52 Ancestors: #39 The ZWANK-DAHM Family of Moestroff

Week 39 (September 24-30) – Unusual: What is the most unusual record you’ve ever found? Or, who is the most unusual of your ancestors? (You can take that any way you want to!)

This was how I had planned to begin this post using the Unusual theme:

ZWANG, ZWANCK, ZWANK are the spellings I’ve found for this family’s unusual name. It seems to have evolved from ZWANG to ZWANCK and then the c was dropped and it became ZWANK.

An Unusual Meeting

On today’s bike ride with my husband, a third great-grandson of the couple featured in this post, we rode through Moestroff and were on our way to Bettendorf when I asked him if he knew where Steinesch was located. He’d never heard of it and we rode on.

As we rode through Bettendorf he swerved to the right and stopped at the building for the technical services of Bettendorf. A few workers were out front and we struck up a conversation with one of them. While researching the ZWANK-DAHM family I found one of their sons was listed on the census as living in a location by the name of Steinesch. We asked him about the location and he said he was not familiar with the place.

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A field, near Stengescht, in Gilsdorf

During the conversation he said he also did genealogy research. He offered to ask around and took my name and number. We thanked him and continued our ride. Not five minutes later my husband’s phone rang. The man we’d talked to was calling to tell us he had found the place on a map, would make a copy, and leave it in an envelope behind a flower box at their building for us to pick up on our ride back home.

When we got home I had a look at the map and saw it could not be the same place. He had found Stengescht, a piece of land between Bettendorf and Gilsdorf. From records found for the son who lived in Steinesch I know he lived in Moestroff on the other side of Bettendorf – not the side where Gilsdorf lies. But good things came out of this unusual meeting. I met another person interested in genealogy and the map he left led me to a new-to-me website for Luxembourg.

The ZWANK-DAHM Family

Jacques “Jacob” ZWANK was born and baptized on 17 May 1795[1] in Moestroff/Bettendorf. He was the son of Franciscus “François” ZWANCK (1762-1820)  and Clara “Claire” WELTER (1763-1826). They were married on 26 October 1789[2] in Bettendorf and had the following known children:

  • Child 1: Catherine (1790-1852)
  • Child 2: Peter (1793- ?)
  • Child 3: Jacques (1795-1858)
  • Child 4: Jean (1797- ?)
  • Child 5: Maria (1800-1815)
  • Child 6: Franciscus (1804-1804)

Jacques’ father Franciscus died 3 June 1820[3] in Moestroff and did not get to see his son marry three years later. Jacques married Maria DAHM on 22 October 1823[4] in Bettendorf.

Maria DAHM was the daughter of Pierre “Peter” DAHM (1764-1830) and Anne Catherine KIMMES (1762-1832). She was born and baptized on 10 July 1797[5] in Moestroff/Bettendorf. Her parents, who were married the previous year on 5 April 1796[6] in Bettendorf, and her siblings have not been researched.

It was a Wednesday when 28 years old Jacobus, as he was seen on the marriage record[4], and 25 years old Maria met with Nicolas RECHT, mayor of Bettendorf, at 8 o’clock in the morning to be married. Jacques’ mother Clara and Maria’s parents Peter and Anne Catherine were present and consented to the marriage. The banns had been published on the 25th of September and the 5th of October.

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1823 Marriage Publication[7]
Also present at the marriage were four witnesses, none noted as being related, who signed the marriage record along with the mayor. The bridal couple and their parents were not able to write or sign their names to the document.

Jacques and Maria, both day workers when they married, made their home in Moestroff. Seven known children were born to them from 1824 to 1840, only one died in infancy.

  • Ch 1: Wilhelm ZWANK (1824-1905) was born on 23 December 1824[8] in Moestroff. Wilhelm married Cathérine BOCK (1829-1907) who gave him 13 children in 20 years with 6 living to adulthood. He died 21 January 1905[9] in Moestroff. Cathérine followed in 1907.[10]

Jacques’ mother Clara “Claire” WELTER died 25 January 1826[11] in Moestroff. Her death was declared by her son Jean who had also married and lived in Vianden. Clara lived long enough to see her grandson Wilhelm celebrate his first birthday. Soon after her mother-in-law’s death, Maria was pregnant with her second child.

