Part VI: Tying up the loose ends

I’ve written about my fifth great-grandparents Remacle Trausch (1761-1804) and Theresia Braun (1766-1798) of Colmar  and solved the question of why Theresia BRAUN was also seen as Theresia COLLING? I also wrote about Theresia’s parents and maternal grandparents (yellow in the screenshot below) in “Maison dite” Leads to Parents and Grandparents of Magdalena SCHMIDT (1743-1782). This was followed up with (blue and green below)  The Parents and Siblings of Remacle TRAUSCH (1761-1804).

One branch of the family tree has been neglected due to lack of records. Theresia BRAUN’s paternal side seen in pink below.

Screenshot of the pedigree of Michel TRAUSCH generated by AncestralQuest

An aside concerning Martin BRAUN (1695-1766)

Maria Magdalena SCHMIDT (SCHNEIDISCH)’s husband Martin BRAUN was found to be the son of Jean Frédérique BRAUN and Marie KAUFFMAN. His parents were married 16 November 1692 in Bissen, Luxembourg1; Martin was born 4 February 1695 in Colmar.2 He was the oldest of six children born to Jean Frédérique and Marie.

Like Martin, his siblings were all born in Colmar. Johannes was baptized 10 March 16973, Elisabetha Catharina 28 April 16984, Johannes 4 March 17015, Nicolas 20 February 17036, and Johannes Franciscus 10 April 1708.7

A death record was found for a youth named Johannes BRAUNS who died on the same day the first Johannes was baptized.8 The entry doesn’t indicate his age or who his parents were. Elisabetha Catharina died 9 September 1701 in her fourth year.9 No trace of the three youngest brothers was found after their baptisms.

Due to the plague and the wars during the middle ages, the population of Colmar, Berg, and Welsdorf was sparse. There were 17 families in 1540 and 5 in 1641. The inhabitants, with the exception of the nobles, were serfs and exploited the lands belonging to the nobles.

The total number of inhabitants increased from the end of the 17th century when iron forges were installed at Colmar. The first people of this trade came from today’s region of Wallonia in Belgium. The workforce came from the surrounding areas of Colmar.10

Due to the small population in the area, Martin’s three younger brothers may have gone to other parts to find work and to marry. If they produced records in the Bissen parish during the years from 1721 to 1749 these are lost.

In 1761 when Martin married Magdalena SCHNEIDISCH he was a widower and 66 years old.11 No previous marriage record or baptismal records of children born to Martin and his first wife were found in Bissen likely due to the missing records for the years 1721 to 1749.

Other than Martin’s parents, Martin, his widow, and his two daughters there were no other BRAUNS or BRAUN marriages in Bissen from 1610-1797 (with the exception of possible missing records from the years 1721 to 1749).

It seems strange there were no other BRAUN individuals in the area other than Theresia, my 5th great-grandmother, and her older sister Elisabetha. I suspect, if Martin was married a first time, the marriage may have remained childless. Which makes it even harder to believe Martin married a second time at the age of 66 and had two daughters with Magdalena.

As the oldest child of the BRAUN-KAUFFMAN marriage, Martin would have been the child to whom the family home was passed on to. After his death, his widow married Michel COLLING. In later years, Martin’s oldest daughter Elisabetha, as well as her COLLING half-siblings, would be found living in a house called Braumes, the home Martin probably grew up in.

Den BRONGEN von Colmar

While reading old newsletters of the commune of Colmar-Berg, I found an interesting tidbit about Martin BRAUN. An article on the Wilmesvogtei (Welsdorf) included a transcript of the entry for Jean KEYSER of Welsdorf alias WILMES on the 1766 Cadastre of Marie-Thérèse. It mentions the land and buildings he “owned” and worked and the goods and taxes he had to pay.

To Martin BRAUN of Colmar, dem (den) BRONGEN von Colmar, he had to give four sesters or forty-eight bushels of wheat yearly (one sester is equal to 12 bushels). This confirms Martin was also known by the name BRONGEN which is Luxembourgish for brown. A brief mention of my ancestor in an article about a completely different family led to my finding the cadastre sheet with his alternate name.12

1766 Cadastre of Marie-Thérèse for Jean KEYSER of Welsdorf alias Wilmes mentioning Martin BRAUN or dem Brongen von Colmar.

The spectacular fourfold murder case of 1816

In my last post A Horrific Crime in the Fortress City of Luxembourg I gave only a brief overview of the crime. I’d found the narrative written by Tony JUNGBLUT after the post was ready to publish.13

The four-part narrative of the criminal case includes the following statement in the introduction (English translation of the German text):

All the details were drawn from the official records*, so we have here not only a captivating criminal case, but also a documentary picture of Luxembourg’s time as a fortress city.

*National Archives of Luxembourg, ANLUX, CT-01-02-0090.

From the witnesses’ testimonies, the court chronicler was able to tell the who, what, when, where, why of the goings-on before, during, and after the trial. Between 80 and 100 witnesses were heard which seems amazing for the time period and for the short five months between the murders and the trial. I hope the men they accused and found guilty were the perpetrators.

