52 Ancestors: #13 The Family Who Lived by a Pigpen in a Beautiful Village

Caspar BOTZ was born about 1753. He worked as a Schweinehirt or swineherd in Holzerath. According to Heinrich Wagner, the compiler of the Familienbuch Schöndorf, in early records, his surname was spelled BOTHS, in 1793 BOOZ, and in 1826 BOTZ. Another variation of the name was BOTS. Caspar died on 18 September 1826 in Schöndorf, Trier-Saarburg, Rhineland, Germany, at the age of 73 years. His parents, at this time, are unknown.

Caspar married Margaretha MASEN before 1787. Magdalena was born about 1766. In 1801 a record shows she was from Kell. Her parents are also at this time unknown. She died at the age of 60 on 6 February 1826 in Schöndorf. At the time, her maiden name was spelled MASHEIM. In the index of Alfons Tapp’s Familienbuch Saarburg – St. Laurentius 1581-1899 her maiden name is spelled MAHSON.

Caspar and Margaretha had the following children.

  1. Catharina BOOZ, born on 2 September 1787 in Holzerath, married Jakob FRANKREUTER (b. abt. 1800) on 11 February 1820 in Schöndorf. Jakob, the son of Josef FRANKREUTER and Clara BECKER of Weiskirchen, was a day laborer. Catharina and Jacob were the parents of three children, all girls, born between 1820 and 1824. Only one lived long enough to marry. Catharina died on 1 December 1853 in Schöndorf. Her husband died on 25 November 1877, also in Schöndorf.
  1. Maria BOOZ, born on 6 January 1789 in Holzerath, married Michael SCHNEIDER (b. est. 1778) on 25 January 1808 in Ruwer. The deaths of their first four children were found by the compiler of Familienbuch Schöndorf in the civil records of Ruwer. Michael, the son of Heinrich SCHNEIDER and Maria PORN of Hermeskeil, worked as swineherd, cowherd, and day laborer (Schweinehirt, Kuhhirt, Taglöhner). Maria and Michael had nine known children born between 1808 and 1823. The first four died very young, the five who lived (no dates of death were given) were all boys. No further information was found for this family group after 1823.
  1. Margaretha BOOZ was born on 17 April 1793 in Holzerath. In February 1814 she gave birth to a daughter who lived only a day. Margaretha married Johann SCHNEIDER, son of Matthias SCHNEIDER and Margaretha MÜLLER of Bonerath, on 21 March 1815 in Schöndorf. They were married in a religious ceremony the following day. Johann, who was born on 25 January 1793 in Schöndorf, worked as a horseherd (Pferdehirt). Johann and Margaretha were the parents of two daughters born in 1816 and 1818. Johann died 20 October 1837 and Margaretha on 26 February 1839, both in Schöndorf.
  1. Niklaus BOOZ, date of birth unknown, died on 3 March 1801 in Ruwer.
  1. Peter BOOZ born about June 1801. He died at the age of 18 months on 1 December 1803 in Ruwer.
  1. Helena BOOTZ, born on 11 December 1805 in Schöndorf, married Matthias JAEGER, a widower from Perdenbach, on 5 January 1830 in Schöndorf. No children were listed for this couple in the Schöndorf FB.
  1. Anna Maria BOTZ, born on 15 August 1808 in Schöndorf, married Johann GORGES, a widower and son of Johann Adam GORGES and Eva Clara RODENS, on 10 January 1833 in Fell. Johann was born on 21 January 1800 in Fell and died there on 21 April 1860. Anna Maria died on 13 December 1863 in Fell. Anna Maria and Johann were my children’s 4th great-grandparents. See 52 Ancestors: #32 Johann GORGES and Anna Maria BOTZ – 2 of 32.

The Swineherd - Anne Anderson
By Anne Anderson (1874-1930) [Public domain] via Wikimedia Commons
As mentioned at the beginning of this post, Caspar BOTZ worked as a Schweinehirt or swineherd in Holzerath and later in Schöndorf (beautiful village). He raised and herded pigs, either his own or those of a farmer who would have been paying him to do the work. Did Caspar live a life at the bottom of the village society or was his job better respected? How much different was the work and respect of a swineherd, shepherd, cowherd, or horseherd? In the Familienbuch Schöndorf there were many other men listed who worked as swineherds and even some of Caspar’s grandchildren continued to do the same work. Maybe Caspar was a prince in disguise like the swineherd in Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale.

With this post, I will be leaving the German countryside to return to Luxembourg. I’m looking forward to getting back to families for whom I have records or can find records for online. Although I’ve tried to make the posts for the German families a bit more interesting, it has been hard not having records. I’ve had to push myself to get this last one done. It is time to move on….

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Sources:
[1] Heinrich Wagner, Familienbuch Schöndorf 1686-1895 mit dem Filialien: Bonerath, Hinzenburg, Holzerath, Ollmuth zeit 1800, vorher in Familienbuch Pellingen, 1987/88: p. 47 family nr. 212. Botz-Masen family group; p. 74 family nr. 340a. Frankreuter-Botz family group; p. 298, family nr. 1359. Schneider-Booz family group; p. 299, family nr. 1361. Schneider-Booz family group; p. 513, family nr. 2469. Gorges-Grach and Gorges-Botz family groups; p. 137, family nr. 612. Jaeger-Bootz family group.
[2] Armin Giebel, Ortsfamilienbuch des StA Longuich bis Okt. 1931 (June 2013), p. 201, family nr. 895. Bootz-Maasem family group.
[3] Armin Giebel, Familienbuch Standesamt Ruwer-Waldrach, (Stand: Sept. 2016), p. 3243, family nr. 16479. Schneider-Boths family group.
[4] Richard Schaffner, Einwohnerbuch der Orte Fell u. Fastrau mit Fellerhof, Fellerburg und den verschiedenen Mühlen im Gemeindebereich 1665-1905, 2008/09, p. 106-107, family nr. 502. Gorges-Grach and Gorges-Botz family groups.
[5] Heribert Scholer, Familienbuch Farschweiler 1703-1899 A-Z, 1992, p. 69, family nr. 308. Gorges-Bootz family group.

© 2017, copyright Cathy Meder-Dempsey. All rights reserved.

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52 Ancestors: #12 A German Family Influenced by the French

My children’s 5th great-grandparents Johann Adam GORGES and Eva Clara RODENS were both born in the 1760s in the small town of Fell. Eva Clara was 14 months older than Johann Adam. Living in such a small town, they must have known each other from a young age. Fell is today part of the municipality of Schweich an der Römischen Weinstraße (Schweich on the Roman wine road) in the district of Trier-Saar in the west of the Rhineland-Palatinate in Germany.

Eva Clara

The first child of the newlyweds Nikolaus RODENS (1744-1795) and Anna SCHUE (d. 1805), Eva Clara was born on 28 November 1764 in Fell. She was baptized the following day in the Catholic church Sankt Martinus in the town of Fell. The parish church is no longer standing today. In it’s place is a church built from 1865 to 1868. The new church was built crosswise on the same spot as the old church.

Eva Clara was the first of ten children. Her siblings were Barbara 1767, Nikolaus 1770, Nikolaus 1774, Philipp 1775, Matthias d. 1776, two stillborn children in 1778 and 1779, Anna 1781, and Maria Margaretha d. 1784.

By the time Eva Clara was 24 years old and ready to marry she had only two siblings still living, her 13 years old brother Philipp and her 7 years old sister Anna.

Johann Adam

Johann Peter GORGES (1718-1784) and Anna Maria HORSCH had four children before their son Johann Adam was born and baptized on 28 January 1766 in Fell. Like all of his siblings, he was baptized in the Sankt Martinus church in Fell.

His older siblings were Anna Maria 1758, Elisabeth 1760, Maria Angela 1762, and Barbara 1763. His younger siblings were Maximin 1767, Johann Peter 1769, and Maria Angela 1771. Johann Adam also had four older half-siblings as his father was previously married and widowed. They were Anna Maria 1752, Johann 1753, Johann Joseph 1755, and Katharina 1757.