  • Ch 2: Catharina ZWANK (1826-1862) was born on 23 October 1826[12] in Moestroff. She married Johann LAUTWEIN (1823-1857) and gave him two children. She had a child out of wedlock two years into her widowhood. The child lived only a month and  Catharina died, a month later, on 31 March 1862[13] in Moestroff.
  • Ch 3: Theodore ZWANK (1828-1829) was born 13 November 1828[14] in Moestroff. He died 17 April 1829[15] in Moestroff.

Maria’s father Pierre DAHM died on 1 February 1830[16] in Moestroff at the age of 63. His death was declared by his son Theodore.

  • Ch 4: Johann ZWANK (1830-1891) was born 26 March 1830[17] in Moestroff. He married Catharina SCHMITT (1842-1873) who gave him 4 known children. Catharina died 13 January 1873[18] and Johann died 19 March 1891[19]in Moestroff. This was the son who lived in Steinesch.

Maria’s mother Anne Catherine KIMMES died on 10 January 1832[20] in Moestroff. As was the case with her husband, her death was reported by her son Theodore DAHM.

  • Ch 5: Marie ZWANK (1832-1892) was born 8 December 1832[21] in Moestroff. She married Nicolas PEFFER (1833-1887) and gave him 7 children, 4 lived to adulthood. Nicolas died in 1887[22] and Marie died 6 May 1892[23] in Moestroff. Marie and Nicolas were my husband’s 2nd great-grandparents.
  • Ch 6: Henri ZWANK (1835-aft. 1858) was born 1 April 1835[24] in Moestroff. Henri was last seen in the 1858 census[25] when he was listed as single. No marriage or death record has been found for him. Later census records may help to trace him.
  • Ch 7: Nicolas ZWANK (1840-1864) was born 1 March 1840[26] in Moestroff. Nicolas was last seen in the 1864 census.[27]He was single and living in his oldest brother Wilhelm’s household. As is the case with his bother Henri, later census records may help to trace him.

Jacques “Jacob” ZWANK was seen on the censuses dated 23 December 1843[28], 15 December 1846[29], 31 December 1847[30] and 6 December 1849[31] in Moestroff. In his household were his wife and children as well as his brother-in-law Theodore DAHM (1843 and 1846).

Jacques and Maria’s oldest son Wilhelm married Cathérine BOCK (1829-1907) on 6 November 1850[32] in Bettendorf. Wilhelm and Cathérine already had a daughter born out of wedlock earlier the same year in February. Her birth record[33] had the surname ZWANK as Wilhelm declared being her father. Annotation to the birth record were also made at the time of the child’s marriage.

Jacques and Maria’s oldest daughter Catharina married Johann LAUTWEIN (1823-1857) on 14 November 1851[34] in Bettendorf. Johann was a gardner from Trier, Germany. Present as witnesses were the bride’s brother Wilhelm ZWANK, her uncle Theodore DAHM, and the groom’s brother-in-law Niklas KAURICH.

Jacques was seen on the censuses dated 31 December 1851[35], 3 December 1852[36], and 2 December 1855[37] in Moestroff. As in 1843 and 1846 his brother-in-law Theodore DAHM lived with the family in 1851 and 1855.

Jacques “Jacob” ZWANK died at 4:30 in the afternoon of Monday, 15 February 1858[38] in Moestroff. His son Wilhelm and his brother-in-law Theodore DAHM reported his death the next morning.

The widowed Maria DAHM was seen on the census dated 3 December 1858[39] with her sons Johann and Henri. Johann was the one to report her death on 28 November 1859[40] in Moestroff. She died at 7:00 in the morning and her death was reported at 5:00 in the afternoon. It was noted on the death record that Johann did not know the names of his mother’s parents.