Considering Jungblut’s reputation as a court reporter and journalist, I believe he was impartial. Did he include everything in his narrative? Did he omit repetitive testimonials made by persons whose names would be recognized as distant family members by this researcher as he considered them not important to the story? The case file holds the answer.

I look forward to visiting the National Archives of Luxembourg (ANLUX) and viewing the actual documents. This would be my first visit to ANLUX. Will I be allowed to photograph or scan them so I can transcribe them from home? I trust the narrative Jungblut wrote but as a family historian and genealogist, I want to be able to work with the primary documentation.

From JUNGBLUT’s narrative, I learned more of my fifth great-grandfather Remacle TRAUSCH’s widow.

Anne Marie WIROTH’s tavern was frequented by the military, hunters, Jews, and foreigners. As a result of the diversity of visitors and the constant tension between the citizens and the German military, there were often night-time quarrels. Widow Trausch had regular customers who would come in to drink wine and chat with the daughter of the house. The older woman was known to drink more than her guests and look the other way when her daughter granted favors to clients for a few coins. Instead of being ruinous to her business, the rumors and talk caused more people to visit the establishment.

The mother felt some remorse for taking advantage of her daughter and knew this wasn’t good for the young girl’s reputation. When she failed to convince a young man to marry her daughter, she began to make other plans to save her daughter’s reputation and still fill her purse.

She had previously lived in a house in the Grund which was for sale. She figured she could make good money renting out rooms which were in great demand in the city. On Thursday she negotiated a price in francs with the owner. The same day she approached her deceased husband’s friend for a loan of the amount she was lacking. The next day she asked her cleaning lady if she would come to work for her at her new place. Things were looking up for her. She sent her daughter to the owner of the house to let him know she would have her thalers converted to francs by Palm Sunday. She would then pay him in 5-franc pieces and visit the notary to certify the purchase. By Palm Sunday the entire family was dead.

Was my fifth great-grandfather Remacle TRAUSCH’s choice of Anne Marie WIROTH for his second wife a mistake? From what we’ve learned of her after his death, she was not the ideal person. However, I wonder if I can pass judgment on her not knowing if my ancestor may have left her with nothing more than mouths to feed.

Posts in this series:

Part I: Remacle Trausch (1761-1804) and Theresia Braun (1766-1798) of Colmar

Part II: Why was Theresia BRAUN also seen as Theresia COLLING?

Part III: “Maison dite” Leads to Parents and Grandparents of Magdalena SCHMIDT (1743-1782)

Part IV: The Parents and Siblings of Remacle TRAUSCH (1761-1804)

Part V: A Horrific Crime in the Fortress City of Luxembourg

Part VI: Tying up the loose ends

© 2019, copyright Cathy Meder-Dempsey. All rights reserved.


