52 Ancestors: #36 The GRISIUS-SCHAEFFER Family – Working for a Living

Week 36 (September 3-9) – Working for a Living: September 7 is Labor Day in the United States. Write about an ancestor and his or her occupation.

Father and Son Were Cow Herders

cowsA cow’s milk will spoil if she does not want to stand during milking. Fixation does not always work. An easier way is to dip a large piece of linen in cold water and drape it over the cow’s back, she will then stand up for milking. ~ advice seen in 1841 in the Diekircher Wochenblatt, a weekly publication.

My husband’s 3rd great-grandfather Frederich GRISIUS (1805-1852) more than likely learned this trick from his father. Frederich and his father Mathias (1776-1846) were both cow herders (Khehirt, Küh Hirt, vaché). They were illiterate and in all records found, could not sign their names. The tricks to their trade were learned by watching and doing and not by reading about it in a farmer’s almanac or other guide.

How do I know this was their occupation?

certificateWhen Frederich married in 1833 the supporting documentation for his marriage included the above document signed by the mayor stating the groom did not owe taxes or have any other income other than what he made working in his occupation as a cow herder (vaché). Due to his low income he was allowed to produce civil records without a tax stamp. This was the only document found for Frederich which states his precise occupation. In all other civil and census records he was seen only as a day laborer.

publicationIn the publication of the marriage banns, Mathias GRISIUS, the father of the groom, was listed as Kühhirt or cow herder.

The GRISIUS-SCHAEFFER Family

Frederich GRISIUS, son of Mathias GRISIUS and Magdalena SCHAETTER, was born on 9 March 1805 in Alscheid/Alschette, Canton de Wiltz, Grand Duché de Luxembourg.[1],[2] He died on 16 December 1852 in Hoscheid-Dickt, Hoscheid.[3] Frederich married Catherina SCHAEFFER, daughter of Nicolas SCHAEFFER and Theresia GREISCH, on 3 July 1833 in Hoscheid.[4],[5],[6] Catherina was born on 14 April 1815 in Eschdorf, Wiltz.[7] She died on 16 January 1898 in Hoscheid-Dickt.[8]

They had the following children.

  1. Mathias GRISIUS was born on 29 September 1835 in Hoscheid-Dickt.[9] He died on 13 December 1835 in Hoscheid-Dickt.[10]
  2. Franz “François” GRISIUS was born on 30 March 1837 in Hoscheid-Dickt.[11] He died on 18 February 1901 in Schlindermanderscheid.[12] Franz married Catherine KOOB on 7 February 1859 in Hoscheid.[13] Catherine was born on 1 December 1839 in Alscheid.
  3. Heinrich “Henri” GRISIUS was born on 25 June 1839 in Hoscheid-Dickt.[14] He died on 14 October 1904 in Hoscheid-Dickt.[15] Heinrich married Marie Mangers, daughter of Mathieu MANGERS and Anne Marie WECKERING, on 8 November 1860 in Wilwerwiltz.[16] Marie was born on 13 Jan 1837 in Enscherange.[17] She died
    on 2 Jan 1871 in Hoscheid-Dickt.[18] Heinrich also married Elisabeth “Elise” WECKERING, daughter of Antoin “Anton” WECKERING and Margaretha “Marguerite” BERNARD, on 29 October 1874 in Hoscheid.[19] Elisabeth was born on 9
    May 1853 in Hoscheid.[20] She died on 14 February 1905 in Hoscheid-Dickt.[21]
  4. Petrus “Pierre” GRISIUS was born on 31 August 1841 in Hoscheid-Dickt.[22] He died on 22 January 1909 in Rodange.[23] Petrus married Susanne FABER, daughter of Nicolas FABER and Susanne POOS, on 5 February 1863 in Hoscheid.[24] Susanne was born on 16 May 1832 in Tadler.[25] She died on 29 February 1876 in Hoscheid.[26] Petrus also married Cathérine DOENER on 16 June 1876 in Hoscheid.[27]
  5. Margaretha “Marguerite” GRISIUS was born on 28 January 1844 in Hoscheid-
    Dickt.[28] She died on 23 October 1877 in Kautenbach.[29] Margaretha had an illegitimate child before she married Gaspar KREMER on 1 August 1872 in Alscheid.[30] Gaspar was born on 10 July 1824 in Dasburg, Rheinland Pfalz, Germany.
  6. Bernardus “Engelbernd” GRISIUS was born on 10 April 1847 in Hoscheid-
    Dickt.[31] He was not found with the family after 1852. Being quite young in age he may have died leaving no death record or died while visiting a friend or relative in another town.
  7. Anna Maria “Anne Marie” GRISIUS was born on 17 August 1850 in Hoscheid-
    Dickt.[32] She died on 2 January 1915 in Hoscheid-Dickt.[33] Anna had an illegitimate child before she married Jean MAJERUS, son of Mathieu MAJERUS and Madeleine REITER, on 2 August 1876 in Hoscheid.[34] Jean was born on 27 November 1848 in Bockholtz sur Sûre, Wiltz.[35] He died on 21 April 1918 in Hoscheid-Dickt.[36]
  8. Pierre “Peter” GRISIUS was born on 25 August 1852 in Hoscheid-Dickt.[37] He died on 22 December 1917 in Hoscheid-Dickt.[38] Pierre married Susanne ZENNER on 18 Oct 1873 in Clervaux.[39] Susanne was born on 3 January 1846 in Urspelt, Clervaux.[40] She died on 25 April 1924 in Esch-sur-Alzette.

