The Ancestors: Peter HUBERTY (1718-1794) of Mamer and Anna BERNARD (1742-ca1763) of Nospelt

The story of my 5th great-grandparents Peter HUBERTY (1718-1794) of Mamer and Anna BERNARD (1742-ca.1763) begins with the birth of my 4th great-grandmother Regina HUBERTY on 3 March 1761.1 Born in Nospelt as the illegitimate daughter of Anna and Peter, Regina was legitimized when her parents married three and a half months later on 16 June 1761 in the parish of Schoenberg.2 Peter was from Mamer and Anna was from Nospelt.

Nospelt is a village in the commune of Kehlen, in south-western Luxembourg. It is known above all for its potters who were particularly successful during the 19th century. The origins of Nospelt’s pottery production go back to 1458.3 Nospelt celebrates its former potteries on Easter Monday with a traditional folk festival. The Emaischen festival, held in Nospelt and Luxembourg City, features little bird-shaped whistles made out of clay. The whistles are called Péckvillercher.4

Anna BERNARD (1742-ca. 1763)

Anna BERNARD, born in Nospelt, was baptized Joanna BERENS on 24 May 1742 in Schoenberg. She was the daughter of Mathias BERENS aka Mathias BERNARD and Marguerite BIREN. Her godparents were Joanna SCHOUMERS and Theodorus WEBERS, both of Nospelt.5

1742 Baptismal Record of Joanna Berens, daughter of Mathias and Margarita Berens.

Anna had five documented siblings. From 1728 to 1745 five children were born to Mathias BERENS and his wife Marguerite in Nospelt and baptized in Schoenberg.

Maria on 24 March 1728[^6]
Barbara on 31 March 1737[^7]
Nicolas on 21 November 1739[^8]
Joanna (Anna) on 24 May 1742
Margaretha on 11 March 1745[^9]

Large gaps between the births suggest that there may have been several miscarriages, baptisms that were not recorded, or the couple could have lived in a different place during the early years of their marriage. They are assumed to have married about the time their first child was born.

No baptismal record was found for their oldest known daughter Elisabeth who was born about 1720. When she married Jean BETTENDORFF on 18 December 1841 her parents’ names were recorded as Mathias BERNARD and Marguerite BIREN.6

Of the BERENS children, only Elisabeth and Anna were found to have married and had children. Elisabeth’s children were born between 1743 and 1769 The records are a timeline of the surname changes. As with Mathias and Marguerite’s children from 1728 to 1745, Elisabeth’s children baptized between 1743 and 1749 all had their mother’s maiden name recorded as BERENS.7, 8, 9 From 1759 to 1769 the name was spelled BERNARD.10, 11, 12, 13 In 1766 a set of twins was born and survived only five days.14 On both of their baptismal records, the mother’s maiden name was spelled BERNARDI. When Elisabeth died in 1797 her maiden name was still spelled BERNARD.15

Catherine and Anna’s father Mathias was born 10 October 1700 in Nospelt to Leonard BERENTZ and his wife Catharina.16 He had one known sibling, a brother Theodor born in 1697.17 No marriage or death records were found for Leonard and Catharina. Mathias’ surname evolved from BERENTZ to BERENS to BERNARD from 1700 to 1759.

1741 Bettendorff-Bernard Marriage Record with the bride’s mother’s maiden name BIREN

Mathias’ wife Margaretha BIREN’s parentage is unknown. Her maiden name was discovered in her daughter Elisabeth’s 1741 marriage record. A death record for Margaretha has not been found. She died between 1745 and 1759. Her husband Mathias died on 25 May 1759. His death/burial record confirms he was the widower of Margaretha BIREN.18

When Anna BERNARD and Peter HUBERTY’s daughter Regina was baptized in 1761, they chose Anna’s brother-in-law Jean BETTENDORFF to be her godfather. This close family connection further proves that Elisabeth and Anna were sisters.

Anna gave birth to another daughter who was baptized on 20 May 1762. Anna and Peter chose Joannes HUBERTY of Mamer to be the godfather and Catharina DECKER, also of Mamer, to be the godmother of their daughter Catherine.19

Anna likely died between 1762 and 1765 as her husband Peter HUBERTY was having children with a new wife as early as February 1766.