  1. Luxembourg, registres paroissiaux, 1601-1948 (images), FamilySearch (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Bissen > Baptêmes 1685-1722, 1734-1756, confirmations 1691-1704, mariages 1692-1720, sépultures 1692-1702, 1709-1721 > image 151 of 162. 1692 Marriage Record (right page, last entry). (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-89WS-QQHT?cc=2037955&wc=STHD-DPF%3A1500938201%2C1501084258 : accessed 14 July 2019). 
  2. Ibid., Bissen > Baptêmes 1685-1722, 1734-1756, confirmations 1691-1704, mariages 1692-1720, sépultures 1692-1702, 1709-1721 > image 10 of 162. 1695 Baptismal Record. (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QSQ-G9WS-QQ5R?cc=2037955&wc=STHD-DPF%3A1500938201%2C1501084258 : accessed 14 July 2019). 
  3.   Ibid., Bissen > Baptêmes 1685-1722, 1734-1756, confirmations 1691-1704, mariages 1692-1720, sépultures 1692-1702, 1709-1721 > image 16 of 162. 1697 Baptismal Record (left page, 2nd entry from bottom). (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-99WS-QQY4?cc=2037955&wc=STHD-DPF%3A1500938201%2C1501084258 : accessed 14 July 2019). 
  4. Ibid., Bissen > Baptêmes 1685-1722, 1734-1756, confirmations 1691-1704, mariages 1692-1720, sépultures 1692-1702, 1709-1721 > image 19 of 162. 1698 Baptismal Record (left page, 2nd entry). (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-89WS-QQGV?cc=2037955&wc=STHD-DPF%3A1500938201%2C1501084258 : accessed 14 July 2019). 
  5. Ibid., Bissen > Baptêmes 1685-1722, 1734-1756, confirmations 1691-1704, mariages 1692-1720, sépultures 1692-1702, 1709-1721 > image 23 of 162. 1701 Baptismal Record (left page, 4th entry). (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-89WS-QQTX?cc=2037955&wc=STHD-DPF%3A1500938201%2C1501084258 : accessed 14 July 2019). 
  6. Ibid., Bissen > Baptêmes 1685-1722, 1734-1756, confirmations 1691-1704, mariages 1692-1720, sépultures 1692-1702, 1709-1721 > image 26 of 162. 1703 Baptismal Record (right page, 2nd entry from bottom). (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QSQ-G9WS-Q7DN?cc=2037955&wc=STHD-DPF%3A1500938201%2C1501084258 : accessed 14 July 2019). 
  7. Ibid., Bissen > Baptêmes 1685-1722, 1734-1756, confirmations 1691-1704, mariages 1692-1720, sépultures 1692-1702, 1709-1721 > image 35 of 162. 1708 Baptismal Record (right page, 1st entry). (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-89WS-Q79L?cc=2037955&wc=STHD-DPF%3A1500938201%2C1501084258 : accessed 14 July 2019). 
  8. Ibid., Bissen > Baptêmes 1685-1722, 1734-1756, confirmations 1691-1704, mariages 1692-1720, sépultures 1692-1702, 1709-1721 > image 138 of 162. 1697 Death Record (right page, 4th entry).(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-L9WS-QQSV?cc=2037955&wc=STHD-DPF%3A1500938201%2C1501084258 : accessed 24 August 2019). 
  9. Ibid., Bissen > Baptêmes 1685-1722, 1734-1756, confirmations 1691-1704, mariages 1692-1720, sépultures 1692-1702, 1709-1721 > image 140 of 162. 1701 Deth Record (right page, 3rd entry from bottom).(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-99WS-QQ7Y?cc=2037955&wc=STHD-DPF%3A1500938201%2C1501084258 : accessed 14 July 2019). 
  10. “Histoire de la Commune,” Administration communale de Colmar-Berg, (https://www.colmar-berg.lu/fr/Pages/Chiffres-et-Hitoire-de-la-commune.aspx : accessed 21 August 2019) 
  11. Luxembourg Church Records, Bissen > Mariages 1750-1757, 1760-1778, sépultures 1751-1754, 1760-1778 > image 13 of 34. 1761 Marriage Record (left, middle). (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-L9WS-QQ7D?cc=2037955&wc=STHD-DPX%3A1500938201%2C1501112182 : accessed 15 January 2018). 
  12. Cadastre de Marie-Thérèse (1752-1772), Dénombrements des feux, aides et subsides 1473-1806, FamilySearch, Film # 008014724, Regime A, section 14: cadastre de Marie-Thérèse 1767, liasse 175 (Berg, Colmar), image 301 of 676, Sheet No. 46, Jean Keyser von Welsdorf alias Wilmes. (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSX4-B3T4-3?i=300&cat=1152016 : accessed 30 August 2019). 
  13. Tony Jungblut, “Das Verbrechen der Gebrüder Hauser”, published in four parts in A-Z : Luxemburger illustrierte, 5 August 1934 No. 33 p. 4-7, 12 August 1934 No. 34 p. 18-20, 19 August 1934 No. 35 p. 18-19, and 26 August 1934 No. 36 p. 18-19. (https://luxemburgensia.bnl.lu/cgi/luxonline1_2.pl?action=yr&sid=azillust&year=1934 : accessed 21 August 2019). 

52 Ancestors: #13 The MEDER-REIFFER Family of Diekirch 1807-1930

Week 13 (March 26 – April 1) – Different. What ancestor seems to be your polar opposite? What ancestor did something that seems completely different than what they “should” have done or what you would have done?

Moving on to the next generation, my children’s 16 sets of great-great-great-grandparents. A quarter of these were discussed last year when I did 8 individuals (4 sets in red on the chart) of my/their American lines. See links for 2014 52Ancestors #8 through #15.

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Courtesy of TreeSeek.com

Théodore MEDER (1807-1898) is on the opposite side of the chart from Maria MAJERUS (1850-1931). My son inherited Théodore’s Y-DNA through his father and Maria’s mtDNA through me. I need to learn more about DNA, but this I get: Y-DNA and mtDNA are completely opposite.

The MEDER-REIFFER Family (1807-1930)

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1807 Birth Record of Théodore MEDER[1]
The father of this family group, Théodore MEDER (1807-1898) was born at four in the morning on Tuesday the 14th of July 1807 in Diekirch (Grand Duchy of Luxembourg) to Nicolas and Apolline. Nicolas MEDERT (sic, MEDER) was a 43 years old basket-maker (vannier). His wife Apolline WILMES’ age is not given but she would have been 38 at the time. Mathias KELLEN, a 33 years old farmer (laboureur) from Gilsdorf, and Philippe SCHAACK, a 36 years old tawer (mégissier), were the witnesses who signed the birth record. The father Nicolas declared not being able to sign his name.[1]

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G. Bruno – Le Tour de la France par deux enfants p161 » par G. Bruno, gravure Perot — http://archive.org/details/letourdelafrance00brunuoft Univ. of Toronto. Sous licence Domaine public via Wikimedia Commons

Please excuse my going off on a tangent here but I find old occupations quite fascinating and it is interesting to learn more about the crafts and trades of our ancestors, or as was the case here, of their neighbors or acquaintances.