The WIRTZ-SCHAEFFER Family

Catherina SCHAEFFER also married Nicolas WIRTZ, son of Anne Marie WIRTZ, on 30 November 1855 in Hoscheid.[41] Nicolas was born on 19 March 1833 in Weimerskirch. He died on 16 July 1882 in the Central Hospiz in Ettelbrück.[42]

Catherina and Nicolas had one child, Hubertus “Hubert” WIRTZ born on 22 December 1856 in Hoscheid-Dickt.[43] Hubert married Margaretha HOPP on 19 July 1876 in Hoscheid.[44] Hubert and his wife were last seen in the 1880 census with their first born.

The mother of these families, Catherina SCHAEFFER outlived two husbands dying in 1898. Even though I found all of her GRISIUS children in 1887, 1890 and 1895, I did not find Catherina or her WIRTZ son. If she was not with her youngest son, she could be in any household in Hoscheid-Dickt were she lived and died.

Some Thoughts….

The research for these families is time consuming. As I worked on the GRISIUS-SCHAEFFER family I realized I miss being able to take the time to analyze all the records and search for the missing ones as I did before I began blogging.

I am proud of having found the birth records of all 9 children, death records of 7, marriage records of all who married and those who married twice, nearly all census records for the period between 1843-1900. I cannot work on a family group without looking into the parents and the grandchildren. I added about 200 source citations for this family and still have census work which needs to be finished and cited. A week is hardly enough time to do this much research. Without the routine I now have in searching Luxembourg records I doubt I would be able to do as much.

I realize by restricting my posts for the 2015 edition of 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks to my husband’s and my families in Luxembourg I am losing the interest of my readers. I am following the plan until the end of the year. Please continue to drop by and read or even skim through my posts – you never know, you might one day find you also have ancestors from Luxembourg.

