is wearing, came in fashion in the late 1910s and stayed until about 1922. It was only in the early second half of the 1920s that the shorter hemlines came in fashion. Waistlines were dropping from the bustline in Victorian times to the natural waistline to the hips as seen here.

Sticking with the Mother’s Day theme, both of Florence’s daughters were named after their grandmothers: Ruth Joanna for her maternal grandmother Joanna PALMER (1833-1871) and Ruby Pernecia for her paternal grandmother Pernecia Elizabeth GLASS (1852-1899).

The back of the next photograph identifies the persons and the year it was taken:

floandikebackThis photograph, taken in 1930 of Florence with her husband Isaac, who died in 1932, was likely the last of them together. They are standing in the doorway of their home at 2120 Marantette in Detroit, Michigan. The address was also seen on the 1930 and 1940 census for the household Florence was living in.

floandikeHappy Mother’s Day Flo!

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

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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Old Photographs Saved From Trash Can ~ #8 Isaac Spencer LILLIE (1872-1932)

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.”

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#8 Isaac Spencer LILLIE (1872-1932)

Albert Spencer LILLIE and Pernecia Elizabeth GLASS married 29 April 1872 in Pope County, Illinois. Their first child Isaac Spencer LILLIE was born 26 November 1872 in Kentucky or Illinois. By 1872-1874 the little family had put down roots in Pope County, Illinois, where they made their home and welcomed ten more children into the family, a daughter and nine more sons.

The oldest son, Isaac Spencer LILLIE (1872-1932) married Florence ROYALTY (1868-1946) in Pope County, Illinois, on 28 October 1891. They were the parents of five  children who lived long lives. Florence gave birth to six children, one died before 1900 as reflected in her 1900 and 1910 census information.

Old Penny Pictures

envelope These snapshots were in an envelope with this label ~ old Penny Pictures of Roy, Ruth, Reese, Mom & Dad. There may be another term to better describe the photographs but I haven’t found it. They were most likely taken in the very late 1890s or very early 1900s.

ikeflorandreeseIsaac Spencer “Ike” LILLIE with his wife Florence ROYALTY and with his oldest son Reese Gentry LILLIE (1892-1965).

floroyandikeFlorence (alone), with their son Samuel Royalty “Roy” LILLIE (1895-1972), and with her husband Ike.

IkeandroyIke (alone) and with his son Roy.

ikeandroywithframeThe photo of Isaac and Roy must have been a favorite as it was framed.

Their third son Raymond Egbert “Splitty” LILLIE (1904-1970) was born after this series of photos was taken.

Isaac and Florence also had two daughters, Ruth Joanna LILLIE (1907-1986) and Ruby Pernecia LILLIE (1909-1981). In the envelope with the penny photos, but taken about a half a dozen years later, was this cute photograph of Ruth which was also framed liked the one of Roy with his father Isaac.

ruthwithframeAs with the third son Raymond there was no photo (in this collection) of the youngest daughter Ruby during this time period. As the girls grew older more photos were taken of the inseparable sisters and will be featured at a later date as they were not part of the collection that was saved from the trash can.

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

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: #18 The KREMER-MERKES Family of Bettendorf

Week 18 (April 30 – May 6) – Where There’s a Will: Do you have an ancestor who left an interesting will? Have you used a will to solve a problem? Or, what ancestor showed a lot of will in his or her actions?

