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.

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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.

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).

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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: #33 SCHERFF-CLEMENS, A Family Dependent on Each Other

Week 33 (August 13-19) – Defective, Dependent, & Delinquent: In 1880, there was a special census schedule for “Defective, Dependent, and Delinquent Classes” — the blind, deaf, paupers, homeless children, prisoners, insane, and idiotic. Do you have someone in your family tree who would have been classified as such? (To learn more about the special 1880 schedule, see my post, “Do You Have a Defective Ancestor?“)

A Researcher’s Wish List

As soon as I read Amy’s post, Do You Have a Defective Ancestor? I knew wanted to search for two of my 4th great-grand uncles, John G. “Jehu” (deaf & dumb) and Jubal (idiot) SUMNER. Although I have my own little trick to access FREE census records these schedules are only available on Ancestry.com with a subscription. The Research Manager in my genealogy program is going to come in handy when I decide to subscribe again. In the meantime….

Imagine what your research would be like if the census had been taken every 3 or so years instead of once a decade. What would you wish for on the census to make your research easier? Maiden names? Birthdates? The name of the town instead of the state for the birthplace? Religious affiliation? The whereabouts of a missing household member? Signature of the head of household? Wish no more if you are one of the lucky ones to have ancestors in Luxembourg. Thanks to FamilySearch these census records are FREE although browse only.

House Name (Maison dite)

Along with the above research helpers the Luxembourg census also included the house name (maison dite). In Luxembourg the homes of long established families were known by their surname or their occupation. The SCHERFF-CLEMENS family lived in a house called Steimetz or Steimes in 1855, 1858, 1861, 1864, 1867, 1875, and 1880. [see census discussion below] Steimetz is an occupation, i.e. stone mason, and a surname. In later years, on the census, the street where the family lived, Duerfstrooss, was listed instead of the house name. I’m certain the SCHERFF-CLEMENS family was living in the ancestral home of the paternal grandmother’s family since she was a STEIMETZ.

The Father

Michel SCHERFF (1792-1865) was born and baptized on 2 July 1792 in Born. His parents were Joannes SCHERFF (1754-1805) and Maria STEIMETZ (1763-1833).[1]

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1792 Baptismal Record for Joannes Scherff [1]
Michel’s godparents were Michael BRAUN from Givenich and Catharina STEIMETZ, his mother’s sister, from Born. His father Joannes and his godmother Catharina signed the baptismal record with a mark (Hand X zeichen) while his godfather Michael BRAUN had a very strong signature. (above)

Michel, the oldest of four known children, was only 12 1/2 years old when his father Joannes SCHERFF died on 20 January 1805 in Born. (see next image for 2nd part)

The Mother

Elisabetha CLEMENS (1796-1870) was born and baptized on 30 October 1796 in Steinheim. She was the daughter of Suzanna “Susanne” WEBER (1750-1825) and Joannes “Jean” CLEMENS (1750-1827).[2], [3][4] An extract of her baptismal record was obtained as evidence of her birth when she married in 1827.

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1827 Extract of 1796 Baptimal Record of Elisabetha Clemens (part 1)[2]
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1827 Extract of 1796 Baptimal Record of Elisabetha Clemens (part 2)[3]
This extract of the baptismal record led me to the original church record.[4] (below)

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Original 1796 Baptismal Record for Elisabetha Clemens [4]
Her godparents were Joannes FEYLEN of Minheim (today known as Minden in Germany) and Elisabetha WAGENER of Steinheim. It’s important to pay attention to the godparents. The mother Susanne was from Minden and I wondered if Joannes FEYLEN could be a relative. I hadn’t researched Susanne’s parentage. Sometimes you have to go with the flow and check out these things. I won’t go into how I pulled this ancestor out of the hat but it turns out Susanne’s mother was a FEILEN per her 10 January 1750 baptismal record (right page, 2nd entry under 1750). The relationship to Joannes FEYLEN will have to wait for later.

Elisabetha’s mother Susanne WEBER died 4 March 1825 in Steinheim at the age of 65 years.[5] Her father Jean CLEMENS died 25 September 1827 in Steinheim also at the age of 65 years.[6] His birth/baptismal record has not been located to confirm his age at time of death.

The Marriage

Michel SCHERFF married Elisabetha CLEMENS on 12 February 1827 in Born.[7] Michel was 33 and Elisabetha was 30 years old. Michel’s mother Maria STEIMETZ and Elisabeth’s father Joannes CLEMENS were present and consented to the marriage. The bride and the mother of the groom were unable to right and made their mark (Hand X zeichen). The four witnesses were all from Born and possibly distantly related to the groom. The handwriting on the marriage record is faint and difficult to read. As the marriage took place in Born the bride Elisabetha, who was from Steinheim, had to produce a record of her birth and her mother’s death. These extracts were found at the end of the marriage records for 1827. The supporting documentation helped decipher the faint handwriting on the marriage record.

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Signatures of the groom, father of the bride, four witnesses, civil servant, and the marks of the bride and mother of the groom.[7]

The Children

As seen in the marriage record Michel and Elisabetha were not a young couple when they married. Their first child was born 14 months after the marriage, the second followed 5 years later, and their third and last 16 months later. Elisabetha was 5 days short of her 40th birthday when she gave birth to her last child and only daughter Catharina.

  1. Johann SCHERFF born 8 Apr 1828 in Born.[8] He married Margaretha GOTTONG (1830-1903) on 27 Jan 1858 in Mompach.[9] Johann died 7 Dec 1901 in Born.[10]
  2. Peter SCHERFF born 24 Jun 1833 in Born.[11] He married Catharina WEYLAND (1839-1912) on 5 Feb 1862 in Mompach.[12] Peter died 18 Mar 1912 in Born.[13]
  3. Catharina SCHERFF born 25 Oct 1836 in Born.[14] She married Johann GORGES (1838-1913) on 14 Jan 1868 in Mompach.[15] Catharina died 2 Nov 1908 in Born.[16]

The Census

On 22 December 1843 the SCHERFF-CLEMENS family was enumerated in Born. The surname was spelled Schärff instead of Scherff. The birthdates are not all exact matches. Michel was working as a garde champêtre or rural guard (forest ranger, game warden). The children were all living at home and between the ages of 15 and 7.[17]

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1843 Luxembourg Census

On 3 December 1846 the birthdates were once again included. The surname was spelled correctly. Michel was now working as a day laborer, Elisabetha was taking care of the household and three children.[18]

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1846 Luxembourg Census

On 31 Dec 1847 the SCHERFF-CLEMENS household remained unchanged. The census form was in German and French and included a column with the length of time a person had been living in the community. Michel and the children had been living there since birth. Elisabetha had been living in Born for 20 years, since her marriage in 1827. Michel’s occupation was once again garde champêtre.[19]

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1847 Luxembourg Census

In Dec 1849 the person who enumerated the census added the German translation of the headers for columns 2, 3, and 4. The SCHERFF-CLEMENS household remained the same. Michel’s occupation is illegible to me while the sons worked as day laborers. His wife Elisabetha and their daughter Catharina did not work outside of the home.[20]

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1849 Luxembourg Census

On 31 Dec 1851 when the census was taken the information requested was the same as in 1847 – including the length of residence. As on all the census forms, for the place of birth the town was listed and if a person was a foreigner his country of origin was to be included. Although the sons were 24 and 18 they were still living at home and listed as not working. Michel was now the town crier/messenger (Gemeindebote).[21]

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1851 Luxembourg Census

The census taken on 4 Dec 1852 gives very little information compared to the previous census. Missing in the SCHERFF-CLEMENS household is the younger son Peter. I cannot decipher Michel’s occupation but believe it may be another term (perhaps French) for Gemeindebote.[22]