I had a bit of difficulty finding a translation for the French word mégissier. Google Translate “knew” the French word but did not come up with the English equivalent. After a bit, I found that mégissier is a tawer. In search of the translation and definition I found this illustration (left). A tawer is a person who taws or makes leather out of hide without the use of tanning.

Let’s get back to the main subjects!

The mother of this family group, Susanna REIFFER (1808-1877) born Wednesday, 6 April 1808 in Wahlhausen, Clervaux, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, according to the extract of her baptismal record that was presented in Diekirch in 1833 when she married. The same date and place are also listed on the 1843 census. She was the daughter of Théodore REIFFER and Elisabethe CLOS whose dates of death were listed on her 1833 marriage record.[2]

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Publication of Marriage in Diekirch[3]
At eight o’clock the morning of Thursday the 31st of January 1833, Théodore MEDER, a 25 years old day laborer and Susanna REIFFER, a 24 years old house servant from Bastendorf, were joined in marriage in Diekirch. The bride’s parents were both deceased, her father in 1831 and her mother in 1829. Théodore’s father Nicolas was present and consenting to the marriage. His mother had died in 1824. Banns were published in Bastendorf and in Diekirch on the 20th and the 27th of January. As is normal with marriage records in Luxembourg, 4 witnesses were present and signed the record. Their relationships to the bride and groom are not listed. The bride, the groom and the father of the groom declared not being able to write and did not sign the marriage record.[2], [3]

Théodore and Susanna were the parents of a dozen children:

Child 1: Jean MEDER (1834-1901) was born 6 January 1834[4] in Diekirch, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. He married Barbara “Barbe” ADAM (1837-1906) on 10 January 1864[5] in Bettendorf where they raised a family of 4 children. Jean died on 26 October 1901[6] in Bettendorf. His wife Barbe died in the same town on 6 October 1906.[7]

Child 2: Mathias MEDER (1835-1912) was born 25 November 1835[8] in Diekirch.  He married Maria “Marie” KAUFMANN (1833-1912) on 24 June 1863[9] in Bettendorf where they raised a family of 3 children. Mathias died 23 April 1912[10] in Bastendorf a little over a year after Marie who died on 2 April 1911[11] in Bettendorf.

Child 3: Maria MEDER (1837-1918) was born 21 November 1837[12] in Diekirch. Maria married Nicolas WEBER (1836-1918) on 14 November 1860[13] in Diekirch where they raised 5 children. Nicolas died 20 January 1881[14] in Diekirch. Maria died 37 years later on 11 October 1918[15] in Diekirch.

Child 4: Philippe MEDER (1839-1839) was born 29 October 1839[16] in Diekirch. Philippe was not quite two months old when he died on 23 December 1839[17] in Diekirch.

Child 5: Anna Maria MEDER (1841-1911) was born 21 January 1841[18] in Diekirch. She married Nicolas SCHOLTES (1847-1897) on 28 November 1867[19] in Diekirch where 10 children were born. Nicolas died on 16 January 1897[20] in Diekirch. Anna, as she was usually known, died 5 January 1911[21] in Diekirch.

Child 6: Maria “Elisa” MEDER (1842- ) was born 26 October 1842[22] in Diekirch. When she married Célestin RENAUT (1830- ) on 3 July 1865[23] in Diekirch Elisa was listed as the name that she normally used. This family moved around a bit and were last seen in the 1875 census in Diekirch. At that time they had two daughters, the first born in Esch-sur-Alzette and the second in Magneux, Marne, France, where Célestin was from. In 1876 another daughter was born in Diekirch.[24] The family disappears [has not been found] after this birth and it is not known when Elisa and her husband died.

Child 7: Elisabetha MEDER (1844- ) was born 23 February 1844[25] in Diekirch. In 1858 and later she was no longer found with her parents. It’s possible that as a 14 years old in 1858 she may have been living and/or working in another household. There is no trace of a death record for her in Diekirch.

Child 8: Margaretha MEDER (1845-1845) was born 8 June 1845[26] in Diekirch. She only lived 16 days, dying on 24 June 1845[27] in Diekirch.

Child 9: Franz “François” MEDER (1846-1930) was born 17 May 1846 in Diekirch. Franz married Elisabetha “Elisabeth” “Elise” FABER (1846-1915) on 20 September 1869 in Diekirch. More about this child in 52 Ancestors: #5 The MEDER-FABER Family of Diekirch 1846-1954

Child 10: Johann “Jean Pierre” MEDER (1847-1848) was born 16 September 1847[28] in Diekirch and died 29 May 1848[29] in Diekirch at the age of 8 months. Although his birth and death record show that his name was Johann, on the 1847 census he was seen as Jean Pierre, most likely to distinguish him from his oldest brother Jean.

Child 11: [–?–] MEDER, a female, (1849-1849) was stillborn on 19 August 1849[30].