The KREMER-MERKES Family of Bettendorf – Timeline

  • 1835 August 14: Anna Maria MERKES (1835-1920) was born in Obereissenbach, Hosingen, Luxembourg. She was the daughter of Michel MERKES and Anna Catherina HASTERT.[1]
  • 1836 June 5: Anton KREMER was born in Bettendorf, Diekirch, Luxembourg. He was the son of Nicolas KREMER and Elisabeth FRIEDERICH.[2]
  • 1859 September 1: Anton KREMER married Anna Maria MERKES in Bettendorf.[3]
  • 1860 July 14: Child #1 Nicolas KREMER was born in Bettendorf.[4]
  • 1861 December 3: Anton, Anna Maria, and Nicolas were living in the house called “Schneidisch” in Bettendorf at the time of the census.[5]
  • 1862 April 27: Child #2 Maria “Marie” KREMER was born in Bettendorf.[6]
  • 1864 May 18: Child #3 Adam KREMER was born in Bettendorf.[7]
  • 1864 December 3: Anton, Anna Maria, Nicolas, Marie, and Adam were living in the “Fenton” house in Bettendorf at the time of the census.[8]
  • 1865 December 3: Child #4 Mathias KREMER was born in Bettendorf.[9]
  • 1867 December 3: Anton, Anna Maria, Nicolas, Marie, Adam, and Mathias were living in the house called “Schneidisch” in Bettendorf at the time of the census.[10]
  • 1867 December 24: Child #5 Eva KREMER was born in Bettendorf.[11]
  • 1869 January 9: Child #6 Peter “Pierre” KREMER was born in Bettendorf.[12]
  • 1869 May 23: Child #5 Eva died in Bettendorf.[13]
  • 1871 June 25: Child #7 Maria KREMER was born in Bettendorf.[14]
  • 1871 July 31: Child #7 Maria died in Bettendorf.[15]
  • 1871 October 29: Anton KREMER was the informant for the death of his mother Elisabetha FRIEDERICH.[16]
  • 1871 December 1: Anton, Anna Maria, Nicolas, Marie, Adam, Mathias and Peter were living in Bettendorf at the time of the census.[17]
  • 1872 August 12: Child #8 Michel KREMER was born in Bettendorf.[18]
  • 1872 October 14: Child #8 Michel died in Bettendorf.[19]
  • 1874 August 5: Child #9 Maria KREMER was born in Bettendorf.[20]
  • 1874 September 28: Child #9 Maria died in Bettendorf.[21]
  • 1875 November 18: Child #10 Nicolas KREMER was born in Bettendorf.[22]
  • 1875 December 1: Anton, Anna Maria, Nicolas, Marie, Adam, Mathias, Peter and young Nicolas were living in Bettendorf at the time of the census.[23]
  • 1878 April 1: Child #11 Anna KREMER was born in Bettendorf.[24]
  • 1878 July 22: Child #11 Anna died in Bettendorf.[25]
  • 1880 December 1: Anton, Anna Maria, Mathias, Peter, and young Nicolas were living in Bettendorf at the time of the census.[26]
  • 1885 December 1: Anton, Anna Maria, Marie and young Nicolas were living in Bettendorf at the time of the census. Nicolas, the elder, and Adam (seen as Emil) were working in Rumelange.[27]
  • 1886 April 13: Child #3 Adam died in Bettendorf.[28]
  • 1887 February 1: Anton, Anna Maria, Peter and young Nicolas were living in Bettendorf at the time of the census.[29]
  • 1887 December 28: Child #2 Marie married Michel ERNZEN in Bettendorf.[30]
  • 1890 December 1: Anton, Anna Maria, Mathias, young Nicolas, and a nephew Johann Müller were living in Bettendorf at the time of the census. Peter had been working in Esch-sur-Alzette for the past 18 months.[31]
  • 1895 December 2: Per the census, Anton and Anna Maria were living alone in Bettendorf. Their sons were listed as follows: 1. Nicolas (the elder) working in Rumelange for 21 years. 2. Mathias working in Rumelange for 3 years. 3. Peter working in France for 7 years. 4. Nicolas (the younger) working in France for 1 1/2 years. [32]
  • 1895 December 7: Child #1 Nicolas, the elder, died in Rumelange. His brother Mathias and his uncle Mathias MERKES were informants on his death. Nicolas was the widower of Margaretha NAU.[33]
  • 1900 February 26: Child #4 Mathias married Louise “Elise” SCHOCKMEL in Rumelange.[34]
  • 1900 November 28: Child #10 Nicolas married Cathérine GRISIUS in Bettendorf.[35]
  • 1900 December 1: Anton, Anna Maria, and their daughter-in-law Cathérine GRISIUS were seen in a household in Bettendorf when the census was enumerated. Nicolas, Cathérine’s husband, was in Oberanven for the past two days on business.[36]
  • 1914 June 28: Beginning of World War I
  • 1918 April 19: Cathérine GRISIUS, wife of Nicolas, died in Moestroff.[37]
  • 1918 April 28: Anton KREMER died in Bettendorf.[38]
  • 1918 November 11: End of World War I
  • 1920 June 3: Anna Maria MERKES died in Bettendorf.[39]
  • 1936 November 29: Louise “Elise” SCHOCKMEL, wife of Mathias, died in Esch-sur-Alzette.[40]
  • 1939 September 1: Beginning of World War II.
  • 1945 March 4: Child #4 Mathias died in Rumelange.[41]
  • 1945 August 14: End of World War II.
  • 1951: Child #10 Nicolas KREMER, the younger, died in Moestroff.[42]
hand

