The Ancestors: Johann Consbrück (1749-1796) of Echternach and Barbara Schmidt (1747-1829) of Koedange

My 5th great-grandparents Johann CONSBRÜCK (1749-1796) of Echternach and Barbara SCHMIDT (1747-1829) of Koedange celebrated their marriage in the hometown of the groom.1

One of several roads leading into Echternach.

In this direct line from myself to Johann’s parents, only two of the nine couples did not marry in Echternach. My great-grandparents married in Mamer in 1900 and my 3rd great-grandparents married in Metz, France, in 1835. My husband and I were married in Echternach in 1978, my parents in 1957, my grandparents in 1935, my 2nd great-grandparents in 1867, 4th in 1805,  5th in 1773, and 6th in 1735. My 7th great-grandparents likely married in Echternach or Mersch about 1705. After the death of my 7th great-grandfather, his widow, my 7th great-grandmother married again, in Echternach.

1773 Marriage Record

1773 Marriage Record

On Monday, 22 February 1773, in the presence of Johann HINCKES and Martin HERCKES, citizens of Echternach, Father LUCIUS solemnized the marriage between the respectable young Johann, the legitimate son of Johann Wilhelm CONSBRÜCK of Echternach, and Barbara, the legitimate daughter of Peter SCHMIDT of Koedingen, after prior review of the dismissal by the priest of the parish of Waldbillig.2

Barbara Schmidt’s hometown Koedange – Kéidéng in Luxembourgish.
A view of the few houses in Koedange.

The parish priest provided a dimissionis, a dismissal or nuptial certificate for the party (bride or groom) marrying in a different parish. In this document, the parish priest certified to his colleague who was to celebrate the marriage that the person in question was single (or widower/widower) and that the prescribed bans (public announcement of the marriage) had been correctly made.

Waldbillig

Barbara’s nuptial certificate came from Waldbillig as the hamlet of Koedingen (Kéidéng in Luxembourgish) was at the time attached to the parish of Waldbillig.

Riding our bikes through the ancestral villages in Luxembourg.

The CONSBRÜCK Children

Johann CONSBRÜCK (1749-1796) and Barbara SCHMIDT (1747-1829) made their home in Echternach. They were the parents of three known children born between 1775 and 1782.

Henri CONSBRÜCK was born on 5 April 1775 in Echternach.3 He died at the age of 75 years on 22 May 1850 in Echternach.4 He married Eva LANSER, daughter of Sébastian LANSER and Maria Catharina HASTERT, on 10 February 1805 in Echternach.5 Henri and Eva were my 4th great-grandparents. They were the parents of eight children, four of whom died between the ages of one and seven months. Three of the four surviving daughters never married but lived long lives working as seamstresses. Only one daughter, Anna Maria (1810-1897), my 3rd great-grandmother, married and continued this line.

Anna Maria CONSBRÜCK was born on 29 October 1779 in Echternach.6 She died on 10 September 1788 in Echternach at the age of 8.7

Matthias CONSBRÜCK was born on 3 June 1782 in Echternach.8 He died at the age of 54 years on 30 October 1836 in Trier, Germany.9 He was married twice. He married Katharina BASTIAN (1797-1831) on 9 January 1810 in St. Laurentius Church in Trier.10 They had four known children. After her death, he married Elisabetha RAMMES (1791-1861) on 8 June 1832 in Trier.11 Their marriage lasted only four years, ending with Matthias’ death. They had no children.

Twenty-three years of marriage

Johann CONSBRÜCK died on 21 July 1796 in Echternach at the age of 47.12 His wife of 23 years outlived him by 33 years. Barbara SCHMIDT died in Echternach in the rue de Luxembourg on 10 May 1829 at the age of 81 years.13

Research Manager

In May 2018, a photo was posted in a Facebook group taken during WWI. The text included two of my surnames associated with the CONSBRÜCK-SCHMIDT line. I commented on the post and received a private message from the lady who posted the photo. During our conversation, I learned she is my third cousin once removed, a descendant of Henri CONSBRÜCK’s daughter Anna Maria, the only child to marry and have children.

In 1894 Anna Maria CONSBRÜCK at the age of 84 years divided six pieces of land she owned between her two living daughters and their husbands by selling the land to them. The daughters were Odile Lucie SCHLOESSER, my 2nd great-grandmother, and Maria SCHLOESSER, my newfound cousin’s great-grandmother. My cousin had the original notary record of the sale and sent photos of the four pages. The plots were likely once owned by Anna Maria’s father Henri CONSBRÜCK and his parents before him.

On my to-do list is the transcription and analysis of the 1894 deed of sale for land owned by Anna Maria CONSBRÜCK, granddaughter of the CONSBRÜCK-SCHMIDT couple. It may help to determine the present-day address of the home of Johann CONSBRÜCK and Barbara SCHMIDT.

Genealogy Sketch

Name: Johann CONSBRÜCK
Occupation:
Parents: Johann Wilhelm CONSBRÜCK and Maria Magdalene KLEIN
Spouse: Barbara SCHMIDT
Parents of spouse: Peter SCHMIDT sive CASPARS and Catharina CASPARS
Whereabouts: Echternach and Koedange
Relationship to Cathy Meder-Dempsey: 5th great-grandparents

1. Johann CONSBRÜCK and Barbara SCHMIDT
2. Henri CONSBRÜCK and Eva LANSER
3. Anna Maria “Maria” CONSBRÜCK and Jean Joseph SCHLOESSER
4. Odile Lucie SCHLOESSER and André FOURNELLE
5. Jean Joseph FOURNELLE and Catharina FRANTZ
6. Marie Marcelle FOURNELLE and Nicolas WILDINGER
7. Living WILDINGER and Fred Roosevelt DEMPSEY
8. Catherine Ann “Cathy” DEMPSEY and Living MEDER
9. Our children

© 2021, 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), Echternach > Tables des mariages 1706-1797 A-Lahr (index organisée par l’époux) > image 407 of 1598. 1773 Marriage Card. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-32468-29388-23?cc=2037955 : accessed 19 November 2015). 
  2. Ibid., Echternach > Mariages, décès 1706-1778 > image 165 of 293. 1773 Religious Marriage Record (left page, 2nd entry).(https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-32399-12108-26?cc=2037955 : accessed 19 November 2015). 
  3. Ibid., Echternach > Baptêmes 1761-1797 > image 73 of 131. 1775 Baptismal Record, bottom left page. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-32399-12831-27?cc=2037955 : accessed 19 November 2015). 
  4. Luxembourg, Registres d’état civil, 1662-1941 (images), FamilySearch (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Echternach > Mariages 1887-1890 Décès 1796-1853 > image 1347 of 1463. 1850 Death Record No. 39. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-12662-58715-84?cc=1709358 : accessed 18 November 2015). 
  5. Ibid., Echternach > Tables décennales 1823-1892 Registres paroissiaux 1779-1797 Naissances 1796-1808 > image 1343 & 1344 of 1446. 1805 (21 pluviose an 13) Marriage Record No. 100 (part 1). (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-11573-62479-92?cc=1709358 : accessed 19 November 2015) and 1805 (21 pluviose an 13) Marriage Record No. 100 (part 2). (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-11573-72489-87?cc=1709358 : accessed 19 November 2015). 
  6. Ibid., Echternach > Tables décennales 1823-1892 Registres paroissiaux 1779-1797 Naissances 1796-1808 > image 421 of 1446. 1779 Baptismal Record. (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HT-DRPS-GQG?cc=1709358&wc=9RY9-3TL%3A129623201%2C130776701 : accessed 8 October 2015). 
  7. Ibid., Echternach > Tables décennales 1823-1892 Registres paroissiaux 1779-1797 Naissances 1796-1808 > image 730 of 1446. 1788 Death Record. (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HT-DRPS-NZW?cc=1709358&wc=9RY9-3TL%3A129623201%2C130776701 : accessed 8 October 2015). 
  8. Ibid., Echternach > Tables décennales 1823-1892 Registres paroissiaux 1779-1797 Naissances 1796-1808 > image 510 of 1446. 1782 Baptismal Record (right page, last entry). (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HT-DRPS-F2B?cc=1709358&wc=9RY9-3TL%3A129623201%2C130776701 : accessed 27 May 2021. 
  9.   “Trier, Germany, Deaths, 1798-1950,” (index and images), Ancestry.com, citing “Zivil- und Personenstandsregister Sterberegister”, Stadtverwaltung Trier, Stadtarchiv, Trier, Germany. 1836 Death Record No. 540. (https://www.ancestry.com/ : accessed 28 May 2021). 
  10. “Trier, Germany, Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1600-1798,” (index and images), Ancestry.com, citing Genealogische dokumentation des Dechanten Heinrich Wurringent anhand der Trierer Kirchenbücher vor 1798, Bestand 60. Stadtverwaltung Trier, Trier, Deutschland. 1810 Marriage Record. (https://www.ancestry.com/ : accessed 27 May 2021). 
  11. Ibid., 1832 Marriage Record. (https://www.ancestry.com/ : accessed 27 May 2021). 
  12. Luxembourg Civil Records, Echternach > Tables décennales 1823-1892 Registres paroissiaux 1779-1797 Naissances 1796-1808 > image 946 of 1446. 1796 Death Record (left, 5th entry). (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-11573-62393-97?cc=1709358 : accessed 21 November 2015). 
  13. Ibid., Echternach > Mariages 1887-1890 Décès 1796-1853 > image 770 of 1463. 1829 Death Record No. 39. (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HT-XSSS-H3C?cc=1709358&wc=9RY7-L29%3A129623201%2C129958201 : accessed 8 October 2015). 

The Ancestors: Sébastian Lanser (1732-1804) of Echternach and Maria Catharina Hastert (1743-1808) of Steinheim

My fifth great-grandparents, Sébastian LANSER of Echternach and Maria Catharina HASTERT of Steinheim were married on 10 September 1760 in Steinheim. Sébastian’s father Jean LANSER was deceased. Maria Catharina’s father Jean Adam HASTERT was still living. The information was found on the card index in a collection that includes all church marriages in Luxembourg before 1767.1

Not noted on the index card are the names of the mothers of the bride and groom. Both were still living. Maria Catharina’s mother was Odilia FUNCK (1718-1778); Sébastian’s mother was Johanna FASS (1692-1774).

Card Index of the Marriage Record

At the bottom of the card index, the name of the parish, the volume number of the church register, and the page number are found. These help find the original entry.