Péckvillercher, a tree representing a family, and a quilted square of a home.

Peter HUBERTY (1718-1794)

The lack of church records for Mamer before 1779 makes it hard to take the paternal line of my fourth great-grandmother Regina HUBERTY further back. Last week’s research helped to discover her maternal line as well as find the HUBERTY family group that Peter HUBERTY likely descends from.

Following Anna’s death, Peter returned to the parish of Mamer to live in Capellen with his daughters Regina and Catherine. Peter married Johanna MALESS after Anna’s death and before 1766. The place and time of marriage are unknown. There is no record of a marriage in Luxembourg per the index for marriages before 1797.

Around April 1766, a general census of the entire country of Luxembourg was made. The census is very detailed, giving: the number of houses in each locality; the number of inhabitants, divided into four categories by sex and age (men over and under 16, women over and under 14); the number of households, the classification of inhabitants according to their marital state and profession. The census was carried out by deanships and parishes. Some of it is, unfortunately, missing, including the deanship of Luxembourg (city area).20

The parish of Mamer is one of the missing parishes. Peter and Johanna would have been listed with Peter’s two daughters, Regina and Catherine, from his first marriage, as well as Catherine, the first daughter born to his second marriage if she survived.

Peter’s sister-in-law Elisabeth BERNARD and her husband Jean BETTENDORFF were living in Nospelt and enumerated on the 1766 census with two sons.21 Their three oldest sons, all over 16 years old, were missing in their father’s household and likely working and living outside of the family home. One of the sons, Jean born in 1746 has not been traced after his baptism and may not have survived. The other two sons married several years after the 1766 census.

1766 Census, Village of Nospelt in the parish of Kehlen, Jean Bettendorff family #10

Per the family register of Mamer, Peter and his second wife had three children whose baptisms were recorded in the (missing) parish records.  Catherine was baptized on 22 February 1766, Susanne on 12 June 1767, and Pierre on 12 June 1771.22 Catherine and Pierre may not have survived infancy. [Research to-do: search the parish death/burial records of Mamer when available.]

From the Mamer family register book, the family group of Petrus Huberty and Johann Maless with three children and their godparents

Following the births of these three children, things were quiet on the document front until 1789 when my 4th great-grandparents married. Peter and Anna’s oldest daughter, Regina HUBERTY married Jacob FRISCH (1755-1800) on 3 March 1789 in Mamer.23

Less than a year later Peter’s second daughter Catherine married Nicolas OLINGER (1755-1809) in Schoenberg on 7 January 1790. 24

In 1791 and 1792 the first two granddaughters of Peter HUBERTY and his deceased wife Anna BERNARD were born. Regina OLINGER born in 1791 to Catherine and Jean BETTENDORFF was named after her aunt Regina HUBERTY.25 Susanna FRISCH born in 1792 to Regina and Jacob FRISCH was named after her aunt Susanna HUBERTY.26

Peter’s second wife Johanna MALESS died on 23 May 1793 in Capellen at the age of about 66 years. Her husband was listed as a day laborer. She was buried the next day.27

Peter died a little over a year later on 4 June 1794 in Capellen at the age of about 75 years and was buried the following day.28

Peter and Johanna’s daughter Susanne married Henri BREISTROFF (1767-1844) in Luxembourg-St Jean on 16 November 1795.29 They made their home in Stadtgrund.

Faubourg de Grund, Luxembourg City

On 31 August 1796, Catherine HUBERTY served as the godmother of Franciscus FRISCH, son of her sister Regina.30 Regina had asked both her full sister Catherine and her half-sister Susanne to be godmothers of two of her children.

Regina was widowed in 180031 and remarried on 21 December 1801 in Mamer to Peter KALMES (1760-1833).32

Susanne died in 1829, her husband would outlive her by 14 years.33,34 Catherine who had been widowed in 180935 died a week after Susanne.36 Regina, the oldest child of Peter, outlived her second husband who died in 1833.37 She died in 1840 in Capellen.38

Speculation on the parentage of Peter HUBERTY (1718-1794)

No records are available at this time to prove the parentage of Peter HUBERTY, husband of Anna BERNARD and Johanna MALESS. Peter was born. Peter died at the age of about 75 in 1794, therefore was born about 1718-1719. In the family register of Mamer, there are two couples named HUBERTY who were having children in Mamer when Peter was born.