Sources:
[1] Luxembourg, Registres d’état civil, 1662-1941 (images), <i>FamilySearch</i> (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Alscheid > Naissances 1797-1830 > image 62 of 207. 1805 Birth Record No. 8 (18 Ventôse An 13). (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12419-76521-94?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-2CB:1005941488 : accessed 09 Apr 2013).
[2] Ibid., Hoscheid > Naissances 1851-1890 Mariages 1800-1890 Décès 1798-1826 > image 845 of 1491. 1805 Birth Record (extract included with marriage record).  (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11672-58453-76?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-2B6:1412473990 : accessed 09 Apr 2013), Luxembourg, Civil Registration, 1793-1923 > Luxembourg, Civil Registration, 1793-1923 >.
[3] Ibid., Hoscheid > Décès 1851-1890 > image 15 of 296. 1852 Death Record No. 22. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12341-64957-16?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-2B8:n401754830 : accessed 09 Apr 2013).
[4] Ibid., Hoscheid > Naissances 1851-1890 Mariages 1800-1890 Décès 1798-1826 > image 838 of 1491. 1833 Marriage Publication. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11672-67893-81?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-2B6:1412473990 : accessed 09 Apr 2013).
[5] Ibid., Hoscheid > Naissances 1851-1890 Mariages 1800-1890 Décès 1798-1826 > image 841 of 1491. 1833 Marriage Record No. 3. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11672-57155-81?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-2B6:1412473990 : accessed 09 Apr 2013).
[6] Ibid., Hoscheid > Naissances 1851-1890 Mariages 1800-1890 Décès 1798-1826 > image 847 of 1491. 1833 document included with marriage papers. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11672-59095-70?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-2B6:1412473990 : accessed 09 Apr 2013).
[7] Ibid., Hoscheid > Naissances 1851-1890 Mariages 1800-1890 Décès 1798-1826 > image 848 of 1491. 1815 Birth Record (included with marriage record). (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11672-67167-74?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-2B6:1412473990 : accessed 09 Apr 2013).
[8] Ibid., Hoscheid > Naissances 1903-1923 Mariages 1895-1923 Pièces de mariages 1903-1912 Décès 1895-1902 > image 698 of 727. 1898 Death Record No. 4. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-32039-1681-25?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-2BX:1860526490 : accessed 09 Apr 2013).
[9] Ibid., Hoscheid > Naissances 1798-1850 > image 310 of 459. 1835 Birth Record No. 26. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11669-106280-25?cc=1709358&wc=9RY4-6TR:129844501,129804701 : accessed 5 September 2015).
[10] Ibid., Hoscheid > Décès 1827-1850 > image 52 of 162. 1835 Death Record No. 9. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12341-65037-53?cc=1709358&wc=9RYZ-4WR:129844501,129896301 : accessed 5 September 2015).
[11] Ibid., Hoscheid > Naissances 1798-1850 > image 327 of 459. 1837 Birth Record No. 8. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11669-103656-25?cc=1709358&wc=9RY4-6TR:129844501,129804701 : accessed 5 September 2015).
[12] Ibid., Hoscheid > Naissances 1903-1923 Mariages 1895-1923 Pièces de mariages 1903-1912 Décès 1895-1902 > image 715 of 727. 1901 Death Record No. 3. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-32039-1756-13?cc=1709358&wc=9RTB-3T5:129844501,130173601 : accessed 5 September 2015).
[13] Ibid., Hoscheid > Naissances 1851-1890 Mariages 1800-1890 Décès 1798-1826 > image 1156 of 1491. 1859 Marriage Record No. 6. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11672-60508-3?cc=1709358&wc=9RY4-JWL:129844501,129973001 : accessed 6 September 2015).
[14] Ibid., 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).
[15] 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).
[16] 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).
[17] Ibid., Wilwerwiltz > Naissances 1797-1850 > image 303 of 421. 1837 Birth Record No. 2. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-11017-138476-99?cc=1709358&wc=9RT1-YWG:130594601,130264201 : accessed 5 May 2015).
[18] 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).
[19] Ibid., 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).
[20] 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).
[21] 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).
[22] Ibid., Hoscheid > Naissances 1798-1850 > image 370 of 459. 1841 Birth Record No. 23. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11669-111090-74?cc=1709358&wc=9RY4-6TR:129844501,129804701 : accessed 5 September 2015).
[23] Ibid., Pétange > Décès 1895-1923 > image 371 of 826. 1909 Death Record No. 3. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-32046-2991-99?cc=1709358&wc=9RTB-T3N:130201201,129623802 : accessed 5 September 2015).
