52 Ancestors: #44 The PÖPPELREITER-GROELINGER Family

Week 44 (October 29 – November 4) – Frightening: Do you have an ancestor who did something frightening or lived through a scary event? Do you have your own ghost story in the family? Now is the perfect time to share!

mettendorf3tinyNo ghost stories in this family from Mettendorf, Germany. In October we visited the Mettendorf cemetery looking for PÖPPELREITER graves and found all of the graves wonderfully cared for in preparation for All Saints Day, the day after Halloween.

What is frightening to me is I don’t have a single document for this family group. All information is from indexed (without images) records at FamilySearch, research done by other genealogists and published in the family books of the towns they lived in, from information found on Alwin Banz’s website (password protected since accessing, request for access to confirm source is pending), and from Thomas A. Pick’s Homepage for Eifel Birth and Marriage Data. As a substitute I have plenty of photos of the area we visited last month.

Theodore PÖPPELREITER of Mettendorf

mettendorftinyMy third great-grandfather Theodore PÖPPELREITER was born on 25 July 1816 in Brimingen and baptized in the Roman Catholic church in the neighboring village of Baustert.[1] He was the son of Johann “Joannes” PÖPPELREITER (1782-1827) and Margaret BOMMES (1791-1860) married on 28 October 1813 in Utscheid near Mettendorf.[2] This unusual surname was also spelled PEPPELREITER, PEPPELREUTER, and PEPELREUTER. Theodore had seven siblings.

  • Lucia (1813-1837) born in 1813 in Glashütte near Utscheid in the Eifel.[2] Lucia died 23 February 1837 in Mettendorf.[3][4] She did not marry.
  • Wilhelm (1814-1815) born in September 1814 in Glashütte.[2] He died 28 June 1815 in Brimingen near Mettendorf.[2]
  • Nicolas (1815- ) born 23 July 1815 in Brimingen.[2] No known marriage or date of death.
  • Theodore born 25 July 1816 in Brimingen[2] and was baptized in Baustert the same day.[1] This is my line.
  • Catherine (1818- ) born 27 December 1818 in Mettendorf.[5] She had an illegitimate son in 1844 who continued the PÖPPELREITER name.
  • Barbara (1821-1886) born on 29 September 1821 in Mettendorf.[3][5] Barbara married Johann Peter SCHNEIDER on 19 January 1850 in Oberweis in the Eifel. She died 24 March 1886 in Oberweis.
  • Matthias (1824-1824) born 8 August 1824 in Mettendorf and died 9 August 1824 in Mettendorf.[3][5]
  • Catherine (1825-1908) born 21 October 1825 in Mettendorf.[3][5] She married Nicolas BLEY (1813-1894) on 13 July 1848 in Echternach, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.[6] Catherine died on 18 November 1908 in Echternach.[7]

Theodore’s father Johann “Joannes” PÖPPELREITER died on 6 June 1827 in Mettendorf[3] leaving his widow Margaretha with six children between the ages of 2 and 14. My great-great-grandfather Theodore was not yet 11 years old.

mettendorf2tinyAt the age of 25 Theodore PÖPPELREITER married his two years older bride Maria Katharina GROELINGER on 20 January 1842 in Mettendorf.[8] He was a sevant, or Dienstknecht, in Nusbaum and she was a servant, or Dienstmagd, in Mettendorf.[2]

Maria Katharina GROELINGER of Holsthum

On the road from Ferschweiler down to Holsthum we found this lookout point.

holsthum2holsthum3holsthum4holsthum1Johann “Joannes” GROELINGER (1766-1840) married Anna Maria Benedikta MERGEN (1769-1829) on 24 March 1798 in Schwankweiler.[9] They were both born in Holsthum where they raised their family of eleven children. Nine of their children married.