Child 12: Catharina MEDER (1850-1879) was born 5 December 1850[31] in Diekirch. Catharina married André WILHELMY (1853-?) on 15 May 1878[32] in Diekirch. She died 26 February 1879[33] in Diekirch 8 days after giving birth to a stillborn son.[34] Her widower André remarried a year later in Alscheid.[35]

The Occupations of Théodore MEDER

Life may have been hard for Théodore, Susanna, and their many children. As seen in the following chart Théodore worked as a day laborer from the time of his marriage in 1833 until 1846 when he became a shepherd. He remained in this occupation for about 10 years. On one record it is clearly noted that he was a goat shepherd. By 1858 he was once again working as a day laborer. In 1880 at the age of 73 he seen on the census as a miner (Bergbauarbeiter). This seems to be a very hard job for a man of his age. Finally at the time of his death, at the age of 91, he was seen as having no occupation.

occupationThe MEDER-REIFFER family in the Luxembourg census

Previous posts on family groups in Luxembourg have concentrated on the birth and marriage records of the children. For this family, I’ve decided to do something different. Above I used a pink or blue box for each child, including footnote links to the very long source list found at the end of this post. Instead of discussing the birth and/or marriage records, I’ve chosen to focus on the census records of this family.

The census in Luxembourg was taken every three or so years. At FamilySearch there are presently 1,115,931 census images available for these years: 1843, 1846, 1847, 1849, 1851, 1852, 1855, 1858, 1861, 1864, 1867, 1871, 1875, 1880, 1885, 1887, 1890, 1895 and 1900.

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1843 Luxembourg Census[36]
On the 1843 census, earliest census available online at FamilySearch, birthdates of persons in the household were included. From experience I’ve found that they do not always match up with the birth records found. And that is the case with this family listing. The father, mother and oldest son’s dates match but the other 4 children are off. In the household are children Jean, Mathias, Marie, Anne, and Marie (who will later be known as Elisa). I was happy to find Jean Nicolas MEDER in his son Theodore’s household.[36] His date of birth is seen as 1 April 1763. This cannot be correct as his baptismal record* shows that he was born and baptized on 26 October 1766. *Note: the baptismal record was located after footnotes were completed for this post.

*Source: Luxembourg, registres paroissiaux, 1601-1948 (images), FamilySearch (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Ettelbruck > Baptêmes 1748-1792 > image 59 of 147. Jean Nicolas Meder baptismal record. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-32462-751-39?cc=2037955&wc=STH8-ZJ4:1500939401,1501045912 : accessed 23 March 2015).

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1846 Luxembourg Census[37]
In 1846 Théodore and his brother Antoine’s families are listed together in one household. Children in Théodore and Susane’s household are Jean, Mathias, Marie, Marie, Marie, Elisabeth, and François. Three girls named Marie! From one census or civil record to the next these girls would use different variations of their names. The years of birth are off for the older children but the younger ones born in the 1840s are correct.[37]

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1847 Luxembourg Census[38]
In 1847 the family had grown to 10, parents and 8 children: Jean, Mathias, Marie, Anne Marie, Marie, Elisabeth, François, and Jean-Pierre.[38]

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1849 Luxembourg Census[39]
In 1849 the family has one less member as their youngest child Jean-Pierre passed away in May 1848. As in 1847 none of the children are listed with an occupation. Their father is a shepherd (pâtre) and one can imagine that his older sons Jean and Mathias may have helped their father while the four girls helped their mother care for little François.[39]

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1851 Luxembourg Census[40]
In 1851 young Catherine born in 1850 is now seen on the list of children. The mother is mistakenly listed as Marguerite however her maiden name and place of birth are correct. The ditto marks in the column for occupation make it appear as if the mother and the three sons are working as day laborers like the father. It seems very unlikely that 6 years old François would be working. All of the daughters are listed as having no occupation. An interesting addition to this census sheet is the column for the number of years each person has lived in the present community. The mother, who came to Diekirch at the time of her marriage, is seen as living in Diekirch for 18 years while for all other members of the family the time of residence is equal to their age.[40]

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1852 Luxembourg Census[41]
In 1852 the oldest son Jean is missing on the census. As I am concentrating on Théodore and Susanne’s family as a unit I have not taken the time to search further for their oldest son once he left the nest. I know that after his marriage in 1864 he lived in Bettendorf a village to the east of Diekirch. He “disappears” between 1852-1864 and depending on where he was working I will have to do a lot of browsing to find him.[41]

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1855 Luxembourg Census[42]
In 1855 the next two oldest children, Mathias and the eldest Marie have also flown the coop, most likely due to their living with their employer. Children still at home are Anna, Marie, Elisa, François, and Catherine.[42]

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1858 Luxembourg Census[43]
The 1858 census gave me a few problems. Marie seen here is Anna Marie and Elisa is the younger Marie. The reason that I know this is not Elisabeth is that when Marie marries in 1865 the marriage record has a note that she is known as Elisa and the date of birth matches Marie born in 1842. It is my belief that Elisabeth (1858 age 14) may be working in a nearby village. As long as the census is not indexed finding her will be a lot of work or I might get lucky and find her while checking on other families in the area. This means that I have to be careful to look at all persons listed in each household, especially at the end of the list where domestics’ names were listed.[43]

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1861 Luxembourg Census[44]
In 1861[44] (above) and in 1864[45] (below) the family group remains the same as in 1858.