Through the records they left, our ancestors are reaching out to open doors in brick walls.

Where there’s a will, there’s a way!

Anton KREMER and Anna Maria MERKES had a family of eleven children. Five died before the age of two. The causes of death of these children who died between 1869-1878 are not revealed on the civil death records. Was the age of the mother at the time of the pregnancy of importance? Were they preterm births? Did they die of malnutrition or other disease?

Anton KREMER was a tailor (Schneider) and very likely did not have a large clientele in the small town he lived and worked in. Anton and Anna Maria’s older children were Nicolas (the elder), Marie, Adam, Mathias, and Peter. By the end of the 1860s they had five growing children who needed to be fed.

My husband’s great-grandfather, also named Nicolas, was the baby of the family. He was the only child of five born in the 1870s to live. His older siblings began leaving home to work when he was still quite young.

Nicolas (the elder), Adam, and Mathias went to Rumelange located in southern Luxembourg on the French border. As the area was rich in iron ores they worked in the mines. Peter worked as a servant or farmhand (Knecht), first in his hometown and later in France. Nicolas, the younger, also went to France to work for a while when he was old enough. Anton and Anna Maria’s sons most likely sent part of their pay home to help with the family expenses.

miningMine workers faced high health and safety risks. In December 1885 Adam had been working for 8 months in the mines in Rumelange. Four months later he died at home in Bettendorf. It is not known if his death was related to his working in the mines. His oldest brother Nicolas, also a mine worker, died at the age of 35 years in Rumelange. At the time of his death he was widowed; it is not known if he had children.

I wonder if Adam and Nicolas’ death gave Mathias a kind of wake up call. Did he think of the danger of working in the mines? He married at 35 and had two sons. Of the three miners he was the one to live the longest, dying in his 80th year.

The fate of Peter who went to France is unknown.

Anton and Anna Maria’s daughter Marie took the path of most girls at the time, marrying at age 25. She gave birth to 8 children, only 3 lived to adulthood. Her first child died at 5 years of age and, as with her mother, four of her youngest children did not survive. In 1920 at age 58 she was present at the marriage of her oldest daughter. It is not known how long she lived.

Nicolas, the baby of the family, remained near his parents after his marriage and likely cared for them in their old age. While preparing this post I found Nicolas and his wife Cathérine GRISIUS had a son Théodore (1916-1917) who was missed during earlier research bringing the total number of children in his family to 10. Once again, as with his parents and sister, the three youngest children in his family did not survive. Nicolas who died at 75 had a long life but not quite as long as his parents.

Anton died about 6 weeks short of his 82nd birthday and Anna Maria two months short of her 85th birthday.

Anton and Anna Maria KREMER-MERKES may not have been very well off but they raised children who worked hard and learned where there’s a will, there’s a way.

