The Very Last Signature of André FOURNELLE

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“Luxembourg, Registres d’état civil, 1662-1941,” images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-32043-12154-39?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-2VR : accessed 13 Jan 2013), Echternach > Mariages 1906-1923 Décès 1895-1912 > image 44 of 675; citing Archives Nationales.

On the morning of 21 November 1908 at 11 a.m. my great-great-grandfather André FOURNELLE (age 70) was one of four witnesses at the marriage of his niece
Maria-Josephine MAAS and her groom Johann MISCHAUX. That evening at 6 p.m. he died at his home. It is hard to believe that this (see arrow) was his last signature as it looked very strong! The FOURNELLE signature below his, was his son Johann (or Jean) Joseph FOURNELLE, my great-grandfather, who was the informant on the death of his father. He signed the 1908 death record (below) with his full name as opposed to only his surname as seen (above) on the marriage record. Johann MAAS, father of the bride, was the second informant on André’s death record.

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“Luxembourg, Registres d’état civil, 1662-1941,” images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32043-12126-76?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-2VR : accessed 11 Jan 2013), Echternach > Mariages 1906-1923 Décès 1895-1912 > image 584 of 675; citing Archives Nationales.

© 2014 Cathy Meder-Dempsey

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Author: Cathy Meder-Dempsey

As a military brat I've lived in Georgia, France, Idaho, West Virginia, Spain, South Carolina, Texas, and Luxembourg. Married 36 years with two grown children. When I’m not doing genealogy, I spend time riding my racing bike with my husband through the wonderful countryside in Luxembourg and surrounding countries.

4 thoughts on “The Very Last Signature of André FOURNELLE”

    1. Thank you Helen! Actually I found it in January 2013 and shared the find on my Facebook page. I’ve been slowly adding some things here that I wrote before the blog and backdating them. But this one was so interesting that I posted it yesterday and kept the present date. 🙂

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