I found a marriage that could match in Clemency, 28/08/1810, but I can’t access Family Search, it’s probably too busy. You could check yourself later.
I didn’t wait until later and was able to pull up the record she believed was the marriage of Peter SCHMIT and Margaretha WEICKER.
In 1810 on the 28th of August at 8 in the morning Pierre SCHMITT age 31 born in Bertrange the 3 April 1779, a domestic living in the commune of Fingig, the of age son of Pierre SCHMITT and Rose CLEMMENT, a married couple living in the commune of Bertrange…. and a young woman Anne Margaretha WEICKER age 25 born in Hagen the 7 September 1785, a servant living in the same commune of Fingig, the of age daughter of Nicolas WEICKER and Anne Margaretha HARTMANN, a married couple living in the commune of Hagen… all were present and consenting to the marriage for which banns had been read before the entrance of the Clemency civil office.
The paperwork of the bride and groom was presented according to the legal requirements of the time. The bride and groom were declared husband and wife after affirming this was their choice. Four witnesses were present and signed along with the civil officer, the mayor of Clemency. The bride and groom declared not being able to write. The fathers of the bride and groom signed first as seen above.
Five and a half months later, Peter and Margaretha became the parents of their first child Magdalena, my children’s 4th great-grandmother.
One Record Leads to the Next
The marriage record led to the 1785 baptismal record of Anna WEICKERS [sic, Margaretha was not included on this record], daughter of Nicolai WEICKERS and Anna Margaretha HARTMAN. Why didn’t I notice abt. 1795 could not have been her year of birth? She would have been only 16 when her first child was born.
With the names of the parents, I was able to add three generations to the WEICKER line. I had suspected Nicolas WEICKER and Anne Margarethe HARTMANN were the bride’s parents because….
The godmother of Peter SCHMIT and Margaretha WEICKER’s first child Magdalena was Magdalena KÜNSCH from Hohen (or Hagen) in the parish of Sterpenich. Anna Margaretha HARTMANN was the widow of Peter KÜNSCH when she married Nicolas WEICKER. Was Magdalena KÜNSCH an older half-sister of Margaretha WEICKER? Further research may tell.
With the names of three new couples in the family tree, I will be busy finding the records to document them and may even be able to add more ancestral names.
Special thanks to my friend Linda for taking the time to read my posts, give me advice, and for telling me where to find the marriage record of Peter SCHMIT and Anne Margaretha WEICKER. *Linda has helped me out several times already. A Latin Rule You May Not Have Known was the result of one of her tips.
Happy Family History Month to all. Wishing you lots of keys to open the doors in your brick walls.
Sources:  Luxembourg, Registres d’état civil, 1662-1941 (images), FamilySearch (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Clemency > Naissances, mariages, décès 1804-1805 Naissances 1805-1890 Mariages 1796-1885 > image 1034 of 1491. 1810 Marriage Record (bottom left, top right). (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HY-XHPS-511?cc=1709358&wc=9RYD-SP8%3A129628001%2C129815201 : accessed 30 September 2017).  Belgique, Luxembourg, Registres paroissiaux, (images), FamilySearch (original records at België Nationaal Archief, Brussels / Belgium National Archives, Brussels), Paroisse de Sterpenich (Luxembourg) now part of Autelbas, Luxembourg, Belgium > Baptêmes, mariages, sepultures 1779-1793 > Film/DGS 1658890 > Film # 008126375 > Item 8 > image 1106 of 1430. 1785 Baptismal Record (left page, last entry > right page, first entry). (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSVK-Y8VF-9?i=1105&cat=203740 : accessed 1 October 2017).