Marriage Record

On FamilySearch in the church records for Echternach, I searched for the collection that would include marriages in 1760 and found Mariages, décès 1706-1778, that is to say, marriages and deaths for the years 1706-1778. The first image of the collection gives the volume number as well as a short table of content with page numbers.

The marriage record was found on page 248 of register 4. Two marriages took place on 10 September 1760 with the LANSER-HASTERT marriage being noted second.

The marriage entry in the register is in Latin.

On the same day (referring to the previous entry for the 10th) in the presence of Jean FUNCK of Bech and Jean Adam HASTERT of Steinheim, Father Constantine in Steinheim solemnized the marriage between the respectable young Sébastian, the legitimate son of the deceased Jean LANSER of Echternach, and Maria Catharina, the legitimate daughter of Jean Adam HASTERT of Steinheim. 

The second man present at the marriage was Maria Catharina’s maternal grandfather Jean FUNCK (1688-1773) of Bech.2

The Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Steinheim, Luxembourg.

The couple, in all likelihood, said their vows in Steinheim in the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in front of the 17th-century Baroque sandstone altar.

The LANSER children

Sébastian, a draper, and his wife Maria Catharina lived in Echternach where they raised their family of ten children.

Johann Adam was baptized on 25 March 17623 and died before 1766. This child was not enumerated on the census of 1766 with his parents, brother Heinrich, and his paternal grandmother Johanna FASS (1692-1774).4

Heinrich was baptized on 13 March 17645 and died on 19 November 1827 at the age of 63.6 He married Anne-Marie HERR on 20 September 1791.7

Anna Maria was baptized on 20 May 17678 and died on 7 July 1803 at the age of 36.9 She was never married.

Odilia was baptized on 10 January 177010 and died on 24 December 1828 at the age of 58.11 She was never married.

Catharina was baptized on 11 November 177212 and died on 15 January 1833 at the age of 60.13 She married Johann HERR on 20 September 1791.14

Catharina was baptized was 2 February 1774.15 No record of marriage or death has been found. [See Research Manager at the end of this post.]

Eva was baptized on 13 May 177716 and died on 19 March 1862 at the age of 84.17 She married Henri CONSBRÜCK, son of Johann CONSBRÜCK and Barbara SCHMIDT, on 10 February 1805.18 Eva and Henri were my 4th great-grandparents.

Margaretha was baptized on 24 March 178019 and died on 9 March 1852 at the age of 71.20 She married Johann SELM on 9 June 1811.21

Nicolas was baptized on 18 November 178222 and died on 23 October 1828 at the age of 45.23 He married Catharina Magdalena JOERG between 7 and 20 September 1813. The date was omitted from the marriage record. The record was found between a marriage on the 7th and on the 20th.24

Peter was baptized on 5 June 178525 and died on 3 February 1815 at the age of 29.26 He was never married. Per military records found for Peter, he was presumed to be a prisoner of war in Russia on 11 October 1812. He was in the same military unit as his 1C1R Sébastian LANSER and other men from the Echternach area.27 He came home to Echternach where he died a little over two years later.

Forty-four years of marriage

Sébastian died at the age of 72 on 13 June 180428, a few months before his 44th marriage anniversary. His widow Maria Catharina died on 10 March 1808 at the age of 65.29

DNA Matches

Two very low DNA matches for my mother lead me on a virtual trip to Danzig, England, and Australia. Nicolas, the middle child of Sébastian and Maria Catharina’s son Heinrich, went to Danzig, then a part of Prussia, where he married and raised a family of at least eleven children. One of these children, a son, went to Kent, England, where he raised a family of five sons with an English lady. Four of these sons eventually went to Australia. The matches, a 5th cousin (7 cMs > unweighted 10 cMs) and a 5th cousin once removed (10 cMs > unweighted 16 cMs), are descendants of two of the four Australian immigrants.

Research Manager

I see nothing wrong with sharing the things you are still uncertain about. 
~ Amy Cohen of Brotmanblog: A Family Journey

Update: A comment/question left by Amy yesterday on this post brought about a small change in the way I’ll be doing these posts. I’ve added one more section heading to the post: Research Manager, a place to add the things I’m not certain about and will be looking into in the future.

The LANSER-HASTERT couple had two daughters named Catharina. It is not unusual in Luxembourg families for children to have the same names. Others who’ve researched this line (including the compilers of both family books for Echternach) show the first daughter to be the one who married. I suspect this to be incorrect. I think it is possible that Catharina b. 1772 died before the birth of Catharina b. 1774. I searched for a death/burial entry in the church records from 1772-1778 without results. Records that would show the age of Catharina who married in 1791 need to be checked to prove/disprove when she was born, in 1772 or 1774.

Thanks to Amy’s question about the two daughters with the same name, this new section will include things I am planning to research. Hopefully, this will lead to answers from readers who may have already looked into the points in question.

Genealogy Sketch

Name: Sébastian LANSER
Occupation: Draper, a person who sells cloth, clothing, etc.
Parents: Johann Peter LANSER and Johanna FASS
Spouse: Maria Catharina HASTERT
Parents of spouse: Jean Adam HASTERT and Odilia FUNCK
Whereabouts: Echternach and Steinheim
Relationship to Cathy Meder-Dempsey: 5th great-grandparents

1. Sébastian LANSER and Maria Catharina HASTERT
2. Eva LANSER and Henri CONSBRÜCK
3. Anna Maria “Maria” CONSBRÜCK and Jean Joseph SCHLOESSER
4. Odile Lucie SCHLOESSER and André FOURNELLE
5. Jean Joseph FOURNELLE and Catharina FRANTZ
6. Marie Marcelle FOURNELLE and Nicolas WILDINGER
7. Living WILDINGER and Fred Roosevelt DEMPSEY
8. Catherine Ann “Cathy” DEMPSEY and Living MEDER
9. Our children