The family register of Mamer with two HUBERTY families with sons named Peter.

The first family was that of Adamus HUBERTY and his wife Magdalena ex LOENERTZ (in domo LOENERTZ). They had a son named Peter who married Anna HANNEN in 1744. This lady died on 17 January 1793 in Holzem and was described as the widow of Petrus HUBERTY of Holzem. My Peter was still living, resided in Capellen, was not the husband of Anna HANNEN, and consequently cannot have been the son of Adamus HUBERTY and his wife Magdalena.

This leaves the family of Peter HUBERTY and Johanna ex MELLERJANS. They had a son named Peter baptized on 14 March 1718, a son named Joannes baptized on 22 September 1720, and a daughter Catherine baptized on 13 June 1726. When Peter’s second daughter Catherine was baptized on 20 May 1762, he chose a man named Joannes HUBERTY of Mamer. The godfather was likely an uncle, brother of Peter. Hence it is possible that Peter HUBERTY (1718-1794) was the son of Peter HUBERTY and Johanna ex MELLERJANS and the brother of Joannes HUBERTY born in 1720.

When I began the research for this family less than two weeks ago, I had only their names. Having worked through and analyzed the records as discussed in Reviewing Research and Records Opens the Door in Regina Huberty’s Brick Wall, I feel so much satisfaction. It has renewed my interest in continuing my research and writing about the 5th great-grandparents in my family tree.

© 2021, copyright Cathy Meder-Dempsey. All rights reserved.