Earlier this week I wrote Lëtz Play! Can You Top This? A Marriage Record With 15 Events in which I shared the marriage record of my children’s sixth great-grandfather Jean Baptiste SCHAEFFER (1752-1819). It was a second marriage for both the bride and groom. Jean Baptiste was first married to Catherine SCHAACK (1752-1801). Nicolas SCHAEFFER was their first known child. I doubt he was their first born as they were married 9 February 1777 in Heiderscheid while Nicolas was not born until 14 July 1783 in Merscheid. I’ve found four of his siblings, all born later and in Merscheid, but the search for older siblings is still underway.
Nicolas SCHAEFFER was twenty-six years old when he married the twenty-nine years old Theresia GREISCH on 19 February 1810 in Esch. The bride and the groom were working as day laborers at the time of their marriage. Nicolas was living in Merscheid and Theresia in Eschdorf. The groom and his father and the bride and her mother left their mark on the marriage record.
The marriage took place in Esch, today known as Esch-sur-Sûre in the northwestern part of Luxembourg. It is not to be confused with Esch-sur-Alzette in the southwestern part of the county. Nicolas and Theresia are one of the many sets of fifth great-grandparents in my children’s family tree.
Theresia GREISCH was the first child of Nicolas GREISCH (1759-1803) and Susanne ROLLINGER (abt. 1757-1819). She was born on 24 May 1781 in Eschdorf, ten months after her parents married on 11 July 1780 in Wahl.
Theresia’s place of birth is, as yet, undocumented. She had at least six siblings, five born in Eschdorf, and one in Brattert. Baptismal records have been found for these children. At the time of her marriage, Theresia’s place of birth was given as Eschdorf. When she died the informant gave Wahl as her place of birth. Three census listings were found, each has a different place of birth: Eschdorf, Wahl, and Dellen. For the time being, I will list the date and place of birth found in the 1810 marriage record but will continue to search for a baptismal record to confirm or refute the date and place.
UPDATE (13 June 2017): Linda, a Luxembourg researcher who has helped me out several times during this year’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks series of posts, located the missing baptismal record for Theresia GREISCH in Wahl. She was baptized on 17 April 1781 and was born the previous day.
At the time of their marriage, both Nicolas and Theresia had lost one parent. Catherine SCHAACK, Nicolas’ mother, died on 28 November 1801 in Merscheid while Nicolas GREISCH, Theresia’s father, had died on 21 January 1803 in Eschdorf.
Brothers marry Sisters
Three months after Nicolas and Theresia’s marriage, his brother Jean Pierre married her sister Catharina on 22 May 1810. Catharina was in a family way when the marriage took place as five months later, on 10 October 1810, a son was born. Wouldn’t it be interesting to learn how they met and who knew whom first?
The SCHAEFFER-GREISCH Children
From the different records found I believe the SCHAEFFER-GREISCH couple remained in Eschdorf during their entire married life. All of their children were born in this small town.
Ch 1: Bernard (1811-?) was born on 8 August 1811.
Ch 2: Marguerite (1813-1815) was born on 15 September 1813. She lived less than a year and a half, dying on 16 March 1815. Her mother was pregnant with her third child at the time of Marguerite’s death.
Ch 3: Catherina (1815-1898) was born 14 April 1815. She was my children’s fourth great-grandmother.
Ch 4: Susanne (1818-1863) was born on 31 March 1818. She was a twin.
Ch 5: Marguerithe (1818-1818) was born on 31 March 1818. She was Susanne’s twin and lived only nine days, dying on 9 April 1818.
In 1819 the children Bernard, Catherina and Susanne lost the only grandparents they ever knew. Their maternal grandmother Susanne ROLLINGER died on 15 May 1819 in Eschdorf and their paternal grandfather Jean Baptiste SCHAEFFER died on 22 November 1819 in Bourglinster.
Ch 6: Elisabetha (1821-1882) was born on 4 November 1821.
Ch 7: Catherina (1823-?) was born 7 December 1823.
No trace of the oldest child and only son, Bernard, or the youngest daughter, Catherina, has been found. Of the seven children born to Theresia and Nicolas, only three are known to have survived to adulthood.