© 2021, 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), Echternach > Tables des mariages 1706-1797 Lahr-Westmon (index organisée par l’époux) > image 29 of 1627. 1760 Marriage Index Card. (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-L9WS-HHFD?cc=2037955&wc=STHD-T36%3A1500937901%2C1501202802 : accessed 17 December 2017). 
  2. Ibid., Echternach > Mariages, décès 1706-1778 > image 131 of 293. 1760 Marriage Record (left, 7th entry). (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-8971-16N3?cc=2037955&wc=STHC-PYM%3A1500937901%2C1501028848 : accessed 17 December 2017). 
  3. Ibid., Echternach > Baptêmes 1761-1797 > image 10 of 131. 1762 Baptismal Record (left, 4th entry). (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-8971-1X8Y?cc=2037955&wc=STHC-PY3%3A1500937901%2C1501065634 : accessed 17 December 2017). 
  4. Luxembourg, 1766 Dénombrement (census), (images), FamilySearch (Digitial copy of the microfilm of originals in the Archives Générales du Royaume, Bruxelles, includes localities now in Luxembourg and Liège, Belgium), Film/DGS 1781975 > Film # 008198977 > Decanat de Bittbourg v. 1 A-K: > Echternach > Image 222 of 753. Lanser and Metzdorf families. (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSLL-M7DK-L?i=221&cat=1184675 : accessed 17 December 2017). 
  5. Luxembourg Church Records, Echternach > Baptêmes 1761-1797 > image 19 of 131. 1764 Baptismal Record (right, 4th entry from bottom). (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-8971-1XDP?cc=2037955&wc=STHC-PY3%3A1500937901%2C1501065634 : accessed 17 December 2017). 
  6. Luxembourg, Registres d’état civil, 1662-1941 (images), FamilySearch (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Echternach > Mariages 1887-1890 Décès 1796-1853 > image 733 of 1463. 1827 Death Record No. 74. (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HT-XSSS-H6C?cc=1709358&wc=9RY7-L29%3A129623201%2C129958201 : accessed 19 December 2017). 
  7. Ibid., Echternach > Tables décennales 1823-1892 Registres paroissiaux 1779-1797 Naissances 1796-1808 > image 825 of 1446. 1791 Marriage Record. (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HT-DRPS-DW2?cc=1709358&wc=9RY9-3TL%3A129623201%2C130776701 : accessed 28 Jan 2013). 
  8. Luxembourg Church Records, Echternach > Baptêmes 1761-1797 > image 33 of 131. 1767 Baptismal Record (right, 5th entry). (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QSQ-G971-1X83?cc=2037955&wc=STHC-PY3%3A1500937901%2C1501065634 : accessed 17 December 2017). 
  9. Luxembourg Civil Records, Echternach > Naissances, mariages, décès 1796-1803 > image 510 of 517. 1803 Death Record No. 64 (18 messidor an XI). (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-997J-T4WV?cc=1709358&wc=9RTY-RMC%3A129623201%2C130672801 : accessed 19 December 2017). 
  10. Luxembourg Church Records, Echternach > Baptêmes 1761-1797 > image 46 of 131. 1770 Baptismal Record (right, 2nd entry). (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-9971-1X6K?cc=2037955&wc=STHC-PY3%3A1500937901%2C1501065634 : accessed 17 December 2017). 
  11. Luxembourg Civil Records, Echternach > Mariages 1887-1890 Décès 1796-1853 > image 754 of 1463. 1828 Death Record No. 61. (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HT-XSSS-HS7?cc=1709358&wc=9RY7-L29%3A129623201%2C129958201 : accessed 19 December 2017). 
  12. Luxembourg Church Records, Echternach > Baptêmes 1761-1797 > image 60 of 131. 1772 Baptismal Record (right, 4th entry). (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-L971-1X6J?cc=2037955&wc=STHC-PY3%3A1500937901%2C1501065634 : accessed 17 December 2017). 
  13. Luxembourg Civil Records, Echternach > Mariages 1887-1890 Décès 1796-1853 > image 865 of 1463. 1833 Death Record No. 3. (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HT-XSSS-4Z7?cc=1709358&wc=9RY7-L29%3A129623201%2C129958201 : accessed 19 December 2017). 
  14. Ibid., Echternach > Tables décennales 1823-1892 Registres paroissiaux 1779-1797 Naissances 1796-1808 > image 825 of 1446. 1791 Marriage Record. (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HT-DRPS-DW2?cc=1709358&wc=9RY9-3TL%3A129623201%2C130776701 : accessed 28 Jan 2013). 
  15. Luxembourg Church Records, Echternach > Baptêmes 1761-1797 > image 67 of 131. 1774 Baptismal Record (right, 5th entry). (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-L971-1XX8?cc=2037955&wc=STHC-PY3%3A1500937901%2C1501065634 : accessed 17 December 2017). 
  16. Ibid., Echternach > Baptêmes 1761-1797 > image 83 of 131. 1777 Baptismal Record (left, 4th entry from bottom). (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-8971-1X4C?cc=2037955&wc=STHC-PY3%3A1500937901%2C1501065634 : accessed 17 December 2017). 
  17. Luxembourg Civil Records, Echternach > Décès 1856-1862 > image 181 of 205. 1862 Death Record No. 17. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-11022-10289-61?cc=1709358 : accessed 18 November 2015). 
  18. Ibid., Echternach > Tables décennales 1823-1892 Registres paroissiaux 1779-1797 Naissances 1796-1808 > image 1343+1344 of 1446. 1805 (21 pluviose an 13) Marriage Record No. 100 (part 1). (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-11573-62479-92?cc=1709358 : accessed 19 November 2015) and Marriage Record No. 100 (part 2). (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-11573-72489-87?cc=1709358 : accessed 19 November 2015). 
  19. Luxembourg Church Records, Echternach > Baptêmes, mariages, décès 1779-1783 > image 47 of 177. 1780 Baptismal Record (right, 3rd entry). (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-99WM-M6QZ?cc=2037955&wc=STHC-YWT%3A1500937901%2C1500939202 : accessed 17 December 2017). 
  20. Luxembourg Civil Records, Echternach > Mariages 1887-1890 Décès 1796-1853 > image 1402 of 1463. 1852 Death Record No. 16. (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HT-XSSS-HY9?cc=1709358&wc=9RY7-L29%3A129623201%2C129958201 : accessed 19 December 2017). 
  21. Ibid., Echternach > Mariages 1809 > image 111 of 1462. 1811 Marriage Record No. 13. (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HT-D1MW-76P?cc=1709358&wc=9RYS-C68%3A129623201%2C129776101 : accessed 9 August 2021). 
  22. Luxembourg Church Records, Echternach > Baptêmes, mariages, décès 1779-1783 > image 125 of 177. 1782 Baptismal Record (right, 2nd entry). (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QSQ-G9WM-MDR4?cc=2037955&wc=STHC-YWT%3A1500937901%2C1500939202 : accessed 17 December 2017). 
  23. Luxembourg Civil Records, Echternach > Mariages 1887-1890 Décès 1796-1853 > image 751 of 1463. 1828 Death Record No. 48. (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HT-XSSS-7FG?cc=1709358&wc=9RY7-L29%3A129623201%2C129958201 : accessed 19 December 2017). 
  24. Ibid., Echternach > Mariages 1809 > image 178 of 1462. 1813 Marriage No. 19. (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HT-D1MW-QS4?cc=1709358&wc=9RYS-C68%3A129623201%2C129776101 : accessed 11 May 2021). 
  25. Luxembourg Church Records, Echternach > Baptêmes, mariages, décès 1784-1788 > image 49 of 172. 1785 Baptismal Record (left, last entry). (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QSQ-G9WM-MDJG?cc=2037955&wc=STHC-Y4W%3A1500937901%2C1500960252 : accessed 17 December 2017). 
  26. Luxembourg Civil Records, Echternach > Mariages 1887-1890 Décès 1796-1853 > image 411 of 1463. 1815 Death Record No. 11. (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HT-XSSS-Q12?cc=1709358&wc=9RY7-L29%3A129623201%2C129958201 : accessed 19 December 2017). 
  27. Matricules Napoléoniens 1802-1815 (index and images), Mémoire des hommes, Registres de matricules de l’armée Napoléonienne (garde impériale et de l’infanterie de ligne) pour la période 1802-1815. (Entry point for database https://fr.geneawiki.com/index.php/Matricules_Napol%C3%A9oniens_1802-1815/Mode_op%C3%A9ratoire), Number/Source: SHD/GR 21 YC 783, 108e régiment d’infanterie de ligne, 3 frimaire an XIV [24 novembre 1805]-25 novembre 1808 (matricules 3 001 à 6 000), Matricule: 3279, image 48 of 557. Matricule: 3279; Nom: LANSER; Prénoms: Pierre; Prénoms père: Sébastien; Prénoms mère: Marie Catherine; Nom mère: HASTERT; Lieu de naissance: Echternach; Département de naissance: Les Forêts, Luxembourg; Date de naissance: 05 juin 1785. (https://www.memoiredeshommes.sga.defense.gouv.fr/fr/ark:/40699/e0052a8c4b390c4b/52a8c4b45cad3 : accessed 11 May 2021). 
  28. Luxembourg Civil Records, Echternach > Tables décennales 1823-1892 Registres paroissiaux 1779-1797 Naissances 1796-1808 > image 1245 of 1446. Death Record No. 152 (24 Prairial an 12). (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HT-DRPS-DBH?cc=1709358&wc=9RY9-3TL%3A129623201%2C130776701 : accessed 25 Jan 2013). 
  29. Ibid., Echternach > Mariages 1887-1890 Décès 1796-1853 > image 220 of 1463. 1808 Death Record No. 32. (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HT-XSSS-QBS?cc=1709358&wc=9RY7-L29%3A129623201%2C129958201 : accessed 8 October 2015). 

52 Ancestors: #25 The Old Homestead: From Weaving Linen to Farming in Mamer

Week 25 (June 18-24) – The Old Homestead: Have you visited an ancestral home? Do you have photos of an old family house? Do you have homesteading ancestors?

Homesteading, Ancestral Home, and a Famous Cousin

None of my American ancestors took advantage of the Homestead Act. But homesteading is not restricted to settling on goverment land and farming it. Homesteading was and is a lifestyle of self-sufficiency. The farther back we go in our families trees the more independent our ancestors were. They provided for themselves through farming, hunting, home preservation of foodstuffs, and, in the case of my 2nd great-granfather Jean FRANTZ, a linenweaver, the production of textiles.

While we are on the subject of homesteading and ancestral homes, when I was a child we visited a FRANTZ family in Mamer, Luxembourg, to watch a bicycle race. I have no idea if the house was lived in by my FRANTZ ancestors, i.e. an ancestral home.

At the time I was also unaware of the significance and the connections between FRANTZ, the town of Mamer and cycling. Family tradition, once we genealogists get involved, is often debunked. However the story of my grandmother being a cousin of the famous Tour de France winner was proven true. My grandmother Marie Marcelle FOURNELLE (1909-2005) and Nicolas FRANTZ (1899-1985) were 3rd cousins – not quite as close as the story told.  Their common ancestors were Paulus FRANTZ (1763-1847) and his wife Susanne KEIFFER (1754-1808).

Nicolas FRANTZ took second place in the Tour de France in 1924 and 1926 and was the winner of the tour in 1927 and 1928. In 1928 Nicolas was the first, and to date only winner of the Tour de France, to wear the maillot jaune, the yellow jersey, during the entire 20 days of the race, from the first day, due to his being the previous year’s winner, to the last day.

Having a Tour de France winner as a cousin is amazing. Even more so is I actually enjoy the same sport he excelled in. This is quite a statement for a girl who did everything to get out of doing sports while growing up.

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Posing with my bicycle when I hit the 5,000 km mark last year. I was so pleased it happened at this particular spot – a reminder of my “other” hobby – genealogy.

Jean “Johann” FRANTZ and Marie “Maria” MAJERUS

My 2nd great-grandfather Jean FRANTZ was born in Mamer on 3 December 1837 to Jean FRANTZ (1794-1880) and his wife Elisabeth “Elise” FRISCH (1800-1880).[1] On 16 February 1870 he married Marie MAJERUS.[2] Marie was born in Mamer on 19 June 1850 to Jean MAJERUS (1817-1887) and his wife Marie TRAUSCH (1820-1875).[3]

The young couple lived with Marie’s parents in 1871[4] and with her widowed father in 1875.[5] Census records indicate Marie was the only child of the MAJERUS-TRAUSCH couple. By 1880 Jean FRANTZ and his wife had their own household. Marie’s widowed father lived with them in 1880[6], 1885[7], and 1887[8]. Jean and Marie continued to be enumerated as a family in Mamer in the census in 1890[9], 1895[10], and 1900[11]. From 1858 to 1900 Jean’s occupation was a linen weaver. They lived in the “Brücke bis Weweschgâss” area of Mamer. At the time mostly farm land, today this is a residential area.

When Jean and Marie’s children married the occupation of the parents was consistently listed as farmers, Ackerer or Ackerleute, on the marriage records for the period 1892 to 1916.

plowWhen Jean died on 23 February 1929, in his 92nd year, his occupation was cultivateur or farmer in his obituary.[12]

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Luxemburger Wort [12]
Jean was survived by his wife Mrs. Jean FRANTZ, née Marie MAJERUS; his children Mrs. Jos. FOURNELLE, née Cath. FRANTZ; Mrs. Paul GERSTEL, née Joséphine FRANTZ; Jean FRANTZ; Mrs. François VESQUE, née Pauline FRANTZ; Jean-Pierre FRANTZ; Mrs. Théophile HILBERT, née Marguerite FRANTZ; and Joseph FRANTZ.

His wife Marie died two years later, on 13 September 1931 in her 82nd year.[13]

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Escher Tageblatt[13]
For Jean’s widow Marie, the same children were listed. Missing in both obituaries is the oldest daughter Marie FRANTZ who predeceased her parents. Suzanne MIETTE and Guy HOSTERT, listed after the children of Jean and Marie, were Marie FRANTZ’s children.

The FRANTZ Children

1. Marie FRANTZ 1871-bef. 1929

Marie FRANTZ was born 11 January 1871 in Mamer.[14] She lived at home with her parents and siblings until about 1885 when she went to Metz, France, to work as a servant. In February 1887 she was still in Metz and by the next year, she took a position in Reims, France, where she was working in 1890. By 1895 she was no longer mentioned in her parents’ household on the census suggesting she married between 1891-1895. Her marriage to Eugène Léon MIETTE was found in the 2e Arrondissement of Paris. They were married on 21 June 1892 and divorced on 16 July 1906.[15] They had a daughter Suzanne Léonide Jeanne Marie MIETTE born in 1895.[16] After her divorce, Marie married Mr. (given names unknown) HOSTERT and had a son Guy HOSTERT who was photographed in Paris, France, at the time of his Communion in 1921. Marie died before 23 February 1929.