Johann Adam was 14 years old when his mother Anna Maria HORSCH died on 17 October 1780. He was 18 when his father Johann Peter GORGES died on 31 January 1784.

Couplehood and Parenthood

Johann Adam GORGES was 23 years old when he married Eva Clara RODENS on 11 February 1789 in Fell. They would make their home in Oberfell (Upper Fell).

Prise de la Bastille
Prise de la Bastille, 14 July 1789 (Jean-Pierre Houël [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons)
The young couple was married five months when the French Revolution erupted on 14 July 1789 with the storming of the Bastille in Paris. Three years later when French troops invaded Germany they were at first pushed back. But the German imperial army was defeated in late 1792 in Valmy. In August 1794, French Republican troops took Trier. All German territories on the left bank of the Rhine River were ceded to France in 1797 at the peace treaties of Basel and Campo Formio making Trier a French city. Control of the Rhineland was secured by France who would occupy the area for twenty years.

During the years France was in control of the Rhineland Johann Adam and Eva Clara raised their family of ten children. The first children born were Nikolaus on 15 March 1790, Barbara on 25 March 1792 and Anton on 12 April 1794.

Only these first three children would know their maternal grandfather Nikolaus RODENS who died two days after the youngest son Anton celebrated his first birthday. Nikolaus was buried on 15 April 1795, a day after his death.

The next two children, Matthias born 26 April 1796 and Ann born 3 July 1798 both died in 1799 within a month of each other. Matthias died on 18 February and Anna on 18 March. There was, however, a more joyful event during the year with the marriage of Eva Clara’s only brother Philipp RODENS to Gertrud HOFFRANZEN.

The French Revolution ended with the coup of 18/19 Brumaire in the Year VIII of the Republican Calendar. This was the 9th to 10th of November 1799 when Napoleon Bonaparte’s dictatorship began.

Unbeknownst to Johann Adam and Eva Clara over a decade of constant warfare was on the horizon but they continued to grow their family with the births of Johann on 21 January 1800, Katharina on 11 September 1801, and Anna on 17 May 1803.

The Napoleonic Wars began 18 May 1803, the day after their 8th child was born. The following year Eva Clara’s only sister Anna married Johann Adam SPIELES.

The family continued to increase with the birth of another son, Matthias on 8 July 1805.

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The Battle of Austerlitz, 2 December 1805 (François Gérard [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons)
The children lost their only living grandmother, Anna SCHUE, on 1 December 1805, the day before the Battle of Austerlitz. This historical event brought about the dissolution of the Holy Roman Empire and the creation of the Confederation of the Rhine. A year and a half later the last child of Johann Adam and Eva Clara was born on 2 May 1807. He would live only nine months, dying on 21 February 1807.

Did not return!

Seven of the ten children born to Johann Adam and Eva Clara were living when they bade farewell to their oldest brother Nikolaus when he went off to serve in the French army. Little did they know their son Nikolaus would not return. As with many German families who received news of their sons who were fighting in foreign parts, they learned of his death. According to the Extrait Mortuaire (death notice) recorded in the Fell death register for 1812, he died on 27 November 1811 in Dax, France. He was a soldier and a chasseur. This designation is given to certain regiments of French light infantry or light cavalry to denote troops trained for rapid action.

I checked the death records for Dax, Landes, France, and did not find a death record for Nicolas GORGES dying on 27 November 1811. However, on 30 December 1811 Joseph BERNARD and Fabian SIEULANNE, an employee of the military hospital established in Dax, informed civil authorities of the deaths of fifteen men, one of them being Georges NICOLAS of the 20e Régiment de Chasseurs à Chevals. (20th Regiment of Light Cavalry). He was admitted to the hospital at Dax on 15 September 1811 and died on 27 December 1811. Could this be Nikolaus, and his first and last names were switched? There is a discrepancy in the month of death compared to the entry in the Fell death register.

In 1814 Prussian troops took Trier ending the French rule. After Napoleon’s defeat, the Franco-German borders of 1792 were restored during the Paris peace treaties of 1814 and 1815. Trier was proclaimed part of the Kingdom of Prussia in 1815. With the new political situation and taxes on goods crossing the western border, Trier’s economy began to steadily decline.

The End of French Influence

Following the end of the Napoleonic Wars on 13 Sep 1815, the GORGES-RODENS family would soon lose their patriarch. Anton, the now oldest son, was the informant for the death of Johann Adam GORGES who died on 5 May 1816.

Eva Clara was now a widow with six children, the youngest being only nine years old. Over the next half a dozen years she saw four of them marry. Anton married Anna Maria LEHNEN (1799-1864) on 15 February 1817 in Longuich and the religious ceremony took place two days later in Fell. Barbara married Matthias SCHMITT (18200-1828) on 30 January 1823 in Longuich and the religious ceremony took place the same day in Fell. Johann married his first wife Anna Maria GRACH (1798-1832) on 26 February 1824 in Longuich. Anna married Johann ASEM (1801-1853) on 28 February 1824 in Ruwer where the religious ceremony took place the next day.

The oldest daughter Barbara was widowed when she had been married only 5 years. Three months later, on 5 April 1728, her brother Johann GORGES was the informant on her death. Who would raise the little two boys who were four and less than a year old?

The youngest son Matthias married Anna Maria FELTES (1798-1875) on 19 February 1830 in Longuich. And finally, the last of the children to marry was Katharina who married Johann DIER on 3 January 1832 in Trier. The religious ceremony took place two days later at St. Matthias, in Trier.

Johann GORGES first wife Anna Maria GRACH died on 7 November 1832 in Fell. Two months later he was marrying his second wife, Anna Maria BOTZ (1808-1863) on 10 January 1833 in Fell. Johann and Anna Maria were my children’s 4th great-grandparents.

On 22 January 1836 Anton GORGES, the oldest son, was the informant for the death of his mother Eva Clara RODENS. She left five children, all married, whose situations may have become better from 1840 due to the improving economic climate in the area.

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Genealogy Sketch

Name: Johann Adam GORGES
Parents: Johann Peter GORGES and Anna Maria HORSCH
Spouse: Eva Clara RODENS
Parents of Spouse: Nikolaus RODENS and Anna SCHUE
Whereabouts: Fell, Longuich, Trier, Germany
Relationship to Cathy Meder-Dempsey: children’s 5th great-grandfather

1. Johann Adam GORGES and Eva Clara RODENS
2. Johann GORGES
3. Johann GORGES
4. Margaretha GORGES
5. Catharina “Catherine” “Ketty” “Ged” SCHWARTZ
6. Marcel Mathias MEDER
7. Cathy’s husband
8. Cathy’s children

Sources:

  • Richard Schaffner, Einwohnerbuch der Orte Fell u. Fastrau mit Fellerhof, Fellerburg und den verschiedenen Mühlen im Gemeindebereich 1665-1905, 2008/09
  • Armin Giebel, Ortsfamilienbuch des StA Longuich bis Okt. 1931 (June 2013)
  • Armin Giebel, compiler, Familienbuch Standesamt Ruwer-Waldrach, (Stand: Sept. 2016)
  • Heribert Scholer, Familienbuch Farschweiler 1703-1899 A-Z, 1992
  • Thomas Schmitt and Richard Schaffner, Familienbuch der Pfarrei St. Klemens Ruwer mit den Orten, Ortsteilen. Höfen und Muhlen Mertesdorf (1083-1850), Eitelsback ab 1803, sowie Duisburgerhof, Grünhaus, Karthäuserhof, Koxmühle, Reisenmühle, Grünhäusermühle, Karlsmühle und Schippenmühle 1672-1905 (2007)
  • Germany Births and Baptisms, 1558-1898 / Deutschland Geburten und Taufen, 1558-1898, (index), FamilySearch
  • Germany Marriages, 1558-1929 / Deutschland, Heiraten, 1558-1929, (index), FamilySearch

© 2017, copyright Cathy Meder-Dempsey. All rights reserved.