Sources:
[1] Luxembourg, Registres d’état civil, 1793-1923 (images), FamilySearch (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Hosingen > Naissances 1823-1890 > image 271 of 1477. 1835 Birth Record No. 36. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-11690-153577-57?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-2BG:675906683 : accessed 02 Apr 2013).
[2] 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).
[3] Ibid, 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).
[4] Ibid, Bettendorf > Naissances 1828-1890 Mariages 1800-1816 > image 669 of 1507. 1860 Birth Record No. 40. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-13200-4672-87?cc=1709358&wc=9RYD-FM9:129626601,129945501 : accessed 21 March 2010).
[5] Luxembourg, Volkszählungen 1843-1900 (images), FamilySearch (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Bettendorf > 1861 > image 48 of 367. 1861 Kremer-Merkes household no. 36. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-32381-11444-68?cc=2037957&wc=M5GM-MNL:346114101,345867101 : accessed 18 February 2015).
[6] Civil records, Bettendorf > Naissances 1828-1890 Mariages 1800-1816 > image 705 of 1507. 1862 Birth Record No. 17. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-13200-2262-15?cc=1709358&wc=9RYD-FM9:129626601,129945501 : accessed 21 March 2010).
[7] Civil records, Bettendorf > Naissances 1828-1890 Mariages 1800-1816 > image 747 of 1507. 1864 Birth Record No. 25. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-13200-6800-99?cc=1709358&wc=9RYD-FM9:129626601,129945501 : accessed 21 March 2010).
[8] Census, Bettendorf > 1864 > image 26 of 395. Kremer-Merkes household No. 3. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-32381-24158-86?cc=2037957&wc=M5GS-2J7:346114101,345868401 : accessed 13 February 2015).
[9] Civil records, Bettendorf > Naissances 1828-1890 Mariages 1800-1816 > image 776 of 1507. 1865 Birth Record No. 57. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-13200-3630-91?cc=1709358&wc=9RYD-FM9:129626601,129945501 : accessed 21 March 2010).
[10] Census, Bettendorf > 1867 > image 362 of 364. Kremer-Merkes household No. 2. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32373-12273-77?cc=2037957&wc=M5LB-3TR:346114101,345869101 : accessed 13 February 2015).
[11] Civil records, Bettendorf > Naissances 1828-1890 Mariages 1800-1816 > image 817 of 1507. 1867 Birth Record No. 58. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-13200-7185-73?cc=1709358&wc=9RYD-FM9:129626601,129945501 : accessed 21 March 2010).
[12] Ibid, Bettendorf > Naissances 1828-1890 Mariages 1800-1816 > image 840 of 1507. 1869 Birth Record No. 1. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-13200-972-57?cc=1709358&wc=9RYD-FM9:129626601,129945501 : accessed 21 March 2010).
[13] Ibid, Bettendorf > Décès 1860-1890 > image 143 of 465. 1869 Death Record No. 22. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11711-61036-58?cc=1709358&wc=9RYH-82S:129626601,129626602 : accessed 27 August 2011).
[14] Ibid, Bettendorf > Naissances 1828-1890 Mariages 1800-1816 > image 881 of 1507. 1871 Birth Record No. 26. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-13200-6470-75?cc=1709358&wc=9RYD-FM9:129626601,129945501 : accessed 21 March 2010),.
[15] Ibid, Bettendorf > Décès 1860-1890 > image 187 of 465. 1871 Death Record No. 76. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11711-59652-23?cc=1709358&wc=9RYH-82S:129626601,129626602 : accessed 21 August 2011).
[16] 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).
[17] 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). Note: images 268 and 270 are the cover and back of the census.
[18] Civil records, Bettendorf > Naissances 1828-1890 Mariages 1800-1816 > image 900 of 1507. 1872 Birth Record No. 41. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-13200-5974-60?cc=1709358&wc=9RYD-FM9:129626601,129945501 : accessed 21 March 2010).
[19] Civil records, Bettendorf > Naissances 1828-1890 Mariages 1800-1816 > image 900 of 1507. 1872 Birth Record No. 41. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-13200-5974-60?cc=1709358&wc=9RYD-FM9:129626601,129945501 : accessed 21 March 2010).
[20] Ibid, Bettendorf > Naissances 1828-1890 Mariages 1800-1816 > image 938 of 1507. 1874 Birth Record No. 31. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-13200-5404-89?cc=1709358&wc=9RYD-FM9:129626601,129945501 : accessed 21 March 2010).
[21] Ibid, Bettendorf > Décès 1860-1890 > image 226 of 465. 1874 Death Record No. 36. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11711-60066-48?cc=1709358&wc=9RYH-82S:129626601,129626602 : accessed 27 August 2011).
[22] Ibid, Bettendorf > Naissances 1828-1890 Mariages 1800-1816 > image 969 of 1507. 1875 Birth Record No. 68. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-13200-1624-19?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-28S:1346120346 : accessed 02 Apr 2013).