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1852 Luxembourg Census

On 3 Dec 1855 the SCHERFF-CLEMENS family is seen living in a house called Steimetz. Son Peter is back home. Michel is seen as a day laborer and most likely his sons are working with him. This census was signed Michel Scherff. Why is his signature on the census sheet? I had a look at several households before and after this one and came to this conclusion: Michel SCHERFF was the enumerator![23]

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1855 Luxembourg Census

On 3 Dec 1858 the SCHERFF-CLEMENS family, living in a house called Steimetz, had a new member in the family. Their oldest son Jean married Margaretha GOTTONG in January of the same year and the newlyweds were living with his parents and siblings. Michel’s occupation is the same as it was in 1852 but I still cannot decipher the word. The enumerator for the census was once again Michel SCHERFF and his son Jean SCHERFF signed instead of the head of household.[24]

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1858 Luxembourg Census

On 3 Dec 1861 the home of the SCHERFF-CLEMENS family was still known as Steimetz. Michel was 70 years and 2 months and still working as the town crier, his wife Elisabetha was 68 years and 6 months, his son Peter was 27 years and 6 months and worked as a stone mason (Steinmetzer), and their daughter Catharina was 25 years and 3 months and did not work.[25] Their son Jean, his wife, and their second son (their first died at 7 weeks) had moved out of the family home however the census page found for them indicated they also lived in the house named Steinmetz.[26] Jean SCHERFF was the enumerator of the 1861 census for Born, his father signed this page and the page found for Jean was signed by his wife Margaretha GOTTONG.

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1861 Luxembourg Census

The census taken on 3 Dec 1864 shows two families living in the Steimens house. Michel, Elisabetha, Catharina and her illegitimate son Jean are one family. Son Jean, his wife Margaretha, and their daughter Catharina are the second family.[27] Son Peter was also married with two children. His home was called beim Steimens Pit, meaning “at Peter Steimens’ ” or “at Peter Steimetz’s.”[28] Not only were houses known by the name of a family or their ocupation, a person could also be known by the name of his house or his occupation. So Peter SCHERFF, the grandson of Maria STEIMETZ, was known by his father’s mother’s maiden name Steimetz OR by his occupation which was Steinhauer on the 1864 census or Steinmetz.

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1864 Luxembourg Census

On 2 January 1865, a month after the above census sheet was filled out, Michel died in his home at 0ne o’clock in the morning.[29]

On 3 December 1867 his widow Elisabetha CLEMENS was living in the Steimetz house. She was 75 years old and working as a day laborer. With her in the household were her grandson Jean and her daughter Catharina. Elisabetha, seen as Elise, could not write and her son Jean SCHERFF signed for her.[30]

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1867 Luxembourg Census

The 1867 census was the last before Elisabetha’s death on 17 June 1870 in Born.[31]

Her oldest son Jean and her daughter Catharina continued to be enumerated in the house called Steimetz in 1875[32][33] and 1880[34], [35]. They were listed separately which may indicate the homeplace was large enough for two families to live as two households.

Dependent

What did I learn from this census study? Michel and Elisabetha and their three children Johann, Peter, and Catharina had to be a close-knit family. They lived together in the Steimetz family home even after the children married and started their own families. They depended on each other. Although I haven’t seen the pre-1843 census records, I can imagine Michel’s mother Maria STEIMETZ must have lived with them, or they with her, in the Steimetz home until her death in 1833.

It is my firm belief the Steimetz family home was a multigenerational home for the STEIMETZ and later the SCHERFF families. The family’s welfare was dependent on each member of the family. When Maria was still living she most likely helped care for her grandchildren while her son and daughter-in-law cared for her. This dependence on  family members continued as the next generation joined the family.

The Grandchildren

The three children of Michel and Elisabetha gave them 23 grandchildren – all born in the little village named Born. Michel lived to see the first six although two pre-deceased him. Elisabetha lived to see the first eleven, nine were living when she died.

G.Ch 1: Peter SCHERFF (Johann) born 9 Apr 1859 in Born and died 27 May 1859 in Born.
G.Ch 2: Peter SCHERFF (Johann) born 2 Sep 1860 in Born and died 19 Jan 1863 in Born.
G.Ch 3: Johann (the elder) GORGES (Catharina) born 30 Jan 1862 in Born. He married Barbara BECHTHOLD (1864- ) before 1885.
G.Ch 4: Jacob SCHERFF (Peter) born 24 Dec 1862 in Born and died 14 Nov 1941 in Dudelange. He married Anne LANG (1857-1924) on 5 Feb 1887 in Dudelange.
G.Ch 5: Catharina SCHERFF (Peter) born 26 Feb 1864 in Born.
G.Ch 6: Catharina SCHERFF (Johann) born 13 May 1864 in Born and died 4 Jul 1898 in Born.
G.Ch 7: Dorothea SCHERFF (Peter) born 6 May 1866 in Born and died 17 Jun 1932 in Beaufort.
G.Ch 8: Peter SCHERFF (Johann) born 22 Jul 1866 in Born and died 19 Jul 1875 in Born.
G.Ch 9: Margaretha GORGES (Catharina) born 27 Jul 1868 in Born and 23 Oct 1938 in Osaweiler. She married Johannes “Johann” “Jean” SCHWARTZ (1866-1920) on 24 Aug 1891 in Rosport.
G.Ch 10: Johann SCHERFF (Peter) born 18 Mar 1870 in Born and died 15 Sep 1921 in Born. He married Anna BIERCHEN (1880-1965) on 21 May 1902 Mompach.
G.Ch 11: Maria GORGES (Catharina) born 4 Jun 1870 in Born and 30 Jun 1921 in Born. She married Mathias LEMMER (1878- ) on 30 Dec 1906 in Mompach.
G.Ch 12: Elisabeth GORGES (Catharina) born 11 Oct 1871 in Born and died 6 Sep 1894 in Born.
G.Ch 13: Anna SCHERFF (Peter) born 26 Dec 1871 in Born.
G.Ch 14: Johann SCHERFF (Johann) born 4 Oct 1873 in Born. He married Anna-Elisabeth “Anna” BECHTHOLD (1872- ) on 16 Jan 1899 in Mompach.
G.Ch 15: Anna SCHERFF (Peter) born 25 Feb 1874 in Born
G.Ch 16: Peter GORGES (Catharina) born and died 16 Oct 1874 in Born.
G.Ch 17: Helena GORGES (Catharina) born 5 Jan 1876 in Born.
G.Ch 18: Michel SCHERFF (Peter) born 14 Jul 1877 in Born.
G.Ch 19: Peter GORGES (Catharina) born 16 Apr 1878 in Born and died 25 May 1906 in Born.
G.Ch 20: Mathias GORGES (Catharina) born 9 Mar 1880 in Born.
G.Ch 21: Mathias SCHERFF (Peter) born 25 Apr 1880 in Born and died 7 Jul 1880 in Born.
G.Ch 22: Johann (the younger) GORGES (Catharina) born 24 Jun 1883 in Born.
G.Ch 23: Georges SCHERFF (Peter) born 16 Feb 1886 in Born.

Source citations with links to the birth, death and marriage records of the grandchildren may be requested per email or viewed in my gedcom file.

Defective, Dependent, & Delinquent

I hope you’ve enjoyed how I defected from the theme for it to work for the SCHERFF-CLEMENS family. A theme based on U.S. research records cannot be used when writing about European or other non-U.S. families. Was it a delinquency on my part to twist it around to work for this family who was dependent on each other?

