52 Ancestors: #44 The PÖPPELREITER-GROELINGER Family

Week 44 (October 29 – November 4) – Frightening: Do you have an ancestor who did something frightening or lived through a scary event? Do you have your own ghost story in the family? Now is the perfect time to share!

mettendorf3tinyNo ghost stories in this family from Mettendorf, Germany. In October we visited the Mettendorf cemetery looking for PÖPPELREITER graves and found all of the graves wonderfully cared for in preparation for All Saints Day, the day after Halloween.

What is frightening to me is I don’t have a single document for this family group. All information is from indexed (without images) records at FamilySearch, research done by other genealogists and published in the family books of the towns they lived in, from information found on Alwin Banz’s website (password protected since accessing, request for access to confirm source is pending), and from Thomas A. Pick’s Homepage for Eifel Birth and Marriage Data. As a substitute I have plenty of photos of the area we visited last month.

Theodore PÖPPELREITER of Mettendorf

mettendorftinyMy third great-grandfather Theodore PÖPPELREITER was born on 25 July 1816 in Brimingen and baptized in the Roman Catholic church in the neighboring village of Baustert.[1] He was the son of Johann “Joannes” PÖPPELREITER (1782-1827) and Margaret BOMMES (1791-1860) married on 28 October 1813 in Utscheid near Mettendorf.[2] This unusual surname was also spelled PEPPELREITER, PEPPELREUTER, and PEPELREUTER. Theodore had seven siblings.

  • Lucia (1813-1837) born in 1813 in Glashütte near Utscheid in the Eifel.[2] Lucia died 23 February 1837 in Mettendorf.[3][4] She did not marry.
  • Wilhelm (1814-1815) born in September 1814 in Glashütte.[2] He died 28 June 1815 in Brimingen near Mettendorf.[2]
  • Nicolas (1815- ) born 23 July 1815 in Brimingen.[2] No known marriage or date of death.
  • Theodore born 25 July 1816 in Brimingen[2] and was baptized in Baustert the same day.[1] This is my line.
  • Catherine (1818- ) born 27 December 1818 in Mettendorf.[5] She had an illegitimate son in 1844 who continued the PÖPPELREITER name.
  • Barbara (1821-1886) born on 29 September 1821 in Mettendorf.[3][5] Barbara married Johann Peter SCHNEIDER on 19 January 1850 in Oberweis in the Eifel. She died 24 March 1886 in Oberweis.
  • Matthias (1824-1824) born 8 August 1824 in Mettendorf and died 9 August 1824 in Mettendorf.[3][5]
  • Catherine (1825-1908) born 21 October 1825 in Mettendorf.[3][5] She married Nicolas BLEY (1813-1894) on 13 July 1848 in Echternach, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.[6] Catherine died on 18 November 1908 in Echternach.[7]

Theodore’s father Johann “Joannes” PÖPPELREITER died on 6 June 1827 in Mettendorf[3] leaving his widow Margaretha with six children between the ages of 2 and 14. My great-great-grandfather Theodore was not yet 11 years old.

mettendorf2tinyAt the age of 25 Theodore PÖPPELREITER married his two years older bride Maria Katharina GROELINGER on 20 January 1842 in Mettendorf.[8] He was a sevant, or Dienstknecht, in Nusbaum and she was a servant, or Dienstmagd, in Mettendorf.[2]

Maria Katharina GROELINGER of Holsthum

On the road from Ferschweiler down to Holsthum we found this lookout point.

holsthum2holsthum3holsthum4holsthum1Johann “Joannes” GROELINGER (1766-1840) married Anna Maria Benedikta MERGEN (1769-1829) on 24 March 1798 in Schwankweiler.[9] They were both born in Holsthum where they raised their family of eleven children. Nine of their children married.