52 Ancestors: #32 Johann GORGES and Anna Maria BOTZ – 2 of 32

Week 32 (August 6-12) – 32. For Week 32, let’s focus on one of your 32 3rd-great-grandparents. (If you’ve already written about all of them — first, congrats on identifying all of them! — consider writing about one of their siblings.)

Let’s Talk Numbers

Johann GORGES and Anna Maria BOTZ were two of my husband’s 32 3rd-great-grandparents and my children’s 4th-great-grandparents ~ a perfect fit for this week’s theme!

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My husband’s 32 3rd-greats’ surnames:

Meder, Wilmes, Reiffer, Clos, Faber, Schenten, Lorentz, Preusen, Schwartz, Trierweiler, Schmitt, Wollscheid, Gorges, Botz, Scherff, Clemens
Kremer, Friederich, Merkes, Hastert, Grisius, Schaeffer, Weckering, Bernard, Peffer, Grasser, Zwank, Dahm, Mertes, Erpelding, Ruckert, Schmit

My 32 3rd-greats’ surnames (one unknown):

Dempsey, UNKNOWN, Wood, Honaker, Ingram, Johnson, Dempsey, Gowing, Roop, Lester, Peters, Proffitt, Clonch, Doss, Cooley, Treadway
Wildinger, Schramen Weimann, Welter, Pöppelreiter, Groelinger, Wagener, Kerscht, Fournelle, Philippart, Schloesser, Consbrück, Frantz, Frisch, Majerus, Trausch

My children have 32 sets of 4th-great-grandparents. Of these 32 only one set is presently unknown – the parents of William A. W. DEMPSEY. By the end of the year I’ll have written about 62 of their 64 (31 of 32 sets) 4th-great-grandparents. I hope one day to be able to write the post about the discovery of the key that opened the door in the Dempsey brick wall!

Johann GORGES of Fell, Trier-Saarburg, Rhineland-Palatinate

Eva Clara RODENS (1764-1836) and Johann Adam GORGES (1766-1816) married on 11 February 1789 in Fell, municipality of Longuich, district of Trier-Saarburg, state of Rhineland-Palatinate, in Germany.[1] [2] Their son, my husband’s 3rd-great-grandfather,  Johann GORGES was born on 21 January 1800 in Fell.[3] Although he was their sixth child he had only three older siblings. Four children followed Johann bringing the total children to ten. Only three of the younger ones lived making Johann the middle child between three older and three younger brothers and sisters.

Johann’s childhood years were during the Napoleonic Wars 1803-1815. His oldest brother Nikolaus (1790-1811) was a soldier during this time and died while in the military on 27 November 1811 in Dax. I checked the civil records for Dax in the department of Landes in France but did not find a record for this date. I found a record for a soldier who died on 27 December 1811 in the military hospital however the name on record #474 (lower right) was Georges NICOLAS and not Nicolas GORGES. All records in this part of the register are for soldiers who died in the military hospital. When I have some time I may have to take a closer look at this group of records.

His father Johann Adam GORGES died on 5 May 1816 in Fell when young Johann was 16 years old.[1] [2]

During his lifetime Johann had several occupations: farmer (Ackerer), day laborer (Tagelöhner), and slate river (Schieferbrecher). A slate river (pronounced as in diver) cleaves blocks of quarried slate to make slates for roofing.

Johann GORGES (1800-1860) married twice, both times to a lady named Anna Maria.

Wife #1: Anna Maria GRACH of Issel, Trier-Saarburg, Rhineland-Palatinate

Anna Maria GRACH (1798-1832) was born 29 January 1798 in Issel, a small village near Schweich. Her parents were Matthias GRACH (1766-1813)  and Anna Magdalena QUARE (1764-1814).[3] By the time Anna Maria turned 16 both of her parents were deceased. Her mother had been previously married and Anna Maria was the third daughter to be given this name as the first two died as infants.

Johann GORGES married Anna Maria GRACH on 26 February 1824 in Longuich.[3] They were the parents of 9 children including two sets of twins.

  • Ch 1: Josef GORGES (1824- ) was born 7 December 1824 in Fell[3] and was baptized the same day in Sankt Martinus catholic church in Fell.[4] He married Anna WAGNER on 1 February 1868. He was 43 years old at the time and his bride was 39 and a widow. No trace has been found of him after this time.
  • Ch 2: Nikolaus GORGES (1825-1826) was born 16 December 1825 in Fell.[3] He was baptized 26 Dec 1825 in Sankt Martinus catholic church in Fell.[5] He died 10 January 1826 in Fell.[3]
  • Ch 3: Matthias GORGES (1827-1831) was born 12 January 1827 in Fell[3] and was baptized the next day in the Sankt Martinus catholic church in Fell.[6] Matthias died shortly after his 4th birthday on 16 January 1831 in Fell.[3]
  • Ch 4: [–?–] GORGES (1828-1828), a male twin was stillborn on 22 August 1828 in Fell.[3]
  • Ch 5: [–?–] GORGES (1828-1828), a female twin was stillborn on 22 August 1828 in Fell.[3]
  • Ch 6: Nikolaus GORGES (1830-1830) was born 4 February 1830 in Fell[3] and baptized the same day in the Sankt Martinus catholic church in Fell.[7] He died 7 March 1830 in Fell.[3]
  • Ch 7: Anton GORGES (1830-1830) was born 4 February 1830[3] in Fell and baptized the same day in the Sankt Martinus catholic church in Fell.[8] He died 13 February 1830 in Fell.[3]
  • Ch 8: Gertrud GORGES (1831- ) was born 15 April 1831 in Fell[3] and was baptized the same day in the Sankt Martinus catholic Church in Fell.[9] No further information on this child was found in the family books of Fell or Longuich.
  • Ch 9: [–?–] GORGES (1832-1832), a female child was stillborn on 31 October 1832 in Fell.[3]

Following the stillbirth of her last child Anna Maria GRACH died a week later on 7 November 1832 in Fell.[3] She left Johann with a son Josef, nearly 6 years, and a daughter Gertrud, nearly 2 years. Less than two months later Johann remarried.

Wife #2: Anna Maria BOTZ of Schöndorf, Trier-Saarburg, Rhineland-Palatinate

My husband’s 3rd-great-grandmother Anna Maria BOTZ was born 15 August 1808 in Schöndorf, in the Trier district, to Caspar BOTZ (1753-1826) and Magdalena MASEN (1766-1826).[3] [10] She was the youngest of seven children. During this time her father’s surname evolved from BOTHS, BOOZ to BOTZ, her mother’s maiden name from MASHEIM, MAHSON, MAASEN to MASEN, making them a bit difficult to research. The Longuich FB has Bonerath as Anna Maria’s place of birth. Bonerath and Schöndorf are a little more than a mile apart.

Johann GORGES married Anna Maria BOTZ  on 10 January 1833 in Longuich in a civil ceremony. Witnesses were Christoph PRÜM and Heinrich PALLGEN, both of Fell. There was most likely no blood relationship of the witnesses and the bridal couple. On Sunday the 13th, they were married in a religious ceremony in Fell.[3]

Johann and Anna Maria were the parents of 8 children.