It is not known if Maria had been sickly or if her death was sudden. We know the marriage banns had already been published for her daughter Marie who married Nicolas PEFFER (1833-1887) on 30 November 1859[41] in Bettendorf, two days after her mother’s death.

Johann ZWANK, the son who reported the death of Maria DAHM, waited a bit longer to marry than his sister Marie. He married Catharina SCHMITT (1842-1873) on 16 August 1865[42] in Bettendorf. None of his relatives were present at the marriage. They were married less than 8 years when Catharina died[43] leaving him with two living children.

“There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning.” ~ Louis L’Amour

This family is not finished!

Jacques and Maria’s two youngest sons were not found in Moestroff after 1858 (Henri) and 1864 (Nicolas). The tables décennales (10 years lists of birth, marriage, death) for Bettendorf (includes Moestroff) have been viewed for all ZWANK individuals from 1803-1922 and all have been accounted for.

I may have to take a look at southern Luxembourg were many young men went to work around this time. Wilhelm’s son Theodore (likely named after Theodore DAHM) went to Tétange in the commune of Kayl – I only learned this when I found his daughter who was born in Tétange visiting her grandparents (Wilhelm) in 1900.[44]

Sources:
[1] Luxembourg, registres paroissiaux, 1601-1948 (images), FamilySearch (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Bettendorf > Baptêmes, mariages, sépultures 1763-1797 > image 57 of 94. 1795 Baptismal Record (28 Floréal III). (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-32400-2824-51?cc=2037955&wc=STH6-SPJ:1500974653,1500923326 : accessed 24 September 2015).
[2] Ibid., Bettendorf > Tables des mariages 1764-1797 (index organisée par l’époux) > image 163 of 163. 1789 Marriage Card. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-32462-1079-40?cc=2037955&wc=STH8-N3L:1500974653,1501141688 : accessed 24 September 2015).
[3] Luxembourg, Registres d’état civil, 1662-1941 (images), FamilySearch (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Bettendorf > Mariages 1817-1890 Décès 1800-1859 > image 993 of 1494. 1820 Death Record. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12456-37494-69?cc=1709358 : accessed 26 September 2015).
[4] Ibid., Bettendorf > Mariages 1817-1890 Décès 1800-1859 > image 82 of 1494. 1823 Marriage Record No. 10. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12456-38177-77?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-2ZY:2071013250 : accessed 10 Apr 2013).
[5] Luxembourg Church Records, Bettendorf > Baptêmes, mariages, sépultures 1763-1797 > image 60 of 94. 1797 Baptismal Record. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32400-2625-75?cc=2037955&wc=STH6-SPJ:1500974653,1500923326 : accessed 24 September 2015).
[6] Ibid., Bettendorf > Tables des mariages 1764-1797 (index organisée par l’époux) > image 27 of 163. 1796 Marriage Card. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-32462-1274-42?cc=2037955&wc=STH8-N3L:1500974653,1501141688 : accessed 17 February 2015).
[7] Luxembourg Civil Records, Bettendorf > Mariages 1817-1890 Décès 1800-1859 > image 75 of 1494. 1823 Marriage Publication, lower right. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12456-40292-24?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-2ZY:2071013250 : accessed 10 Apr 2013).
[8] Ibid., Bettendorf > Naissances 1800-1827 > image 243 of 306. 1824 Birth Record No. 57. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11571-20082-70?cc=1709358&wc=9RYW-DPD:129626601,129760501 : accessed 24 September 2015),.
[9] Ibid., Bettendorf > Décès 1895-1923 > image 143 of 389. 1905 Death Record No. 8. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-32048-24816-86?cc=1709358 : accessed 25 September 2015).