[23] Census, Bettendorf > 1875 > image 456 of 789. Kremer-Merkes household 3.  (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-32381-23431-9?cc=2037957&wc=M5G9-VZK:346114101,345870501 : accessed 12 February 2015). Note: images 455 and 457 are the cover and back of the census.
[24] Civil records, Bettendorf > Naissances 1828-1890 Mariages 1800-1816 > image 1019 of 1507. 1878 Birth Record No. 16. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-13200-2448-3?cc=1709358&wc=9RYD-FM9:129626601,129945501 : accessed 21 March 2010).
[25] Ibid, Bettendorf > Décès 1860-1890 > image 291 of 465. 1878 Death Record No. 22. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11711-65421-61?cc=1709358&wc=9RYH-82S:129626601,129626602 : accessed 27 August 2011).
[26] Census, Bettendorf > 1880 > image 192 of 793. Kremer-Merkes household No. 93. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-32377-17916-43?cc=2037957&wc=M5L1-JWR:346114101,345872201 : accessed 12 February 2015). Note: images 191 and 193 are the cover and back of the census.
[27] Ibid, Bettendorf > 1885 > image 300 of 773. Kremer-Merkes household No. 60. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-32379-28140-51?cc=2037957&wc=M5G9-C65:346114101,345873701 : accessed 12 February 2015). Note: images 299 and 301 are the cover and back of the census.
[28] Civil records, Bettendorf > Décès 1860-1890 > image 408 of 465. 1886 Death Record No. 14. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11711-63719-42?cc=1709358&wc=9RYH-82S:129626601,129626602 : accessed 27 August 2011).
[29] Census, Bettendorf > 1887 > image 437 of 781. Kremer-Merkes household Nr. 2. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-32390-1374-15?cc=2037957&wc=M5G7-GPR:346114101,345875201 : accessed 11 February 015). Note: images 436 and 438 are the cover and back of the census.
[30] Civil records, Bettendorf > Mariages 1817-1890 Décès 1800-1859 > image 816 of 1494. 1887 Marriage Record No. 16. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12456-36421-6?cc=1709358&wc=9RY8-SP8:129626601,129729901 : accessed 29 April 2015).
[31] Census, Bettendorf > 1890 > image 564 of 778. Kremer-Merkes household No. 1. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32393-3622-67?cc=2037957&wc=M5GC-YWB:346114101,345876401 : accessed 11 February 2015).Note: images 563 and 565 are the cover and back of the census.
[32] Ibid, Bettendorf > 1895 > image 304 of 810. Kremer-Merkes household No. 3. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-32467-11113-98?cc=2037957&wc=M5GD-FM4:346114101,345878001 : accessed 11 February 2015).Note: images 305 and 306 are the cover and back of the census.
[33] Civil records, Rumelange > Décès 1891-1923 > image 83 of 923. 1895 Death Record No. 80. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32036-3166-12?cc=1709358&wc=9RTY-L23:130319501,130319502 : accessed 29 April 2015).
[34] Ibid, Rumelange > Naissances 1913-1923 Mariages 1891-1902 > image 598 of 670. 1900 Marriage No. 8. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32063-906-3?cc=1709358&wc=9RT1-4WR:130319501,130583901 : accessed 29 April 2015).
[35] Ibid, Bettendorf > Naissances 1896-1923 Mariages 1895-1923 > image 530 of 777. 1900 Marriage Record No. 21. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-32044-7034-74?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-28W:n1332603780 : accessed 01 Apr 2013).
[36] Census, Bettendorf > 1900 > image 85 of 793. Kremer-Merkes household with Kremer-Grisius. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-32396-11048-31?cc=2037957&wc=M9MJ-1NN : accessed 13 January 2015). Note: images 84 and 86 are the cover and back of the census.
[37] Civil records, Bettendorf > Décès 1895-1923 > image 328 of 389. 1918 Death Record No. 9. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32048-23912-78?cc=1709358&wc=9RT1-926:129626601,129623802 : accessed 26 Sep 2014).
[38] Ibid, 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).
[39] Ibid, Bettendorf > Décès 1895-1923 > image 353 of 389. 1920 Death Record No. 9. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-32048-24158-80?cc=1709358&wc=9RT1-926:129626601,129623802 : accessed 27 Sep 2014).
[40] Tageblatt, digitized by the Bibliothèque nationale de Luxembourg, http://www.eluxemburgensia.lu (Zeitung fir Lëtzebuerg, Esch-sur-Alzette : Editpress Luxembourg S.A), 1 December 1936, No. 283, p. 4, col. 4. (http://www.eluxemburgensia.lu/webclient/DeliveryManager?application=DIRECTLINK&custom_att_2=simple_viewer&pid=645053&search_terms=louise%20schockmel#panel:pp|issue:645053|article:DTL356|query:louise schockmel : accessed 2 May 2015)
[41] Ibid, 6 March 1945, No. 53, p. 2, col. 4. (http://www.eluxemburgensia.lu/webclient/DeliveryManager?application=DIRECTLINK&custom_att_2=simple_viewer&pid=109573&search_terms=mathias%20kremer#panel:pp|issue:109573|article:DTL154|query:mathias kremer : accessed 2 May 2015)
[42] Moestroff Kierfecht, Moestroff, Luxembourg. KREMER-GRISIUS family gravemarker (photo © 1995 Egon Meder)