 

 

 

Sources:
[1] Luxembourg, registres paroissiaux, 1601-1948 (images), FamilySearch (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Born > Baptêmes 1761-1797, mariages 1761-1797, sépultures 1762-1797 > image 44 of 88. 1792 Baptismal Record. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-32399-4066-61?cc=2037955&wc=STH6-MJQ:1500965969,1500965970 : accessed 10 August 2015).
[2] Luxembourg, Registres d’état civil, 1662-1941 (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 1082 of 1393. 1796 Baptismal Record (extract) part 1 (right page).  (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12131-129477-92?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-LHS:2047330937 : accessed 13 Apr 2013).
[3] Ibid., Mompach > Naissances 1834-1890 Mariages 1797-1814, 1796-1809, 1799-1830 > image 1083 of 1393. 1796 Baptismal Record (extract) page 2 (left page). (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12131-129723-23?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-LHS:2047330937 : accessed 13 Apr 2013).
[4] Ibid., 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).
[5] 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).
[6] Ibid., 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).
[7] 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).
[8] Ibid., Mompach > Mariages 1831-1890 Décès 1796-1814, 1799-1830, 1799-1880 > image 510 of 1480. 1858 Marriage Record No. 2. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-12874-22567-77?cc=1709358&wc=9RYW-MNL:130097801,130138901 : accessed 10 August 2015). Note: The date of birth was found on the tables décennales however the birth record has not been located.
[9] Ibid., Mompach > Mariages 1831-1890 Décès 1796-1814, 1799-1830, 1799-1880 > image 510 of 1480. 1858 Marriage Record No. 2. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-12874-22567-77?cc=1709358&wc=9RYW-MNL:130097801,130138901 : accessed 10 August 2015). Note: The bride’s maiden name was spelled Gottung.
[10 Ibid., Mompach > Décès 1895-1912 > image 48 of 143. 1901 Death Record No. 17. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32063-14505-75?cc=1709358&wc=9RT1-4WT:130097801,129657201 : accessed 9 August 2015).
[11] Ibid., Mompach > Naissances 1799-1834 > image 267 of 272. 1833 Birth Record No. 20. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-12332-98522-18?cc=1709358&wc=9RYQ-ZNP:130097801,130378501 : accessed 27 April 2015).
[12] Ibid., Mompach > Mariages 1831-1890 Décès 1796-1814, 1799-1830, 1799-1880 > image 536 of 1480. 1862 Marriage Record No. 3. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-12874-18912-63?cc=1709358&wc=9RYW-MNL:130097801,130138901 : accessed 10 August 2015).
[13] Ibid., Mompach > Décès 1895-1912 > image 137 of 143. 1912 Death Record No. 6. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32063-14169-91?cc=1709358&wc=9RT1-4WT:130097801,129657201 : accessed 9 August 2015).
[14] Ibid., 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).
[15] 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).
[16] 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).
[17] Luxembourg, Volkszählungen 1843-1900 (images), FamilySearch (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Mompach > 1843 > image 25 of 149. Scherff-Clemens household. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-32357-12854-38?cc=2037957&wc=M5LT-921:345859501,345863501 : accessed 9 August 2015).
[18] Ibid., Mompach > 1846 > image 26 of 158. Scherff-Clemens household. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-32355-4055-17?cc=2037957&wc=M5LR-N3Y:345859501,345858602 : accessed 9 August 2015).
[19] Ibid., Mompach > 1847 > image 30 of 153. Scherff-Clemens household No. 29. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-32368-15200-50?cc=2037957&wc=M5LY-ZJL:345859501,345864101 : accessed 9 August 2015).
[20] Ibid., Mompach > 1849 > image 13 of 161. Scherff-Clemens household. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-32358-23246-78?cc=2037957&wc=M5LT-821:345859501,345864801 : accessed 9 August 2015).
[21] Ibid., Mompach > 1851 > image 26 of 163. Scherff-Clemens household. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-32378-32104-84?cc=2037957&wc=M5GM-K66:345859501,345865601 : accessed 9 August 2015).
[22] Ibid., Mompach > 1852 > image 24 of 176. Scherff-Clemens household. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-32377-33464-25?cc=2037957&wc=M5L1-Y45:345859501,345865501 : accessed 9 August 2015).
[23] Ibid., Mompach > 1855 > image 8 of 166. Scherff-Clemens household. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32378-12281-40?cc=2037957&wc=M5GM-WQQ:345859501,345866501 : accessed 9 August 2015).
[24] Ibid., Mompach > 1858 > image 26 of 165. Scherff-Clemens household No. 21. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32379-16496-16?cc=2037957&wc=M5G9-92Y:345859501,345867601 : accessed 9 August 2015).
[25] Ibid., Mompach > 1861 > image 4 of 176. Scherff-Clemens household No. 3. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32377-2222-95?cc=2037957&wc=M5LB-DPT:345859501,345867101 : accessed 9 August 2015).
[26] Ibid., Mompach > 1861 > image 10 of 176. Scherff-Gotting household No. 7. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32377-2173-77?cc=2037957&wc=M5LB-DPT:345859501,345867101 : accessed 26 April 2015).
[27] Ibid., Mompach > 1864 > image 157 of 181. Scherff-Clemens household No. 35. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-32371-5969-83?cc=2037957&wc=M5LY-Y4M:345859501,345868401 : accessed 9 August 2015).
[28] Ibid., Mompach > 1864 > image 143 of 181. Scherff-Weiland household No. 21. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-32371-6250-28?cc=2037957&wc=M5LY-Y4M:345859501,345868401 : accessed 9 August 2015).
[29] Luxembourg Civil Records, Mompach > Mariages 1831-1890 Décès 1796-1814, 1799-1830, 1799-1880 > image 1339 of 1480. 1865 Death Record No. 1. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-12874-13264-86?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-L4B:1262051718 : accessed 05 Apr 2013).
[30] Luxembourg Census, Mompach > 1867 > image 85 of 186. Elizabeth Clemens household no. 10. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32383-28029-48?cc=2037957&wc=M5GQ-HZ4:345859501,345869101 : accessed 24 April 2015).
[31] Luxembourg Civil Records, 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).
[32] Luxembourg Census, Mompach > 1875 > image 79 of 368. Scherff-Gotting household No. 35. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-32382-8957-83?cc=2037957&wc=M5G3-N3V:345859501,345870501 : accessed 26 April 2015).
[33] 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).
[34] Ibid., Mompach > 1880 > image 55 of 390. Scherff-Gotting household No. 24. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32391-17381-30?cc=2037957&wc=M5G3-DP5:345859501,345872201 : accessed 9 August 2015).
[35] 19. Luxembourg, Volkszählungen 1843-1900 (images), <i>FamilySearch</i> (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), 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).

Genealogy Sketch

Name: Michel SCHERFF
Parents: Joannes SCHERFF and Maria STEIMETZ
Spouse: Elisabetha CLEMENS
Parents of spouse: Joannes CLEMENS and Susanna WEBER
Whereabouts: Born, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
Relationship to Cathy Meder-Dempsey: husband’s 3rd great-grandfather

1. Michel SCHERFF
2. Catharina SCHERFF
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: #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!

pedigree

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

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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, 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 first born 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.

52 Ancestors: #16 Live Long: Hélène SCHWARTZ 102 years, 3 months, 20 days

Week 16 (April 16-22) – Live Long. Time to feature a long-lived ancestor. Any centenarians in the family?