  • Peter (1799-1861) born 10 January 1799 in Holsthum.[9] Peter married Margaretha PROST on 1 March 1829 in Biersdorf. He died on 26 November 1861 in Biersdorf.
  • Theodor (1800-1871) born 17 November 1800 in Holsthum.[9] Theodor married Margarethe WALLENBORN (1807-1881) on 25 June 1831 in Biersdorf. He died on 8 October 1871 in Schwankweiler.
  • Maria (1803-1841) born 14 October 1803 in Holsthum.[9] Maria married Ludwig GERMAN before 1827. She died 30 March 1841 in Menningen in the  Eifel.
  • Maria Catherina (1804- ) born 28 February 1804 in Holsthum.[9]
  • Susanna (1807-1875) born 1 August 1807 in Holsthum.[9] Susanna married Johann JÜNGELS (1805-1862) on 23 October 1843 in Wißmannsdorf in the Eifel. She died 2 January 1875 and was buried two days later in Wißmannsdorf.
  • Magdalena (1809- ) born 20 August 1809 in Holsthum.[9] Magdalena married Johann PHILIPP (1815-1853) on 19 January 1839 in Schwankweiler.
  • Elizabeth (1812-1894) born 17 April 1812 in Holsthum.[9] Elizabeth married Mathias SCHMITZ (1810-1879) on 13 January 1845 in Altscheid. She died 12 October 1894 in Koosbüsch and was buried three days later in Wißmannsdorf.
  • Maria Katharina born 2 June 1814 in Holsthum.[9] This is my line.
  • Wilhelm (1817- ) born 3 February 1817 in Holsthum.[9]
  • Johann (1818-1896) born 18 August 1818 in Holsthum.[9] Johann married Catharina BURES on 5 January 1850 in Biersdorf. He died 26 August 1896 in Biersdorf and was buried there on 29 Aug 1896.
  • Gerardus (1821- ) born 2 May 1821 in Schankweiler.[9] He may have used a different spelling for the surname: GRELINGER.

Maria Katharina’s mother Anna Maria Benedikta MERGEN died 6 February 1829 in Holsthum.[9] Her father Johann “Joannes” GROELINGER died on 11 December 1840 in Biersdorf.[9] They did not live long enough to see their daughter Maria Katharina marry Theodore PÖPPELREITER in 1842.[8]

Children of Theodore and Maria Katharina

Theodore and Maria Katharina raised their family in Mettendorf. They had five known children, one of whom died before her first birthday. The two oldest sons married and continued the line. It is unknown if the third son, also named Mathias, and the youngest daughter married.

  • Ch 1: Mathias (1843-1891) born 22 June 1843 and baptized 23 June 1843, both in Mettendorf.[8] His date of death unknown and after 1891.
  • Ch 2: Johann “Joannes” (1847- ) born 13 December 1847 and baptized 14 December 1847, both in Mettendorf.[8] His date of death unknown and after 1891.
  • Ch 3: Mathias (1850- ) born 19 January 1850 and baptized 19 January 1850, both in Mettendorf.[8] His date of death unknown.
  • Ch 4: Katharina (1852-1853) born and baptized 10 April 1852, both in Mettendorf. She died 16 February 1853 in Mettendorf.[8]
  • Ch 5: Katharina (1854- ) born 18 September 1854 in Mettendorf.[8] Her date of death unknown.

Theodore’s mother Margaret BOMMES died on 5 February 1860 in Mettendorf.[3] At the tim eof her death her grandchildren through her son Theodore were between the ages of 5 and 16.

The oldest son in the family, Mathias PÖPPELREITER married Magdalena WAGNER (1842-1884) on 18 November 1868 in Mettendorf.[10] They gave Theodore and Maria Katharina five grandchildren (Theodore 1870, Johann 1873, Katharina 1874, and twins Mathias and Gertrude Marie 1876) before Maria Katharina GROELINGER died on 27 January 1877 in Schankweiler.[9]

gravemarkerWhen we walked through the cemetery of Mettendorf we found the family grave of the grandson Mathias. From the engravings on the marker he married a lady named Antoinette and they had at least four sons who are buried with him: Mathias b. 1906, Maternus b. 1911, Jakob b. 1916, and Wilhelm b. 1919. Maria (1921-2012) could have been a daughter or daughter-in-law through Jakob or Maternus.