  • Ch 1: Catharina GORGES (1833-1875) was born 5 October 1833 in Fell.[3] She was baptized on 5 November 1833 in the Sankt Martinus catholic church in Fell.[11] The baptismal date is from an index at FamilySearch and is a month after the birth which is unusual. She was the mother of an illegitimate son, Johann GORGES, born 27 May 1865 in the home of Angela MEURER in Fastrau. The birth of the child was reported by the midwife Anna Maria KATTLIN. Catharina was 31 years old at the time and had no occupation.[12] She died on 20 April 1875 in Fell. Her death was reported by her neighbor Johann GRÜN, age 40, a basketmaker (Korbmacher).[13]
  • Ch 2: Nicolaus GORGES (1835-1842) was born 14 November 1835 in Fell[3] and was baptized the next day in the Sankt Martinus catholic church in Fell.[14] He died 19 March 1842 in Fell.[3]
  • Ch 3: Johann GORGES (1838-1913) was born 14 February 1838 in Fell[3] and was baptized the next day in the Sankt Martinus catholic church in Fell.[15] He was my husband’s 2nd-great-grandfather.
  • Ch 4: Antonius “Anton” GORGES (1840-1907) was born 19 May 1840 in Fell.[3] He was baptized two days later on 21 May 1840 in the Sankt Martinus catholic church in Fell.[16]
  • Ch 5: Mathias GORGES (1842-1899) was born 20 June 1842 in Fell.[3] He was baptized on 25 June 1842 in the Sankt Martinus catholic church in Fell.[17]
  • Ch 6: Nicolaus GORGES (1845-1851) was born 20 May 1845 in Fell[3] and was baptized the same day in Sankt Martinus catholic church in Fell.[18] Nicolaus died 31 March 1851 in Fell at the age of nearly six years.[3]
  • Ch 7: Anna Maria GORGES (1848- ) was born 19 June 1848 in Fell.[3] She was baptized the next day in the Sankt Martinus catholic church in Fell.[19]
  • Ch 8: Helena GORGES (1851-1913) was born 15 July 1851 in Fell[3] and was baptized the next day in the Sankt Martinus catholic church in Fell.[20]

Johann GORGES’ mother Eva Clara RODENS outlived her husband Johann Adam by twenty years and died on 22 January 1836 in Fell.[1] [2]

Johann GORGES died on 21 April 1860 in Fell.[3] His wife Anna Maria BOTZ died three years later on 13 December 1863 in Fell.[3] They left three daughters and three sons. Johann’s son Josef from his first marriage was still living however the fate of his daughter Gertrud is unknown. Josef was 39 when his step-mother died and his half-siblings Catharina, Johann, Anton, Matthias, Anna Maria, and Helena were between 30 and 12 years of age.

As mentiond above Catharina had an illegitimate son in 1865, he was the first grandchild of Johann and Anna Maria.

The year 1868 was a busy year for the GORGES siblings. Three of the sons married, two in Luxembourg and one in Germany.

  • Johann GORGES married Catharina SCHERFF (1836-1908) on 14 January 1868 in Mompach, Grand Duché de Luxembourg.[21]
  • Josef GORGES married Anna WAGNER (1828- ) on 1 February 1868 in Ruwer, Germany.[22]
  • Mathias GORGES married Barbara ACHTEN (1844-1921) on 30 June 1868 in Mertert, Grand Duché de Luxembourg.[23]

Johann and Mathias’ intention to emigrate to America was documented in two entries from the office of Schweich (Landkreis Trier-Saarburg, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany). They expected better earnings in America but in the end only moved across the border to Luxembourg.

Entry 642: Der Tagelöhner Johann Gorges, geb. 14.2.1838 zu Fell, gegenwärtig in Born, Lux., mit s. Frau Katharina Scherff, geb. 12.10.1836 zu Born in Luxemburg, und den Kindern Johann 30.1.1862 und Margaretha 28.7.1868 nach N. A. “dass er dort einen besseren Arbeitsverdienst zu finden hoffe”. 12.3.1869.[24]

Entry 640: Mathias Gorges, geb. 20.6.1842 zu Fell, gegenwärtig in Mertert, Lux., mit s. Frau Barbara Achten, nach N.A. “dass er in Amerika einen besseren Artbeitsverdienst erwarte”. 23.9.1868.[24]

The last of the sons, Anton, also moved to Luxembourg. Antonius “Anton” GORGES married Antonia “Antonnetta” JAGER (1838-1904) on 18 January 1872 in Grevenmacher, Grand Duché de Luxembourg.[25] I only recently discovered this marriage. As three of the brothers ended up in Luxembourg it is possible their half-brother Josef may have lived in Luxembourg.

On 20 April 1875 the oldest daughter of Johann and Anna Maria, Catharina GORGES died. She never married. The following year her sister Helena GORGES married Franz BIEDINGER (1848-1906). They were married on 28 October 1876 in St. Matthias parish in Trier, Germany.[26] This was the last known marriage in the family as no trace has been found of the sister Anna Maria.

Just before the turn of the century the first of the GORGES children still known to be living died and was followed by three more in the next 13 years.

  • Mathias GORGES died 30 October 1899 in Mertert, Grand Duché de Luxembourg[27]
  • Antonius “Anton” GORGES died 29 May 1907 in Grevenmacher, Grand Duché de Luxembourg[28]
  • Helena GORGES died 25 February 1913 in Trier, Germany[26]
  • Johann GORGES died 1 May 1913 in Born, Grand Duché de Luxembourg[29]

Let’s Talk Numbers (Again)

Johann GORGES’ children from his first marriage may not have had any offspring. From his second marriage to Anna Maria BOTZ we know of the first grandchild, an illegitimate child through his daughter Katharina, as well as 9 grandchildren through his son Johann, 3 through Anton, 11 through Matthias, and at least 1 through Helena. Of these 25 known grandchildren at least 10 are known to have given Johann and Anna Maria great-grandchildren. As research continues these numbers should increase.

 

 

 