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Guy HOSTERT, son of Marie FRANTZ, 1921

2. Catharine FRANTZ 1872-1934

Catharine FRANTZ, my great-grandmother, was born on 17 November 1872.[17] She lived at home with her parents and siblings until about 1889 when she went to Arlon, Belgium, to work as a servant. Soon after December 1890, she began working in Reims, France, where she lived when the census was enumerated in December 1895. She was back home in Mamer on 9 July 1900 when she married Jean Joseph FOURNELLE, my great-grandfather.[18] She went with her newlywed husband to live in Echternach where she raised three children. She died 16 March 1834 in Echternach.[19]

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The FOURNELLE-FRANTZ family (ca. 1906) before my grandmother was born. The children André (left) and Lucie (right) with (from left to right) Joseph FOURNELLE, his wife Catherine FRANTZ and her sister Pauline FRANTZ.

3. Catharina Joséphine “Joséphine” FRANTZ 1874-aft. 1945

Catharina Joséphine FRANTZ was born 25 September 1874.[20] She went by Joséphine. She lived at home with her parents and siblings until about 1893 when she went to work in Reims, France. She married Paul GERSTEL in 1900 and had two sons, Pierre and Jean. Her husband died before 23 February 1929. The family lived in Paris, France. Joséphine was living with her younger son Jean and his family on 1 January 1946.[21] It is not known when she died.

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From left to right: Jean GERSTEL, Pierre GERSTEL, and their mother Joséphine FRANTZ

4. Johann “Jean” FRANTZ 1876-1946

Johann FRANTZ was born 22 July 1876.[22] He lived at home with her parents and siblings until about 1894 when he went to work in Reims, France. In December 1900 he had been in Esch-sur-Alzette for three months. A half a dozen years later he married Pauline VESQUE on 27 August 1906 in Contern.[23] They had one daughter Daisy. Jean died 20 May 1946 in Dudelange. He was a retired postal worker decorated with the Order of the Oak Crown (l’Ordre Grand Ducal de la Couronne de Chêne).[24] His wife Pauline died on 29 November 1956 in Hastière-Lavaux, Belgium.[25]

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Daisy, daughter of Jean FRANTZ and Pauline VESQUE

5. Jean Pierre FRANTZ 1878-1879

Jean Pierre FRANTZ was born on 28 June 1878[26] and died 8 February 1879 at the home of his parents. He died at the age of 2/3 year per his death record.[27]

6. Paulina “Pauline” FRANTZ 1880-1966

Paulina FRANTZ was born on 29 June 1880.[28] In December 1880 when the census was enumerated she was listed as a son named Paul. She went by Pauline. She lived at home with her parents and siblings until about 1897 when she went to work in Reims, France. She may have lived with her sister Catharine and her family in Echternach around 1906 as she was included in a family portrait (seen above under #2). On 15 May 1910 Pauline married Johann Peter François “Franz” VESQUE.[29] Franz worked for the railroad, Chemins de Fer Luxembourgeois. Pauline and Franz had one daughter Maisy who served time in prison for killing a man and never married. The family lived in Oetrange in the commune of Contern. Franz died 11 Feb 1964 in Oetrange[30] and Pauline died 27 December 1966 in Luxembourg City.[31] Their daughter Maisy died in April 1969.[32]

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The VESQUE-FRANTZ home in Oetrange ca. 1954

7. Johann Peter FRANTZ 1882-1970

Johann Peter FRANTZ was born 14 October 1882.[33] Johann Peter married Hélène KILL on 2 April 1913 in Mamer.[34] They were the parents of three children: Jos[35], Paul[36], and Anna Maria.[37] Their son Paul continued the family tradition of cycling. In 1936 he participated in the Olympic Games in Berlin, representing Luxembourg along with three other cyclists in the individual and team road race events. Johann Peter died 1 December 1970 in Luxembourg City.[38] His widow Hélène died 12 October 1972, also in Luxembourg City.[39]

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Johann Peter FRANTZ and Hélène KILL

8. Maria Margaretha “Marguerite” FRANTZ 1885-1977

Maria Margaretha FRANTZ was born 12 March 1885 in Mamer.[40] She went by Marguerite. She married Johann Theophile “Théo” HILBERT on 25 October 1908 in Mamer.[41] In 1915 their only daughter Margot Thea was born.[42] Marguerite’s husband Théo was the driver of the car owned by Nicolas Frantz I (Tour de France winner) involved in two accidents in 1927, the first resulting in the death of a young boy and the second in the death of Nicolas Frantz II. Théo died 3 January 1946 in Mamer.[43] His widow Marguerite died 22 March 1977 in Mamer.[44]

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Marguerite FRANTZ with her daughter Margot Thea HILBERT

9. Nicolas FRANTZ 1886-1886

Nicolas FRANTZ was born 16 April 1886.[45] He lived only a month, dying on 18 May 1886 at his parents’ home in Mamer.[46]

10. Johann-Joseph “Jos” FRANTZ 1888-1940

Johann-Joseph FRANTZ was born 4 September 1888.[47] He married Marguerite BERWICK on 24 April 1916 in Mamer.[48] They were the parents of two sons, Erny[49] and Germain[50], born in Dudelange where the family lived. Johann-Joseph, also known as “Jos” was a teacher. He died 23 April 1940 in Dudelange.[51] His widow Marguerite died seven months later on 28 November 1940.[52]

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Marguerite BERWICK, wife of Jos FRANTZ

New Lessons Learned

Without the photographs, newspaper clippings, thank you notes, funeral cards and other memorabilia saved by my maternal grandmother I would not have been able to tell their story in such detail.

Questions remain and may lead to new stories. I want to know more about Maisy VESQUE who served time in prison for killing a man. I’ve found newspaper articles about the deaths caused by Theo HILBERT when he was driving the car owned by Nicolas FRANTZ. A third question, I was able to answer and in doing so learned a new lesson.

I don’t know how many times I have asked myself who are “Mr Eugène Raymond, Mme, née Suzanne Miette et leur(s) enfant(s)” mentioned in Jean and Marie FRANTZ-MAJERUS’ obituaries? I knew Guy Hostert was the son of their deceased oldest daughter, Marie. Eugène or Suzanne had to be their grandchild and, since great-grandchildren were also mentioned, he or she had to have been born to one of the oldest daughters.

I don’t give up easily and the question took me to the online archives of the cities of Reims and Paris, France. Finding records in large cities is daunting. My persistence paid off. I found the records I needed to prove the relationship of Suzanne MIETTE and in doing so also learned how to use the Archives of Paris database.

If anyone is interested, feel free to leave a comment and I may write a post on how to use the Archives de Paris site.

