Jean Fournel (1686-1749) and Jeanne Berkin (1683-1759)

This is the 6th in a series of posts on my earliest FOURNELLE ancestors. After setting up the stageintroducing the main characters and supporting cast, I am now discussing each of the children of my 7th great-grandparents Jean FOURNEL (1655-1721) and Catherine SETON (1657-1702). All posts written to date are listed at the end of this post.

The third child of Jean and Catherine was my 6th great-grandfather Jean FOURNEL (1686-1749).

1686 Baptismal Record of Jean Fournel. Image courtesy of Archives départementales de Meurthe-et-Moselle (54), 5 Mi 259/R 1 vue 42 de 529

Jean was born and baptized on 9 May 1686 in Saulnes (Meurthe-et-Moselle, France). His godparents were Jean QUERIN and Marie Madeleine CHERLOT (a variation of CHOLOT).1 He was welcomed into the family by his eight-year-old sister Françoise and his nearly three-year-old brother Nicolas.

Jean had five more documented siblings. A brother Henri was born when Jean was 2, a sister Jeanne at 4, a sister Sébastienne at 5, a sister Marie at 10, and a brother Jacques at 12. Marie may have also been known as Marie Catherine. Proof has not been found that Marie and Marie Catherine were the same person. It’s possible that Marie Catherine was another sister, possibly born between 1800-1802.

Jean was sixteen when he and his siblings lost their mother Catherine SETON on 21 September 1702. She died in Saulnes where the family lived and was buried in the church cemetery.2

The FOURNEL family, father Jean and the children, remained together until Jean’s oldest sister Françoise married in January of 1708.

Later in the year, on 22 August 1708, young Jean became the godfather of Elizabeth, a daughter of Nicolas RAISER and Catherine TONNELIER. A family relationship with this couple is not known. Jean’s surname was written FOURNY on the baptismal record.3

Jean’s next oldest sibling, Nicolas married in June 1710. Jean was now the oldest child living at home with his widowed father Jean and his younger siblings.

Jean marries and starts a family

Jean married Jeanne BERKIN, daughter of Domange BERKIN and Anne WARCOLLIER, on 22 January 1713 in Rodange (Luxembourg).4 Jeanne was three years older than Jean having been baptized on 18 May 1683 in Rodange.5 She was likely born the same or previous day as it was the custom to baptize children as soon as they were born.

Present at the marriage of Jean and Jeanne were Jean FOURNEL (father of the groom), Nicolas FOURNEL (brother of the groom), Nicolas BERKIN (brother of the bride), and Jean WARCOLLIER (cousin of the bride). All of these persons signed the marriage record along with Jean and Jeanne – with their marks.

1713 Marriage Record of Jean FOURNEL and Jeanne BERKIN. Image courtesy of Archives départementales de Meurthe-et-Moselle (54), 5 Mi 259/R 1 vue 266 de 529

The parents of the bride were named but there is no mention of their being alive and present at the marriage. In-depth research has not been done on the BERKIN (also seen as BERQUIN) and WARCOLLIER lines. The father of the bride, Domange BERKIN may have been deceased at the time of the marriage of his daughter Jeanne. The mother of the bride, Anne WARCOLLIER died 13 years later, on 12 April 1726. The phrasing of the marriage record suggests the bridal couple were assisted by their parents and friends and then continues by naming the ones who signed or witnessed the marriage.

A little less than seven months after the marriage, the first child of Jean and Jeanne was born. Pierre FOURNELLE, my 5th great-grandfather, was born and baptized on 12 August 1713 in Rodange. Pierre WARCOLLIER, a young man from Lamadelaine, and Marguerite MARC, a young woman, were the godparents of Pierre.6

The second child of Jean and Jeanne took a bit more time to join the family. Nearly four years later Christianne was born and baptized on 11 April 1717. Her godparents were Samson HOTTON of Russange and Christianne LELIÉVRE.7 [Note: Samson HOTTON was the son of Jean HOTTON and Elisabeth BERKIN (parentage unknown, an aunt or sister of Jeanne BERKIN?]

Jean FOURNEL, now the father of a son and daughter, may have been present at the marriage of his sister Jeanne on 28 July 1720 in Obercorn to Jérôme PETRISOT. The marriage entry in the church records gives only the names of the bride and groom.8 We do know that Jean witnessed the marriage of his sister Sébastienne to Jean FRANÇOIS on 24 November 1720 in Saulnes as he and his brother Jacques were present and assisted the bride.9

Two months later, the third child of Jean and Jeanne was born. Their daughter Anne Marie was born and baptized on 21 January 1721, a day before their seventh wedding anniversary. The godparents of the child were Jean’s brother Jacques FOURNEL and a young lady named Anne Marie LELIÉVRE.10 The relationship to Christianne’s godmother is unknown. [Note: Jeanne BERKIN’s sister Barbe BERKIN married Nicolas LELIÉVRE before 1703. Are Christianne and Anne Marie children of this marriage?]