Sources:
[1] Richard Schaffner, Einwohnerbuch der Orte Fell u. Fastrau mit Fellerhof, Fellerburg und den verschiedenen Mühlen im Gemeindebereich 1665-1905, 2008/09, p. 103 family nr. 498. Gorges-Rodens family group.
[2] Armin Giebel, Ortsfamilienbuch des StA Longuich bis Okt. 1931 (June 2013), p. 510-511 family nr. 2462. Gorges-Rodens family group.
[3] Ibid., p. 513 family nr. 2469. Gorges-Grach and Gorges-Botz family groups.
[4] Germany Births and Baptisms, 1558-1898 / Deutschland Geburten und Taufen, 1558-1898, (index), FamilySearch, FHL microfilm 463,564. (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NKS3-W4L : accessed 4 August 2015), Josephus Gorges, 07 Dec 1824, father Joannis Gorges, mother Annae Mariae Graach; citing Sankt Martinus Katholisch, Fell, Rheinland, Prussia.
[5] Ibid., (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NDZ1-9YY : accessed 4 August 2015), Nicolaus Gorges, baptized 26 Dec 1825, father Joannis Gorges, mother Annae Mariae Graach; citing Sankt Martinus Katholisch, Fell, Rheinland, Prussia.
[6] Ibid., (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NDZB-VM6 : accessed 4 August 2015), Mathias Gorges, baptized 13 Jan 1827, father Joannis Gorges, mother Annae Mariae Graach; citing Sankt Martinus Katholisch, Fell, Rheinland, Prussia.
[7] Ibid., (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NDZ1-9BM : accessed 4 August 2015), Nicolaus Gorges, baptized 04 Feb 1830, died 7 Mar 1830, father Joannis Gorges, mother Annae Mariae Grach; citing Sankt Martinus Katholisch, Fell, Rheinland, Prussia.
[8] Ibid., (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NDZ1-3R7 : accessed 4 August 2015), Antonius Gorges, 04 Feb 1830, father Joannis Gorges, mother Annae Mariae Grach; citing Sankt Martinus Katholisch, Fell, Rheinland, Prussia.
[9] Ibid., (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NDZB-2VM : accessed 4 August 2015), Gertrud Gorges, 15 Apr 1831, father Joannis Gorges, mother Annae Mariae Grach; citing Sankt Martinus Katholisch, Fell, Rheinland, Prussia.
[10] Heinrich Wagner, Familienbuch Schöndorf 1686-1895 mit dem Filialien: Bonerath, Hinzenburg, Holzerath, Ollmuth zeit 1800, vorher in Familienbuch Pellingen, 1987/88, p. 47 family nr. 212. Botz-Masen family group.
[11] Germany Births and Baptisms, (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NPCW-968 : accessed 4 August 2015), Catharina Gorges, baptized 05 Nov 1833, father Joannis Gorges, mother Annae Mariae Bootz; citing Sankt Martinus Katholisch, Fell, Rheinland, Prussia.
[12] Longuich FB, p. 514 family nr. 2474 . The birth of this illegitimate child in the home of Angela Meurer in Fastrau was reported by the midwife Anna Maria Kattlin; the mother was 31 years old and had no occupation.
[13] Longuich FB, p. 514 family nr. 2474 . Her death was reported by her neighbor Johann Grün age 40, a basketmaker (Korbmacher).
[14] Germany Births and Baptisms, (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NDZ1-9B3 : accessed 4 August 2015), Nicolaus Gorges, baptized 15 Nov 1835, died 19 Mar 1842, father Joannis Gorges, mother Annae Mariae Boos; citing Sankt Martinus Katholisch, Fell, Rheinland, Prussia.
[15] Ibid., (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NPC7-BQ7 : accessed 4 August 2015), Joannes Gorges, baptized 15 Feb 1838, father Joannis Gorges, mother Annae Mariae Botz; citing Sankt Martinus Katholisch, Fell, Rheinland, Prussia.
[16] Ibid., (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NT97-2VM : accessed 4 August 2015), Antonius Gorges, baptized 21 May 1840, father Joannis Gorges, mother Annae Mariae Botz; citing Sankt Martinus Katholisch, Fell, Rheinland, Prussia.
[17] Ibid., (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NKS3-7VC : accessed 4 August 2015), Matthias Gorges, baptized 25 Jun 1842, father Joannis Gorges, mother Annae Mariae Bootz; citing Sankt Martinus Katholisch, Fell, Rheinland, Prussia.
[18] Ibid., (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NPCW-SXJ : accessed 4 August 2015), Nicolaus Gorges, baptized 20 May 1845, father Joannis Gorges, mother Annae Mariae Batz; citing Sankt Martinus Katholisch, Fell, Rheinland, Prussia.
[19] Ibid., (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NDZ1-MR7 : accessed 4 August 2015), Anna Maria Gorges, baptized 20 Jun 1848, father Johannis Gorges, mother Annae Mariae Bootz; citing Sankt Martinus Katholisch, Fell, Rheinland, Prussia.
[20] Ibid., (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NPCW-WJ5 : accessed 4 August 2015), Helena Gorges, baptized 16 Jul 1851, father Joannis Gorges, mother Annae Mariae Botz; citing Sankt Martinus Katholisch, Fell, Rheinland, Prussia.
[21] Luxembourg, Registres d’état civil, 1793-1923 (images), FamilySearch (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Mompach > Mariages 1831-1890 Décès 1796-1814, 1799-1830, 1799-1880 > image 567 of 1480. 1868 Marriage Record No. 1. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-12874-12362-9?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-L4B:1262051718 : accessed 02 Apr 2013).
[22] Longuich FB, p. 517 family nr. 2487. Gorges-Wagner family group.
[23] Luxembourg Civil Records, Mertert > Naissances 1852-1890 Mariages 1813-1890 Décès 1813-1859 > image 958 of 1491. 1868 Marriage Record No. 7. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-12125-161445-39?cc=1709358&wc=9RY3-N38:130080101,130192001 : accessed 25 April 2015).
[24] Josef Mergen, Die Amerika-Auswanderung aus dem Landkreis Trier (1855-1910), 1952, p. 96 entry 640 and 642
[25] Luxembourg Civil Records, Grevenmacher > Naissances 1884-1890 Mariages 1796-1890 > image 1188 of 1423. 1872 Marriage Record No. 5. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12152-6280-77?cc=1709358&wc=9RYC-RM9:129629701,130248401 : accessed 7 August 2015).
[26] Longuich FB, p. 151 family nr. 662. Biedinger-Gorges family group.
[27] Luxembourg Civil Records, Mertert > Naissances 1913-1923 Mariages 1895-1923 Décès 1895-1912 > image 585 of 790. 1899 Death Record No. 23. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-32063-11398-23?cc=1709358&wc=9RT1-W3F:130080101,130401601 : accessed 4 August 2015).
[28] Ibid., Grevenmacher > Décès 1895-1923 > image 269 of 562. 1907 Death Record No. 24. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-32037-17352-82?cc=1709358&wc=9RTY-YW1:129629701,129623802 : accessed 7 August 2015).
[29] Ibid., Mompach > Décès 1913-1923 > image 5 of 80. 1913 Death Record No. 15.  (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32045-3913-24?cc=1709358&wc=9RTB-G53:130097801,129622902 : accessed 27 Sep 2014).

Genealogy Sketch

Name: Johann GORGES
Parents: Johann Adam GORGES and Eva RODENS
Spouse(s): Anna Maria GRACH and Anna Maria BOTZ(*)
Parents of Spouse(*): Caspar BOTZ and Magdalena MASEN
Whereabouts: Fell, Longuich, Trier, Germany
Relationship to Cathy Meder-Dempsey: husband’s 3rd-great-grandfather

1. Johann GORGES
2. Johann GORGES
3. Margaretha GORGES
4. Catharina “Catherine” “Ketty” “Ged” SCHWARTZ
5. Marcel Mathias MEDER
6. Cathy’s husband

© 2015, copyright Cathy Meder-Dempsey. All rights reserved.

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.

52 Ancestors: #17 They Didn’t Take The Rags to Riches Journey?!

Week 17 (April 23-29) – Prosper. Which ancestor has a rags-to-riches story? Which ancestor prospered despite the odds?

When my husband’s great-grandmother Margaretha GORGES was 8 months old her parents Johann GORGES and Catharina SCHERFF planned to emigrate to North America with Marguerite and her older brother Johann. It was quite a surprise to me when I found this information in the work of Richard Schaffner who compiled the Family Book for the town of Fell in Germany where the GORGES side of the family came from. Schaffner wrote, “Familie mit den beiden Kindern laut Mergen, Kreis Trier, Seite 96 nach Nordamerika ausgewandert, Antrag vom 12.03.1869.” Translation: The family with both children according to Mergen, Kreis Trier (shortened form of the publication name by Mergen) p. 96 emigrated to North America, application from 12 March 1869.[1]

The labor market in America offered opportunities to earn money to feed the families, improve their positions in life, and maybe even to save for hard times. A promise of rags-to-riches.

A person’s native country is precious. Why would he want to emigrate with his family? How did they know what life would be like in the new country? Did they have relatives who preceded them?

Emigration at that time was a costly hardship. How could a single person who worked as a servant afford to pay for the passage which would amount to two years of earnings? How much would a family need?

The family’s intention to emigrate is documented in this entry from the office of Schweich (Landkreis Trier-Saarburg, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany)

Entry 642: Der Tagelöhner Johann Gorges, geb. 14.2.1838 zu Fell, gegenwärtig in Born, Lux., mit s. Frau Katharina Scherff, geb. 12.10.1836 zu Born in Luxemburg, und den Kindern Johann 30.1.1862 und Margaretha 28.7.1868 nach N. A. “dass er dort einen besseren Arbeitsverdienst zu finden hoffe”. 12.3.1869.[2]

Translation: The day laborer Johann Gorges, born 14 February 1838 in Fell, currently in Born, Lux., with his wife Katharina Scherff, born 12 October 1836 in Born in Luxembourg, and the children Johann b. 30 January 1862 and Margaretha b. 28 July 1868 to North America that he hoped to find better earnings there”. 12 March 1869

Two entries above this is another GORGES couple seeking permission to emigrate to North America six months earlier. Mathias Gorges, born 20 June 1842 in Fell, currently in Mertert, Lux., with his wife Barbara Achten, to North America “that he expected better earnings in America”. 23 September 1868.

Entry 640: Mathias Gorges, geb. 20.6.1842 zu Fell, gegenwärtig in Mertert, Lux., mit s. Frau Barbara Achten, nach N.A. “dass er in Amerika einen besseren Artbeitsverdienst erwarte”. 23.9.1868.[2]

Mathias was Johann’s younger brother according to Schaffner. How do I know these two men were brothers? Did they go to America? There is no mention in the Family Book of Fell that either of the GORGES brothers’ applications for emigration were withdrawn.