Sources:
[1] Luxembourg, Registres d’état civil, 1793-1923 (images), FamilySearch (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Mamer > Naissances 1834-1890 Mariages 1796-1837 > images 76  of 1504. 1837 Birth Record No. 58. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-12585-49242-69?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-L31:496689502 : accessed 09 Feb 2013).
[2] Ibid., Mamer > Mariages 1838-1890 Décès 1796-1880 > image 310 of 1497. 1870 Marriage Record No. 5. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-12143-120441-3?cc=1709358&wc=9RY3-VZ9:130065401,130130201 : accessed 6 September 2014).
[3] Ibid., Mamer > Naissances 1834-1890 Mariages 1796-1837 > image 311 of 1504. 1850 Birth Record No. 30. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-12585-50928-75?cc=1709358&wc=9RY7-FM9:130065401,130365601 : accessed 27 March 2010).
[4] Luxembourg, Volkszählungen 1843-1900 (images), FamilySearch (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Mamer > 1871 > image 518 of 840. Majerus-Trausch household No. 56. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-32379-26802-46?cc=2037957&wc=M5G9-SPN:345860401,345869501 : accessed 18 June 2015).
[5] Ibid., Mamer > 1875 > image 462 of 795. Johann Majerus household No. 29. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32374-4220-81?cc=2037957&wc=M5LB-K6V:345860401,345870501 : accessed 18 June 2015).
[6] Ibid., Mamer > 1880 > image 231 of 803. Frantz-Majerus household No. 65. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-32391-9005-98?cc=2037957&wc=M5G7-16N:345860401,345872201 : accessed 18 June 2015).
[7] Ibid., Mamer > 1885 > image 41 of 829. Frantz-Majerus household No. 11. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32390-5896-81?cc=2037957&wc=M5G7-GP8:345860401,345873701 : accessed 18 June 2015).
[8] Ibid., Mamer > 1887 > image 715 of 828. Frantz-Majerus household No. 30. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-32393-787-37?cc=2037957&wc=M5GC-Y4J:345860401,345875201 : accessed 18 June 2015).
[9] Ibid., Mamer > 1890 > image 352 of 822. Frantz-Majerus household No. 24. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32393-2887-86?cc=2037957&wc=M5G4-PT1:345860401,345876401 : accessed 18 June 2015).
[10] Ibid., Mamer > 1895 > image 820 of 841. Frantz-Majerus household No. 34. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-32395-6413-90?cc=2037957&wc=M5G6-L27:345860401,345878001 : accessed 18 June 2015).
[11] Ibid., Mamer > 1900 (n 1662) > images 332 of 564. Frantz-Majerus household No. 33. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-32398-5686-98?cc=2037957&wc=M9MV-9T2:1997661504 : accessed 21 June 2015).
[12] Luxemburger Wort, digitized by the Bibliothèque nationale de Luxembourg, http://www.eluxemburgensia.lu (Verlage der St-Paulus-Druckerei, Luxembourg), No. 56, February 25, 1929, p. 4 column 5. Avis mortuaire for Jean Frantz. (http://www.eluxemburgensia.lu/webclient/DeliveryManager?application=DIRECTLINK&custom_att_2=simple_viewer&pid=1360603&search_terms=Frantz#panel:pp|issue:1360603|article:DTL341|query:Frantz : accessed 20 June 2015).
[13] Escher Tageblatt, digitized by the Bibliothèque nationale de Luxembourg, http://www.eluxemburgensia.lu (Verlag Editpress S.A., Esch-sur-Alzette), No. 243, Monday, 14 September 1931, p. 4 column 5. Avis Mortuaire for Madame Jean Frantz née Marie Majerus. (http://www.eluxemburgensia.lu/webclient/DeliveryManager?application=DIRECTLINK&custom_att_2=simple_viewer&pid=510394&search_terms=Frantz#panel:pp|issue:510394|article:DTL278|query:Frantz : accessed 20 June 2015).
[14] Luxembourg Civil Records, Mamer > Naissances 1834-1890 Mariages 1796-1837 > image 713 of 1504. 1871 Birth Record No. 4. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-12585-52216-6?cc=1709358&wc=9RY7-FM9:130065401,130365601 : accessed  23 March 2010).
[15] Registres d’actes d’état civil 1860-1902 (images), Archives de Paris (original records in the Archives de Paris, Paris, France. Images from this site are not allowed to be shared with others, used on the internet, or for commercial purposes without permission), Mariages, 2e arr., 21/06/1892. V4E 5486 image 67 of 141. 1892 Marriage Record No. 396. (http://canadp-archivesenligne.paris.fr/archives_etat_civil/1860_1902_actes/ : accessed 20 June 2015).
[16] Ibid., Naissances, 3e arr., 14/08/1895. V4E 8167 image of  66 of 159. 1895 Birth Record No. 1164. (http://canadp-archivesenligne.paris.fr/archives_etat_civil/1860_1902_actes/ : accessed 20 June 2015).
[17] Luxembourg Civil Records, Mamer > Naissances 1834-1890 Mariages 1796-1837 > image 746 of 1504. 1871 Birth Record No. 57. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-12585-52481-73?cc=1709358&wc=9RY7-FM9:130065401,130365601 : accessed 23 March 2010).
[18] Ibid., Mamer > Naissances, mariages 1895-1923 > image 547 of 819. 1900 Marriage Record No. 18. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32045-16170-78?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-LQS:415858536 : accessed 6 March 2015).
[19] Lettre de faire-part, Mme. Joseph Fournelle, née Catherine Frantz, 16 March 1934
[20] Luxembourg Civil Records, Mamer > Naissances 1834-1890 Mariages 1796-1837 > image 788 of 1504. 1874 Birth Record No. 53. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-12585-48262-71?cc=1709358&wc=9RY7-FM9:130065401,130365601 : accessed 17 August 2011).
[21] Postcard dated 1 January 1946 signed by Joséphine Frantz
[22] Luxembourg Civil Records, Mamer > Naissances 1834-1890 Mariages 1796-1837 > image 828 of 1504. 1876 Birth Record No. 42. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-12585-51331-4?cc=1709358&wc=9RY7-FM9:130065401,130365601 : accessed 23 March 2010).
[23] Ibid., Contern > Mariages 1895-1923 > image 80 of 195. 1906 Marriage Record No. 7. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-32037-2967-13?cc=1709358&wc=9RTB-MNB:129626701,129649201 : accessed 7 March 2015).
[24] Luxemburger Wort, digitized by the Bibliothèque nationale de Luxembourg, http://www.eluxemburgensia.lu (Verlage der St-Paulus-Druckerei, Luxembourg), No.142, Wednesday, 22 May 1946, p. 3 column 2. Avis mortuaire for Jean Frantz. (http://www.eluxemburgensia.lu/webclient/DeliveryManager?application=DIRECTLINK&custom_att_2=simple_viewer&pid=798376&search_terms=jean%20frantz#panel:pp|issue:798376|article:DTL479|query:jean frantz : accessed 20 June 2015).
[25] Collection of newspaper clippings in the possession of Marie Marcelle Fournelle (dec’d).
[26] Luxembourg Civil Records, Mamer > Naissances 1834-1890 Mariages 1796-1837 > image 867 of 1504. 1878 Birth Record No. 25. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-12585-48039-70?cc=1709358&wc=9RY7-FM9:130065401,130365601 : accessed 23 March 2010).
[27] Ibid., Mamer > Mariages 1838-1890 Décès 1796-1880 > image 1466 of 1497. 1879 Death Record No. 4. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-12143-119884-11?cc=1709358&wc=9RY3-VZ9:130065401,130130201 : accessed 23 March 2010).
[28] Ibid., Mamer > Naissances 1834-1890 Mariages 1796-1837 > image 911 of 1504. 1880 Birth Record No. 35. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-12585-49264-59?cc=1709358&wc=9RY7-FM9:130065401,130365601 : accessed 23 March 2010).
[29] Ibid., Mamer > Naissances, mariages 1895-1923 > image 659 of 819. 1910 Marriage Record No. 4. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-32045-18508-90?cc=1709358&wc=9RTB-L2D:130065401,130400801 : accessed 7 February 2013).
[30] Collection of newspaper clippings in the possession of Marie Marcelle Fournelle (dec’d).
[31] Ibid.
[32] Ibid.
[33] Luxembourg Civil Records, Mamer > Naissances 1834-1890 Mariages 1796-1837 > image 960 of 1504. 1882 Birth Record No. 47. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-12585-52416-80?cc=1709358&wc=9RY7-FM9:130065401,130365601 : accessed 23 March 2010).
[34] Ibid., Mamer > Naissances, mariages 1895-1923 > image 693 of 819. 1913 Marriage Record No. 3. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-32045-18126-68?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-LQS:415858536 : accessed 20 June 2015).
[35] Ibid., Mamer > Naissances, mariages 1895-1923 > image 350 of 819. 1914 Birth Record No. 1. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-32045-17474-71?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-LQS:415858536 : accessed 21 June 2015).
[36] Ibid., Mamer > Naissances, mariages 1895-1923 > image 375 of 819. 1915 Birth Record No. 29. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-32045-17296-67?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-LQS:415858536 : accessed 21 June 2015).
[37] Ibid., Mamer > Naissances, mariages 1895-1923 > image 403 of 819. 1917 Birth Record No. 15. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-32045-16310-62?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-LQS:415858536 : accessed 21 June 2015).
[38] Collection of newspaper clippings in the possession of Marie Marcelle Fournelle (dec’d).
[39] Ibid.
[40] Luxembourg Civil Records, Mamer > Naissances 1834-1890 Mariages 1796-1837 > image 1012 of 1504. 1885 Birth Record No. 15. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-12585-49798-98?cc=1709358&wc=9RY7-FM9:130065401,130365601 : accessed 23 March 2010).
[41] Ibid., Mamer > Naissances, mariages 1895-1923 > image 641 of 819. 1908 Marriage Record No. 21. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32045-18301-7?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-LQS:415858536 : accessed 7 February 2013).
[42] Ibid., Mamer > Naissances, mariages 1895-1923 > image 379 of 819. 1915 Birth Record No. 41. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-32045-16366-78?cc=1709358&wc=9RTB-L2D:130065401,130400801 : accessed 21 June 2015).
[43] Collection of newspaper clippings in the possession of Marie Marcelle Fournelle (dec’d).
[44] Ibid.
[45] Luxembourg Civil Records, Mamer > Naissances 1834-1890 Mariages 1796-1837 > image 1037 of 1504. 1886 Birth Record No. 25. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-12585-52526-85?cc=1709358&wc=9RY7-FM9:130065401,130365601 : accessed 23 March 2010).
[46] Ibid., Mamer > Décès 1881-1890 > image 75 of 144. 1886 Death Record No. 17. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12699-120456-21?cc=1709358&wc=9RY8-GPF:130065401,129686301 : accessed 20 August 2011).
[47] Ibid., Mamer > Naissances 1834-1890 Mariages 1796-1837 > image 1092 of 1504. 1888 Birth Record No. 56. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-12585-49208-71?cc=1709358&wc=9RY7-FM9:130065401,130365601 : accessed 23 March 2010).
[48] Ibid., Dudelange > Mariages 1910-1920 > image 313 of 548. 1916 Marriage Record No. 14. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32026-13839-79?cc=1709358&wc=9RTY-JWG:129625901,129908301 : accessed 5 March 2015).
[49] Ibid., Dudelange > Naissances 1915-1923 > image 273 of 611. 1919 Birth Record No. 102. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-32040-5639-58?cc=1709358&wc=9RTB-4W1:129625901,130608101 : accessed 21 June 2015).
[50] Ibid., Dudelange > Naissances 1915-1923 > image 406 of 611. 1921 Birth Record No. 86. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-32040-5586-45?cc=1709358&wc=9RTB-4W1:129625901,130608101 : accessed 5 March 2015).
[51] Collection of newspaper clippings in the possession of Marie Marcelle Fournelle (dec’d).
[52] Ibid.

Genealogy Sketch

Name: Jean “Johann FRANTZ
Parents: Johannes “Jean” FRANTZ and Elisabeta “Elise” FRISCH
Spouse: Marie “Maria” MAJERUS
Parents of spouse: Johann MAJERUS and Maria TRAUSCH
Whereabouts: Mamer, Grand Duché de Luxembourg
Relationship to Cathy Meder-Dempsey: 2nd great-grandfather

1. Jean “Johann FRANTZ
2. Catharina FRANTZ
3. Marie Marcelle FOURNELLE
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.

52 Ancestors: #24 The Heirloom: The FOURNELLE-SCHLOESSER Family (Part II)

Week 24 (June 11-17) – Heirloom: What heirloom do you treasure? Who gave it to you? What heirloom do you wish you had?

Yesterday I wrote about The Heirloom: The 1866 Military Accounts Book and want to continue with the story of my 2nd great-grandfather André FOURNELLE and his family in this second part.

The FOURNELLE-SCHLOESSER Family

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My 2nd great-grandfather André FOURNELLE ca. 1900-1909

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1838 Birth Record No. 17 [1]
André FOURNELLE, my 2nd great-grandfather, was born at 11 o’clock on the morning of 25 August 1838. The following day his father André FOURNELLE (1799-1866), 40 years old and a farmer, went to the records office of Rodange, Canton of Messancy, Province of Luxembourg, at 8 o’clock in the morning to inform the officials of the birth. Marie Catherine PHILIPPART (1801-1843), 38 years old and without an occupation, was the mother of André.[1]

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Odile Lucie SCHLOESSER (ca. 1900-1911)

Odile Lucie SCHLOESSER, my 2nd great-grandmother, was born on 16 February 1840 in Metz, Department Moselle, Region Lorraine, France. She was the daughter of Johann Joseph SCHLOESSER (1807-1841) and Anna Maria CONSBRÜCK (1810-1897). Odile’s father was from Vianden (Luxembourg) and her mother from Echternach (Luxembourg). They may have met while working in Metz as this is where they married in 1835. Following her father’s death Odile moved to Echternach with her mother and sisters to live with their CONSBRÜCK family.

It is not known how André and Odile came to meet. Since Echternach is a border town it is possible André was stationed there for a time as a border guard. From his military accounts book, we know he saved a man’s life on 25 June 1866 from drowning in the Sauer River which is the border between Luxembourg and Germany and passes by Echternach.