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Hélène SCHWARTZ 1909-2012

Hélène FASSBENDER-SCHWARTZ, a granddaughter of Johann SCHWARTZ and Catharina SCHMITT was a centenarian and the longest living person in this family. Hélène was born on 22 October 1909 in Osweiler[1] in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg to Nicolas SCHWARTZ and Maria WEILAND. She married Adolf “Adolphe” FASSBENDER with whom she had one daughter. Adolf passed away at the age of 33 years in 1942. Sixty years later on 11 February 2012[2] Hélène passed away at the age of 102 years, 3 months, and 20 days. Her unexpected death followed a fall from which she did not recover. At the time of her death she was the second oldest member of L’Amiperas Ettelbréck (a club for elderly, retired, and solitary persons). She was an active committee member until the age of 97. She played cards twice a week with her friends at the club meetings and she did not like to lose.

The SCHWARTZ-SCHMITT Family

My husband’s 2nd great-grandfather Johann SCHWARTZ was born on 10 March 1823 in Osweiler to Mathias SCHWARTZ and his wife Anna TRIERWEILER. This date was found on his 1855 marriage record.[3]

I haven’t been able to locate the birth record online at FamilySearch in the Luxembourg, Civil Registration, 1662-1941 collection. At one time they listed town/hamlet names in this browse only collection but during rework of the collection these were combined into the commune/municipality level. I have a birth record from 1821 for his older brother Hari that I downloaded on 22 May 2011. At the time I failed to include the link or the browse path. Links at FamilySearch are not supposed to change so if I’d have had the foresight to note this at the time I might not be sitting here pulling my hair and trying to locate the record. I sent an email to the support team at FamilySearch and hope that they may have a solution for the issue. Lesson learned: Since I began blogging I’ve been more careful about citing sources correctly but the dozen years of research from pre-blogging era still have sources that need to be corrected and/or updated.

My husband’s 2nd great-grandmother Catharina SCHMITT was born on 14 June 1829 in Kalberger Hof, Burgermeisterei Heidweiler, Kreis Wittlich, Preussen (Germany) to Nicolaus SCHMITT and his wife Anna Maria WOLLSCHEID. Once again I must rely on the birth information given in the 1855 marriage record as I am not familiar with where to find the German records.

Johann SCHWARTZ married Catharina SCHMITT on 27 January 1855 in Rosport, Grand Duché de Luxembourg. Present at the wedding were Johann’s widowed father Mathias who declared that he could not write and did not sign the marriage record, his brother Christophe, and Catharina’s widowed mother. The three other witnesses were not related to the bridal couple.[3]

Johann and Catharina’s first child Maria SCHWARTZ (1855-1859) was born six months later on 28 July 1855 in Osweiler.[4]

Johann, Catharina, and their daughter Maria were living with his parents and his paternal grandmother – a four generation household – when the census was taken on 3 December 1855 in Osweiler.[5]

When the next census was taken on 3 December 1858 Johann, Catharina, and Maria were living in  a house called “Millesch” in Osweiler.[6] Catharina was very pregnant with her next child Anna SCHWARTZ (1858-1860) who was born on 12 December 1858 in Osweiler.[7]

When Anna was nine months old her older sister Maria, age 4, died on 8 September 1859 in Osweiler.[8] Four months later on 11 January 1860 Anna, age 1, died in Osweiler.[9]

Following the deaths of their daughters, Johann and Catharina were childless until their first son was born. Heinrich SCHWARTZ (1861-1935) was born on 25 May 1861 in Osweiler.[10]

On 3 December 1861 when the census was taken Johann and Catharina were enumerated in their own household with their son Heinrich.[11] Their names were listed as Jean, Catherine and Henri.

Little Henri’s brother Peter SCHWARTZ (1863-1866) was born 27 April 1863 in Osweiler.[12] He was seen as Pierre when the family was once again enumerated on the census on 3 December 1864. The family was made up of father, mother, two sons and Nicolas SCHMITT, a brother of Catharina SCHMITT.[13]

A third son, Johannes SCHWARTZ (1866-1920), was born on 26 January 1866 in Osweiler.[14] Ten months later his brother Peter, age 3, died on 10 November 1866 in Osweiler.[15]

By the time that the census was taken on 3 December 1867, Johann and Catharina had had five children but only two were still living, Heinrich and Johann.[16] Catharina was pregnant with her sixth child. On 23 July 1868 son Nicolas SCHWARTZ (1868-1946) was born in Osweiler.[17]

The family must have been relieved when the next census was taken on 1 December 1871 and they could list their three sons: Heinrich, Johann, and Nikolaus.[18], [19], [20]

Soon after the 1871 census Catharina was once again pregnant. Her daughter Maria SCHWARTZ (1872-?) was born on 13 October 1872 in Osweiler.[21]

Johann and Catharina had three children living at home on 1 December 1875.[22], [23], [24] Their oldest son Heinrich was living with the SCHOMER-MARX family a few houses away and working as a Knecht or farmhand.[25], [26], [27]

By 1 December 1880 all of Johann and Catharina’s sons were likely working and living with other families as only daughter Maria was seen with her parents in Osweiler.[28], [29], [30]

Heinrich and Johann were once again living at home with their parents and sister Maria on 1 December 1885. Only their younger brother Nicolas was missing and probably working and living with another family.[31], [32], [33]

On 1 February 1887 this tight-knit family was seen together again on the census. The three sons were now 25, 21, and 18 years old. Maria was 14.[34], [35], [36]

Johann and Catharina’s oldest son Heinrich was missing from the 1 December 1890 census. Sons Johann and Nicolas were living at home. Daughter Maria is noted as living and working in Paris for the past 13 months.[37], [38], [39]

A year later the first of Johann and Catharina’s children finally married. Their son Johann, age 25, married Margaritha GORGES (1868-1938) on 24 August 1891 in a civil ceremony in Rosport.[40] It is very likely that they also married in a religious ceremony in the Catholic church in Osweiler.

Son Johann may have taken over the family home as he was seen as the head of household on 1 Dec 1895 in Osweiler. In his household were his wife and their four children, his parents and his younger brother Nicolas. On the back of the census page it is noted that his sister Maria had been living and working in Trier, Germany, for the past 6 months. Also his brother Heinrich had been living and working in America for the past five years. This is very likely the answer to the question of where Heinrich was when the 1890 census was taken.[41], [42], [43]

Johann SCHWARTZ, the father of this family, died on 13 February 1898 at 12:30 p.m. at his home in Osweiler. His son Johann was the informant.[44]

Two years later in Rosport the youngest son of this family, Nicolas, married Maria WEILAND on 14 May 1900.[45] Nicolas and Maria had a 2 1/2 years old son who was legitimized at the time of their marriage.

Heinrich, the oldest son of this family, had returned from America and married Margaretha “Marie” SCHULER (1876-aft. 1935) on 20 November 1900.[46]

When the time came for the census on 1 December 1900 all of the sons of this family were married and living on their own. The mother Catharina was living with her middle son Johann, her daughter-in-law, and their children, her seven grandchildren.[47], [48], [49]

The daughter Maria has not been located after 1895. In 1890 she was living in Paris and in 1895 in Trier. Was she married by 1900 and perhaps no longer living in Luxembourg?

The sons of Johann and Catharina had many children who, for the most part, lived to adult age. Heinrich had 11, Johann had 12, and Nicolas had at least 8.