Did my husband’ great-grandmother travel to America when she was less than a year old? From my visit to the Red Star Line Museum in Antwerp, Belgium, I have a very good idea of what the emigrants went through to get to their port of departure where they were processed for their journey to their new homeland. What are the probabilities that either of the GORGES brothers went through these hardships to travel to North America?

Marguerite GORGES and her parents were living in Luxembourg when she married in 1891. When did they come back to Luxembourg? Did they ever leave? I followed both of the brothers and their families using the Luxembourg census and civil records and have come to the conclusion that they did not take the rags to riches journey.

The GORGES-SCHERFF Family

Town sign for Born in Luxembourg (24 April 2015). A special “thank you” to my husband who puts up with my asking him to stop to take photos while we are racing through the Luxembourg countryside on our bikes.

Catharina SCHERFF was born 25 October 1836 in Born, Mompach, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. Yes, the name of the town where she was born is Born or Bur in Luxembourgish. Her parents were Michel SCHERFF (1792-1865) and his wife Elisabetha CLEMENS (1796-1870).[3]

On 30 January 1862 when Catharina was 25 years old she had a son Johann SCHERFF, born in Born. Michel SCHERFF, the child’s grandfather, was the informant and said the father was unknown.[4]

On 14 January 1868 Catharina SCHERFF, 30 years old and without an occupation, married Johann GORGES, a 29 years old servant (Knecht) in Mompach. Johann was a resident of Born, previously of Fell in Germany. Catharina’s father and Johann’s parents were deceased leaving only Catharina’s mother Elisabetha to give her consent to the marriage. Catharina’s illegitimate son Johann SCHERFF was given all the rights of a legitimate child through his mother’s marriage. Catharina’s only brothers Johann and Peter SCHERFF were witnesses to the marriage. All persons present, except for Elisabetha CLEMENS who could not write, signed the marriage record.[5]

Catharina’s husband Johann GORGES was born on 14 February 1838[1] and baptized on 15 February 1838[6] in Fell, Longuich, Trier, Preußen (Germany). His parents were Johann GORGES (1800-1860) and Anna Maria BOTZ (1808-1863).[1] He lived in Born and worked as a servant in 1864 and 1867 when the census was taken.

Six months after the marriage Catharina and Johann’s daughter Margaretha was born on 27 July 1868 in Born.[7]

As seen above Johann GORGES applied to emigrate on 12 March 1869. At the time the family of four was living in Born in Luxembourg. A little over a year later on 4 June 1870, Catharina gave birth to her second daughter Maria in Born.[8] Was this enough time for Johann and Catharina to make preparations for their departure, a journey to North America and then come back to Europe? I have my doubts.

A third daughter Elisabeth was born on 11 October 1871 in Born.[9] The family of six was seen for the first time on a census on 1 December 1871.[10], [11], [12]

Johann and Catharina’s next son, Peter, born on 16 October 1874 in Born lived only one hour.[13], [14] In 1875 when the census was taken Johann GORGES’ household was made up of 5 persons. The 13 years old son Johann was not with his parents [15], [16], [17] and was not seen with them again on the census listings from 1875-1900. As was often the case, he may have been learning a trade while living with another family.

When the census was taken in 1875 Catharina was 8 months pregnant with daughter Helena born 5 January 1876 in Born.[18] Two years later she gave birth to a son they named Peter on 16 April 1878 in Born.[19] Another son, Mathias, was born on 9 March 1880 in Born.[20]

When the census was taken in 1880 Johann GORGES was working as a quarryman on his own account to support his family which included his wife Catharina, and his children, Margaretha, Maria, Elisabeth, Helena, Peter and Mathias.[21], [22], [23]

On 24 June 1883, at the age of 46 years, Catharina gave birth to a son Johann in Born.[24] Their family was now complete – 21 years after the birth of her first son Johann.

What happened to the first son named Johann? He did not live with his parents from the age of 13 but he did visit them. Unfortunately, it was during one of these visits that a document was drawn up which tells a bit of his story. On 13 November 1885, Johann GORGES declared the death of his 7 months old grandson Mathias GORGES, son of Johann GORGES and his wife Barbara BECHTHOLD. The child died at the home of his grandfather. He was born in Ernz (Ernst), Germany, where his parents still resided.[25] This record shows that Catharina’s firstborn had married before 1885 and lived in Germany.

In 1887 when the census was taken Johann and Catharina had their children ages 3 to 18 living at home. Margaretha 18 and Maria 16 were working as day laborers; Elizabeth 15 did not work; Helena 10, Peter 8, and Mathias 7 were going to school leaving the youngest, 3 years old Jean (also seen as Johann), at home with his mother.[26], [27], [28]

1890
Back sheet of the 1890 Luxembourg census for the Gorges-Scherff family listing persons who were not living at home when the census was taken.[31]
The census taken on 1 December 1890 was very important in terms of the timeline of my husband’s great-grandmother Margaretha as it was the year before she married. The GORGES-SCHERFF household shows their three sons living at home and their four daughters working as maids (Dienstmädchen) and living in other places. Margaretha is in Osweiler where she met and married her husband Johann SCHWARTZ in 1891. Marie is in Herborn, Elisabeth is in Echternach, and Helena is in Mertert. I have not checked these towns to see which families they lived with.[29], [30], [31]

Before the time came for the 1895 census, Johann GORGES’ neighbor Heinrich THIEL went to Mompach to declare a death in the GORGES-SCHERFF family. The daughter Elisabeth died on 6 September 1894 at home in Born at the age of 23.[32]

I had some problems with the 1895 census. I nearly did not find it due to an issue I discovered on FamilySearch for the collection “Luxembourg, Volkszählungen 1843-1900.” This collection is browse-only. While searching for the section of the census taken in Mompach for the town of Born, I saw names of towns not found in the area. Then I realized that the batch for Mompach and for Mondercange had been mixed up. FamilySearch was immediately contacted by email. I have not received a reply but my experience with the support team is very good. I am sure that they are looking into the matter and will give me feedback – they may be able to fix it now or will list it under issues for the collection that will be fixed at a later date.

By 1895 Margaretha was married and Elisabeth was deceased. Only five children remained to be enumerated with their parents Johann and Catharina. Marie was once again living at home and was not working. Her younger brothers Peter, Mathias, and Jean were at home and still too young to work. Her sister Helena had been working in an unknown place for the past three years.[33], [34], [35]

Johann GORGES declared the birth in Born of a granddaughter named Catharina on 1 May 1898. His 28 years old daughter Maria was the mother of the child and no father was listed. In the margin, a note was made that the child was legitimized when her mother married Mathias LEMMER on 30 December 1906 in Mompach.[36] The marriage record confirms this.[37]

Little Catharina was living with her mother Maria in the household of her grandparents Johann and Catharina GORGES-SCHERFF when the census was enumerated on 1 December 1900. Also at home was Maria’s 22 years old brother Peter who was working as a quarryman. Helena, a cook, and Mathias, a waiter, had been working in Rheims (also spelled Reims), France, halfway between Luxembourg and Paris, for the past 3 years.[38], [39], [40] The youngest son of this family, 17 years old Jean, was in the Jean HELFIN household in Born and working as a stable hand (Stallknecht).[41], [42], [43]

More censuses were taken after 1900 but this is the last presently found online at FamilySearch. Civil records help to tell the rest of the story. On 25 May 1906 son Peter GORGES died in Born at the age of 27. His 36 years old cousin Johann SCHERFF, an innkeeper (Gastwirt) was the informant.[44] Peter like his father had been a quarryman. Who was left to help Johann as he was not getting any younger?