While marriages and births were being celebrated, the elder Jean FOURNEL, widower of Catherine SETON, must have been in declining health. He was last seen as a witness at his son Jean’s marriage in 1713. On 3 September 1721, Jean FOURNEL died at the age of 66 years in Saulnes. His two oldest sons, Nicolas and Jean were witnesses to his death and burial record.11

The following spring the fourth child of Jean and Jeanne was born in Rodange on 30 March 1722. Jacques was baptized the same day in the presence of his godparents, Jacques FELTEN and Elizabeth LEINS. The surname of the father and son was spelled FOURNIER on this record.12

Jeanne, the youngest child of Jean and Jeanne, was born and baptized on 27 August 1725 in Rodange. Her godparents were Jacques MARC (signed MARQUE), a young man, and Jeanne KERGEN of Russange.13 [Note: 1. This is the second child with a godparent with the surname MARC. What is the significance of this choice? 2. Is there more than one connection to the village of Russange for the FOURNEL and BERKIN families – other than the HOTTON-BERKIN connection?]

Jean FOURNEL was a witness at the marriage of his sister-in-law Barbe BERKIN to Michel THOMA on 8 February 1728 in Rodange.14 Barbe had been a widow since 1712 when her first husband Nicolas LELIÉVRE died. Also present at the marriage was Nicolas BERKIN, sister of the bride. This record is proof that Nicolas, Barbe, and Jeanne were siblings.

Jean FOURNEL was a witness at the marriage of his friend Laurent BOULANGER to Anne BURKEL on 16 February 1738.15

The children are old enough to marry

In 1743, Jean and Jeanne’s children were grown up and old enough to marry.

Their youngest child, daughter Jeanne married Henri DE CHAIVE (1704-1789) on 18 January 1743 in Herserange. Jeanne was 17 and Henri was 38 years old. Jeanne’s father Jean and her uncle Jacques were witnesses at the marriage as well as Jacques BURQUELLE and Pierre JACQUINET.16 The couple lived in Rodange and had five sons. Of these, three died at a young age and one has not been found after his baptism. Only one of the sons married and continued the line. His marriage to his second cousin Marie Catherine BERKIN, granddaughter of Jeanne BERKIN’s brother Nicolas, would be fruitful. She bore him 13 children although not all would reach maturity.

A month later, Jean and Jeanne’s oldest child married. Their twenty-nine years old son Pierre FOURNELLE (1713-1765) married the twenty years old Jeanne NEU (1723-1783) in Aubange (Belgium) on 25 February 1743. Permission for the marriage to take place in Aubange, (demissoriale pour union) was acquired from the parish of Herserange and recorded in that register.17 The bride was from Athus (Belgium). The marriage was recorded in the Aubange church register.18 This couple, my 5th great-grandparents, will be discussed in more detail in a later post. [Note: Today Rodange is a tri-border area – the geographical point at which the boundaries of three countries meet – Luxembourg, Belgium, and France.]

Jean FOURNEL was 58 years old when he witnessed the marriage of his nephew by marriage Jacques LOUIS, son of Jacques LOUIS and Elisabeth BERKIN (Jean’s wife Jeanne’s sister) on 16 November 1744 in Rodange. Jean was described as a member of the church council (synodal) or sinodal de cette paroisse.19

Five years later, Jean FOURNEL died at the age of 62 years on 21 January 1749, the day before his 36th wedding anniversary. He was an ancien sinodal (an elder synodal or member of the church council) and was buried in the choir of the chapel of Rodange.20 Jean’s brother-in-law Nicolas BERKIN (seen here as BERQUIN) was a witness to the record.

1749 Death/Burial Record of Jean FOURNEL. Image courtesy of Archives départementales de Meurthe-et-Moselle (54), 5 Mi 259/R 1 vue 469 de 529
1749 Death/Burial Record of Jean FOURNEL. Image courtesy of Archives départementales de Meurthe-et-Moselle (54), 5 Mi 259/R 1 vue 469 de 529

This is the first time one of my ancestors had a special burial. As the sinodal, my 6th great-grandfather was a  representative for the village of Rodange which was dependant on the parish of Herserange. From his death/burial record, it would appear that Rodange had a chapel in 1749. I asked one of my genealogy contacts in Luxembourg about the “choir of the chapel” and did a bit of research on the architecture of Catholic churches. In the past, behind the front altar, there were a few steps up to a raised dais with a railing behind which the main altar was found. The area around the main altar —the choir or chancel— was reserved for the clergy who performed services. The chancel was considered one of the most desirable burial locations in early times. I haven’t been able to learn if the chapel still exists in Rodange or if the present church might be built on the same spot. I’ve visited churches in Europe with inscribed stone slabs laid into the floor to mark the burial place of important deceased persons never realizing I might have an ancestor buried in this way.

Life in the family after the death of Jean FOURNEL

It’s not known if daughters Christianne and Anne Marie were still at home with their mother Jeanne and brother Jacques after the death of their father. No records have been found for marriages or deaths of either of them.