  1. Luxembourg, registres paroissiaux, 1601-1948 (images), FamilySearch (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Kehlen > Baptêmes 1760-1797 > image 4 of 169. 1761 Baptismal Record No. 10. ( : accessed 5 April 2021). 
  2. Ibid., Schoenberg > Tables des mariages, mariages 1756-1793 > image 8 of 88 > page 9, entry 1761 No. 2. 1761 Marriage Record No. 2. ( : accessed 4 April 2021),. 
  3. “Nospelt” from Wikipedia ( : accessed 12 April 2021) 
  4. “Emaischen Nospelt” from Visit Luxembourg, © Luxembourg for Tourism ( : accessed 12 April 2021) 
  5. Luxembourg registres paroissiaux, Schoenberg > Baptêmes 1708-1760 > image 99 of 154. 1742 Baptismal Record (right page, 3rd entry). ( : accessed 6 April 2021). 
  6. Ibid., Schoenberg > Mariages 1724-1755, fondations et anniversaries 1723-1794, registre aux dîmes 1770-1794 > image 40 of 261. 1741 Marriage Record (left page, last entry).( : accessed 7 April 2021). 
  7. Ibid., Schoenberg > Baptêmes 1708-1760 > image 102 of 154. 1743 Baptismal Record (right page, 6th entry). ( : accessed 5 April 2021). 
  8. Ibid., Schoenberg > Baptêmes 1708-1760 > image 111 of 1544. 1746 Baptismal Record (right page, 6th entry). ( : accessed 5 April 2021). 
  9. Ibid., Schoenberg > Baptêmes 1708-1760 > image 118 of 154. 1749 Baptismal Record (left page 4th entry). ( : accessed 5 APril 2021). 
  10. Ibid., Schoenberg > Baptêmes 1708-1760 > image 150 of 154. 1759 Baptismal Record (right page, 2nd entry). ( : accessed 5 APril 2021). 
  11. Ibid., Schoenberg > Baptêmes 1760-1797 > image 10 of 169. 1764 Baptismal Record (left page, 2nd entry). ( : accessed 5 April 2021). 
  12. Ibid., Schoenberg > Baptêmes 1760-1797 > image 15 of 169. 1766 Baptismal Records No. 34 and No. 35 for the twins. ( : accessed 5 April 2021). 
  13. Ibid., Schoenberg > Baptêmes 1760-1797 > image 20 of 169. 1769 Baptismal Record No. 16. ( : accessed 5 April 2021). 
  14. Ibid., Schoenberg > Sépultures 1760-1797 > image 14 of 129. 1766 Death Records of the twins, Martin and Anne Marie Bettendorff (left page, 6th and 7th entries). ( : accessed 11 April 2021). 
  15. Ibid., Schoenberg > Sépultures 1760-1797 > image 129 of 129. 1797 Death Record (left page, 2nd entry). ( : accessed 9 April 2021). 
  16. Ibid., Schoenberg > Baptêmes 1639-1708 > image 78 of 95. 1700 Baptismal Record (right page, 3rd entry).( : accessed 7 April 2021). 
  17. Ibid., Schoenberg > Baptêmes 1639-1708 > image 72 of 95. 1697 Baptismal Record (right page, last entry). ( : accessed 11 April 2021). 
  18. Ibid., Schoenberg > Sépultures 1721-1760 > image 22 of 27. 1759 Death Record (right page, 3rd entry). ( : accessed 5 April 2021). 
  19. Ibid., Kehlen > Baptêmes 1760-1797 > image 7 of 169, page 8. 1762 Baptismal Record No. 16. ( : accessed 8 April 2021). 
  20. Vannerus Jules. Les anciens dénombrements du Luxembourg. In: Compte-rendu des séances de la commission royale d’histoire. Deuxième Série, Tome 11, 1901. pp. 434-435. ( : accessed 12 April 2021) 
  21. Luxembourg, 1766 Dénombrement (census), (images), FamilySearch (Digitial copy of the microfilm of originals in the Archives Générales du Royaume, Bruxelles, includes localities now in Luxembourg and Liège, Belgium), Film 1781980, DGS 8198978 > Decanat de Mersch: v. 1 A-E: > Nospelt (paroisse de Kehlen) > image 605 of 618 > household number 10. 1766 Census for Jean Bettendorff and family. ( : accessed 13 April 2021). 
  22. Luxembourg registres paroissiaux, Mamer > Baptêmes 1718-1940, familles alphabétique > image 89 of 375. Mamer family register entry for Peter Huberty family group.( : accessed ). 
  23. Ibid., Mamer > Baptêmes, mariages, sépultures 1779-1793 > image 106 of 168. 1789 Marriage Record. ( : accessed 29 November 2015). 
  24. Ibid., Schoenberg > Baptêmes, mariages, sépultures 1754-1759, 1778-1793 > image 288 of 329. “.” 1790 Marriage Record (right page, first entry).( : accessed 8 April 2021). 
  25. Ibid., Schoenberg > Baptêmes 1760-1797 > image 120 of 169 > page 232. 1791 Baptismal Record No. 6. ( : 9 January 2015). 
  26. Ibid., Mamer > Baptêmes, mariages, sépultures 1779-1793 > image 138 of 168. 1792 Baptismal Record (right page, 2nd entry). ( : accessed 29 November 2015). 
  27. Diözesanarchiv Luxemburg / Archives diocésaines Luxembourg (images), Matricula Online,, Creative Commons License CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 (citing original records in the Luxembourg Diocesan Archives, Luxembourg City), Mamer, KB-18, Taufen – Heiraten – Sterbefälle – 1779 – 1793, image 170 of 172, page 347, 4th entry. 1793 Death/Burial Record. ( : accessed 6 April 2021). 
  28. Ibid., Microfilm GV.MF 356-443, Mamer, KB-01, Heiraten – Sterbefälle – Taufen – 1790 – 1804, image 114 of 128, page 219 (stamped), left page, 2nd entry. 1794 Death Record (about 75 years old). ( : accessed 2 April 2021). 
  29. Luxembourg, registres paroissiaux, Luxembourg, Saint-Jean à Grund > Mariages 1785-1796 > image 49 of 53. 1795 Marriage Record (left page). ( : accessed 11 April 2021). 
  30. Matricula Online, Microfilm GV.MF 356-443, Mamer, KB-01, Heiraten – Sterbefälle – Taufen – 1790 – 1804, image 39, left, 2nd entry, 1796 baptism of Franciscus Frisch. 1796 Baptismal record. ( : accessed 2 October 2018). 
  31. Ibid., Microfilm GV.MF 356-443, Mamer, KB-01, Heiraten – Sterbefälle – Taufen – 1790 – 1804, image 122 of 128, page 235 (stamped), 6th entry. 1800 Burial Record. ( : accessed 2 October 2018). Conflicting dates in the civil record (11 Mar 1800) and the burial record (7 April 1800). 
  32. Luxembourg, Registres d’état civil, 1662-1941 (images), FamilySearch (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Mamer > Naissances 1834-1890 Mariages 1796-1837 > image 1176 of 1504. 1801 Marriage Record. ( : accessed 26 March 2010). 
  33. Ibid., Luxembourg > Décès 1829-1841 > image 98 of 1505. 1829 Death Record 370. ( : accessed 2 April 2021). 
  34. Ibid., Luxembourg > Décès 1842-1856 > image 253 of 1504. 1844 Death Record No. 47. ( : accessed 13 APril 2021). 
  35. Ibid., Kehlen > Naissances 1887-1890 Mariages 1796-1890 Décès 1796-1828 > image 1262 of 1490. 1809 Death Record No. 11. ( : accessed 8 April 2021). 
  36. Ibid., Kehlen > Décès 1829-1890 > image 17 of 1089. 1829 Death Record No. 39. ( : accessed 8 April 2021). 
  37. Ibid., Mamer > Mariages 1838-1890 Décès 1796-1880 > image 848 of 1497. 1833 Death Record No. 23. ( : accessed 30 November 2015). 
  38. Ibid., Mamer > Mariages 1838-1890 Décès 1796-1880 > image 920 of 1497. 1840 Death Record No. 3. ( : accessed 27 March 2010). 