  • Peter (1799-1861) born 10 January 1799 in Holsthum.[9] Peter married Margaretha PROST on 1 March 1829 in Biersdorf. He died on 26 November 1861 in Biersdorf.
  • Theodor (1800-1871) born 17 November 1800 in Holsthum.[9] Theodor married Margarethe WALLENBORN (1807-1881) on 25 June 1831 in Biersdorf. He died on 8 October 1871 in Schwankweiler.
  • Maria (1803-1841) born 14 October 1803 in Holsthum.[9] Maria married Ludwig GERMAN before 1827. She died 30 March 1841 in Menningen in the  Eifel.
  • Maria Catherina (1804- ) born 28 February 1804 in Holsthum.[9]
  • Susanna (1807-1875) born 1 August 1807 in Holsthum.[9] Susanna married Johann JÜNGELS (1805-1862) on 23 October 1843 in Wißmannsdorf in the Eifel. She died 2 January 1875 and was buried two days later in Wißmannsdorf.
  • Magdalena (1809- ) born 20 August 1809 in Holsthum.[9] Magdalena married Johann PHILIPP (1815-1853) on 19 January 1839 in Schwankweiler.
  • Elizabeth (1812-1894) born 17 April 1812 in Holsthum.[9] Elizabeth married Mathias SCHMITZ (1810-1879) on 13 January 1845 in Altscheid. She died 12 October 1894 in Koosbüsch and was buried three days later in Wißmannsdorf.
  • Maria Katharina born 2 June 1814 in Holsthum.[9] This is my line.
  • Wilhelm (1817- ) born 3 February 1817 in Holsthum.[9]
  • Johann (1818-1896) born 18 August 1818 in Holsthum.[9] Johann married Catharina BURES on 5 January 1850 in Biersdorf. He died 26 August 1896 in Biersdorf and was buried there on 29 Aug 1896.
  • Gerardus (1821- ) born 2 May 1821 in Schankweiler.[9] He may have used a different spelling for the surname: GRELINGER.

Maria Katharina’s mother Anna Maria Benedikta MERGEN died 6 February 1829 in Holsthum.[9] Her father Johann “Joannes” GROELINGER died on 11 December 1840 in Biersdorf.[9] They did not live long enough to see their daughter Maria Katharina marry Theodore PÖPPELREITER in 1842.[8]

Children of Theodore and Maria Katharina

Theodore and Maria Katharina raised their family in Mettendorf. They had five known children, one of whom died before her first birthday. The two oldest sons married and continued the line. It is unknown if the third son, also named Mathias, and the youngest daughter married.

  • Ch 1: Mathias (1843-1891) born 22 June 1843 and baptized 23 June 1843, both in Mettendorf.[8] His date of death unknown and after 1891.
  • Ch 2: Johann “Joannes” (1847- ) born 13 December 1847 and baptized 14 December 1847, both in Mettendorf.[8] His date of death unknown and after 1891.
  • Ch 3: Mathias (1850- ) born 19 January 1850 and baptized 19 January 1850, both in Mettendorf.[8] His date of death unknown.
  • Ch 4: Katharina (1852-1853) born and baptized 10 April 1852, both in Mettendorf. She died 16 February 1853 in Mettendorf.[8]
  • Ch 5: Katharina (1854- ) born 18 September 1854 in Mettendorf.[8] Her date of death unknown.

Theodore’s mother Margaret BOMMES died on 5 February 1860 in Mettendorf.[3] At the tim eof her death her grandchildren through her son Theodore were between the ages of 5 and 16.

The oldest son in the family, Mathias PÖPPELREITER married Magdalena WAGNER (1842-1884) on 18 November 1868 in Mettendorf.[10] They gave Theodore and Maria Katharina five grandchildren (Theodore 1870, Johann 1873, Katharina 1874, and twins Mathias and Gertrude Marie 1876) before Maria Katharina GROELINGER died on 27 January 1877 in Schankweiler.[9]

gravemarkerWhen we walked through the cemetery of Mettendorf we found the family grave of the grandson Mathias. From the engravings on the marker he married a lady named Antoinette and they had at least four sons who are buried with him: Mathias b. 1906, Maternus b. 1911, Jakob b. 1916, and Wilhelm b. 1919. Maria (1921-2012) could have been a daughter or daughter-in-law through Jakob or Maternus.

After the mother’s death, the second son Johann “Joannes” PÖPPELREITER married Margaretha COLBET (1849- ) on 23 January 1878 in Mettendorf.[11]

In 1884 the oldest son Mathias was widowed with five children, the youngest not yet two years old. He remarried on 20 January 1885, his parents’ 43rd wedding anniversary, in Mettendorf to Katharina JUTZ (1847-?).[12]

Six years later the father of this family, Theodore PÖPPELREITER, died on 2 May 1891 in Mettendorf.[8]