After the mother’s death, the second son Johann “Joannes” PÖPPELREITER married Margaretha COLBET (1849- ) on 23 January 1878 in Mettendorf.[11]

In 1884 the oldest son Mathias was widowed with five children, the youngest not yet two years old. He remarried on 20 January 1885, his parents’ 43rd wedding anniversary, in Mettendorf to Katharina JUTZ (1847-?).[12]

Six years later the father of this family, Theodore PÖPPELREITER, died on 2 May 1891 in Mettendorf.[8]

Sources:
[1] Germany Births and Baptisms, 1558-1898 / Deutschland Geburten und Taufen, 1558-1898, (index), FamilySearch, FHL microfilm 531308. (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NPNR-SZG : accessed 4 November 2015), Theodorus Poppelreuter, baptized 25 Jul 1816, parents Joannis Poppelreuter and Margarethae Bommes; citing Roemisch-Katholische, Baustert, Rheinland, Prussia.
[2] Alwin Banz’s website
[3] Werner Naumann, compiler, Familienbuch der Pfarrei Mettendorf Dekanat Neuerburg, Band 1 A-M Band 2 N-Z (compiled in 1992), p. 38, Family # M1958. [Pages of book photographed in Archiv Peter Daus (Wittlich) on 4 May 2013]. Pöppelreiter-Bommes.
[4] Germany Deaths and Burials, 1582-1958 / Deutschland Tote und Beerdigungen, 1582-1958, (index), <FamilySearch, FHL microfilm 469172. (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J4Z3-LMC : accessed 4 November 2015), Lucia Poeppelreiter, died 23 Feb 1837, age 24, parents Joannis Poeppelreiter and Margaretha Bommes; citing v.3 p.164, reference v.3 p.164.
[5] Thomas A. Pick, compiler, Homepage for Eifel Birth and Marriage Data, online http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~pick/. Catherine, born 27 Dec 1818, parents Joannes Poppelreiter and Margaret Bommes, citing Mettendorf as place of birth.
[6] Luxembourg, Registres d’état civil, 1662-1941 (images), FamilySearch (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Echternach > Mariages 1809 > image 873 of 1462. 1848 Marriage Record No. 20. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-11670-175616-83?cc=1709358 : accessed 4 November 2015).
[7] Ibid., Echternach > Mariages 1906-1923 Décès 1895-1912 > image 584 of 675. 1908 Death Record No. 66. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32043-12126-76?cc=1709358&wc=9RTB-6YZ:129623201,130153902 : accessed 12 January 2015).
[8] Familienbuch Mettendorf, p. 38, Family # M1959. Pöppelreiter-Groelinger.
[9] Familienbuch Schankweiler, p. 60, Family # H370. Archiv Peter Daus; accessed 5 May 2013. Groelinger-Mergen.
[10] Familienbuch Mettendorf, p. 39, Family # M1962. Pöppelreiter-Wagner.
[11] Familienbuch Mettendorf, p.. 39, Family # M1963. Pöppelreiter-Colbet.
[12] Familienbuch Mettendorf, p. 39, Family #  M1964. Pöppelreiter-Jutz.

Genealogy Sketch

Name: Theodore PÖPPELREITER
Parents: Johann “Joannes” PÖPPELREITER and Margaret BOMMES
Spouse: Maria Katharina GROELINGER
Parents of Spouse: Johann “Joannes” GROELINGER and Anna Maria Benedikta MERGEN
Whereabouts: Mettendorf and Holsthum in the Eifel, Rheinland, Germany
Relationship to Cathy Meder-Dempsey: 3rd great-grandfather

1. Theodore PÖPPELREITER
2. Mathias PÖPPELREITER
3. Katharina “Catherine” PÖPPELREITER
4. Nicolas WILDINGER
5. Living WILDINGER
6. Cathy Meder-Dempsey

© 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: #23 A June Wedding in 1901

Week 23 (June 4-10) – Wedding: June is time for weddings. Write about a June bride in your family or highlight a favorite wedding photo. Maybe there’s a serial marry-er in the family — that could be a fun post!

A June Wedding in 1901

1901marriageMy great-grandparents Catherine PÖPPELREITER and Johann WILDINGER were married in Ernzen, Germany, on 4 June 1901.[1] Instead of a wedding photograph, my mother has this tag which was attached to a bag of wedding favors, most likely dragées, and given to family and friends in memory of the wedding. Catherine and Johann were featured in my 52 Ancestors: #9 Close to Home and Close to My Heart.

The Wildinger-Pöppelreiter Family (ca. 1909). From left to right: mother Catherine Pöppelreiter, daughter Marie, son Jean-Pierre, and father Johann Wildinger. The little boy in front of Marie and Jean-Pierre is their son Nicolas, my maternal grandfather.

