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]
  • 1870 July 5: UPDATE (as of 26 Sep 2015): a female child was stillborn in Bettendorf.
  • 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]
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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)

Source for UPDATE:
Luxembourg, Registres d’état civil, 1662-1941 (images), FamilySearch (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Bettendorf > Décès 1860-1890 > image 159 of 465. 1870 Death Record No. 34. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11711-66852-22?cc=1709358 : accessed 26 September 2015).

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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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.

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