Nicolas’ daughter Hélène, who would later be the centenarian of this family, was a little over a year old when her paternal grandmother Catharina SCHMITT died on 1 December 1910 in Osweiler.[50]

Ten years later Johann SCHWARTZ died on 4 January 1920 in Osweiler at the age of 53. His brother Nicolas was the informant on 5 January 1920 in Rosport.[51]

Another fifteen years later Heinrich SCHWARTZ died on 7 May 1935 in Osweiler at the age of 73.[52]

The last living child of this family, Hélène’s father Nicolas SCHWARTZ, died on 16 March 1946 in Echternach at the age of 77.[53]

MRIN36755 1935 Henri Schwartz avis mortuaire
Luxemburger Wort [52]
MRIN36754 1946 Nicolas Schwartz avis mortuaire
Luxemburger Wort [53]
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Genealogy Sketch

Name: Johann SCHWARTZ
Parents: Mathias SCHWARTZ and Anna TRIERWEILER
Spouse: Catharina SCHMITT
Parents of Spouses: Nicolaus SCHMITT and Anna Maria WOLLSCHEID
Whereabouts: Osweiler, Rosport, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
Relationship to Cathy Meder-Dempsey: husband’s great-great-grandfather

  1. Johann SCHWARTZ
  2. Johann “Jean” SCHWARTZ
  3. Catharina “Catherine” “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.

52 Ancestors: #6 The SCHWARTZ-GORGES Family of Osweiler (1866-1996)

Week 6 (Feb 5-11) – So Far Away. Which ancestor is the farthest from you, either in distance or in time/generations? Which ancestor have you had to go the farthest away to research?

The SCHWARTZ-GORGES Family of Osweiler (1866-1996)

The summer of 1991 the grandchildren, and possibly a great-granddaughter, of Johann SCHWARTZ and Margaritha GORGES met for lunch and had a group photo taken. Unfortunately most of them are deceased and I have only been able to identify three of the cousins.

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Schwartz cousins. Back row: 4th person from left: Lisy BIRGEN-WOLF. Front row: 1st person from right: my father-in-law Marcel MEDER and 2nd person from right: Charles WOLF.

Back to the Beginning

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Johannes (birth)

Johannes SCHWARTZ was born on 26 January 1866 at 9 in the evening in Osweiler, in the community of Rosport, canton of Echternach, in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. His father Johann SCHWARTZ, 41 years old mason (Maurer), reported the birth two days later at one o’clock in the afternoon to Mathias HASTERT, an alderman in Rosport. The age of the mother of the child, Catharina SCHMIT (sic, SCHMITT), was not mentioned.[1]

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Margaretha (birth)

Margaritha GORGES was born on 27 July 1868 at 8 in the evening in Born, in the community of Mompach, canton of Echternach, in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. Her father Johann GORGES, a 30 years old laborer (Taglöhner) reported the birth two days later at 9 in the morning to Victor GRAF de VILLERS, mayor of Mompach. The age of the mother of the child, Catharina SCHERFF, was not mentioned.[2]

So Far Away – Married in 1891, Rectified in 1907

The villages that Johannes and Margaritha grew up in, Osweiler and Born, are not that far apart. I have no idea how they met but by the time they were in their twenties they came to be married in Rosport.

In 1996 I took at short trip, less than 9 km from where I live, to visit the records office at the town hall of Rosport. The plan was to ask if they would look up several marriage records and make copies for me to take home.

The person in the office opened the vault and gave me permission to find the documents on my own. I had never been given access to original records and you can imagine how nervous I was handling the old ledgers.

I found several of the marriage records that I was interested in, including the 1891 marriage record my children’s great-great-grandparents Johann SCHWARTZ and Margaritha GORGES. Photocopies were kindly made and I was on my way home within an hour.

Johann SCHWARTZ age 25 married Margaritha GORGES age 23 on the 24th of August 1891 in Rosport. At 5 o’clock in the afternoon they met with Mathias BISDORFF, alderman, and were joined in marriage. In the marriage record Mr. BISDORFF named the parents of the bride and groom, including their ages and occupations, and remarked that they were agreeable to the marriage. He also included a sentence about the birth records of the bride and groom having been seen. Banns had been read in both communities on two Sundays, the 2nd and 9th of August in Rosport, and the 9th and 16th in Mompach. Four witnesses, none of whom were relatives of either party, were present: Johann Peter HIPPERT, Franz SCHABERT, Johann DALEIDEN, and Johann SCHABERT. Everyone present, it was believed, signed the marriage record.[3]

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Signatures on the marriage record.

I didn’t have to go far to get the record. But was it enough? I was still so far away from having a document that would prove their legal marriage. In the left margin of the marriage record an annotation was made 16 years later, in 1907: The absence of the signature of the civil official was rectified by a judgment of the District Court in Diekirch on 5 June 1907. See Register of Marriage 1907 record No. 16. The civil servant of the community Rosport, Mayor M. RIES.[3]

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Margin of 1891 Marriage Record No. 12 seen in Luxembourg, Registres d’état civil, 1793-1923 (images) [4]
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Margin of the 1891 Marriage Record No. 12. A photocopy I obtained from the records office of the town hall in Rosport in 1996.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What happened? In 1907 or earlier someone realized that Mathias BISDORFF, who did a great job with information on all the persons concerned, never signed the marriage record. Not only was the original in Rosport not signed by him but also the duplicate that was sent to the archives. I have a copy of both. Above right, the one I obtained in 1996[3] and, above left, the scanned image of the copy found in the Luxembourg National Archives that I accessd at FamilySearch in 2013.[4]

Note: When I began doing genealogy in the early 1990s I did not have internet access and concentrated on the families in Luxembourg, visiting, calling, and writing to the city/town halls for information. In 2000 I switched over to doing research on my American families when we got access to the internet. Fast forward to the early 2010s when I finally went back to working on the Luxembourg families using the records on FamilySearch. That is one of the reasons being able to use the “so far away” theme.

While preparing to write this, nineteen years after finding the original marriage record, I searched for the 1907 marriage entry that was noted in the margin. It was not a regular marriage record. It was a transcript of the court records that finally rectified the error on the marriage record. See page 1 and page 2 & 3 of the judgment transcript.[5] By the time that the courts got involved Johann SCHWARTZ and Margaritha GORGES had been married nearly 16 years and were the parents of 10 children.

Johann and Margaritha in the Luxembourg Census

In 1895 Johann and Margaritha are seen for the first time together on the Luxembourg census in their own household. Johann’s occupation was Tüncher Meister which could be translated today as master plasterer.  In earlier days due to the overlapping of crafts, a painter was also called a Tüncher. This is the only record in which Johann was seen as Tüncher, a term that is no longer widely used. The word Tünch was a term used in the mid-19th century for a fine layer of plaster that was put on walls and ceilings. In the birth records of his children Johann was seen as Weißer (literally, whiter) or Anstreicher (painter).

In the household were their four children Catherine, Marie, Josephine, and Johann. At the time that this census was enumerated Johann had only three living siblings: Heinrich, Nicolas, and Marie. A closer study of the census shows that Johann’s parents Johann SCHWARTZ and Catharina SCHMITT and his brother Nicolas were living with the young SCHWARTZ-GORGES family. Turning the page, on the back side of the sheet, are the names of two persons who normally would be living in this home but were away from home. Johann’s sister Marie had been working in Trier, Germany, as a maid (Dienstmagd) for 6 months. Johann’s brother Heinrich was in America and had been there 5 years.

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1895 Luxembourg Census [6]
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1895 Luxemboug Census (back page)

By 1900 there were more children in the household of Johann and Margaritha SCHWARTZ-GORGES. Along with Catherine, Marie, Josephine, and Johann seen in the 1895 census we now see Magdalena, Angela and Elise. Johann’s widowed mother Catharina SCHMITT is also in the household. His brothers Heinrich, back home from his stay in America, and Nicolas married during the year and have their own households.