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1864 Luxembourg Census[45]
In 1867, below, the family has become even smaller. Only the two youngest children are still at home, François and Catherine.[46] By this time all of the other children were married and had their own households. Marie in 1860, Mathias in 1863, Jean in 1864, Marie “Eisa” in 1865, and Anna Marie in 1867.

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1867 Luxembourg Census[46]
I went through the entire 1871 census collection for Diekirch and did not find Théodore, Susanna, and their youngest daughter Catherine. Are they living with one of their three married daughters? Their son François married in 1869 and was enumerated with his wife and children in the household of the in-laws. Jean and Mathias are in Bettendorf with their wives and children.

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1875 Luxembourg Census[47]
In 1875 Théodore and Susanna were found living alone in Diekirch. Their youngest daughter Catherine was not yet married and may be working and living with another family.[47]

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1880 Luxembourg Census[48]
By 1880 Théodore was widowed and seen living with his son Franz and his family.[48]  Following the 1880 census Théodore no longer lived with Franz or any of his children who have been located in the 1885, 1887, 1890, 1895 censuses.

Théodore and Susanna were married nearly 45 years when Susanna died at 9 o’clock in the evening on 11 October 1877 in their home in Diekirch. Théodore who was the informant of her death declared that he could not write and did not sign the death record.[49] The place of birth of the deceased was seen as Merscheid instead of Wahlhausen as seen in her marriage record and on several census sheets. I hoped that this would lead to her birth record but was disappointed once again.

Théodore spent the next 22 years as a widower and may have spent some time in the local hospital before his death. He died at three o’clock in the morning on 29 July 1898 in the hospital (Spital) in Diekirch. His death was reported by Dominik ZENNER, the 64 years old overseer in the hospital (Aufseher im Spital).[50] It was interesting to see that Mathias WENGLER, age 72 was still the secretary of the civil hall in Diekirch and a witness on this death record. In 1877 at the age of 50 he had been the witness and secretary on Susanna’s death record.

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Genealogy Sketch

Name: Théodore MEDER
Parents: Johann Nicolas “Jean Nicolas” MEDER and Apolline WILMES
Spouse: Susanna REIFFER
Parents of Spouse: Theodore REIFFER and Elisabetha CLOS
Whereabouts: Diekirch, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
Relationship to Cathy Meder-Dempsey: husband’s great-great-grandfather

1. Théodore MEDER and Susanna REIFFER
2. Franz MEDER
3. Johann Peter “Jean Pierre” MEDER
4. Marcel Mathias MEDER
5. Cathy Meder-Dempsey’s husband