[10] Ibid., Bettendorf > Décès 1895-1923 > image 178 of 389. 1907 Death Record No. 36.  (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32048-24601-62?cc=1709358 : accessed 26 September 2015).
[11] Ibid., Bettendorf > Mariages 1817-1890 Décès 1800-1859 > image 1045 of 1494. 1826 Death Record No. 7. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12456-35658-79?cc=1709358 : accessed 26 September 2015).
[12] Ibid., Bettendorf > Naissances 1800-1827 > image 283 of 306. 1826 BIrth Record No. 55. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11571-22212-50?cc=1709358&wc=9RYW-DPD:129626601,129760501 : accessed 24 September 2015).
[13] Ibid., Bettendorf > Décès 1860-1890 > image 39 of 465. 1862 Death Record No. 10.  (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11711-62212-56?cc=1709358 : accessed 25 September 2015).
[14] Ibid., Bettendorf > Naissances 1828-1890 Mariages 1800-1816 > image 24 of 1507. 1828 Birth Record No. 49. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-13200-5971-65?cc=1709358&wc=9RYD-FM9:129626601,129945501 : accessed 24 September 2015).
[15] Ibid., Bettendorf > Mariages 1817-1890 Décès 1800-1859 > image 1085 of 1494. 1829 Death Record No. 17. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12456-35616-85?cc=1709358 : accessed 22 March 2010).
[16] Ibid., Bettendorf > Mariages 1817-1890 Décès 1800-1859 > image 1093 of 1494. 1830 Death Record No. 4. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12456-38720-90?cc=1709358 : accessed 28 September 2015).
[17] Ibid., Bettendorf > Naissances 1828-1890 Mariages 1800-1816 > image 53 of 1507. 1830 Birth Record No. 22. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-13200-7075-82?cc=1709358&wc=9RYD-FM9:129626601,129945501 : accessed 24 September 2015).
[18] Ibid., Bettendorf > Décès 1860-1890 > image 204 of 465. 1873 Death Record No. 4. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11711-60697-39?cc=1709358 : accessed 28 September 2015).
[19] Ibid., Bettendorf > Naissances, mariages, décès 1882-1894 > image 107 of 155. 1891 Death Record No. 11. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11578-17928-85?cc=1709358 : accessed 25 September 2015).
[20] Ibid., Bettendorf > Mariages 1817-1890 Décès 1800-1859 > image 1116 of 1494. 1832 Death Record No. 3. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12456-37297-72?cc=1709358 : accessed 28 September 2015).
[21] Ibid., 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).
[22] 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).
[23] 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).
[24] Ibid., Bettendorf > Naissances 1828-1890 Mariages 1800-1816 > image 150 of 1507. 1835 Birth Record No. 18. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-13200-4288-81?cc=1709358&wc=9RYD-FM9:129626601,129945501 : accessed 24 September 2015).
[25] Luxembourg, Volkszählungen 1843-1900 (images), FamilySearch (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Bettendorf > 1858 > image 336 of 365. Zwank-Dahm household No. 45. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-32359-9055-64?cc=2037957&wc=M5LT-2JF:346114101,345867601 : accessed 18 February 2015).
[26] Luxembourg Civil Records, Bettendorf > Naissances 1828-1890 Mariages 1800-1816 > image 252 of 1507. 1840 Birth Record No. 10. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-13200-2500-66?cc=1709358&wc=9RYD-FM9:129626601,129945501 : accessed 24 September 2015).
[27] Luxembourg Census, Bettendorf > 1864 > image 351 of 395. Zwank-Bock household No. 13. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32381-23624-85?cc=2037957&wc=M5GS-2J7:346114101,345868401 : accessed 27 September 2015).
[28] Ibid., Bettendorf > 1843 > image 2 of 288. 1843 Zwank-Dahm household. “Luxembourg, Volkszählungen 1843-1900,” images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-32360-26751-78?cc=2037957&wc=M5LT-T3L:346114101,345863501 : accessed 18 February 2015).