Genealogy Sketch

Name: Anton KREMER
Parents: Nicolas KREMER and Elisabeth FRIEDERICH
Spouse: Anna Maria MERKES
Parents of spouse: Pierre MERKES and Anna Katharina HASTERT
Whereabouts: Bettendorf, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
Relationship to Cathy Meder-Dempsey: husband’s 2nd great-grandparents

  1. Anton KREMER and Anna Maria MERKES
  2. Nicolas KREMER
  3. Franz KREMER
  4. Marie Françoise “Maisy” KREMER
  5. Cathy Meder-Dempsey’s husband

© 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 Judy, Beck, Dick, and Mourning

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 Judy, Beck, Dick, and Mourning.

In 2014 I wrote about the ancestors in my paternal line from my father to my 4th great-grandparents. None owned slaves – or to be more specific, I have not found documents showing they held slaves. Going back one or two generations further I do find ancestors who left wills with names of slaves. One of these was Edward NIX lastly of Camden District in South Carolina.

I believe that it may be of importance to the slaves’ descendants to know where my ancestor, the slave owner, Edward NIX spent his long life. This is a quick rundown of information Libbie Griffin shared in the article “The Lineage of Frances Nix Doss” in The Doss Connection, Volume 2, No. 1, July 1996. The article was based on information compiled by Wanda Gregory who researched the Nix family for many years.

Edward NIX 1686-1776

Edward NIX was christened on 7 November 1686 in St. Peter’s Parish, New Kent County, Virginia. His father John (seen as James on the christening record) had recently come to Virginia from Barbados. Edward was very likely an only child and his father died about the time of his birth. His mother Elizabeth married Abraham VENABLE Sr. in 1687.