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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), Diekirch > Tables décennales 1803-1892 Naissances, mariages, décès 1797-1800 Naissances 1800-1823 > image 937 of 1493. 1807 Birth Record. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-11030-125548-25?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-2N5:n983817566 : accessed 24  Apr 2010).
[2] Ibid, Diekirch > Naissances 1879-1890 Mariages 1796-1842 > image 1312 of 1492. 1833 Marriage Record No. 9. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11618-99298-93?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-2N2:1627336735 : accessed 01 Apr 2013).
[3] Ibid, Diekirch > Naissances 1879-1890 Mariages 1796-1842 > image 1300 of 1492. 1833 Marriage Publication, upper left. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11618-104226-22?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-2N2:1627336735 : accessed 01 Apr 2013).
[4] Ibid, Diekirch > Naissances 1823 > image 267 of 1507. 1834 Birth Record No.3. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11681-32931-0?cc=1709358&wc=9RY4-BZ9:129628901,130131601 : accessed 18 March 2010).
[5] Ibid, Bettendorf > Mariages 1817-1890 Décès 1800-1859 > image 565 of 1494. 1864 Marriage Record No. 2. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12456-35377-81?cc=1709358&wc=9RY8-SP8:129626601,129729901 : accessed 13 March 2015).
[6] Ibid, Bettendorf > Décès 1895-1923 > image 94 of 389. 1901 Death Record No. 42. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-32048-25476-87?cc=1709358&wc=9RT1-926:129626601,129623802 : accessed 15 January 2015).
[7] Ibid, Bettendorf > Décès 1895-1923 > image 165 of 389. 1906 Death Record No. 34 (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-32048-24647-64?cc=1709358&wc=9RT1-926:129626601,129623802 : accessed 22 March 2015).
[8] Ibid, Diekirch > Naissances 1823 > image 311 of 1507. 1835 Birth Record No. 86. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11681-29914-78?cc=1709358&wc=9RY4-BZ9:129628901,130131601 : acccessed 18 March 2010).
[9] Ibid, Bettendorf > Mariages 1817-1890 Décès 1800-1859 > image 558 of 1494. 1863 Marriage Record No. 10. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12456-36446-81?cc=1709358&wc=9RY8-SP8:129626601,129729901 : accessed 13 March 2015).
[10] Ibid, Bastendorf > Décès 1895-1923 > image 128 of 213. 1912 Death Record No. 9. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-32027-17450-21?cc=1709358&wc=9RTY-JW1:129624201,129623802 : accessed 13 March 2015).
[11] Ibid, Bettendorf > Décès 1895-1923 > image 234 of 389. 1911 Death Record No. 15. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32048-24398-34?cc=1709358&wc=9RT1-926:129626601,129623802 : accessed 13 March 2015).
[12] Ibid, Diekirch > Naissances 1823 > image 363 of 1507. 1837 Birth Record No. 84. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11681-34390-9?cc=1709358&wc=9RY4-BZ9:129628901,130131601 : accessed 18 March 2010).
[13] Ibid, Diekirch > Mariages 1843-1890 Décès 1797-1824 > image 408 of 1493. 1860 Marriage Record No. 14. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12052-48463-31?cc=1709358&wc=9RYC-929:129628901,129848701 : accessed 17 April 2010).
[14] Ibid, Diekirch > Décès 1825-1890 > image 1136 of 1358. 1881 Death Record No. 9. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12147-165899-41?cc=1709358&wc=9RYC-2NL:129628901,129628902 : accessed 22 March 2015).
[15] Ibid, Diekirch > Décès 1903-1912 > image 378 of 500. 1918 Death Record No. 67. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-32027-19878-84?cc=1709358&wc=9RTY-J4Q:129628901,129787701 : accessed 10 March 2015).
[16] Ibid, Diekirch > Naissances 1823 > image 405 of 1507. 1839 Birth Record No. 64. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11681-35084-98?cc=1709358&wc=9RY4-BZ9:129628901,130131601 : acccessed 18 March 2010).
[17] Ibid, Diekirch > Décès 1825-1890 > image 262 of 1358. 1839 Death Record No. 53. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12147-170780-90?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-2NH:n538876208 : accessed 17 Feb 2013).
[18] Ibid, Diekirch > Naissances 1823 > image 437 of 1507. 1841 Birth Record No. 7. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11681-29201-28?cc=1709358&wc=9RY4-BZ9:129628901,130131601 : accessed 18 March 2010).
[19] Ibid, Diekirch > Mariages 1843-1890 Décès 1797-1824 > image 538 of 1493. 1867 Marriage Record No. 27. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12052-48372-59?cc=1709358&wc=9RYC-929:129628901,129848701 : accessed 17 April 2010).
[20] Ibid, Diekirch > Mariages 1895-1923 Décès 1895-1902 > image 513 of 661. 1897 Death Record No. 2. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-32038-1472-27?cc=1709358&wc=9RTB-92Q:129628901,130043302 : accessed 13 March 2015).
[21] Ibid, Diekirch > Décès 1903-1912 > image 203 of 500. 1911 Death Record No. 13. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-32027-19532-70?cc=1709358&wc=9RTY-J4Q:129628901,129787701 : accessed 10 March 2015).
[22] Ibid, Diekirch > Naissances 1823 > image 476 of 1507. 1842 Birth Record No. 68. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11681-30337-12?cc=1709358&wc=9RY4-BZ9:129628901,130131601 : accessed 18 March 2010).
[23] Ibid, Diekirch > Mariages 1843-1890 Décès 1797-1824 > image 496 of 1493. 1865 Marriage Record No. 13. Note: Lists her name as Maria “known as Elisa” Meder.(https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12052-49678-18?cc=1709358&wc=9RYC-929:129628901,129848701 : accessed 13 March 2015).
[24] Ibid, Diekirch > Naissances 1823 > image 1423 of 1507. 1876 Birth Record No. 19. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11681-29780-66?cc=1709358&wc=9RY4-BZ9:129628901,130131601 : accessed 13 March 2015).