Jacques married Barbe CLEMENT in Herserange on 31 August 1756.21 He was 34 and she was 21. The marriage lasted only nine years as Jacques died at the age of 43 on 29 March 1766 in Saulnes.22 They were the parents of four children, one of whom died at the age of one month. Their only daughter died at the age of eleven. No trace of their youngest son was found after his baptism. Their oldest son married, had a large family, and lived in Obercorn and later in Mamer. It is not known how long Barbe lived nor where she died.

A decade after the death of Jean FOURNEL, his widow Jeanne BERKIN died on 16 February 1759 in Rodange at the age of 75. Her oldest son Pierre was one of the two informants. Jeanne was buried in the cemetery of Rodange.23

Of the three living children of Jean FOURNEL and Jeanne BERKIN, Pierre FOURNELLE was the first to pass away on 23 July 1765 in Rodange. He was 51 years old.24 As mentioned earlier, Jacques died the following year in Saulnes at the age of 43.

Following the deaths of Pierre and Jacques, Jeanne FOURNELLE, the youngest child of Jean and Jeanne, was the only living child. On 20 March 1779, she stood up as the godmother of her grandson Jacques, the 7th child of her only living son Jean Henri André DE CHAIVE and his wife Marie Catherine BERKIN.25 Jeanne lost her husband Henri DE CHAIVE on 23 October 1789 in Rodange.26 He was 85 years old. She died on 15 December 1802 in Hussigny (Meurthe-et-Moselle) where her son lived at the age of 77.27

I spent extra time on this post as Jean FOURNEL, son of Jean FOURNEL and Catherine SETON, and Jeanne BERKIN were my 6th great-grandparents, i.e. my direct line. Working through the records for this family group brought to light relationships with the BERKIN and WARCOLLIER families which will help in later research Jeanne’s parents Domange BERKIN and Anne WARCOLLIER.

Next up will be Jean’s brother Henri who unlike Jean remained in his native Saulnes.

Going Back to the Earliest Fournelle Ancestor (Part 1)

Going Back to the Earliest Fournelle Ancestor (Part 2)

Going Back to the Earliest Fournelle Ancestor (Part 3)

Françoise FOURNEL (1678-1729) and Jean COURTOIS (1684-1745)

Nicolas FOURNEL (1683-abt.1748) and Barbe AGARANT (abt.1678-1758)

Jean FOURNEL (1686-1749) and Jeanne BERKIN (1683-1759)

Henri FOURNEL (1688-1753) and Anne LAUNOIS (1692-1758)

Jeanne FOURNEL (~1691-aft. 1756) and Jérôme PÉTRISOT (~1680-1761)

Sébastienne FOURNEL (~1692-1752) and Jean FRANÇOIS (~1681-1741)

Jacques FOURNELLE (~1699-1774) and Marie JACOB (1695-1758)

© 2020, copyright Cathy Meder-Dempsey. All rights reserved.