Catherine was the daughter of Mathias PÖPPELREITER and his first wife Magdalena WAGNER. Her marriage is the only one I know of for the children of Mathias PÖPPELREITER and his two wives.

The PÖPPELREITER-WAGNER Family 1868-1884

Mathias PÖPPELREITER was born on 22 June 1843[2] and baptized on 23 June 1843[3] in Mettendorf, Rhineland, Germany. His parents were Theodore PÖPPELREITER and Maria Katharina GROELINGER.[2]

M1962
Werner Naumann, compiler, Familienbuch der Pfarrei Mettendorf Dekanat Neuerburg, Band 1 A-M Band 2 N-Z (compiled in 1992), Band 2, p. 39, family no. M 1962. [Pages of book photographed in Archiv Peter Daus (Wittlich) on 4 May 2013].
Mathias married first Magdalena WAGNER on 18 November 1868 in Mettendorf.[4] In the Mettendorf Family Book (above) the compiler included the church register (KB) number, page number, and record number for easy access to the marriage record which would be located in the archives of the diocese in Trier.

Magdalena was born 21 Mar 1842[5] in Mettendorf to Johann WAGNER (some records show the surname spelled WAGNER) and Anna Maria KERSCHT. She was baptized on 22 March 1942 in Mettendorf.[6]

Mathias and Magdalena had eight known children in a dozen years.

  • Theodore b. 18 Sep 1870 d. 1 Dec 1879 § [4]
  • Johann “Joannes” b. 23 Jan 1873 [4]
  • Katharina “Catherine” b. 16 September 1874 [4] d. 4 September 1950 [7], [8]
  • Mathias b. 17 March 1876 [4]
  • Gertrude Marie b. 17 March 1876 d. 7 March 1877 § [4]
  • Margaretha b. 27 May 1878 d. 22 October 1893 § [4]
  • Katharina b. 19 January 1880 d. 19 May 1882 § [4]
  • Maria b. 3 May 1882 d. 3 May 1890 § [4]

All of the above children were born in Mettendorf. The place of death of the children who died young (§ = symbol I use for the end of a line in my database) was also Mettendorf. It is not known if sons Johann and Mathias married and had children. Catherine, child #3, is the only child of this union known to have married and have children.

Magdalena died 20 March 1884[4] in Mettendorf leaving Johann 11, Catherine 9, Mathias 8, Margaretha 5 and Maria nearly 2 without a mother.

The PÖPPELREITER-JUTZ Family 1885-aft. 1892

Mathias PÖPPELREITER had been widowed exactly 10 months when he married Katharina JUTZ on 20 January 1885[9] in Mettendorf. Katharina was born 26 January 1847 in Sinspelt, a neighboring village of Mettendorf. Although Katharina was close to 40 years old when Mathias married her, she gave him three children.

  • Regina b. 11 July 1887 d. aft. 17 July 1942 [9]
  • Anna Maria b. 11 July 1889 [9]
  • Georg b. 28 June 1891 d. 5 November 1892 § [9]

M1964
Werner Naumann, compiler, Familienbuch der Pfarrei Mettendorf Dekanat Neuerburg, Band 1 A-M Band 2 N-Z (compiled in 1992), Band 2 p. 39 family no. M 1964. [Pages of book photographed in Archiv Peter Daus (Wittlich) on 4 May 2013].
As with Mathias’ first family, all of these children were born in Mettendorf. Little Georg died in Mettendorf at the age of 16 months.[9]

Mathias and Katharina’s daughter Regina wrote to her half-sister Catherine’s family in Luxembourg during World War II given them genealogy information on the PÖPPELREITER family. The letter survived the war and was saved by Catherine’s daughter Marie and later passed on to my mother, her godchild. This letter was transcribed and translated in my 52 Ancestors: #9 Close to Home and Close to My Heart.

Where will I find the original records?

Werner Naumann who compiled the Mettendorf Family Book used the church registers (Kirchenbuch = KB) 1 through 13. KB 12 has marriages from 1860 to after 1900 and KB 13 has births and deaths from 1860 to after 1900. A 1999 version of Naumann’s compilation gives the location of the church registers in the front matter of the book. KB 1 through 11 are kept in the Diocese Archives in Trier and KB 12 and 13 were in the archives of the parish in Mettendorf. For the protection of privacy, records are not made available to the public for a certain amount of years from the date of the record. Baptismal records: 120 years; marriage records: 100 years; and death records: 40 years. Complete volumes of the death registers may only be viewed in their entirety 100 years after the last entry made. Information about deaths may be requested on an individual basis per the 40 years rule.