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1900 Luxembourg Census [7]
The Children of Johann and Margaritha SCHWARTZ-GORGES

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Catharina (birth)

Child 1: Catherine “Ketty” SCHWARTZ (1892-1974), my husband’s grandmother, was born 2 February 1892 in Osweiler.[8] At the time of her marriage on 15 June 1923 in Diekirch to Johann Peter MEDER (1888-1954), Ketty was working as a midwife.[9] Ketty and Johann Peter were married in a religious ceremony the next day. They were the parents of two sons, Fritz and Marcel. Ketty died 1 February 1974 in Ettelbrück, as annotated in her birth record.[8]

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Maria Anna (birth)

Child 2: Maria Anna SCHWARTZ (1893- ) was born 2 April 1893 in Osweiler.[10] She married Mathias “Metti” WOLF (1879- ) on 16 February 1917 in Echternach.[11] They were the parents of three daughters and two sons. The death date of both Maria Anna and her husband Metti are not annotated on their birth records which would suggest that they died before this became a practice.

 

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Maria Josephine (birth)

Child 3: Maria Josephine SCHWARTZ (1894-1982) was born 24 July 1894 in Osweiler.[12] She married Mathias SCHAMINÉ (1892- ) on 24 February 1919 in Rosport.[13] They were the parents of a son and a daughter. Maria Josephine died 8 November 1982 in Esch-zur-Alzette, as annotated on her birth record.[12]

 

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Johann Bernard (birth)

Child 4: Johann Bernard “Jean” SCHWARTZ (1895-1969) was born 20 August 1895 in Osweiler.[14] He married Sophie Cathérine LEHNEN (1896- ) on 29 August 1923 in Ettelbrück.[15] At that time his occupation was a caretaker of the ill (Kranken-Wärter). Jean and Sophie were the parents of two daughters. He died 3 January 1969 in Luxembourg City, as annotated on his birth record.[14]

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Magdalena (birth)

Child 5: Magdalena “Madeleine” SCHWARTZ (1897-1949) was born 16 January 1897 in Osweiler.[16] She married Pierre RECKING and they did not have children. Madeleine died 23 January 1949 after a long and painful illness in Luxembourg City per her obituary found in the Luxemburger Wort.[17]

 

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Angela (birth)

Child 6: Angela SCHWARTZ (1898-1983) was born 5 August 1898 in Osweiler.[18] She married August KRAEMER and they had one daughter. Angela died 25 May 1983 in Salzgitter, Niedersachsen, Deutschland, as annotated on her birth record.[18]

 

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Elisabetha (birth)

Child 7: Elisabetha SCHWARTZ (1900-1978) was born 15 March 1900 in Osweiler.[19] She married Nicolas RIPP and had a daughter and a son. Elisabetha died 3 November 1978 in Luxembourg City, as annotated on her birth record.[19]

 

 

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Florentine (birth)

Child 8: Florentine SCHWARTZ (1901-1996) was born 15 September 1901 in Osweiler.[20] She married Pierre POOS. They had two daughters, one who died at the age of 12 years. Florentine died 24 October 1996 in Luxembourg City, as annotated on her birth record.[20]

 

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Anna Margaretha (birth)
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Anna Margaretha (death)

Child 9: Anna Margaretha SCHWARTZ (1903- ) was born 30 July 1903 in Osweiler.[21] She died at the age of three months on 23 Oct 1903 in Osweiler.[22]

 

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Virginie (birth)

Child 10: Virginie SCHWARTZ (1905-1974) was born 8 October 1905 in Osweiler.[23] She married Michel WOLF (1894-1979) and had one son. Virginie died 17 December 1974 in Esch-sur-Alzette, as annotated on her birth record.[23] Her husband Michel WOLF was the brother of Mathias “Metti” WOLF who married her sister (Child 2) Anna Maria in 1917.

 

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Anna (birth)
1919death
Anna (death)

Child 11: Anna SCHWARTZ (1907-1919) was born 26 September 1907 in Osweiler.[24] She died 8 June 1919 in Osweiler at the age of 12.[25]

 

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Ernst Johann (birth)

Child 12: Ernst Johann SCHWARTZ (1910-1975) was born 23 September 1910 in Osweiler.[26] He married a Miss ROULLING, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. ROULLING-WEISGERBER. They had a daughter and a son. Ernst died 29 January 1975 in Esch-sur-Alzette, as annotated on his birth record.[26]

The Deaths of Johann and Margaritha

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1920 Death Record No. 1 [27]
Johann SCHWARTZ, a painter (Anstreicher) was the first person in the community of Rosport to die in 1920 as is  reflected in his death record being the first in the death register for that year. He died on 4 January 1920 in Osweiler at 6 in the evening at the age of 53. His brother Nicolas, 51, and an acquaintance, the 71 years old Peter CLASSEN, reported his death the following day.[27]Johann’s widow lived nearly 19 years longer. Margaritha GORGES died 23 October 1938 in Osweiler after a short illness in her 71st year.[28] Ten of her twelve children survived her as well as 18 grandchildren. Only one grandchild was born after her death. Robert Pierre Schwartz, known as Roby, was born in 1950 and lived less than three months.

MRIN00004 1938-10-24 Marg. Schwartz-Gorges obit
Luxemburger Wort [28]

Funeral Notice
Mr and Mrs Pierre Meder-Schwartz and their sons François and Marcel; Mr and Mrs Mathias Wolf-Schwartz and their children Lisy, Ketty, Albert, Marguerite and Charles; Mr and Mrs Math. Schaminé-Schwartz and their children Marcel and Angèle; Mr and Mrs Jean SchwartzLehnen and their daughters Nelly and Marie-Thérèse; Mr and Mrs Pierre Reking-Schwartz; Mr and Mrs Aug. Kraemer-Schwartz and their daughter Yvonne; Mr and Mrs Nicolas Ripp-Schwartz and their children Marguerite and Fredy; Mr and Mrs Peter Poos-Schwartz and their daughters Thilly and Maisy; Mr and Mrs Mich. Wolf-Schwartz and their son Erny; Mr and Mrs Ernest SchwartzRoulling and their daughter Marie-Josée; the Gorges, Schwartz and related families have the profound pain to share the irreparable loss they have experienced in the person of
Mrs. (widow of) Jean SCHWARTZ
née Marg. GORGES
their beloved and lamented mother, stepmother, grandmother, sister, sister-in-law, aunt and cousin died piously in Osweiler, October 23, at 8 o’clock in the morning after a short illness, in her 71st year, provided with the last rites of the church.
Burial followed by funeral service to be held at Osweiler, Wednesday, October 24,at 10.30 am.
Osweiler, Diekirch, Echternach, Esch-sur-Alzette., Niedercorn, Pétange, Bettembourg, Belvaux, 24 October 1938.                         4954
This notice serves as a letter of participation.[28]