  1. Archives départementales de Meurthe-et-Moselle (54), browsable images of microfilm collection of parish and civil records (online http://www.archives.cg54.fr/), Herserange > 1668-1773 > 5 Mi 259/R 1 >  image 42 of 529. New terms of use: En application du règlement sur la réutilisation des données publiques adopté par le conseil départemental de Meurthe-et-Moselle (délibération de sa commission permanente n°17, en date du 16 janvier 2017), je m’engage à mentionner la source du document téléchargé (Arch. dép. de Meurthe-et-Moselle, [suivi de la cote complète]), en cas de réutilisation. 1686 Baptismal Record (right page, last entry). (http://archivesenligne.archives.cg54.fr/ark:/33175/s0054ad10ea3e74c/54b5380766086 : accessed 10 July 2020). 
  2. Ibid., Herserange > 1668-1773 > 5 Mi 259/R 1 > image 333 of 529. 1702 Death Record (right page, last entry). (http://archivesenligne.archives.cg54.fr/ark:/33175/s0054ad10ea3e74c/54b538082e2f7 : accessed 7 July 2020). 
  3. Ibid., Herserange 1668-1773 > 5 Mi 259/R 1 > image 302 of 529. 1708 Baptismal Record (right page, last entry). (http://archivesenligne.archives.cg54.fr/ark:/33175/s0054ad10ea3e74c/54b538081603f : accessed 31 August 2020). 
  4. Ibid., Herserange 1668-1773 > 5 Mi 259/R 1 > image 266 of 529. 1713 Marriage Record of Jean Fournel and Jeanne Berkin (right page, top). (http://archivesenligne.archives.cg54.fr/ark:/33175/s0054ad10ea3e74c/54b53807ed8f7 : accessed 2 July 2020). 
  5. Ibid., Herserange > 1668-1773 > 5 Mi 259/R 1 > image 28 of 529. 1683 Baptismal Record (3rd entry). (http://archivesenligne.archives.cg54.fr/ark:/33175/s0054ad10ea3e74c/54b538075f780 : accessed 2 July 2020). 
  6. Ibid., Herserange 1668-1773 > 5 Mi 259/R 1 > image 272 of 529. 1713 Baptismal Record (left page, first entry). (http://archivesenligne.archives.cg54.fr/ark:/33175/s0054ad10ea3e74c/54b53807f1dbe : accessed 11 September 2013). 
  7. Ibid., Herserange 1668-1773 > 5 Mi 259/R 1 > image 236 of 529. 1717 Baptismal Record (left page, first entry).(http://archivesenligne.archives.cg54.fr/ark:/33175/s0054ad10ea3e74c/54b53807d3ca6 : accessed 8 July 2020). 
  8. Luxembourg, registres paroissiaux, 1601-1948 (images), FamilySearch (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Obercorn > Baptêmes 1704-1727, 1746, 1794-1797, 1800-1805, mariages 1795-1797, 1800-1807, sépultures 1794-1797, 1802-1807 > image 6 of 296. 1720 Marriage Record (left page, 4th entry from bottom). (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-89WS-9SK3?cc=2037955&wc=STHZ-N3T%3A1500974001%2C1500974302 : accessed 12 July 2020). 
  9. Archives Meurthe-et-Moselle (54), Herserange > 1668-1773 > 5 Mi 259/R 1 > image 178 of 529. 1720 Marriage Record (left page, 2nd entry).(http://archivesenligne.archives.cg54.fr/ark:/33175/s0054ad10ea3e74c/54b53807b09bb : accessed 8 July 2020). 
  10. Ibid., Herserange 1668-1773 > 5 Mi 259/R 1 > image 179 of 529 . 1721 Baptismal Record (right page, last entry). (http://archivesenligne.archives.cg54.fr/ark:/33175/s0054ad10ea3e74c/54b53807b1406 : accessed 8 July 2020). 
  11. Ibid., Herserange > 1668-1773 > 5 Mi 259/R 1 > image 183 of 529. 1721 Death Record (left page, first entry). (http://archivesenligne.archives.cg54.fr/ark:/33175/s0054ad10ea3e74c/54b53807b3cf3 : accessed 7 July 2020). 
  12. Ibid., Herserange > 1668-1773 > 5 Mi 259/R 1 >image 187 of 529. 1722 Baptismal Record (left page, first entry). (http://archivesenligne.archives.cg54.fr/ark:/33175/s0054ad10ea3e74c/54b53807b6129 : accessed 8 July 2020). 
  13. Ibid., Herserange > 1668-1773 > 5 Mi 259/R 1 > image 211 of 529. 1725 Baptismal Record (right page, first entry). (http://archivesenligne.archives.cg54.fr/ark:/33175/s0054ad10ea3e74c/54b53807c3c3a : accessed 9 July 2020). 
  14. Ibid., Herserange > 1668-1773 > 5 Mi 259/R 1 > image 171 of 529. 1728 Marriage Record (right page, top). (http://archivesenligne.archives.cg54.fr/ark:/33175/s0054ad10ea3e74c/54b53807a8049 : accessed 14 July 2020). 