Seven months later daughter Maria, as mentioned earlier, married Mathias LEMMER on 30 December 1906 in Mompach. Mathias was 8 years younger than Maria and both of his parents were deceased. Maria’s parents Johann and Catharina were present and gave their consent to the marriage. Catharina GORGES, Maria’s daughter, was legitimized and given the name Catharina LEMMER at the time of the marriage.[37] Did Mathias take the place of Maria’s brother Peter helping Johann GORGES in his quarry work?

The mother of this family, Catharina SCHERFF, died on 2 November 1908 in Born at the age of 72 years. Her son-in-law Mathias LEMMER, a quarryman, was the informant. Her husband survived her.[45]

Mathias LEMMER went to Mompach on 2 May 1913 to report the death of his father-in-law Johann GORGES the previous day in Born. Johann was 75 years old at the time of his death.[46]

This was not the last time that Mathias LEMMER had to report a death in the family he married into. On 30 Jun 1921, his wife Maria GORGES died at the age of 50 in Born.[47]

The longest living person of this family may have been my husband’s great-grandmother Margaretha SCHWARTZ-GORGES. She died 23 October 1938 in Osweiler where she lived her entire married life. Her obituary mentions the Gorges family but no names of living relatives are giving. Is it possible that her siblings Johann, Helena, Mathias, and Jean, who have not been traced, were still living?

A final note concerning Johann GORGES’ brother Mathias mentioned at the beginning. How do I know these two men were brothers? I have both of their marriage records which list their parents as Johann GORGES and Anna Maria BOTZ as well as their respective wives as named in the emigration records.

If Mathias and Barbara made the trip to North America they would have had to return in time for their first child’s birth and Barbara would have been pregnant on both trips. Mathias’ family was found in the civil records in Mertert, Luxembourg, from the time he married Barbara ACHTEN on 30 June 1868[48], through the births of 8 children between 1869-1885, until his death in 1899 and her death 1921.

Imagine the repercussions of one tiny decision. If my husband’s great-grandmother Margaretha GORGES had gone to America with her parents and never returned, she would not have met her husband and had the child who would be my husband’s grandmother. In turn there would not have been a grandson who would be my husband’s father or a great-grandson who would be the father of my children. An entire branch of a family tree changed forever.