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[1] Luxembourg, Registres d’état civil, 1793-1923 (images), FamilySearch (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Rosport > Décès 1815-1823 Naissances 1797-1888 > image 1067 of 1499, 1866 Birth Record No. 4. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-11618-14115-74?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-L6K:n1548117469 : accessed 01 Apr 2013).
[2] Ibid, 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).
[3] Rosport, Registres d’état civil (originals), photocopy of 1891 Marriage Record No. 12 obtained in person in 1996.
[4] Luxembourg, Registres d’état civil, 1793-1923 (images), FamilySearch (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Rosport > Naissances, mariages, décès 1891-1894 > image 84 of 176, 1891 Marriage Record No. 12. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12165-230927-71?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-L6R:n2017357688 : accessed 01 Apr 2013).
[5] Ibid, Rosport > Naissances, mariages 1895-1923 Décès 1895-1902 > images 577 & 578 of 823, 1907 Marriage Record No. 16 (court rectification). (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-32046-4821-20?cc=1709358&wc=9RTB-YWL:130314401,130635602 : accessed 5 February 2015 and https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-32046-4613-12?cc=1709358&wc=9RTB-YWL:130314401,130635602 : accessed 5 February 2015
[6] Luxembourg, Volkszählungen 1843-1900 (images), FamilySearch, (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Rosport > 1895 > image 218 of 677. Schwartz-Gorges household. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-32393-11394-75?cc=2037957&wc=M5GZ-RM6:346331501,345878001 : accessed 04 Aug 2014).
[7] Ibid, Rosport > 1900 > image 354 of 690. Schwartz-Gorges household. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32396-11815-30?cc=2037957&wc=M5GX-J4V:346331501,345873901 : accessed 04 Aug 2014).
[8] Ibid, Rosport > Naissances, mariages, décès 1891-1894 > image 19 of 176, 1892 Birth Record No. 9; includes annotation of death. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12165-230679-90?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-L6R:n2017357688 : accessed 01 Apr 2013).
[9] Ibid, Diekirch > Mariages 1895-1923 Décès 1895-1902 > image 461 of 661, 1923 Marriage Record No. 9. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32037-28712-77?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-2NF:21518491 : accessed 01 Apr 2013).
[10] Ibid, Rosport > Naissances, mariages, décès 1891-1894 > image 40 of 176, 1893 Birth Record No. 17. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12165-232142-74?cc=1709358&wc=9RYZ-92Q:130314401,129717601 : accessed 21 May 2011).
[11] Ibid, Echternach > Mariages 1906-1923 Décès 1895-1912 > image 161 of 675, 1917 Marriage Record No. 3. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-32043-11426-91?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-2VR : accessed 2 February 2015).
[12] Ibid, Rosport > Naissances, mariages, décès 1891-1894 > image 64 of 176, 1894 Birth Record No. 25; includes annotation of death. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12165-229965-68?cc=1709358&wc=9RYZ-92Q:130314401,129717601 : accessed 21 May 2011).
[13] Ibid, Rosport > Naissances, mariages 1895-1923 Décès 1895-1902 > image 664 of 823, 1919 Marriage Record No. 4. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32046-4513-34?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-L6G:2025664037 : accessed 11 January 2013).
[14] Ibid, Rosport > Naissances, mariages 1895-1923 Décès 1895-1902 > image 13 of 823, 1895 Birth Record No. 40; includes annotation of death. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-32046-3928-15?cc=1709358&wc=9RTB-YWL:130314401,130635602 : accessed ‎11‎ ‎January ‎2013).
[15] Ibid, Ettelbruck > Mariages 1895-1923 Décès 1895-1902 > image 481 of 731, 1923 Marriage Record No. 22. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-32038-27338-78?cc=1709358&wc=9RTB-SPD:129625001,130043302 : accessed 3 February 2015).
[16] Ibid, Rosport > Naissances, mariages 1895-1923 Décès 1895-1902 > image 42 of 823, 1897 Birth Record No. 5. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-32046-3763-41?cc=1709358&wc=9RTB-YWL:130314401,130635602 : accessed ‎11‎ ‎January ‎2013).
[17] Luxemburger Wort, digitized by the Bibliothèque nationale de Luxembourg, http://www.eluxemburgensia.lu (Verlage der St-Paulus-Druckerei, Luxembourg), 1949 January 25, page 5, column 3. (http://www.eluxemburgensia.lu/webclient/DeliveryManager?application=DIRECTLINK&custom_att_2=simple_viewer&pid=813930&search_terms=Recking#panel:pp|issue:813930|article:DTL532|query:Recking : accessed 8 February 2015).
[18] Luxembourg, Registres d’état civil, 1793-1923 (images), <i>FamilySearch</i> (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Rosport > Naissances, mariages 1895-1923 Décès 1895-1902 > image 70 of 823, 1898 Birth Record No. 35; includes annotation of death. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32046-3755-6?cc=1709358&wc=9RTB-YWL:130314401,130635602 : accesed 11 January 2013).
[19] Ibid, Rosport > Naissances, mariages 1895-1923 Décès 1895-1902 > image 104 of 823, 1900 Birth Record No. 13; includes annotation of death. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-32046-3497-16?cc=1709358&wc=9RTB-YWL:130314401,130635602 : accessed 11 January 2013).
[20] Ibid, Rosport > Naissances, mariages 1895-1923 Décès 1895-1902 > image 129 of 823, 1901 Birth Record No. 41; includes annotation of death. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-32046-5430-62?cc=1709358&wc=9RTB-YWL:130314401,130635602 : accessed 11 January 2013).
[21] Ibid, Rosport > Naissances, mariages 1895-1923 Décès 1895-1902 > image 168 of 823, 1903 Birth Record No. 38. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-32046-6150-60?cc=1709358&wc=9RTB-YWL:130314401,130635602 : accessed 11 January 2013).
[22] Ibid, Rosport > Décès 1903-1923 > image 8 of 262. 1903 Death Record No. 26. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-32039-4575-3?cc=1709358&wc=9RTB-7MC:130314401,129640001 : accessed 8 February 2015).
[23] Ibid, Rosport > Naissances, mariages 1895-1923 Décès 1895-1902 > image 207 of 823, 1905 Birth Record No. 60; includes annotation of death. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-32046-5842-19?cc=1709358&wc=9RTB-YWL:130314401,130635602 : accessed 11 January 2013).
[24] Ibid, Rosport > Naissances, mariages 1895-1923 Décès 1895-1902 > image 244 of 823, 1907 Birth Record No. 46. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-32046-5402-62?cc=1709358&wc=9RTB-YWL:130314401,130635602 : accessed 11 January 2013).
[25] Ibid, Rosport > Décès 1903-1923 > image 212 of 262, 1919 Death Record No. 22. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-32039-5909-92?cc=1709358&wc=9RTB-7MC:130314401,129640001 : accessed 15 Aug 2014).
[26] Ibid, Rosport > Naissances, mariages 1895-1923 Décès 1895-1902 > image 295 of 823, 1910 Birth Record No. 41, includes annotation of death. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-32046-5633-38?cc=1709358&wc=9RTB-YWL:130314401,130635602 : accessed 11 January 2013).
[27] Ibid, Rosport > Décès 1903-1923 > image 218 of 262, 1920 Death Record No. 1. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-32039-6540-19?cc=1709358&wc=9RTB-7MC:130314401,129640001 : accessed 15 Aug 2014).
[28] Luxemburger Wort, digitized by the Bibliothèque nationale de Luxembourg, http://www.eluxemburgensia.lu (Verlage der St-Paulus-Druckerei, Luxembourg), 1938 October 24, page 8, column 5. (http://www.eluxemburgensia.lu/webclient/DeliveryManager?application=DIRECTLINK&custom_att_2=simple_viewer&pid=747094&search_terms=gorges#panel:pp|issue:747094|article:DTL629|query:gorges : accessed 3 February 2015).

Genealogy Sketch

Name: Johann SCHWARTZ
Parents: Johann SCHWARTZ and Catharina SCHMITT
Spouse: Margaritha GORGES
Parents of Spouse: Johann GORGES and Catharina SCHERFF
Whereabouts: Osweiler, Rosport, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
Relationship to Cathy Meder-Dempsey: husband’s great-grandparents

  1. Johann SCHWARTZ and Margaritha GORGES
  2. Ketty SCHWARTZ
  3. Marcel Mathias MEDER
  4. Cathy’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.

52 Ancestors: #2 The Brewery Worker and the Midwife

Week 2, King – January 8 is Elvis’ birthday. January 15 is the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. Do either of these “Kings” remind you of an ancestor? Or, taken another way, do you have a connection to royalty? Did you ancestor flee from an oppressive king?