Susanne SCHAEFFER, the next oldest daughter, was the next to marry. She married Jean BERTHOLET (1812-1864) on 17 May 1841 in Mecher, Wiltz, Luxembourg.
The youngest of the three living daughters, Elisabetha SCHAEFFER married Thomas JUSTE (1816-1883) on 28 Jan 1843 in Heiderscheid, Wiltz, Luxembourg. 
I had to do a lot of browsing to learn more about Susanne and Elisabetha. With only their marriage records, I wondered where I would be able to find them after the events.
I looked into Elisabetha first. Her husband was from Nothomb, a small village in the commune of Attert, in the Province of Luxembourg in Belgium. At the time of their marriage, he was living in Heiderscheid (Luxembourg). Not finding any immediate trace of them there, I took a chance with the FamilySearch records for the Province of Luxembourg in Belgium. I located birth records for eight children born between 1848-1867 in Parette, a village in the commune of Attert, as well as death records for four children who died in the 1850s. But I still had a large gap between 1843 when they married and 1848 when their first child was born in Belgium.
I then checked for Susanne whose husband was born in Holtz in the commune of Perlé in western Luxembourg near the Belgium border. Jean BERTHOLET was living and working in Béiwen (Bavigne) when they married. Béiwen was in the commune of Mecher in Luxembourg where I found their sad story. Susanne gave birth to at least five daughters. Sadly, the first died before the birth of the second, the second before the third, and the third before the fourth. Then the fifth also died after only three months. Only the fourth daughter, Anna born in 1854 lived. However, the question remains, how long? Susanne died in 1863 and her husband in 1864 leaving Anna an orphan. She may have lived with her uncle Johann MERSCH (who had married her father’s sister) immediately after her father’s death but this is not definite as the child seen on the 1864 census in his household was named Susanne, an 11-year-old servant girl. By 1867 a very young Anna BERTHOLET, 14 years and 2 months, was working as a servant for an unmarried female farmer, Anna Catherine PROBST in Béiwen. No trace has been found of her after 1867.
Once I knew more of each of the daughters I came back to Nicolas and Theresia to see how their lives continued after their daughters married.
On 14 December 1843, a peculiar census was found for Nicolas SCHAEFFER. He was living in Eschdorf which was expected. By this time, his daughter Catherina was well established in Hoscheid with her husband Frederich GRISIUS and their three young sons. Elisabetha had been married less than a year and as mentioned above, missing during this time period. Daughter Susanne, her husband Jean BETHOLET, and their daughter Elisabetha were living in Nicolas’ household. The daughter’s birth record has not been found but her presence was not unexpected as I had found her 1845 death record in the commune of Mecher. Also on the census sheet was Theresia GREISCH, Nicolas’ wife and mother of Susanne, but her name was crossed out. Was she away from home, perhaps visiting with Elisabetha who has not been located?
On 6 December 1846 and on 31 December 1847 Nicolas and Theresia were the only persons in his household in Eschdorf.
On 19 December 1846 Elisabetha and Susanne, both married, were found with their husbands in the BERTHOLET-LINDEN household, Susanne’s parents-in-law, in Bavigne. Each had a daughter.
Theresia GREISCH died on 26 May 1848 in Eschdorf. Her husband Nicolas was not found on the 1851 or 1852 census. He died 10 April 1855 in Eschdorf.
Seven months after her father died, Catherina who was widowed in 1852, remarried. The 40 years old bride married Nicolas WIRTZ, a 22 years old young man, on 30 November 1855 in Hoscheid.
Susanne SCHAEFFER who had been living in Béiwen (Bavigne) died on 25 June 1863. She left a husband and daughter.
Elisabetha SCHAEFFER died on 19 November 1882 in Aubange. She appears to have been visiting with her son, a butcher, who declared the death. It was recorded in the Aubange register as well as the Attert register as this was her normal residence. She left a husband Thomas JUSTE who died the following year on Christmas Day. The four sons who may have continued the JUSTE line have not been researched.