[1] Germany Births and Baptisms, 1558-1898 / Deutschland Geburten und Taufen, 1558-1898, (index), FamilySearch, FHL microfilm 531308. (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NPNR-SZG : accessed 4 November 2015), Theodorus Poppelreuter, baptized 25 Jul 1816, parents Joannis Poppelreuter and Margarethae Bommes; citing Roemisch-Katholische, Baustert, Rheinland, Prussia.
[2] Alwin Banz’s website
[3] Werner Naumann, compiler, Familienbuch der Pfarrei Mettendorf Dekanat Neuerburg, Band 1 A-M Band 2 N-Z (compiled in 1992), p. 38, Family # M1958. [Pages of book photographed in Archiv Peter Daus (Wittlich) on 4 May 2013]. Pöppelreiter-Bommes.
[4] Germany Deaths and Burials, 1582-1958 / Deutschland Tote und Beerdigungen, 1582-1958, (index), <FamilySearch, FHL microfilm 469172. (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J4Z3-LMC : accessed 4 November 2015), Lucia Poeppelreiter, died 23 Feb 1837, age 24, parents Joannis Poeppelreiter and Margaretha Bommes; citing v.3 p.164, reference v.3 p.164.
[5] Thomas A. Pick, compiler, Homepage for Eifel Birth and Marriage Data, online http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~pick/. Catherine, born 27 Dec 1818, parents Joannes Poppelreiter and Margaret Bommes, citing Mettendorf as place of birth.
[6] Luxembourg, Registres d’état civil, 1662-1941 (images), FamilySearch (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Echternach > Mariages 1809 > image 873 of 1462. 1848 Marriage Record No. 20. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-11670-175616-83?cc=1709358 : accessed 4 November 2015).
[7] Ibid., Echternach > Mariages 1906-1923 Décès 1895-1912 > image 584 of 675. 1908 Death Record No. 66. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32043-12126-76?cc=1709358&wc=9RTB-6YZ:129623201,130153902 : accessed 12 January 2015).
[8] Familienbuch Mettendorf, p. 38, Family # M1959. Pöppelreiter-Groelinger.
[9] Familienbuch Schankweiler, p. 60, Family # H370. Archiv Peter Daus; accessed 5 May 2013. Groelinger-Mergen.
[10] Familienbuch Mettendorf, p. 39, Family # M1962. Pöppelreiter-Wagner.
[11] Familienbuch Mettendorf, p.. 39, Family # M1963. Pöppelreiter-Colbet.
[12] Familienbuch Mettendorf, p. 39, Family #  M1964. Pöppelreiter-Jutz.

Genealogy Sketch

Parents: Johann “Joannes” PÖPPELREITER and Margaret BOMMES
Spouse: Maria Katharina GROELINGER
Parents of Spouse: Johann “Joannes” GROELINGER and Anna Maria Benedikta MERGEN
Whereabouts: Mettendorf and Holsthum in the Eifel, Rheinland, Germany
Relationship to Cathy Meder-Dempsey: 3rd great-grandfather

3. Katharina “Catherine” PÖPPELREITER
4. Nicolas WILDINGER
6. 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.

Author: Cathy Meder-Dempsey

When I’m not doing genealogy and blogging, I spend time riding my racing bike with my husband through the wonderful Luxembourg countryside.

6 thoughts on “52 Ancestors: #44 The PÖPPELREITER-GROELINGER Family”

  1. How easy is it to trace a more unusual name like this family? Good luck with the document search. Loved the photos of the surrounding area and it gave me some great ideas for photos to take when we visit Kurt’s father’s home village next week. The last time I was there I wasn’t doing genealogy so now I have a completely different approach to photo taking.

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    1. I think it is about as easy as tracing a common name like Schmidt. 😉

      I might have to get on the good side of the priests in these villages to see the church records or I’ll have to go to the archives of the Diocese in Trier.

      It’s hard deciding what to photograph in the villages especially when the weather is not cooperating. I’m trying to get the town signs of all the villages in Luxembourg and Germany.

      Hope you have a great time visiting next week!


  2. I always get chills when I stand where an ancestor probably stood and look out at what they woke to every day. So while you might not have the documents, you have the photos that help tell a story.


    1. Wendy, you are so right. Not only do I have the photos, I can visit the villages anytime I want. I can look up from what I’m doing on my laptop out the living room window and I see the German countryside across the Sauer River which is our border between Luxembourg and Germany.


  3. My great grandfather Adolph Groelinger immigrated to the NY, US somewhere around the 1880s. While I can easilly trace his decendancy, I have had no luck tracing hus ancestry. Any hint if that name in your search?

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