Hanover County was formed in 1721 from part of New Kent County. In 1731, Edward NIX received a patent for 400 acres in Hanover County. In 1734 he was named executor of his father-in-law Thomas Gibson’s will.

In 1745 Edward received a grant for 2977 acres of land in Amelia County. In 1746-1747 Edward was 60 years old and living in Amelia when he sold his land in Hanover. By 1750 numerous deeds can be found in Amelia County showing he transferred ownership of tracts of about 200 acres. Many of these were to his sons and sons-in-law who in the early 1750s moved with their families to Lunenburg County in the area that is now the north east corner of Pittsylvania County. In 1754 Prince Edward County was formed from part of Amelia County. In 1756 Edward NIX began selling his land now in Prince Edward County.

At the age of 70 he was planning to move to South Carolina. He appears in both Prince Edward and South Carolina records until 1762. In 1763 he received a 400 acres grant in South Carolina and lived in the Camden District from 1763 through 1776. He died in 1776 leaving a will.

WILL of Edward NIX

South Carolina, Camden District. In the name of God Amen on this Eighth day of October 1776 I Edward Nix of the Province & Dist aforesaid being sick & weak in body but of perfect mind and memory thanks be to God, therefore calling unto mind the mortality of my body, and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make & ordain this my last Will and Testament, that is to say principally & first of all. I give and recommend my Soul unto the hands of Almighty God that gave it, and my body I recommend to the Earth to be buried in a decent Christian Manner at the discretion of my Executors, nothing doubting but at the general Resassection (sic, Resurrection) I shall receive the same by the mighty power of God, and as touching such worldly Estate where with it hath pleased God to Blefs (sic, Bless) me in this life I give demise & dispose of the same in the following manner & form.

Item: I give & bequeath to my grandson James Nix son of James Nix one shilling sterling.

Item: I give & bequeath to my son Volintine (sic, Valentine) Nix one Shilling Sterling.

Item: I give & bequeath to my son George Nix one Shilling Sterling.

Item: I give & bequeath to my daughter Sabra Lax (sic, Lox) one Shilling Sterling.

Item: I give & bequeath to my daughter Francis Dafs (sic, Doss), one Shilling Sterling.

Item: I give and bequeath to my grand son Ambrose Nix one hundred & twenty five acres of Land lying on the north side of Santee River in Camden District begining (sic) on a Mark’d Hickory & running down the Sd (sic, Santee) River, for the compliment of one hundred & twenty acres be the same more or lefs (sic, less), it being part of a large tract of Land granted By His Excellency Thomas Boone to Edward Nix.

Item: I give & bequeath to my grand son John Lyon & his heirs, after the death of my beloved wife my Plantation whereon, I now live, on the South side of Sandy River with all the Remaining part of my Land it being part of a larger Tract of Land granted by his Excellency Thomas Bonne Esq., the 18th day of August 1763 to Edward Nix.

Item: I give & bequeath to my grandson Jno (sic, John) Lyon to him and his Heirs the following negroes, Judy, Beck, Dick, and mourning (sic, Mourning) after the decease of my wife during her natural Life, & after his decease, to be equally divided between his two sons Elijah and Elisha.

Item: I give to my grandson Jno Lyon all the remaining part of my Stock of Horses, Hogs, and Black Cattle, House hold Furniture, and plantation Tools after paying my just debts Funeral Expenses, and Legacies.

Item: I likewise constitute make & ordain my loving wife Unice Nix and Jno Lyon Executors of this my Present Last Will and Testament, & I do hereby utterly disallow, revoke, and dis annul, all and every other Former Testament Wills Legacies and bequests, & Executors by me in any ways before mentioned Will’d or bequeathed, rectifying & confirming this & no other to be my Last Will & Testament. In witness whereof I have here unto set my hand & seal the day & year first above written.

Edward Nix His X Mark (LS).

Signed, Sealed, published pronounced & declared by the I Edward Nix as his last Will & Testament in presence of us the subscribers.