Catherina SCHAEFFER, my children’s ancestress, died on 16 January 1898 in Hoscheiderdickt. at the age of 82 years. She outlived her young second husband who died in 1882 after nearly 27 years of marriage.
I’m glad I took the time to research this family further. Although it was sad to find so many small children’s deaths, it was satisfying to be able to learn more of Catharina’s parents Nicolas and Theresia and her sisters Susanne and Elisabetha.
And now before you leave, I’d like to share a milestone.
Yesterday morning Opening Doors in Brick Walls had a visit from Poland. I don’t know who it was or what they were viewing. The person who visited made my view counter click over from 99,999 to 100,000 views since I started blogging in January 2014. I’d like to thank all my readers, followers, and visitors for making me feel special and helping me to stay motivated to continue writing about my genealogy research. It’s much appreciated.
Week 36 (September 3-9) – Working for a Living:September 7 is Labor Day in the United States. Write about an ancestor and his or her occupation.
Father and Son Were Cow Herders
A cow’s milk will spoil if she does not want to standduring milking. Fixation does not always work. An easier way is to dip a large piece of linen in cold water and drape it over the cow’s back, she will then stand up for milking. ~ advice seen in 1841 in the Diekircher Wochenblatt, a weekly publication.
My husband’s 3rd great-grandfather Frederich GRISIUS (1805-1852) more than likely learned this trick from his father. Frederich and his father Mathias (1776-1846) were both cow herders (Khehirt, Küh Hirt, vaché). They were illiterate and in all records found, could not sign their names. The tricks to their trade were learned by watching and doing and not by reading about it in a farmer’s almanac or other guide.
How do I know this was their occupation?
When Frederich married in 1833 the supporting documentation for his marriage included the above document signed by the mayor stating the groom did not owe taxes or have any other income other than what he made working in his occupation as a cow herder (vaché). Due to his low income he was allowed to produce civil records without a tax stamp. This was the only document found for Frederich which states his precise occupation. In all other civil and census records he was seen only as a day laborer.
In the publication of the marriage banns, Mathias GRISIUS, the father of the groom, was listed as Kühhirt or cow herder.
The GRISIUS-SCHAEFFER Family
Frederich GRISIUS, son of Mathias GRISIUS and Magdalena SCHAETTER, was born on 9 March 1805 in Alscheid/Alschette, Canton de Wiltz, Grand Duché de Luxembourg., He died on 16 December 1852 in Hoscheid-Dickt, Hoscheid. Frederich married Catherina SCHAEFFER, daughter of Nicolas SCHAEFFER and Theresia GREISCH, on 3 July 1833 in Hoscheid.,, Catherina was born on 14 April 1815 in Eschdorf, Wiltz. She died on 16 January 1898 in Hoscheid-Dickt.
They had the following children.
Mathias GRISIUS was born on 29 September 1835 in Hoscheid-Dickt. He died on 13 December 1835 in Hoscheid-Dickt.
Franz “François” GRISIUS was born on 30 March 1837 in Hoscheid-Dickt. He died on 18 February 1901 in Schlindermanderscheid. Franz married Catherine KOOB on 7 February 1859 in Hoscheid. Catherine was born on 1 December 1839 in Alscheid.
Heinrich “Henri” GRISIUS was born on 25 June 1839 in Hoscheid-Dickt. He died on 14 October 1904 in Hoscheid-Dickt. Heinrich married Marie Mangers, daughter of Mathieu MANGERS and Anne Marie WECKERING, on 8 November 1860 in Wilwerwiltz. Marie was born on 13 Jan 1837 in Enscherange. She died
on 2 Jan 1871 in Hoscheid-Dickt. Heinrich also married Elisabeth “Elise” WECKERING, daughter of Antoin “Anton” WECKERING and Margaretha “Marguerite” BERNARD, on 29 October 1874 in Hoscheid. Elisabeth was born on 9
May 1853 in Hoscheid. She died on 14 February 1905 in Hoscheid-Dickt.