Since I hadn’t planned on using the themes I was surprised that once again this one works for my chosen ancestral couple. Mr. and Mrs. MEDER-SCHWARTZ married, worked, and raised their children in Diekirch, a city in north-eastern Luxembourg. According to old sources the town received its name when Charlemagne, King of the Franks, converted the pagan Saxons to Christianity in the late 8th century. A church was built and the settlement was given the name “Diet-Kirch” (people’s church).

The MEDER-SCHWARTZ Family (1888-1974)

MRIN00003 1923-06-15 Jean-Pierre Meder and Catherine Schwartz wedding

1923 Wedding Portrait of Jean-Pierre MEDER and Catherine SCHWARTZ

Jean-Pierre MEDER was born on 20 November 1888 in Diekirch, Luxembourg. He was the youngest of twelve children. His father Franz MEDER was 42 years old and his mother Elisabetha FABER was 43 years old at the time of his birth.

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Screenshot with annotations of the birth record (upper right). [Source: “Luxembourg, Registres d’état civil, 1793-1923,” images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11618-105421-23?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-2N2:1627336735 : accessed 01 Apr 2013), Luxembourg, Civil Registration, 1793-1923 > Luxembourg, Civil Registration, 1793-1923 > Diekirch > Naissances 1879-1890 Mariages 1796-1842 > image 297 of 1492.]
Jean-Pierre MEDER was seen on the census (Volkszählungen) of Luxembourg in 1890, 1895, and 1900 with his parents and unmarried siblings. These census listings will be discussed in the Week #5 post for his parents.

Luxembourg, Census Records, 1843-1900
The Luxembourg census which was taken approximately every three to five years for the years 1843 to 1900. The records include all household members, places, names, ages (sometimes a full birth date), professions, genders, and marital statuses. Sometimes they also show nationalities, religions, places of birth, family positions, and information on persons who normally lived in the household but were living outside of Luxembourg.

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Screenshot with annotations of the birth record (upper right). [Source: “Luxembourg, Registres d’état civil, 1793-1923,” images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12165-230679-90?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-L6R:n2017357688 : accessed 01 Apr 2013), Luxembourg, Civil Registration, 1793-1923 > Luxembourg, Civil Registration, 1793-1923 > Rosport > Naissances, mariages, décès 1891-1894 > image 19 of 176.]
Catharina (also known as Catherine) SCHWARTZ was born on 2 February 1892 in Osweiler, a village belonging to the commune of Rosport, in the canton of Echternach in Luxembourg. She was the oldest of twelve children. Her father Johann SCHWARTZ was 26 years old and her mother Margaritha GORGES was 25 years old at the time of her birth.

Catherine, as her name was spelled on census, was with her parents, younger siblings, and her SCHWARTZ grandparents in 1895 and 1900.  These census listings will be discussed in the Week #6 post for her parents.

I have no idea how Catherine came to be living in Diekirch before her marriage. Echternach would have been a much closer town for her to work. Catherine, age 31, and Jean-Pierre, age 34, most likely met in Diekirch where they both lived and worked, Catherine as a midwife and Jean-Pierre as a brewery worker.

On the 7th and the 20th of May 1923 banns were read for their marriage which took place on the 15th of June 1923. The importance of the dates that the banns were read will be seen shortly.

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1923 Marriage Record No. 9 [Source: “Luxembourg, Registres d’état civil, 1793-1923,” images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32037-28712-77?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-2NF:21518491 : accessed 01 Apr 2013), Luxembourg, Civil Registration, 1793-1923 > Luxembourg, Civil Registration, 1793-1923 > Diekirch > Mariages 1895-1923 Décès 1895-1902 > image 461 of 661.]
Marriage records in Luxembourg are a treasure of information. The age, occupation, date and place of birth, and residence of the bride and the groom are listed. The names of the parents of the bride and groom are seen along with their occupation, place of residence, age if they are still living, and date and place of death if they are deceased. Four additional witnesses are also named with their age, occupation, residence, and sometimes even the relationship to the bride and groom.

When Catherine and Jean-Pierre married her mother and his father were present and agreeable to the marriage. Catherine’s father and Jean-Pierre’s mother were deceased. Also present were Jean-Pierre’s brother Joseph, Catherine’s brother Johann, and two innkeepers or publicans (Wirt). Joseph GORGES, one of the innkeepers, may have been Catherine’s cousin. This needs to be researched. All persons present signed the marriage record.

Catherine and Jean-Pierre were presented with their personal Family Book. They signed their names in it as “J.P. Meder” and “Ketty Schwartz” and took the book with them the next day when they were married in a religious ceremony in the church.

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livretKetty and Jean-Pierre were the parents of two boys, François Jean born 21 February 1924 and Marcel Mathias born 26 September 1926, as seen in their Family Book on the page following the marriage information (left).

As I mentioned last week, I had pointed out to my father-in-law that his brother, who was known to us as “Fritz,” was born 8 months following the marriage. He was born on 21 February 1924 which would mean that he was conceived between 27 May – 4 June 1923. Now for the part that would have interested my father-in-law. The marriage banns were read on the 7th and 20th of May so this was NOT a shotgun wedding arranged due to an unplanned pregnancy. Ketty, being a midwife, most likely knew how to prevent a pregnancy. I believe they truly desired to marry and as they were already 34 and 31 years old did not care to wait to start their family.

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Brauerei Diekirch ca. 1916 (Archives de la Ville de Diekirch) [Source: The History of Industry of Luxembourg]
Jean-Pierre MEDER worked for the Diekirch Brewery (above ca. 1916). This drawing was found on The History of Industry of Luxembourg website. For persons researching their families in Luxembourg this is a wonderful resource. Historical timelines of the industries are included as well as many old photographs of places and products.

MRIN00003 1952 Meder-Schwartz mergedJean-Pierre and Ketty’s older son Fritz married Anne GREGORIUS on 8 December 1950. Their younger son Marcel married Maisy KREMER on 6 June 1952. On the 7th of June after the religious ceremony as the bride and groom, their parents and guests left the church each couple was photographed on the steps of the church. Jean-Pierre left the church with the mother of the bride and Ketty left the church with the father of the bride. The photographer remained in the same place and I was able to make a composite photograph (at right) of Marcel’s parents Jean-Pierre and Ketty MEDER-SCHWARTZ. Below is another photograph of them together in 1953 working in their garden.

MRIN00003 1953 Jean-Pierre Meder and Ketty Schwartz in their gardenAs is seen in their Family Book, Jean-Pierre MEDER died on 23 February 1954, two days after his oldest son Fritz turned 30. Fritz’s wife Anne was expecting her first child and Jean-Pierre was never called Bop or Bopa by grandchildren.

Since Catherine was also known as Ketty, I wonder if Jean-Pierre was nicknamed “Jemp” as many men in Luxembourg with this name have that nickname.

After her children were grown, Ketty was referred to by her son Marcel and his family as “Ged” a shortened form of Gedel or godmother in Luxembourgish. Ketty was the godmother of Marcel’s son. Below they are visiting the Château de Colpach located near Ell in western Luxembourg. The castle dates from the beginning of the 14th century when it was a stronghold.

MRIN00003 1958 ca. Ketty Schwartz with Marcel and his family
Ketty with her grandson and daughter-in-law Maisy and with her son Marcel in the insert ca. 1957.

Ketty lived another twenty years and was the grandmother of three grandchildren. In her later years she lived in the rest home in Vianden and died in Ettelbrück on 1 February 1974.

© 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.