  15. Ibid., Herserange > 1668-1773 > 5 Mi 259/R 1 > image 485 of 529. 1738 Marriage Record right page, last entry). (http://archivesenligne.archives.cg54.fr/ark:/33175/s0054ad10ea3e74c/54b53808aece0 : accessed 9 September 2020). 
  16. Ibid., Herserange > 1743-1791 > 5 Mi 259/R 3 > images 197+198 of 328. 1743 Marriage Record, right page, last entry (part 1). (http://archivesenligne.archives.cg54.fr/ark:/33175/s0054ad10ea3ebca/54b536f06e6ad : accessed 9 July 2020) and 1743 Marriage Record, right page, last entry (part 2).(http://archivesenligne.archives.cg54.fr/ark:/33175/s0054ad10ea3ebca/54b536f06f031 : accessed 9 July 2020). 
  17. Ibid., Herserange > 1743-1791 > 5 Mi 259/R 3 > image 200 of 328. 1743 Pierre Fournelle and Jeanne Neu marriage record (left page, 2nd entry). (http://archivesenligne.archives.cg54.fr/ark:/33175/s0054ad10ea3ebca/54b536f070323 : accessed 8 July 2020). 
  18. Belgique, Luxembourg, Registres paroissiaux, 1618-1868, (images), FamilySearch (original records at België Nationaal Archief, Brussels / Belgium National Archives, Brussels), Paroisse d’Aubange (Luxembourg) > Film #619924 DGS #007944121 > Baptêmes 1729-1783 Mariages 1729-1776 Sépultures 1729-1776 > Image 342+343 of 605. 1743 Marriage Record, part 1 (right, bottom). (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSZV-FS5T-F?i=341&cat=74664 : accessed 26 November 2017) and 1743 Marriage Record, part 2 (left, top). (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSZV-FS55-K?i=342&cat=74664 : accessed 26 November 2017). 
  19. Archives Meurthe-et-Moselle (54), Herserange > 1743-1791 > 5 Mi 259/R 3 > image 193+194 of 328. 1744 Marriage Record, part 1 (right page, last entry). (http://archivesenligne.archives.cg54.fr/ark:/33175/s0054ad10ea3ebca/54b536f06bdc9 : accessed 6 Spetmeber 2020) and 1744 Marriage Record, part 2 (left page, first entry). (http://archivesenligne.archives.cg54.fr/ark:/33175/s0054ad10ea3ebca/54b536f06c729 : accessed 6 September 2020). 
  20. Ibid., Herserange > 1668-1773 > 5 Mi 259/R 1 > image 469 of 529.  1749 Death Record (bottom left and top right). (http://archivesenligne.archives.cg54.fr/ark:/33175/s0054ad10ea3e74c/54b53808a0bb3 : accessed 8 July 2020). 
  21. Ibid., Herserange >1743-1791 > 5 Mi 259/R 3 > image 126 of 328. 1756 Marriage Record (right page, last entry). (http://archivesenligne.archives.cg54.fr/ark:/33175/s0054ad10ea3ebca/54b536f0423eb : accessed 10 July 2020). 
  22. Ibid., Herserange > 1668-1773 > 5 Mi 259/R 1 > image 412 of 529. 1766 Death Record (right page, 3rd entry). (http://archivesenligne.archives.cg54.fr/ark:/33175/s0054ad10ea3e74c/54b538086dcc5 : accessed 8 July 2020). 
  23. Idib., Herserange 1668-1773 > 5 Mi 259/R 1 > image 434 of 529. 1759 Death Record (right page, 3rd entry). (http://archivesenligne.archives.cg54.fr/ark:/33175/s0054ad10ea3e74c/54b5380882189 : accessed 1 July 2020). 
  24. Ibid., Herserange 1668-1773 > 5 Mi 259/R 1 > image 416 of 529. 1765 Death Record (left page, 1st complete entry). (http://archivesenligne.archives.cg54.fr/ark:/33175/s0054ad10ea3e74c/54b538087141a : accessed 8 July 2020). 
  25. Luxembourg, registres paroissiaux, 1601-1948 (images), FamilySearch (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Rodange > Baptêmes, mariages, sépultures 1779-1793 > image 4 of 108. 1779 Baptismal Record (left page, first entry). (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-32463-15032-95?cc=2037955 : accessed 1 September 2020). 
  26. Ibid., Rodange > Baptêmes 1767-1777, 1779-1796, confirmations 1791, mariages 1767-1777, 1779-1795, sépultures 1767-1777, 1779-1797 > image 95 of 102. 1789 Death Record (left page, 2nd entry). (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-32463-15224-80?cc=2037955 : accessed 9 July 2020). 
  27. Archives Meurthe-et-Moselle (54), Hussigny-Godbrange 1714_1809 > 5 Mi 268/R 1 > image 621 of 677. 1802 Death Record (right page, first entry). (http://archivesenligne.archives.cg54.fr/ark:/33175/s0054ad10ea53d8a/54b01054ebc5f : accessed 9 July 2020). 