[24] Ibid., Hoscheid > Naissances 1851-1890 Mariages 1800-1890 Décès 1798-1826 > image 1179 of 1491. 1863 Marriage Record No. 2. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11672-67225-93?cc=1709358&wc=9RY4-JWL:129844501,129973001 : accessed 6 September 2015).
[25] Ibid.
[26] Ibid., Hoscheid > Décès 1851-1890 > image 201 of 296. 1876 Death Record No. 4. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12341-73209-52?cc=1709358&wc=9RYZ-4WP:129844501,129625502 : accessed 7 September 2015).
[27] Ibid., Hoscheid > Naissances 1851-1890 Mariages 1800-1890 Décès 1798-1826 > image 1252 of 1491. 1876 Marriage Record No. 7. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11672-66816-64?cc=1709358&wc=9RY4-JWL:129844501,129973001 : accessed 6 September 2015).
[28] Ibid., Hoscheid > Naissances 1798-1850 > image 395 of 459. 1844 Birth Record No. 3. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11669-108810-55?cc=1709358&wc=9RY4-6TR:129844501,129804701 : accessed 5 September 2015).
[29] Ibid., Alscheid > Décès 1850-1890 > image 190 of 274. 1877 Death Record No. 12. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-10999-92906-43?cc=1709358&wc=9RT1-N3F:129624001,129625702 : accessed 6 September 2015).
[30] Ibid., Alscheid > Mariages 1831-1890 > image 197 of 287. 1872 Marriage Record No. 1. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12419-75626-74?cc=1709358&wc=9RYZ-L27:129624001,129733101 : accessed 5 September 2015).
[31] Ibid., Hoscheid > Naissances 1798-1850 > image 425 of 459. 1847 Birth Record No. 6.  (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11669-111758-55?cc=1709358&wc=9RY4-6TR:129844501,129804701 : accessed 5 September 2015).
[32] Ibid., Hoscheid > Naissances 1798-1850 > image 454 of 459. 1850 Birth Record No. 20.  (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11669-101348-72?cc=1709358&wc=9RY4-6TR:129844501,129804701 : accessed 5 September 2015).
[33] Ibid., Hoscheid > Décès 1903-1923 > image 71 of 123. 1915 Death Record No. 1. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-32048-3706-15?cc=1709358&wc=9RT1-SPN:129844501,129640001 : accessed 5 September 2015).
[34] Ibid., Hoscheid > Naissances 1851-1890 Mariages 1800-1890 Décès 1798-1826 > image 1253 of 1491. 1876 Marriage Record No. 9. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11672-63235-9?cc=1709358&wc=9RY4-JWL:129844501,129973001 : accessed 6 September 2015).
[35] Ibid.
[36] Ibid., Hoscheid > Décès 1903-1923 > image 89 of 123. 1918 Death Record No. 6. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-32048-3774-1?cc=1709358&wc=9RT1-SPN:129844501,129640001 : accessed 7 September 2015).
[37] Ibid., Hoscheid > Naissances 1851-1890 Mariages 1800-1890 Décès 1798-1826 > image 20 of 1491. 1852 Birth Record No. 19. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11672-56086-81?cc=1709358&wc=9RY4-JWL:129844501,129973001 : accessed 5 September 2015).
[38] Ibid., Hoscheid > Décès 1903-1923 > image 85 of 123. 1917 Death Record No. 14. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-32048-3911-97?cc=1709358&wc=9RT1-SPN:129844501,129640001 : accessed 5 September 2015).
[39] Ibid., Clervaux > Mariages 1797-1800, 1797-1823, 1800-1823, 1824-1890 Décès 1800-1824 > image 1230 of 1469. 1873 Marriage Record No. 7. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12060-47507-74?cc=1709358&wc=9RYC-W38:129629101,129790401 : accessed 6 September 2015).
[40] Ibid.
[41] Ibid., Hoscheid > Naissances 1851-1890 Mariages 1800-1890 Décès 1798-1826 > image 1133 of 1491. 1855 Marriage Record No. (none). (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11672-64867-67?cc=1709358&wc=9RY4-JWL:129844501,129973001 : accessed 7 September 2015).
[42] Ibid., Hoscheid > Décès 1851-1890 > image 247 of 296. 1882 Death Record No. 17. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12341-71116-56?cc=1709358&wc=9RYZ-4WP:129844501,129625502 : accessed 5 September 2015).
[43] Ibid., Hoscheid > Naissances 1851-1890 Mariages 1800-1890 Décès 1798-1826 > image 60 of 1491. 1856 Birth Record (not numbered). (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11672-57984-82?cc=1709358&wc=9RY4-JWL:129844501,129973001 : accessed 7 September 2015).
[44] Ibid., Hoscheid > Naissances 1851-1890 Mariages 1800-1890 Décès 1798-1826 > image 1252 of 1491. 1876 Marriage Record No. 8. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11672-66816-64?cc=1709358&wc=9RY4-JWL:129844501,129973001 : accessed 6 September 2015).

Genealogy Sketch

Name: Catherina SCHAEFFER
Parents: Nicolas SCHAEFFER and Theresia GREISCH
Spouse: FREDERICH GRISIUS* and Nicolas WIRTZ
Parents of Spouse*: Mathias GRISIUS and Magdalena SCHAETTER
Whereabouts: Hoscheid-Dickt, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
Relationship to Cathy Meder-Dempsey: husband’s 3rd great-grandmother

1. Catherina SCHAEFFER
2. Heinrich “Henri” GRISIUS
3. Cathérine GRISIUS
4. Franz “Fritz” KREMER
5. Marie Françoise “Maisy” KREMER
6. 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 39 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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