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.

12 thoughts on “The Ancestors: Peter HUBERTY (1718-1794) of Mamer and Anna BERNARD (1742-ca1763) of Nospelt”

  1. Those bird whistles are beautiful—do you live near that town?

    I never knew that marriage of the parents legitimized a child born out of wedlock. Live and learn!

    And what a shame that your ancestors aren’t found on that census. But you’ve done a remarkable job of filling in so many gaps here. I am not surprised that you are feeling motivated again to dig into the 5th-greats!

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    1. There are people who collect the bird whistles, going to the festival each year and buying one or a set. Last year during the lockdown, we bought our first set advertised on Facebook and sent by mail. Nospelt is on the other side of Luxembourg – a 35 miles drive.

      In Luxembourg this was the case for children born out of wedlock. Regina’s baptismal entry has made me think about when the priest made the entry. He could not have known three months before the marriage that they would marry. I think the priest must have kept records in another book or on scraps of paper and then transferred the information into the main register.

      There is so much I want to do and so little time. The research into the 5th-greats isn’t as quick and easy as the previous generations. But with the success of this couple’s research, I am a lot more motivated. Thank you, Amy.

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  2. Cathy, I know that same satisfaction you spoke of. Hopefully you’ll be able to fill in the gaps, especially the parentage of Peter Huberty. By the way, I love me some Péckvillercher whistles…they’re just so darn cute! Brian

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    1. Those are the first and only Péckvillercher whistles we’ve bought. We’ve never been to the festival and these were purchased during the lockdown last year via Facebook and sent by mail. Nospelt is only 35 miles away but still on the other side of Luxembourg. Thank you, Brian.

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  3. Wonderful work, Cathy! The whistles are lovely. When you read about siblings who don’t marry and have children and yet live to be adults, do you ever wonderful why? Have you ever found any documentation about disabilities for any nonmarried people? That was one avenue my brain went down, especially regarding people back in the 1700s. Yes, this is quite a tangent I went on and probably has nothing to do with your Hubertys, etc. Anyway, I’m so happy you broke through one of Regina’s brick walls and chipped at the other!

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    1. Luanne, that is a good question. Disabilities is likely a reason for many of these adult children never marrying. Although they had midwives to help bring a child into the world, there were likely many complications that caused problems during birth. Thank you, Luanne. I’m happy about this breakthrough too!

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  4. I think some people wonder why we do all this genealogical research. I believe that none of us want to be forgotten after we’re gone, yet so many are. You’ve done a wonderful job piecing together these family connections and preserving them for posterity. Kudos! And the whistles are really charming. I wonder if people confuse them for salt and pepper shakers?

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    1. Eilene, it isn’t a “thing” in Luxembourg to collect salt ‘n pepper shakers. However, I thought the same when I posted the picture because my Dad’s sister Leona collected salt and pepper shakers. She had the cutest little cabinet. I loved looking at her collection.
      Thank you for the kudos!

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