52 Ancestors: #15 Clemens-Weber Family of Steinheim, Luxembourg

Joannes CLEMENS (1750-1827) and Susanna WEBER (1750-1825) were my children’s 5th great-grandparents. Their research took me to villages I had not yet researched but I wasn’t surprised they had me searching through the parish records of the town I live in. The parish registers of baptisms, marriages, and burials for Echternach (blue cross) date from 1637 to 1797 and include the villages of Bech, Osweiler, and Steinheim (all in Luxembourg) and Ernzen, Ferschweiler, Irrel, Menningen, and Minden (all in Rhineland, Germany) (ruby icons).

Minden and Steinheim

Steinheim by Jean Bertels 1597
Johannes Bertelius [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Minden lies at the confluence of the Nims, a tributary of the Prüm, and the Sauer on the German side. The village was formerly attached to Echternach, but since the abbey was abolished it now belongs to the Edingen parish. Across the Sauer on the Luxembourg side lies the village of Steinheim (Steenem in Luxembourgish). It was also attached to Echternach and today belongs to the commune of Rosport. In a document from the 7th century, the place was called “Staneheim.” In earlier times quality stone was quarried there. In the Trierischen Chronik in 1822 Court of Appeals judge Müller tried to prove the stones used for the construction of the Roman baths near the monastery of St. Barbara in Trier, which had been uncovered that year, originated from Steinheim.

Susanna WEBER aka Susanna FEILEN

Susanna was baptized on 10 January 1750 in Minden.[1] She was the daughter of Matthias WEBER and Anna Margaretha FEILEN who married on 19 November 1748 in Echternach.[2] She was Matthias’ first born but not Anna Margaretha’s. Her mother was previously married in 1745[3], had a son in 1747[4], and was widowed in January 1748[5]. Ten months later she married Matthias.

Susanna had five known full siblings, all baptized in Minden where they were born: Maria on 14 September 1752, Peter on 2 August 1755, Maria on 9 May 1758, Johann on 14 December 1760, and Matthias on 13 April 1763[6]

Susanna WEBER married Joannes CLEMENT on 20 November 1771 in Steinheim.[7] If you take a close look at the marriage entry in the church records, you may ask, can this be the correct record?