Wm. Farr, Richard Crosby, William Crosby

Recorded in Will Book 1774-1779 page 418

Source of transcript of will:
“South Carolina Probate Records, Bound Volumes, 1671-1977,” images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-19387-5488-91?cc=1919417&wc=M6N4-F68:210905601,211749101 : accessed 30 April 2015), Charleston > Wills, 1774-1779, Vol. 017 > image 171 of 424; citing Department of Archives and History, Columbia.

The original will can be found on p. 418 of the Charleston County Will Book 1774-1779 per the will index found here:
“South Carolina Probate Records, Bound Volumes, 1671-1977,” images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-19387-6863-0?cc=1919417&wc=M6N4-F68:210905601,211749101 : accessed 30 April 2015), Charleston > Wills, 1774-1779, Vol. 017 > image 12 of 424; citing Department of Archives and History, Columbia.

The inventory of Edward NIX’s estate may help with the ages of Judy, Beck, Dick, and Mourning:

1 old Negroe Wench & a boy about 9 or 10 year old
1 ditto and a Girl about 7 year old

Judy and Beck may have been the older women and Dick and Mourning the two young children.

inventory

Source: “South Carolina Probate Records, Bound Volumes, 1671-1977,” images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-19424-81785-20?cc=1919417&wc=M6NW-Y3D:210905601,211110101 : accessed 30 April 2015), Charleston > Inventories, 1774-1785, Vol. 098 > image 365 of 425; citing Department of Archives and History, Columbia.

The original inventory is on p. 229 of the Charleston County 1774-1785 A-A Inventories book per the index found on:
“South Carolina Probate Records, Bound Volumes, 1671-1977,” images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-19424-88508-35?cc=1919417&wc=M6NW-Y3D:210905601,211110101 : accessed 30 April 2015), Charleston > Inventories, 1774-1785, Vol. 098 > image 14 of 425; citing Department of Archives and History, Columbia.

John Lyon, the grandson

I have not researched the descendants of Edward NIX. A quick look at the South Carolina Probate Records in Charleston turns up the will of one John LYON who died in 1781 leaving a wife Elizabeth and three children John, Thomas and Margaret. In the will he names one slave, his negro boy Dick. This may be a coincidence and requires further research.

Genealogy Sketch

Name: Edward NIX
Parents: John NIX and his wife Elizabeth
Spouse: Eunice “Nice” GIBSON
Relationship to Cathy Meder-Dempsey:
7th great-grandfather

  1. Edward NIX
  2. Francis NIX
  3. James DOSS Jr.
  4. Levina DOSS
  5. Mary E. “Polly” DOSS
  6. Alexander CLONCH
  7. Rebecca Jane CLONCH
  8. Myrtle Hazel ROOP
  9. Fred Roosevelt DEMPSEY
  10. Cathy Meder-Dempsey

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Old Photographs Saved From Trash Can ~ #7 Robert Wiley LILLIE (1895-1940)

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.”

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#7 Robert Wiley LILLIE (1895-1940)

After seeing a link to the Illinois State Archives on Facebook I checked to see if I could update some of the information on the families featured in this series of photographs. Albert Spencer LILLIE and Pernecia Elizabeth GLASS most likely married about 1871 were married 29 April 1872 in Pope County, Illinois, per the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index.

Their 11th and youngest child was Robert Wiley LILLIE born in 1895, the same year as his oldest brother Isaac’s second son Samuel Royalty LILLIE. He married Neele Audrey OWENS on 10 April 1920 in Kentucky. Robert and Neele had two daughters, Roberta Neele (Lillie) BOYER (1921-1991) and Marian Gene (Lillie) NEAL (1924-1975).

Robert Wiley LILLIE (1895-1940)

lillieRobert (left) with his nephew
Samuel Royalty LILLIE
1895-1979

Wife of Robert Wiley LILLIE

neeleNeele Audrey Owens Lillie 1898-1942

Daughter of Robert Wiley LILLIE and Neele Audrey OWENS

robertaRoberta Neele Lillie Boyer 1921-1991

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

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.

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