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1867 Marriage Record No. 25 [2]
When André and Odile married on 28 September 1867 in Echternach the groom was a resident of Surré (Syr or Sarre) a village belonging to the commune of Boulaide, a town in northern Luxembourg. André was 29 years old and his parents were both deceased. Odile was 27 years old and her date and place of birth were listed on the marriage record. Her father’s death in Metz was mentioned; her mother was living, present, and consenting to the marriage. The banns had been read in Boulaide and in Echternach on four consecutive Sundays: the 1st, 8th, 15th, and 22nd of September. The four witnesses present, Laurent KIESEL, Mathias Gaspard SPOO, Johann HERR, and Peter LANSER, were cousins of the bride. All persons present signed the marriage record.[2]

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1867 Luxembourg Census [3]
A little over two months later on 3 December 1867 the census was enumerated in the village of Surré in the commune of Boulaide where André and Odile were living as newlyweds in a house known as Hannes. André signed the census slip in the lower right corner.[3]

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1869 Birth Record No. 3 [4]
On 17 February 1869 André went to the records office of Boulaide to have the birth of his first child recorded. It was 6 in the evening when he met with the mayor Johann Reding to have the birth record filled out. Maria was born only an hour earlier to André’s wife Odile. He must have been anxious to get the formalities taken care of![4]

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1871 Birth Record No. 6 [5]
On 20 Feb 1871, two years and 3 days later, André was once again meeting with Johann Reding to register the birth of his son Johann Joseph. The child was born at 6 in the morning to Lucie SCHLOESSER in Surré. Lucie being Odile’s second name. André waited a bit longer than he did following the birth of Maria, until 1 in the afternoon, to go to Boulaide.[5]

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1871 Luxembourg Census [6]
On 1 December 1871 the entire family was auf Besuch (visiting) in Elsaß (Alsace, France) when the census was enumerated in Surré. André’s wife’s name was incorrectly listed as Louise Schneider by Mr. Thilmani who gave the information. Beside André’s name in the second column he noted as the father of the family group and in Alsace. I have not been able to decipher the word before Elsaß.[6]

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1875 Luxembourg Census [7]
In 1875 the family was in Surré. The person who recorded the names used the German spelling. Andreas, Audile, Maria, Joseph FOURNELLE as well as Odile’s sister Anna SCHLOESSER were in the household. In line 4 my great-grandfather Joseph, who was 4 years old, is listed as normally NOT being a member of the household and had been auf Besuch (visiting) for 10 days. I believe the recorder meant for this to be in line 5 for Odile’s sister Anna.[7] She was also listed on the census with her mother in Echternach.[8]

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1877 Birth Record No. 19 [9]
A year and a half later André and Odile’s third child Marie Josephine was born on 29 May 1877 in Winseler, Wiltz, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. Both of the parents are listed as 39 years old although Odile was only 37 years old at the time. The birth record helps to place the family in Winseler in 1877.[9] André was still working as a border guard but we do not know when the family made the move to Winseler or how long they stayed there.

Because of André’s occupation the family may have moved around more than I know of. I did not find them on the control lists for the commune of Winseler in 1880. They were not in Winseler or Echternach in 1890. In 1895 and 1900 they were found in Echternach. This leaves a gap of 16 years between 1877-1895 which I haven’t found records for.

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1895 Luxembourg Census [10]
In 1895 André was living in Echternach with his wife and their three single children. His wife Odile was now using her middle name Lucie. André was now retired from his job as a border guard.[10]

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1900 Luxembourg Census [11]
In 1900 André and Lucie’s oldest daughter Marie was missing from the household. Johann Joseph had married during the year and was living with his wife Catharina FRANTZ in his parents’ household along with his youngest sister Josephine. The home the FOURNELLE family lived in during these years was in the Luxemburger Strasse and known as Mühlenacht or Millenoacht.[11]

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Aloyse BAUER and Marie Josephine FOURNELLE wedding portrait (1902)

When Marie Josephine married in 1902 to Aloyse BAUER her brother Johann Joseph and her brother-in-law Émile MONNIER were witnesses.[12] Émile was from Lille, France, and was the husband of the oldest FOURNELLE daughter Marie. Did Marie leave Luxembourg to work in a city in France? Did she meet Émile and marry him in Lille where she raised a family of 4 sons?

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Marie MONNIER-FOURNELLE (1869-1952)

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Luxemburger Wort [13]
André FOURNELLE didn’t sit back and do nothing after his retirement. He had several fruit orchards in Echternach which he cared for after he was pensioned. He entered is prize fruits in the local agricultural exhibition which took place in Echternach on 28 September 1904. André received honorary mentions for his table apples and a second place with a silver medal, for his table pears.[13]

 

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1908 Death Record No. 68 [14]
On 21 November 1908 at 11 a.m. André was one of four witnesses at the marriage of his niece Maria-Josephine MAAS and her groom Johann MISCHAUX. That evening at 6 p.m. he died at his home. I wrote about this in The Very Last Signature of André FOURNELLE. My great-grandfather Johann Joseph FOURNELLE and Johann MAAS, father of the bride, were the informants on André’s death record.[14]

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1911 Death Record No. 54 [15]
Less than three years later André’s widow  died at nine in the evening at home in Millenoacht. Her son Johann Joseph FOURNELLE and her nephew-in-law Johann MISCHAUX were the informants on her death. Odile SCHLOESSER was the name seen on her death record. She was seventy-one years old.[15]

The prayer cards printed after her death had the name favored by my 2nd great-grandmother Lucie.

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Prayer Card for Lucie Schloesser

Sources:
[1] Luxembourg, Registres d’état civil, 1793-1923 (images), FamilySearch (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Pétange > Naissances 1796-1877 > image 442 of 944. 1838 Birth Record No. 17. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-12404-68196-32?cc=1709358&wc=M9QN-BM6:1617650175 : accessed 14 Jun 2011).
[2] Ibid., Echternach > Mariages 1809 > image 1179 of 1462. 1867. Marriage Record No. 25. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-11670-170986-66?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-2VL:n1115540467 : accessed 12 Jan 2013).
[3] Luxembourg, Volkszählungen 1843-1900 (images), FamilySearch (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Boulaide > 1867 > image 85 of 254. André Fournelle household. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32382-3499-61?cc=2037957&wc=M9MJ-18C : accessed 29 December 2014).
[4] Luxembourg Civil Records, Boulaide > Naissances 1838-1890 Mariages 1798-1823, 1798-1835 > image 434 of 1498. 1869. Birth Record No. 3. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12330-121132-22?cc=1709358&wc=M9QN-T56:1193074600 : accessed 23 Mar 2010).
[5] Ibid., Boulaide > Naissances 1838-1890 Mariages 1798-1823, 1798-1835 > image 459 of 1498. 1871 Birth Record No. 6. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12330-116084-50?cc=1709358&wc=M9QN-T56:1193074600 : accessed 23 Mar 2010).
[6] Luxembourg Census, Boulaide > 1871 > image 517 of 544. André Fournelle household. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-32378-22188-47?cc=2037957&wc=M5GM-FMC:346039301,345869501 : accessed 14 June 2015). See also images 515 and 516 for front matter.
[7] Ibid., Boulaide > 1875 > image 465 of 539. André Fournelle household. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-32378-15565-49?cc=2037957&wc=M9MJ-1D3 : accessed 5 February 2015). See also images 464 and 466 for front and back matter.
[8] Ibid., Echternach > 1875 (n 774) > image 557 of 582. Maria Consbrück, veuve Schloesser household.(https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32378-38082-39?cc=2037957&wc=M9MV-MCW:953316563 : accessed 01 Mar 2013). See also images 556 and 558 for front and back matter.
[9] Luxembourg Civil Records, Winseler > Naissances 1797-1881 > image 778 of 831. 1877 Birth Record No. 19. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-12346-212348-12?cc=1709358&wc=9RYQ-N3D:130596701,130692901 : accessed 12 June 2015).
[10] Luxembourg Census, Echternach > 1895 > image 895 of 1611. André Fournelle household. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32393-6414-73?cc=2037957&wc=M5G8-W3K:345970601,345878001 : accessed 11 June 2015). See also images 894 and 896 for front and back matter.
[11] Ibid., Echternach > 1900 > image 362 of 1660. André Fournelle household. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-32397-16708-34?cc=2037957&wc=M9S1-MY1:1893305075 : accessed 15 January 2015). See also images 361 and 363 for front and back matter.
[12] Luxembourg Civil Records, Echternach > Naissances 1903-1923 Mariages 1895-1905 > image 536 of 604. 1902 Marriage Record No. 14. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32040-9966-3?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-2V1:n702239153 : accessed 20 Jan 2013).
[13] Luxembourger Wort, digitized by Bibliothèque nationale de Luxembourg; online (http://www.eluxemburgensia.lu/BnlViewer/view/index.html?lang=en#panel:pp|issue:1057913|article:DTL62|query:fournelle%20echternach : accessed 15 June 2015)
[14] Luxembourg Civil Records, Echternach > Mariages 1906-1923 Décès 1895-1912 > image 584 of 675. 1908 Death Record 68. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32043-12126-76?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-2VR:n1397300048 : accessed 11 Jan 2013).
[15] Ibid., Echternach > Mariages 1906-1923 Décès 1895-1912 > image 644 of 675. 1911 Death Record No. 54. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-32043-11951-69?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-2VR : accessed 12 March 2015).

Genealogy Sketch

Name: André FOURNELLE
Parents: André FOURNELLE and Marie Catharine PHILIPPART
Spouse: Odile Lucie SCHLOESSER
Children: Marie, Jean Joseph, and Marie Joséphine
Whereabouts: Rodange, Esch-sur-Alzette, Boulaide, Strasbourg, Echternach
Relationship to Cathy Meder-Dempsey: 2nd great-grandfather

1. André FOURNELLE
2. Jean Joseph FOURNELLE
3. Marie Marcelle FOURNELLE
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.

52 Ancestors: #10 The FOURNELLE-FRANTZ Family (1871-2005)

Week 10 (March 5-11) – Stormy Weather. This is the time of year that the northern hemisphere starts to see severe storms. (As if the blizzards in New England this winter haven’t been bad enough!) What ancestor endured a particularly severe storm? It could be something like a tornado or blizzard or it could be a “storm” of bad things.

What storms did the FOURNELLE-FRANTZ family have to weather through? Living in a European country bordering on Germany during two world wars would definitely be conducive to stormy times. Holding fast with that theme, I’m flooding this post with photos from those times before giving the facts! Enjoy!