In prasentia Petri Saubert ex Birckelt et Matthia Feilen ex Minheim R.D. Lucius Solemniza vit nomine meo in Stienheim matrimonium inter honestos adolescentes Joem filium gegitimum Danielis Clement ex Steinheim et Susanna filiam legitimam Matthias Feilen ex Minheim.

In the presence of Petri Saubert from Birckelt and Matthias Feilen from Minheim, R.D. Lucius solemnized a marriage in Steinheim between the respectable young Joem, legitimate son of Danielis Clement from Steinheim, and Susanna, the legitimate daughter of Matthias Feilen from Minheim. 

Susanna and her father Matthias were seen with the surname FEILEN, her mother’s maiden name, on the marriage record. This was not unusual as men and their families were at times known by their wives’ surname if they were living and/or working in the woman’s family home and/or business.

Joannes CLEMENS aka Joannes CLEMENT

Joannes “Jean” CLEMENT (1750-1827) was born about 1750 in Steinheim. No baptismal record has been found. The estimated year and place were taken from his death record.[8] He was seen as the son of Daniel CLEMENT on his marriage record (above). A woman named Elisabetha, wife of Daniel CLEMENT, died on 6 November 1777[9] and a man named Daniel CLEMENT died on 29 June 1778[10], both in Steinheim. These are believed to have been Joannes’ parents.

Over the years entries were found for Joannes with his surname spelled CLEMENT and CLEMEN. By the time he died his surname spelling had changed to CLEMENS.

Susanna and Joannis’ Children

Susanna and Joannes were the parents of eight children. When their first child was born in 1773 the mother’s maiden name was seen in the parish register as FEILEN. Later, at the time of the baptisms of their next seven children, she was seen with her father’s surname, WEBER.

  1. Elisabeth was baptized on 22 September 1773 in Steinheim; the godparents were Matthias Weber of Minden and Elisabeth Clement of Steinheim. Her godparents were likely her paternal grandmother and her maternal grandfather.[11]
  2. Lucia was baptized on 9 December 1775 in Steinheim; the godparents were Peter Sauber of Steinheim and Lucia Diemer of Ernzen. Lucia Diemer was the wife of Johann Feilen, the brother of the maternal grandmother.[12]
  3. Anna was baptized on 17 March 1780 in Steinheim; the godparents were Mathias Sauber and Anna Maria Hemsthal, both of Steinheim.[13]

Following the births of the first three children and before Susanna became pregnant with her fourth child, two of her daughters died. Lucia on 19 August 1781[14] and Anna Maria in 1782.[15]

  1. Pierre was baptized on 12 March 1783 in Steinheim; the godparents were Peter Kayser of Berdorf and Margaretha Feilen of Minden.[16]
  2. Johann was baptized on 9 February 1786 in Steinheim; the godparents were Johann Peters of Bollendorf and Maria Catharina Grupper of Steinheim.[17]

The family was now made up of one daughter and two sons. Their oldest child, daughter Elisabeth died on 11 May 1787.[18] It was about this time the family name spelling changed from CLEMENT to CLEMEN likely due to a change in the person who was in charge of making entries in the parish records (clearly seen in the change in handwriting).

  1. Hubert was baptized on 8 July 1788 in Steinheim; the godparents were Hubert Helfen of Kirsch and Anna Maria Goeden of Steinheim.[19]
  2. Anna was baptized on 20 February 1792 in Steinheim; the godparents were Christian Schneider of Minden and Anna Maria Grupper of Steinheim.[20] She lived only two days.[21]
  3. Elisabetha was baptized on 30 October 1796 in Steinheim; the godparents were Johann Feilen of Minden and Elisabeth Wagner of Steinheim.[22]

The youngest of Susanna and Joannes’ children was my children’s 4th great-grandmother.

Genealogy Sketch

Name: Joannes CLEMENS
Parents: Daniel CLEMENS and Elisabetha
Name of spouse:
 Susanna WEBER
Parents of spouse: Matthias WEBER and Anna Margaretha FEILEN
Whereabouts: Steinheim, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
Relationship to Cathy Meder-Dempsey: children’s 5th great-grandfather

1. Joannes CLEMENS and Susanna WEBER
2. Elisabetha CLEMENS
3. Catharina SCHERFF
4. Margaretha GORGES
5. Catharina “Catherine” “Ketty” “Ged” SCHWARTZ
6. Marcel Mathias MEDER
7. Cathy’s husband
8. Cathy’s children

The children begin to marry

The first of Susanna and Joannes’ children to marry was Pierre who married Marguerite KOENIG on 9 January 1809 in Rosport.[23] Pierre’s brother Johann must have met Marguerite’s sister following their marriage as Johann married Anna Maria KOENIG six years later, on 17 January 1815 in Rosport.[24]

By 1815 four of the eight children born to Susanna were deceased and two were married leaving only Hubert (27) and Elisabetha (19) at home. The family surname was now spelled CLEMENS in most records. Ten years later Susanna WEBER died on 4 March 1725 in Steinheim at the age of 75.[25] She left her husband Joannes (75), son Hubert (37), and daughter Elisabetha (28).