[25] Ibid, Diekirch > Naissances 1823 > image 514 of 1507. 1844 Birth Record No. 15. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11681-29227-86?cc=1709358&wc=9RY4-BZ9:129628901,130131601 : accessed 18 March 2010).
[26] Ibid, Diekirch > Naissances 1823 > image 546 of 1507. 1845 Birth Record No. 38. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11681-25504-24?cc=1709358&wc=9RY4-BZ9:129628901,130131601 : accessed 18 March 2010).
[27] Ibid, Diekirch > Décès 1825-1890 > image 347 of 1358. 1845 Death Record No. 27. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12147-161635-71?cc=1709358&wc=9RYC-2NL:129628901,129628902 : accessed 19 May 2011).
[28] Ibid, Diekirch > Naissances 1823 > image 600 of 1507. 1847 Birth Record No. 63. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11681-29087-80?cc=1709358&wc=9RY4-BZ9:129628901,130131601 : accessed 18 March 2010).
[29] Ibid, Diekirch > Décès 1825-1890 > image 393 of 1358. 1848 Death Record No. 25. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12147-170739-77?cc=1709358&wc=9RYC-2NL:129628901,129628902 : accessed 19 May 2011).
[30] Ibid, Diekirch > Décès 1825-1890 > image 413 of 1358. 1849 Death Record No. 32. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12147-159137-65?cc=1709358&wc=9RYC-2NL:129628901,129628902 : accessed 19 May 2011).
[31] Ibid, Diekirch > Naissances 1823 > image 683 of 1507. 1850 Birth Record No. 77. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11681-24855-92?cc=1709358&wc=9RY4-BZ9:129628901,130131601 : accessed 18 March 2010).
[32] Ibid, Diekirch > Mariages 1843-1890 Décès 1797-1824 > image 687 of 1493. 1878 Marriage Record No. 9. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12052-49334-55?cc=1709358&wc=9RYC-929:129628901,129848701 : accessed 17 April 2010).
[33] Ibid, Diekirch > Décès 1825-1890 > image 1096 of 1358. 1879 Death Record No. 14. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12147-166632-62?cc=1709358&wc=9RYC-2NL:129628901,129628902 : accessed 19‎ ‎May ‎2011).
[34] Ibid, Diekirch > Décès 1825-1890 > image 1095 of 1358. 1879 Death Record No. 11. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12147-168135-86?cc=1709358&wc=9RYC-2NL:129628901,129628902 : accessed 19 May 2011).
[35] Ibid, Alscheid > Mariages 1831-1890 > image 233 of 287. 1880 Marriage Record No. 2. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12419-77701-88?cc=1709358&wc=9RYZ-L27:129624001,129733101 : accessed 23 March 2015).
[36] Luxembourg, Volkszählungen 1843-1900 (images), <i>FamilySearch</i>, (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Diekirch > 1843 > image 332 of 444. Meder-Reiffer household (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32349-22719-47?cc=2037957&wc=M5LR-MJ4:345999901,345863501 : accessed 25 January 2015).
[37] Ibid, Diekirch > 1846 > image 170 of 347. Meder-Reiffer household. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-32358-17571-45?cc=2037957&wc=M5LT-82R:345999901,345858602 : accessed 11 March 2015).
[38] Ibid, Diekirch > 1847 > image 85 of 506. Meder-Reiffer household. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-32360-31013-36?cc=2037957&wc=M5LT-7MB:345999901,345864101 : accessed 11 March 2015).
[39] Ibid, Diekirch > 1849 > image 496 of 504. Meder-Reiffer household. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-32357-25769-37?cc=2037957&wc=M5LT-44Q:345999901,345864801 : accessed 11 March 2015).
[40] Ibid, Diekirch > 1851 > image 28 of 601. Meder-Reiffer household. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-32358-23247-83?cc=2037957&wc=M5LT-6Y3:345999901,345865601 : accessed 11 March 2015).
[41] Ibid, Diekirch > 1852 > image 28 of 551. Meder-Reiffer household. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-32376-17058-35?cc=2037957&wc=M5LY-Y4T:345999901,345865501 : accessed 12 March 2015).
[42] Ibid, Diekirch > 1855 > image 212 of 534. Meder-Reiffer household. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32378-30312-32?cc=2037957&wc=M5GM-K6Y:345999901,345866501 : accessed 12 March 2015).
[43] Ibid, Diekirch > 1858 > image 122 of 635. Meder-Reiffer household. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-32378-12764-40?cc=2037957&wc=M5LB-VZL:345999901,345867601 : accessed 12 March 2015).
[44] Ibid, Diekirch > 1861 > image 150 of 646. Meder-Reiffer household. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-32381-11875-67?cc=2037957&wc=M5LY-16P:345999901,345867101 : accessed 13 March 2015).
[45] Ibid, Diekirch > 1864 > image 483 of 689. Meder-Reiffer household No. 3 (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32372-10399-87?cc=2037957&wc=M5LY-168:345999901,345868401 : accessed 25 January 2015).
[46] Ibid, Diekirch > 1867 > image 361 of 649. Meder-Reiffer household No. 198 (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-32377-7605-67?cc=2037957&wc=M5GM-SP8:345999901,345869101 : accessed 7 January 2015).
[47] Ibid, Diekirch > 1875 > image 233 of 1488. Meder-Reiffer household No. 44. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32379-20952-48?cc=2037957&wc=M5G9-SPK:345999901,345870501 : accessed 15 March 2015).
[48] Ibid, Diekirch > 1880 > image 321 of 1562. Meder-Faber household No. 85 (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-32389-5935-92?cc=2037957&wc=M5GS-GPL:345999901,345872201 : accessed 7 January 2015).
[49] Luxembourg, Registres d’état civil, 1793-1923 (images), <i>FamilySearch</i> (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Diekirch > Décès 1825-1890 > image 1066 of 1358. 1877 Death Record No. 58. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12147-166176-67?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-2NH:n538876208 : accessed 01 Apr 2013).
[50] Ibid, Diekirch > Mariages 1895-1923 Décès 1895-1902 > image 550 of 661. 1898 Death Record No. 53. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-32038-1425-70?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-2NF:21518491 : accessed 17 Feb 2013).

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