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My great-grandfather Jean Joseph FOURNELLE, Grandpapa, in 1957 at the age of 86.
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Grandpapa in 1945 at the age of 74.
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Grandpapa, my great-grandfather with Bomi, my grandmother.
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Grandmaman, my great-grandmother, with her granddaughter Ginette.
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My great-grandmother Catherine FRANTZ, Grandmaman. A portrait made in 1938 after her death in 1934.
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Group photo from 1920s that was used as a model for the portrait of Grandmaman.
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In the 1920s son André married Marguerite HUESMANN. Don’t they look young?
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Jean Joseph FOURNELLE, 4th from right, at the train station in Echternach.
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The FOURNELLE-FRANTZ family ca. 1920 in front of the high school (lycée), formerly the abbey of Echternach. From left to right: Lucie, Joseph, Marcelle (Bomi), Catherine, André
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André and Lucie ca. 1906
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The FOURNELLE-FRANTZ family (ca. 1906) before my grandmother was born. The children André (left) and Lucie (right) with (from left to right) their father Joseph, mother Catherine and aunt Pauline FRANTZ.
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Jean Joseph FOURNELLE ca. 1900

A Little Geography Lesson

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Father’s place of birth: Boulaide[Public domain via Wikimedia Commons]
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Place that the family lived: Echternach [Public domain via Wikimedia Commons]
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Mother’s place of birth: Mamer [Public domain via Wikimedia Commons]
 

 

 

 

 

 

Commune: 0range; Canton: red+orange; District: darker grey+red+orange:

My FOURNELLE-FRANTZ couple lived in Echternach from the time they married until their deaths. The husband was born in the commune of Boulaide[1] and the wife was born in the commune of Mamer[3]. Luxembourg is divided into three districts: Boulaide is in the District of Diekirch (toe to throatline of the shoe), Echternach is in the District of Grevenmacher (collar of the shoe), and Mamer is in the District of Luxembourg (heel of the shoe). To do research in Luxembourg you need to know that most towns are known by their French, German, and Luxembourgish names. At FamilySearch when you browse the Luxembourg, Civil Registration, 1662-1941 collection you will have to know the French name of the town BUT you will find that most records are in German and the town will have the German name listed on records. The FamilySearch Wiki is very helpful when you need help with the Luxembourgish commune that a town belongs to.

Birth Records of Joseph and Catherine

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1871 Birth Record No. 6 [1]

Johann Joseph FOURNELLE was born on 20 February 1871 in Syr (Sir, Surré) in the commune of Bauschleiden (Bauschelt, Boulaide) in the canton of Wiltz, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. He was born at 6 o’clock in the morning to André FOURNELLE (32) and his wife Lucie SCHLOESSER (30). His father’s occupation was Grentzaufseher or border guard.[1]

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1871 Birth Record No. 6 (conformed copy) [2]
Bauschleiden, as seen on the map above, is in northwestern Luxembourg, on the border with Belgium. Much damage was done in that area during World War II. When I looked into getting a copy of my great-grandfather’s birth record I was told that all records were destroyed during the Battle of the Bulge. The records in the Luxembourg, Civil Registration, 1662-1941 collection at FamilySearch are the copies that are in the archives in Luxembourg City. On 20 July 1955, it was decided to make copies of the lost records for the town hall. On 10 January 1956, the birth record of my great-grandfather was typed up and returned to Bauschleiden. I was able to get a copy of it in 2010.[2]

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1875 Birth Record No. 57 [3]

Catherine FRANTZ was born on 17 November 1872 in Mamer in the canton of Capellen, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. She was born at 4 o’clock in the morning to Johann FRANTZ (34) and his wife Maria MAJERUS (21). Her father was identified as “der Jungere” to distinguish him from another person of the same name in the community, most likely his cousin Johann FRANTZ b. 1836 who was 6 years older. Catherine’s father was Leinenweber or linen weaver.[3]

The Marriage of Joseph and Catherine

On the 9th of July 1900 at 10 o’clock in the morning Joseph age, 29 and Catherine age 27 were married in Mamer. Joseph was a Rosenzüchter, rose culturist, and Catherine did not have an occupation. The parents of the bride and groom were present and consenting to the marriage. On the 24th of June, the marriage banns were read in the churches of Mamer and Echternach. Two of the witnesses, Johann MULLER and Johann JANS, were from Echternach, one from Mamer, and the last, a cousin of the bride, was from Bartringen.[4]

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1900 Signature of the groom [4]
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1900 Signature of the bride [4]
 

 

 

Less than three months later on Sunday 23 September, the annual fruit exposition took place in Echternach. It was fairly well attended as the Obstbauverein, fruit growing club, planned it to coincide with the Kirmes, an annual fair, in Echternach. It also helped that they did not charge fees for stalls or for visitors. Joseph FOURNELLE took 2nd place in the category apples, pears, and other fruits for table use and processing.[5]

The Children of Joseph and Catherine

Odilia Luzia was born on 30 March 1902 at 9 in the evening in Echternach at the home of her parents in the Luxemburger street. Her father Johann Joseph was 31 years old and a Rosenzüchter. Her mother Catharina (German and French spelling were often interchanged) was 29 years old. Johann (Jean) JANS, 29, and Jacob MULLER, 26, Schuhmacher or shoemaker, both witnesses at the marriage of the parents of the child, were witnesses for the birth record.[6]

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1902 Signature of the father [6]
On 15 September 1904 Andreas FOURNELLE was born at 4 in the morning. His father reported the birth the same day at 11 o’clock in the morning. Joseph, Rosenzüchter, was 33 and Catherine was 31. Andreas, later seen as André, was born at home in the Luxemburger street. Johann JANS, 33, Schankwirt or barkeeper, and Jacob MULLER, 28, Schuhmacher or shoemaker, were once again witnesses on the birth record.[7]

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1904 Signature of the father [7]
Maria Marcelle, my Bomi, 21 March 1909 at 7 o’clock in the morning at the house called Mühlenacht in the Luxemburger street. Joseph (38) reported the birth the same morning at 11 o’clock. He was still working as a Rosenzüchter. The child’s mother Catherine was 36. The witnesses were Peter STEINMETZ and Mathias PRIM.[8]

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1909 Signature of the father [8]
I love how my great-grandfather’s signature changed over the years. By 1935 the flourish in his signature had once again disappeared.[9]

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1935 Signature of the father of the bride [9]

The Homes of the Fournelle Family

The home that the FOURNELLE family lived in during these early years in the Luxemburger Strasse was known as Mühlenacht or Millenoacht (in Echternacher Luxembourgish). I don’t know if Joseph’s parents owned the home. His parents lived in Mühlenacht with Joseph and his family until their deaths in 1908 and 1911.[10],[11]

In 1914 Joseph was still seen running the nursery when cholera was raging and his produce was inspected and said to be safe for consummation.[12] My grandmother told me that she was very young when the family moved to house number 26 in the André Duchscher street and that it was just before World War I (1914-1918). It was also about this time that Joseph began working for the railroad.

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1957 – The house(s) belonging to Joseph FOURNELLE. Two buildings were combined to make the home. The doorway of the house on the right (middle) was closed up after the war.
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1963 – The house owned by Joseph was passed on to his daughter Marcelle.
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2015 – After the death of my grandmother in 2005 the house was sold. The house no longer looks like the home we visited as children.

Joseph and Catherine’s Children Marry

Lucie married Virgile WENDLING before 1921. My mother does not know how it came to be that Lucie met Virgile who lived in Strasbourg, France. I believe that like many young people Lucie went to France to work. No record of marriage was found in Echternach. She had a daughter Yvonne, son René (died in 1944 in Serbia), and daughter Ginette. Since Lucie was working full time in Strasbourg her youngest daughter lived in Echternach with her grandparents and her aunt Marcelle, my Bomi, until she was old enough to go to school. Lucie suffered in later years from diabetes, had to have a leg amputated in the early 1970s and died 9 Apr 1977 in Strasbourg.[13]

Joseph and Catherine’s only son André married Marguerite HUESSMANN in the 1920s. I have not looked for the marriage record in Echternach or Hollerich were the bride’s parents lived. They were married after 1921, the FamilySearch cut-off year for most civil records for Luxembourg. In their wedding portrait (seen above) they appear to be quite young. They did not have children.

Joseph’s wife Catherine only saw her two older children marry. She died on 16 March 1934 in Echternach.[14]

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1934 Death Notice of Catherine FRANTZ, wife of Joseph FOURNELLE [14]
Following the mother’s death, the youngest daughter Marcelle married Johann WILDINGER on 26 July 1935.[9] Their story continues in The Plumber/Tinsmith and the Seamstress.

After the death of his wife, Joseph lived the rest of his life with his youngest daughter Marcelle who stayed in her parental home after her marriage. Lucie was living in Strasbourg with her family but often visited her father and siblings in Echternach. Before World War II Joseph was known for riding his bike from Echternach to Strasbourg to visit  Lucie and her family. Today this would be a 2 1/2 hours drive by car, how long did it take him to ride the 260 km or 162 miles?

World War II

On 10 May 1940 German troops marched into and occupied Luxembourg. On 6 October 1944, the Germans occupying Echternach announced that all the people of Echternach must leave the town at 11:00 in the morning. Everyone was to take the same route towards Osweiler where they were met by American soldiers waiting to move into Echternach. The people of Echternach continued their journey on foot pulling wagons with their belongings or in wagons pulled by horses to Bech. My mother was traveling with her mother Marcelle WILDINGER-FOURNELLE and her grandfather Joseph FOURNELLE. Grandpapa had his German Shepherd with him as well as his bike with a shopping bag filled with their papers. Gunfire scared the dog as they were walking up a hill and he ran off. Grandpapa dropped his bike and the bag full of papers and ran after the dog. Mom remembers the papers fluttering around but her grandfather was more concerning with the dog. They remained in Bech a week or two. From there, families moved on to places where they had relatives or friends in other parts of Luxembourg. Mom, her mother, and Grandpapa were in Helmdange for a short period of time before they joined a family who had relatives in the Lorentzweiler area. They stayed in Lorentzweiler until May of 1945 when they returned to a town that lay in ruins.[15]

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1945 side street that ran along the left side of the Fournelle home in Echternach. The writing on the wall was the advertisement for the workshop of my grandfather Nik. WILDINGER (d. 1941). The woman on the left in front is my grandmother Marcelle FOURNELLE.