Nearly two years later Elisabetha at the age of 30 married the 34 years old Michel SCHERFF (1792-1865) on 12 February 1827 in Born.[26] Elisabetha and Michel’s story can be read here.

Joannes CLEMENS died on 25 September 1827 in Steinheim at the age of 77.[8] Three of his children were married. It is not known what became of his fourth child, Hubert who was not located in the marriage or death records of the commune of Rosport. Did he go off to work in another village or town in Luxembourg; in France, Germany, or Belgium; or did he emigrate to one of the Americas? Or do I really need to go back and check the parish records for deaths from the time of his birth in 1788 until 1797 (end of available church records online)?

Joannes and Susanna’s sons Pierre and Johann did not live to the ripe age of their parents. They died only a few years after their father, Pierre on 27 February 1830[27] at the age of 46 and Johann on 6 March 1831[28] at the age of 45.

The only known living child of Susanna and Joannes was their youngest, Elisabeth. She outlived her siblings by forty years, dying on 17 June 1870 at the age of 73.[29] She did not live quite as long as her parents but came close to their 75 and 77 years.

This post brings me halfway through my children’s paternal 5th great-grandparents.

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Sources:
[1] Luxembourg, registres paroissiaux, 1601-1948 (images), FamilySearch (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Echternach > Baptêmes 1638-1676, 1706-1760 > image 245 of 291. 1750 Baptismal Record. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-32401-1757-49?cc=2037955&wc=STHZ-SP1:1500937901,1500973966 : accessed 13 August 2015).
[2] Ibid., Echternach > Mariages, décès 1706-1778 > image 100 of 293. 1748 Religious Marriage Record. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32399-12628-34?cc=2037955&wc=STHC-PYM:1500937901,1501028848 : accessed 13 August 2015).
[3] Ibid., Echternach > Mariages, décès 1706-1778 > image 92 of 293. 1745 Marriage Record (left page, 4th entry). (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-L971-1X3T?cc=2037955&wc=STHC-PYM%3A1500937901%2C1501028848 : 9 January 2015).
[4] Bodo Bölkow and Richard Schaffner, Familienbuch 2 der Pfarrei St. Lambertus Edingen an der Sauer Daten bis 1798 aus den Kirchenbüchern der Pfarrei Echternach (damals für Minden und Menningen zuständig) mit Edingerberg, Minden u. Menningen 1680-1899 Edingen selbst ab 1705 (2000), page 196, family nr. 822. Roths-Feilen family group.
[5] Luxembourg Church Records, Echternach > Mariages, décès 1706-1778 > image 234 of 293. 1748 Death Record (left page, 8th entry). (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-8971-169B?cc=2037955&wc=STHC-PYM%3A1500937901%2C1501028848 : 9 January 2015).
[6] Bölkow and Schaffner, FB Edingen, page 196, family nr. 822. Roths-Feilen family group.
[7] Luxembourg Church Records, Echternach > Mariages, décès 1706-1778  > image 160 of 293. 1771 Marriage Record (right page, 5th entry). (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-L971-16P2?cc=2037955&wc=STHC-PYM%3A1500937901%2C1501028848 : 9 January 2015).
[8] Luxembourg, Registres d’état civil, 1662-1941 (images), FamilySearch (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Rosport > Naissances 1889-1890 Mariages 1797-1890 Décès 1797-1853 > image 1110 of 1410. 1827 Death Record No. 26. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11613-14127-96?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-L6L:n1038283664 : accessed 5 Apr 2010).
[9] Luxembourg Church Records, Echternach > Mariages, décès 1706-1778  > image 282 of 293. 1777 Death Record (left page, 3rd entry from bottom).(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-L971-1XGK?cc=2037955&wc=STHC-PYM%3A1500937901%2C1501028848 : 9 January 2015).
[10] Ibid., Echternach > Mariages, décès 1706-1778 > image 283 of 293. 1778 Death Record (left page, 3rd entry). (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-9971-1XGM?cc=2037955&wc=STHC-PYM%3A1500937901%2C1501028848 : 9 January 2015).
[11] Ibid., Echternach > Baptêmes 1761-1797 > image 65 of 131. 1773 Baptismal Record ( left page, 8th entry).  (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-8971-1X7D?cc=2037955&wc=STHC-PY3%3A1500937901%2C1501065634 : 9 January 2015).
[12] Ibid., Echternach > Baptêmes 1761-1797 > image 76 of 131. 1775 Baptismal Record (left page, 8th entry). (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-8971-1XQL?cc=2037955&wc=STHC-PY3%3A1500937901%2C1501065634 : 9 January 2015).
[13] Ibid., Echternach > Baptêmes, mariages, décès 1779-1787 > image 45 of 319. 1780 Baptismal Record (left page). (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-99WM-9HGX?cc=2037955&wc=STH6-FM4%3A1500937901%2C1501004260 : 9 January 2015).
[14] Ibid., Echternach > Baptêmes, mariages, décès 1779-1783 > image 104 of 177. 1781 Death Record (right page, 8th entry). “Luxembourg registres paroissiaux, 1601-1948,” images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-99WM-MD5X?cc=2037955&wc=STHC-YWT%3A1500937901%2C1500939202 : 9 January 2015).
[15] Ibid., Echternach > Baptêmes, mariages, décès 1779-1783 > image 139 of 177. 1782 Death Record (left page, 7th entry). (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-99WM-MDR3?cc=2037955&wc=STHC-YWT%3A1500937901%2C1500939202 : 9 January 2015).
[16] Ibid., Echternach > Baptêmes, mariages, décès 1779-1787 > image 149 of 319. 1783 Baptismal Record (right page, last entry). (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-L9WM-94RR?cc=2037955&wc=STH6-FM4%3A1500937901%2C1501004260 : 9 January 2015).
[17] Ibid., Echternach > Baptêmes, mariages, décès 1779-1787 > image 260 of 319. 1786 Baptismal Record (right page, top).  (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-L9WM-942J?cc=2037955&wc=STH6-FM4%3A1500937901%2C1501004260 : 9 January 2015).
[18] Ibid., Echternach > Baptêmes, mariages, décès 1779-1787 > image 317 of 319. 1787 Death Record (left page, 1st entry). (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-99WM-94GG?cc=2037955&wc=STH6-FM4%3A1500937901%2C1501004260 : 9 January 2015).
[19] Ibid., Echternach > Baptêmes, mariages, décès 1788-1797 > image 12 of 331. 1788 Baptismal Record (right page, 3rd entry). (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-99WM-94RR?cc=2037955&wc=STHZ-4W5%3A1500937901%2C1500937902 : 9 January 2015).
[20] Ibid., Echternach > Baptêmes, mariages, décès 1788-1797 > image 131 of 331. 1792 Baptismal Record (left page, first entry). (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-89WM-9CH5?cc=2037955&wc=STHZ-4W5%3A1500937901%2C1500937902 : 9 January 2015).
[21] Ibid., Echternach > Baptêmes, mariages, décès 1788-1797 > image 145 of 331. 1792 Death Record (left page, 7th entry). (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-89WM-9C8Q?cc=2037955&wc=STHZ-4W5%3A1500937901%2C1500937902 : 9 January 2015).
[22] Luxembourg Civil Records, Echternach > Tables décennales 1823-1892 Registres paroissiaux 1779-1797 Naissances 1796-1808 > image 936 of 1446. 1796 Baptismal Record. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-11573-69388-66?cc=1709358&wc=9RY9-3TL:129623201,130776701 : accessed 10 August 2015).
[23] Ibid., Rosport > Naissances 1889-1890 Mariages 1797-1890 Décès 1797-1853 > image 110 of 1410. 1809 Marriage Record No. 1 (part 1). (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11613-16270-46?cc=1709358&wc=9RY4-3TL:130314401,130555301 : accessed 13 August 2015).
[24] Ibid., Rosport > Naissances 1889-1890 Mariages 1797-1890 Décès 1797-1853 > image 146 of 1410. 1815 Marriage Record No. 2. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11613-8390-85?cc=1709358&wc=9RY4-3TL:130314401,130555301 : accessed 13 August 2015).
[25] Ibid., Rosport > Naissances 1889-1890 Mariages 1797-1890 Décès 1797-1853 > image 1085 of 1410. 1825 Death Record No. 5. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11613-8498-12?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-L6L:n1038283664 : accessed 5 April 2010).
[26] Ibid., Mompach > Naissances 1834-1890 Mariages 1797-1814, 1796-1809, 1799-1830 > image 1061 of 1393. 1827 Marriage Record No. 2.  (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12131-134204-2?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-LHS:2047330937 : accessed 7 Apr 2010).
[27] Ibid., Rosport > Naissances 1889-1890 Mariages 1797-1890 Décès 1797-1853 > image 1134 of 1410. 1830 Death Record No. 6. (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HY-DY34-JJ?cc=1709358&wc=9RY4-3TL%3A130314401%2C130555301 : accessed  14 April 2017).
[28] Ibid., Rosport > Naissances 1889-1890 Mariages 1797-1890 Décès 1797-1853 > image 1143 of 1410. 1831 Death Record No. 8. (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HY-DY36-8J?cc=1709358&wc=9RY4-3TL%3A130314401%2C130555301 : accessed 14 April 2017).
[29] Ibid., Mompach > Mariages 1831-1890 Décès 1796-1814, 1799-1830, 1799-1880 > image 1393 of 1480. 1870 Death Record No. 13. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-12874-16490-66?cc=1709358&wc=9RYW-MNL:130097801,130138901 : accessed 9 August 2015).

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