[29] Ibid., Bettendorf > 1846 > image 325 of 334. Zwank-Dahm household. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32356-28692-50?cc=2037957&wc=M5LR-BZ9:346114101,345858602 : accessed 24 September 2015).
[30] Ibid., Bettendorf > 1847 > image 298 of 340. Zwank-Dahm household No. 288. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-32355-22478-75?cc=2037957&wc=M5LR-VZJ:346114101,345864101 : accessed 23 September 2015).
[31] Ibid., Bettendorf > 1849 > image 280 of 343. Zwank-Dahm household. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-32355-6810-6?cc=2037957&wc=M5LR-TQW:346114101,345864801 : accessed 15 September 2015).
[32] Luxembourg Civil Records, Bettendorf > Mariages 1817-1890 Décès 1800-1859 > image 423 of 1494. 1850 Marriage Record No. 9. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12456-36015-24?cc=1709358 : accessed 28 September 2015).
[33] Ibid., Bettendorf > Naissances 1828-1890 Mariages 1800-1816 > image 465 of 1507. 1850 Birth Record No. 8. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-13200-5348-80?cc=1709358 : accessed 26 September 2015).
[34] Ibid., Bettendorf > Mariages 1817-1890 Décès 1800-1859 > image 440 of 1494. 1851 Marriage Record No. 16. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12456-36917-73?cc=1709358 : accessed 28 September 2015).
[35] Luxembourg Census, Bettendorf > 1851 > image 359 of 386. Zwank-Dahm household No. 51. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-32351-20262-71?cc=2037957&wc=M5LR-446:346114101,345865601 : accessed 24 September 2015).
[36] Ibid., Bettendorf > 1852 > image 305 of 365. Zwank-Dahm household No. 10. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-32350-830-73?cc=2037957&wc=M5LR-S58:346114101,345865501 : accessed 15 September 2015).
[37] Ibid., Bettendorf > 1855 > image 325 of 358. Zwank-Dahm household No. 28. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32379-20635-34?cc=2037957 : accessed 26 September 2015).
[38] Luxembourg Civil Records, Bettendorf > Mariages 1817-1890 Décès 1800-1859 > image 1462 of 1494. 1858 Death Record No. 6. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12456-36487-72?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-2ZY:2071013250 : accessed 10 Apr 2013).
[39] Luxembourg Census, Bettendorf > 1858 > image 336 of 365. Zwank-Dahm household No. 45. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-32359-9055-64?cc=2037957&wc=M5LT-2JF:346114101,345867601 : accessed 18 February 2015).
[40] Luxembourg Civil Records, Bettendorf > Mariages 1817-1890 Décès 1800-1859 > image 1487 of 1494. 1859 Death Record No. 48. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12456-39674-59?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-2ZY:2071013250 : accessed 10 Apr 2013).
[41] 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).
[42] Ibid., Bettendorf > Mariages 1817-1890 Décès 1800-1859 > image 582 of 1494. 1865 Marriage Record No. 16. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12456-36087-92?cc=1709358 : accessed 26 September 2015).
[43] Ibid., Bettendorf > Décès 1860-1890 > image 204 of 465. 1873 Death Record No. 4. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11711-60697-39?cc=1709358 : accessed 28 September 2015).
[44] Luxembourg Census, Bettendorf > 1900 > image 751 of 793. Zwank-Bock household No. 36. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-32396-9874-9?cc=2037957 : accessed 27 September 2015). See also front and back matter on images 750 and 752.

Genealogy Sketch

Name: Jacques “Jacob” ZWANK
Parents: Franciscus “François” ZWANK and Clara “Claire” WELTER
Spouse: Maria DAHM
Parents of Spouse: Pierre “Peter” DAHM and Anne Cathérine KIMMES
Whereabouts: Moestroff, Bettendorf, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
Relationship to Cathy Meder-Dempsey: husband’s 3rd great-grandfather

1. Jacques “Jacob” ZWANK
2. Marie ZWANK
3. Nicolas PEFFER
4. Suzanne PEFFER
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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