Dates of death for Mathias PÖPPELREITER and his 2nd wife Katharina JUTZ were not listed in the 1992 compilation. They most likely died after 1892 as Mr. Naumann would have only had access to death records up to 1892 when he compiled his book. For the same reason, records of marriages of Mathias’ children were not available to the public. It is only due to the tag saved from their wedding favors and the family book for Ernzen[1] that I have the date of marriage for Mathias and Magdalena’s daughter Catherine.

To find the missing documentation I will have to visit the Mettendorf parish archives and/or the diocese archives in Trier. When I take the trip to the Rhineland Archives in Koblenz later this month with my genealogy society Luxracines, I might be able to view the civil records for this family if someone in my group ordered the BMD records for Mettendorf. I ordered only Ernzen and Ferschweiler and would gladly share time with someone interested in these villages. Wouldn’t it be fun to work with another researcher on the same village? One can always hope and, as they say, two heads are always better than one.

Sources:
[1] Richard Schaffner of Kordel, compiler, Familienbuch 2 der Pfarrei St. Marcus Ernzen bei Irrel, Daten bis 1798 aus den Kirchenbüchern der Pfarrei Echternach (damals fur Ernzen zuständig); mit: Ernzen-Hof, Fölkenbach und teilweise auch Prümzurlay (Häuser der rechten Flußseite) 1680-1899 (compiled in 2000), p. 245-246, family #867. [Pages of book photographed in Archiv Peter Daus (Wittlich) on 4 May 2013].
[2] Werner Naumann, compiler, Familienbuch der Pfarrei Mettendorf Dekanat Neuerburg, Band 1 A-M Band 2 N-Z (compiled in 1992), Band 2, p. 38, family no. M 1959. [Pages of book photographed in Archiv Peter Daus (Wittlich) on 4 May 2013].
[3] “Germany Births and Baptisms, 1558-1898”, (index), FamilySearch, FHL microfilm 469,172. (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NC12-SXT : accessed 2 June 2015), Mathias Poeppelreiter, 23 Jun 1843; citing Mettendorf, Rheinland, Preußen, Germany.
[4] Mettendorf Family Book, Band 2, p. 39, family no. M 1962. [Pages of book photographed in Archiv Peter Daus (Wittlich) on 4 May 2013].
[5] Mettendorf Family Book, Band 2, p. unknown, family no. M 3013. [Pages of book photographed in Archiv Peter Daus (Wittlich) on 4 May 2013].
[6] Germany Births and Baptisms, FHL microfilm 469,172. (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NC12-SQ1 : accessed 5 June 2015), Magdalena Wagner, 22 Mar 1842; citing Mettendorf, Rheinland, Preußen, Germany.
[7] 1950 Death Record No., photocopy of original page in the death register at the records office at the city hall in Echternach obtained 10 July 1996.
[8] Luxembourger Wort, digitized by Bibliothèque nationale de Luxembourg; online http://www.eluxemburgensia.lu/webclient/DeliveryManager?application=DIRECTLINK&custom_att_2=simple_viewer&pid=833934&search_terms=catherine%20wildinger#panel:pp|issue:833934|article:DTL387|query:catherine wildinger
[9] Mettendorf Family Book, Band 2 p. 39 family no. M 1964. [Pages of book photographed in Archiv Peter Daus (Wittlich) on 4 May 2013].

Genealogy Sketch

Name: Mathias PÖPPELREITER
Parents: Theodore PÖPPELREITER and Maria Katharina GROELINGER
Spouse: Magdalena WAGNER(*) and Katharina JUTZ
Parents of spouse(*): Johann WAGNER and Anna Maria KERSCHT
Whereabouts: Mettendorf, Rhineland, Germany
Relationship to Cathy Meder-Dempsey: 2nd great-grandparents

1. Mathias PÖPPELREITER and Magdalena WAGNER
2. Catherine PÖPPELREITER
3. Nicolas WILDINGER
4. Living (Mom) WILDINGER
5. Cathy Meder-Dempsey

© 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.