Petrus “Pierre” GRISIUS was born on 31 August 1841 in Hoscheid-Dickt. He died on 22 January 1909 in Rodange. Petrus married Susanne FABER, daughter of Nicolas FABER and Susanne POOS, on 5 February 1863 in Hoscheid. Susanne was born on 16 May 1832 in Tadler. She died on 29 February 1876 in Hoscheid. Petrus also married Cathérine DOENER on 16 June 1876 in Hoscheid.
Margaretha “Marguerite” GRISIUS was born on 28 January 1844 in Hoscheid-
Dickt. She died on 23 October 1877 in Kautenbach. Margaretha had an illegitimate child before she married Gaspar KREMER on 1 August 1872 in Alscheid. Gaspar was born on 10 July 1824 in Dasburg, Rheinland Pfalz, Germany.
Bernardus “Engelbernd” GRISIUS was born on 10 April 1847 in Hoscheid-
Dickt. He was not found with the family after 1852. Being quite young in age he may have died leaving no death record or died while visiting a friend or relative in another town.
Anna Maria “Anne Marie” GRISIUS was born on 17 August 1850 in Hoscheid-
Dickt. She died on 2 January 1915 in Hoscheid-Dickt. Anna had an illegitimate child before she married Jean MAJERUS, son of Mathieu MAJERUS and Madeleine REITER, on 2 August 1876 in Hoscheid. Jean was born on 27 November 1848 in Bockholtz sur Sûre, Wiltz. He died on 21 April 1918 in Hoscheid-Dickt.
Pierre “Peter” GRISIUS was born on 25 August 1852 in Hoscheid-Dickt. He died on 22 December 1917 in Hoscheid-Dickt. Pierre married Susanne ZENNER on 18 Oct 1873 in Clervaux. Susanne was born on 3 January 1846 in Urspelt, Clervaux. She died on 25 April 1924 in Esch-sur-Alzette.
The WIRTZ-SCHAEFFER Family
Catherina SCHAEFFER also married Nicolas WIRTZ, son of Anne Marie WIRTZ, on 30 November 1855 in Hoscheid. Nicolas was born on 19 March 1833 in Weimerskirch. He died on 16 July 1882 in the Central Hospiz in Ettelbrück.
Catherina and Nicolas had one child, Hubertus “Hubert” WIRTZ born on 22 December 1856 in Hoscheid-Dickt. Hubert married Margaretha HOPP on 19 July 1876 in Hoscheid. Hubert and his wife were last seen in the 1880 census with their first born.
The mother of these families, Catherina SCHAEFFER outlived two husbands dying in 1898. Even though I found all of her GRISIUS children in 1887, 1890 and 1895, I did not find Catherina or her WIRTZ son. If she was not with her youngest son, she could be in any household in Hoscheid-Dickt were she lived and died.
The research for these families is time consuming. As I worked on the GRISIUS-SCHAEFFER family I realized I miss being able to take the time to analyze all the records and search for the missing ones as I did before I began blogging.
I am proud of having found the birth records of all 9 children, death records of 7, marriage records of all who married and those who married twice, nearly all census records for the period between 1843-1900. I cannot work on a family group without looking into the parents and the grandchildren. I added about 200 source citations for this family and still have census work which needs to be finished and cited. A week is hardly enough time to do this much research. Without the routine I now have in searching Luxembourg records I doubt I would be able to do as much.
I realize by restricting my posts for the 2015 edition of 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks to my husband’s and my families in Luxembourg I am losing the interest of my readers. I am following the plan until the end of the year. Please continue to drop by and read or even skim through my posts – you never know, you might one day find you also have ancestors from Luxembourg.
This 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.