Sources:
[1] Richard Schaffner, Einwohnerbuch der Orte Fell u. Fastrau mit Fellerhof, Fellerburg und den verschiedenen Mühlen im Gemeindebereich, 2008/2009, p. 106-107 family 502 and p. 109 family 510. Citing Kirchenbücher der Bistumsarchivs Trier (church records of the Diocese of Trier archive).
[2] Josef Mergen, Die Amerika-Auswanderung aus dem Landkreis Trier (1855-1910), 1952, p. 96 entry 640 and 642
[3] Luxembourg, Registres d’état civil, 1793-1923 (images), FamilySearch (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Mompach > Naissances 1834-1890 Mariages 1797-1814, 1796-1809, 1799-1830 > image 33 of 1393. 1836 Birth Record No. 26. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12131-131830-98?cc=1709358&wc=9RYC-C68:130097801,130406101 : accessed 21 Nov 2014).
[4] Ibid, Mompach > Naissances 1834-1890 Mariages 1797-1814, 1796-1809, 1799-1830 > image 274 of 1393. 1862 Birth Record No. 5. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12131-133581-48?cc=1709358&wc=9RYC-C68:130097801,130406101 : accessed 5 April 2010).
[5] Ibid, Mompach > Mariages 1831-1890 Décès 1796-1814, 1799-1830, 1799-1880 > image 567 of 1480. 1868 Marriage Record No. 1. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-12874-12362-9?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-L4B:1262051718 : accessed 02 Apr 2013).
[6] Deutschland, Geburten und Taufen 1558-1898 (Germany, Births and Baptisms, 1558-1898), index, FamilySearch, GS Film number: 463564, Indexing Project (Batch) Number: C98369-2. “Name: Joannes Gorges; Gender: Male; Christening Date: 15 Feb 1838; Christening Place: Sankt Martinus Katholisch, Fell, Rheinland, Prussia; Father’s Name: Joannis Gorges; Mother’s Name: Annae Mariae Botz.” (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/NPC7-BQW : accessed 05 Apr 2013).
[7] Luxembourg, Registres d’état civil, 1793-1923 (images), FamilySearch (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Mompach > Naissances 1834-1890 Mariages 1797-1814, 1796-1809, 1799-1830 > image 337 of 1393. 1868 Birth Record No. 14. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12131-132414-2?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-LHS:2047330937 : accessed 01 Apr 2013).
[8] Ibid, Mompach > Naissances 1834-1890 Mariages 1797-1814, 1796-1809, 1799-1830 > image 352 of 1393. 1870 Birth Record No. 13. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12131-131283-9?cc=1709358&wc=9RYC-C68:130097801,130406101 : accessed 5 April 2010).
[9] Ibid, Mompach > Naissances 1834-1890 Mariages 1797-1814, 1796-1809, 1799-1830 > image 363 of 1393. 1871 Birth Record No. 21. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12131-130403-13?cc=1709358&wc=9RYC-C68:130097801,130406101 : accessed 5 April 2010).
[10] Luxembourg, Volkszählungen 1843-1900 (images), FamilySearch (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Mompach > 1871 > image 119 of 377. Gorges-Scherff household no. 25. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-32378-30865-48?cc=2037957&wc=M5GM-K61:345859501,345869501 : accessed 22 April 2015).
[11] Ibid, Mompach > 1871 > image 120 of 377. Gorges-Scherff household no. 25. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-32378-30862-51?cc=2037957&wc=M5GM-K61:345859501,345869501 : accessed 22 April 2015).
[12] Ibid, Mompach > 1871 > image 121 of 377. Gorges-Scherff household no. 25. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32378-29212-24?cc=2037957&wc=M5GM-K61:345859501,345869501 : accessed 22 April 2015).
[13] Luxembourg, Registres d’état civil, 1793-1923 (images), FamilySearch (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Mompach > Naissances 1834-1890 Mariages 1797-1814, 1796-1809, 1799-1830 > image 392 of 1393. 1874 Birth Record No. 30. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12131-135359-12?cc=1709358&wc=9RYC-C68:130097801,130406101 : accessed 5 April 2010).
[14] Ibid, Mompach > Mariages 1831-1890 Décès 1796-1814, 1799-1830, 1799-1880 > image 1428 of 1480. 1874 Death Record No. 12. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-12874-12384-95?cc=1709358&wc=9RYW-MNL:130097801,130138901 : accessed 22 April 2015).
[15] Luxembourg, Volkszählungen 1843-1900 (images), FamilySearch (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Mompach > 1875 > image 58 of 368. Gorges-Scherff household no. 26. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-32382-9049-78?cc=2037957&wc=M5G3-N3V:345859501,345870501 : accessed 22 April 2015).
[16] Ibid, Mompach > 1875 > image 59 of 368. Gorges-Scherff household no. 26. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-32382-9185-71?cc=2037957&wc=M5G3-N3V:345859501,345870501 : accessed 22 April 2015).
[17] Ibid, Mompach > 1875 > image 60 of 368. Gorges-Scherff household no. 26. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-32382-8969-73?cc=2037957&wc=M5G3-N3V:345859501,345870501 : accessed 22 April 2015).
[18] Luxembourg, Registres d’état civil, 1793-1923 (images), FamilySearch (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Mompach > Naissances 1834-1890 Mariages 1797-1814, 1796-1809, 1799-1830 > image 410 of 1393. 1876 Birth Record No. 2. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12131-135504-55?cc=1709358&wc=9RYC-C68:130097801,130406101 : accessed 5 April 2010).
[19] Ibid, Mompach > Naissances 1834-1890 Mariages 1797-1814, 1796-1809, 1799-1830 > image 430 of 1393. 1878 Birth Record No. 13. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12131-130877-9?cc=1709358&wc=9RYC-C68:130097801,130406101 : accessed 5 April 2010).
[20] Ibid, Mompach > Naissances 1834-1890 Mariages 1797-1814, 1796-1809, 1799-1830 > image 447 of 1393. 1880 Birth Record No. 5. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12131-133418-98?cc=1709358&wc=9RYC-C68:130097801,130406101 : accessed 21 Nov 2014).
[21] Luxembourg, Volkszählungen 1843-1900 (images), FamilySearch (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Mompach > 1880 > image 92 of 390. Gorges-Scherff household no. 43. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-32391-17167-63?cc=2037957&wc=M5G3-DP5:345859501,345872201 : accessed 22 April 2015).
[22] Ibid, Mompach > 1880 > image 93 of 390. Gorges-Scherff household no. 43. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32391-17202-76?cc=2037957&wc=M5G3-DP5:345859501,345872201 : accessed 22 April 2015).
[23] Ibid, Mompach > 1880 > image 94 of 390. Gorges-Scherff household no. 43. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-32391-17489-45?cc=2037957&wc=M5G3-DP5:345859501,345872201 : accessed 22 April 2015).
[24] Luxembourg, Registres d’état civil, 1793-1923 (images), FamilySearch (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Mompach > Naissances 1834-1890 Mariages 1797-1814, 1796-1809, 1799-1830 > image 490 of 1393. 1883 Birth Record No. 18. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12131-131523-2?cc=1709358&wc=9RYC-C68:130097801,130406101 : accessed 5 April 2010).
[25] Ibid, Mompach > Décès 1880-1891 > image 48 of 90. 1885 Deth Record No. 27. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11668-127283-50?cc=1709358&wc=9RY4-DPF:130097801,130097802 : accessed 22 April 2015).
[26] Luxembourg, Volkszählungen 1843-1900 (images), FamilySearch (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Mompach > 1887 > image 115 of 380. Gorges-Scherff household no. 28. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-32391-4373-99?cc=2037957&wc=M5GH-4WL:345859501,345875201 : accessed 22 April 2015).
[27] Ibid, Mompach > 1887 > image 116 of 380. Gorges-Scherff household no. 28. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32391-4083-94?cc=2037957&wc=M5GH-4WL:345859501,345875201 : accessed 22 April 2015).
[28] Ibid, Mompach > 1887 > image 117 of 380. Gorges-Scherff household no. 28. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-32391-4205-43?cc=2037957&wc=M5GH-4WL:345859501,345875201 : accessed 22 April 2015).
[29] Ibid, Mompach > 1890 > image 120 of 393. Gorges-Scherff household no. 28. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-32391-14244-86?cc=2037957&wc=M5G4-FMK:345859501,345876401 : accessed 22 April 2015).
[30] Ibid, Mompach > 1890 > image 121 of 393. Gorges-Scherff household no. 28. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32391-13812-80?cc=2037957&wc=M5G4-FMK:345859501,345876401 : accessed 22 April 2015).
[31] Ibid, Mompach > 1890 > image 122 of 393. Gorges-Scherff household no. 28. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32391-14042-66?cc=2037957&wc=M5G4-FMK:345859501,345876401 : accessed 22 April 2015).
[32] Luxembourg, Registres d’état civil, 1793-1923 (images), FamilySearch (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Mompach > Naissances, mariages, décès 1891-1894 > image 108 of 111. 1894 Death Record No. 28. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12165-229666-84?cc=1709358&wc=9RYM-N31:130097801,129717601 : accessed 22 April 2015).
[33] Luxembourg, Volkszählungen 1843-1900 (images), FamilySearch (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Mondercange > 1895 > image 76 of 423. Gorges-Scherff household No. 34. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-32396-1348-67?cc=2037957&wc=M5GX-JWR:345859101,345878001 : accessed 22 April 2015). Note: The browse path is correct for this record however the collection is mislabelled. It should be Mompach instead of Mondercange. The issue was reported to FamilySearch support on 22 Apr 2015.
[34] Ibid, Mondercange > 1895 > image 77 of 423. Gorges-Scherff household No. 34. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-32396-1270-92?cc=2037957&wc=M5GX-JWR:345859101,345878001 : accessed 22 April 2015). Note: see [29]
[35] Ibid, Mondercange > 1895 > image 78 of 423. Gorges-Scherff household No. 34. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32396-1286-55?cc=2037957&wc=M5GX-JWR:345859101,345878001 : accessed 22 April 2015). Note: see [29]
[36] Luxembourg, Registres d’état civil, 1793-1923 (images), FamilySearch (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Mompach > Naissances 1895-1923 > image 32 of 289. 1898 Birth Record No. 7. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32063-13727-85?cc=1709358&wc=9RT1-W3L:130097801,129648901 : accessed 22 April 2015).
[37] Ibid, Mompach > Mariages 1895-1923 > image 69 of 168. 1906 Marriage No. 10. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32063-12915-87?cc=1709358&wc=9RT1-W32:130097801,129649201 : accessed 22 April 2015).
[38] Luxembourg, Volkszählungen 1843-1900 (images), FamilySearch (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Mompach > 1900 > image 81 of 420. Gorges household No. 27. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-32396-11618-33?cc=2037957&wc=M5GX-2J9:345859501,345873901 : accessed 22 April 2015).
[39] Ibid, Mompach > 1900 > image 82 of 420. Gorges household No. 27. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-32396-12061-71?cc=2037957&wc=M5GX-2J9:345859501,345873901 : accessed 22 April 2015).
[40] Ibid, Mompach > 1900 > image 83 of 420. Gorges household No. 27. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-32396-11588-54?cc=2037957&wc=M5GX-2J9:345859501,345873901 : accessed 22 April 2015).
[41] Ibid, Mompach > 1900 > image 49 of 420. Jean Helfin household no. 11. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-32396-11560-86?cc=2037957&wc=M5GX-2J9:345859501,345873901 : accessed 25 April 2015).
[42] Ibid, Mompach > 1900 > image 50 of 420. Jean Helfin household no. 11. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32396-11624-41?cc=2037957&wc=M5GX-2J9:345859501,345873901 : accessed 25 April 2015).
[43] Ibid, Mompach > 1900 > image 51 of 420. Jean Helfin household no. 11. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32396-11605-42?cc=2037957&wc=M5GX-2J9:345859501,345873901 : accessed 25 April 2015).
[44] Luxembourg, Registres d’état civil, 1793-1923 (images), FamilySearch (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Mompach > Décès 1895-1912 > image 93 of 143. 1906 Death Record No. 15. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-32063-14862-73?cc=1709358&wc=9RT1-4WT:130097801,129657201 : accessed 22 April 2015).
[45] Ibid, Mompach > Décès 1895-1912 > image 111 of 143. 1908 Death Record No. 24. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-32063-14001-78?cc=1709358&wc=9RT1-4WT:130097801,129657201 : accessed 27 Sep 2014).
[46] Ibid, Mompach > Décès 1913-1923 > image 5 of 80. 1913 Death Record No. 15.  (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32045-3913-24?cc=1709358&wc=9RTB-G53:130097801,129622902 : accessed 27 Sep 2014).
[47] Ibid, Mompach > Décès 1913-1923 > image 57 of 80. 1921 Death Record No. 4. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-32045-3602-65?cc=1709358&wc=9RTB-G53:130097801,129622902 : accessed 22 April 2015).
[48] Ibid, Mertert > Naissances 1852-1890 Mariages 1813-1890 Décès 1813-1859 > image 958 of 1491. 1868 Marriage Record No. 7. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-12125-161445-39?cc=1709358&wc=9RY3-N38:130080101,130192001 : accessed 25 April 2015).

Genealogy Sketch

Name: Johann GORGES
Parents: Johann GORGES an Anna Maria BOTZ
Spouse: Catharina SCHERFF
Parents of spouse: Michel SCHERFF and Elisabetha CLEMENS
Whereabouts: Fell, Germany, and Born, Luxembourg
Relationship to Cathy Meder-Dempsey: husband’s great-great-grandparents

  1. Johann GORGES and Catharina SCHERFF
  2. Margaretha GORGES
  3. Catharina “Ketty” SCHWARTZ
  4. Marcel Mathias MEDER
  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.