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Necrologie from the Escher Tageblatt dated 4 Dec 1946 [17]
Moni André, as Joseph’s only son was known to his nieces, was a dog trainer and the president of the Hondsportverein Dideleng (dog sports club of Dudelange).[16] I remember stories of his wearing a bite suit to train the dog to attack and also that he trained dogs for the blind. This was his hobby. He worked as a technician for ARBED (Aciéries Réunies de Burbach-Eich-Dudelange) a major steel and iron producing company created in 1911.[17]

André died of a short and painful disease on 3 December 1946 in Dudelange. He was buried in the cemetery in Hollerich.[17] This makes me wonder if he and Mathilde, as his wife was known by the family, may have had babies buried in that cemetery. Or he was very close to his in-laws and was buried in the HUESSMANN plot. His widow Mathilde outlived him by 25 years and died on 4 April 1971 in Luxembourg-Hamm.[18]

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1958 Death Notice of Joseph FOURNELLE, widower of Catherine FRANTZ [20]
Fournelle Jean Joseph
N 16          Dcs          Feuille 5
L’an mil neuf cent cinquante-huit, le douze du mois de mars huit heures trente minutes par devant Nous Joseph Relles, bourgmestre, officier de l’état civil de la commune d’Echternach canton d’Echternach, Grand-Duché de Luxembourg, a comparu Marie Marcelle Fournelle veuve de Wildinger Nicolas agée de quarante-huit ans, couturière domiciliée à Echternach; fille du défunt.
Laquelle Nous a déclaré que Jean Joseph Fournelle âgé de quatre-vingt-sept ans, employé de chemin de fer en retraite né à Surré commune de Boulaide, domicilié à Echternach; fils des défunts épouse André Fournelle et Lucie Schlechter; veuf de Catherine Frantz; les trois décédés à Echternach; est décécé le onze mars à seize heures quarante-cinq à Echternach à la maison Nr. 26 rue André Duchscher.
Le présent acte a été signé avec Nous par le comparant, après que lecture lui en a été faite.
Marcelle Fournelle             J. Relles

My great-grandfather Johann Joseph FOURNELLE died on 11 March 1958 in Echternach.[19],[20] I was two months old, lived on the other side of the Atlantic, and didn’t get to meet him.

Sources:
[1] Luxembourg, Registres d’état civil, 1793-1923 (images), FamilySearch (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Boulaide > Naissances 1838-1890 Mariages 1798-1823, 1798-1835 > image 459 of 1498. 1871 Birth Record No. 6; (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12330-116084-50?cc=1709358&wc=M9QN-T56:1193074600 : accessed 23 Mar 2010).
[2] 1871 Birth Record No. 6, conformed photocopy obtained 5 August 2010 from the Administration Communale de Boulaide. This is a substitute, produced on 10 January 1956 from the copy held in the archives in Luxembourg, to replace record destroyed during World War II.
[3] Luxembourg, Registres d’état civil, 1793-1923 (images), FamilySearch (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Mamer > Naissances 1834-1890 Mariages 1796-1837 > image 746 of 1504. 1871 Birth Record No. 57. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-12585-52481-73?cc=1709358&wc=9RY7-FM9:130065401,130365601 : accessed 23 March 2010).
[4] Luxembourg, Registres d’état civil, 1793-1923 (images), FamilySearch (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Mamer > Naissances, mariages 1895-1923 > image 547 of 819. 1900 Marriage Record No. 18. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32045-16170-78?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-LQS:415858536 : accessed 6 March 2015).
[5] Luxemburger Wort, digitized by the Bibliothèque nationale de Luxembourg, http://www.eluxemburgensia.lu (Verlage der St-Paulus-Druckerei, Luxembourg), Thursday, September 27, 1900, page 2, column 4. (http://www.eluxemburgensia.lu/webclient/DeliveryManager?application=DIRECTLINK&custom_att_2=simple_viewer&pid=1031961&search_terms=obst#panel:pp|issue:1031961|article:DTL71|query:obst : accessed 29 January 2013).
[6] Luxembourg, Registres d’état civil, 1793-1923 (images), FamilySearch (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Echternach > Naissances 1895-1902 > image 179 of 202. 1902 Birth Record No. 13. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-32027-19546-87?cc=1709358&wc=9RTY-J47:129623201,129766201 : accessed 29 December 2014).
[7] Luxembourg, Registres d’état civil, 1793-1923 (images), FamilySearch (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Echternach > Naissances 1903-1923 Mariages 1895-1905 > image 44 of 604. 1904 Birth Record No. 71; online https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-32040-10861-46?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-2V1:n702239153 : accessed 14 Jan 2013.
[8] Luxembourg, Registres d’état civil, 1793-1923 (images), FamilySearch (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Echternach > Naissances 1903-1923 Mariages 1895-1905 > image 176 of 604. 1909 Birth Record No. 41. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-32040-10270-1?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-2V1 : accessed 15 January 2015).
[9] (1) 1935 Marriage Record No. 13, photocopy of original page in the marriage book at the records office at the city hall in Echternach obtained 21 Jun 1996.
(2) Commune d’Echternach Nr. 13/1935, Wildinger-Fournelle Family Book. This is an official document given to the bride and groom at the time of their civil marriage. It is used to record births, christenings, and deaths of children as well as the death of one or the other spouse. Scanned copy of the original, in possession of their daughter.
[10] Luxembourg, Registres d’état civil, 1793-1923 (images), FamilySearch (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Echternach > Mariages 1906-1923 Décès 1895-1912 > image 584 of 675. 1908 Death Record 68; online https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32043-12126-76?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-2VR:n1397300048 : accessed 11 Jan 2013.
[11] Luxembourg, Registres d’état civil, 1793-1923 (images), FamilySearch (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Echternach > Mariages 1906-1923 Décès 1895-1912 > image 644 of 675. 1911 Death Record No. 54. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-32043-11951-69?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-2VR : accessed 12 March 2015)
[12] Luxemburger Wort, digitized by the Bibliothèque nationale de Luxembourg, http://www.eluxemburgensia.lu (Verlage der St-Paulus-Druckerei, Luxembourg), Friday 10 April 1914, page 3, column 1.  http://www.eluxemburgensia.lu/webclient/DeliveryManager?application=DIRECTLINK&custom_att_2=simple_viewer&pid=1114386&search_terms=fournelle#panel:pp|issue:1114386|article:DTL108|query:fournelle : accessed 25 January 2013
[13] Luxembourg, Registres d’état civil, 1793-1923 (images), FamilySearch (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Echternach > Naissances 1895-1902 > image 179 of 202. 1902 Birth Record No. 13, includes annotation with date and place of death. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-32027-19546-87?cc=1709358&wc=9RTY-J47:129623201,129766201 : accessed 29 December 2014).
[14] Lettre de faire-part, Mme. Joseph Fournelle, née Catherine Frantz, 16 March 1934
[15] Narrative written in 1996 from information received during a conversation with my mother.
[16] Escher Tageblatt, digitized by the Bibliothèque nationale de Luxembourg, http://www.eluxemburgensia.lu (Verlag Editpress S.A., Esch-sur-Alzette), Wednesday, December 4, 1946, page 6, column 2. Announcement of death of Monsieur André Fournelle, President of the Hondssportverein Dideleng; online http://www.eluxemburgensia.lu/webclient/DeliveryManager?application=DIRECTLINK&custom_att_2=simple_viewer&pid=120714&search_terms=#panel:pp|issue:120714|page:6 : accessed 6 March 2015.
[17] Escher Tageblatt, digitized by the Bibliothèque nationale de Luxembourg, http://www.eluxemburgensia.lu (Verlag Editpress S.A., Esch-sur-Alzette), Wednesday, December 4, 1946, page 6, column 2. Avis Mortuaire – Monsieur André Fournelle; online http://www.eluxemburgensia.lu/webclient/DeliveryManager?application=DIRECTLINK&custom_att_2=simple_viewer&pid=120714&search_terms=#panel:pp|issue:120714|page:6 : accessed 15 Jan 2013.
[18] Luxemburger Wort, newspaper clipping from 5 April 1971
[19] 1958 Death Record No. 16, photocopy of original from records office at the city hall in Echternach obtained 21 Jun 1996
[20] Lettre de faire-part, Monsieur Joseph Fournelle, veuve de Catherine Frantz, 11 March 1958

Genealogy Sketch

Name: Johann Joseph (Jean Joseph) FOURNELLE
Parents: André FOURNELLE and Odile Lucie SCHLOESSER
Spouse: Catherine FRANTZ
Parents of spouse: Johann FRANTZ and Maria MAJERUS
Children: Lucie, André, Marcelle
Whereabouts: Echternach, Grand Duché de Luxembourg
Relationship to Cathy Meder-Dempsey: great-grandfather

1. Joseph Johann FOURNELLE
2. Marie Marcelle FOURNELLE
3. Living WILDINGER (my Mom)
4. 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 Thursdays and allowing all participants to leave a link to their post(s) in the comments.

52 Ancestors: #4 The Plumber/Tinsmith and the Seamstress

Week 4, Closest to your birthdayNot too much to think about here. What ancestor has the birthday closest to yours? (I mean in terms of month and day, not the year ;) )

I checked all my ancestors and none were born on the same day as I was. Since name days were at one time more commonly celebrated in Luxembourg than birthdays and I knew that my grandmother Marie Marcelle FOURNELLE’s name day, January 31, was very close to my birthday, January 14, she fit the bill. If she hadn’t, I still would have written about her and her husband this week!

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Marcelle and Nicolas’ monogram on their wedding announcement.

The FOURNELLE-WILDINGER Family

Nicolas WILDINGER who was born in Mettendorf,  Eifelkreis Bitburg-Prüm, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany, on 25 August 1906, the third and youngest child of Johann WILDINGER and Katharina PÖPPELREITER.[1],[2]

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Nicolas ca. 1909

When Nicolas was 8 years old times were getting harder and harder for his father Johann, a builder. In July 1914 the family moved to Echternach and Johann found a job as a builder in Wasserbillig.

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1909 Birth Record No. 41 [3]
Maria Marcelle FOURNELLE was born at 7 o’clock in the morning on the 17 June 1909 in the house called Mühlenacht (Millenoacht in Luxembourgish) in Echternach. Her father Johann Joseph FOURNELLE, 38, a rose breeder (Rosenzuchter), was the informant for the birth of the child born to his wife Catharina FRANTZ, 36 and without an occupation. Peter STEINMETZ and Mathias PRIM were witnesses and Rudolf BRIMMEYR was the mayor and official who recorded the birth.

Marcelle ca. 1917

 Nicolas and Marcelle Become a Couple and Marry

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Marcelle and Nicolas in the 1930s.

At 7 o’clock on the evening of 26 July 1935 Mathias SCHAFFNER, the mayor of Echternach, married Nicolas, a plumber (Klempner), and Marcelle, without occupation. Nicolas was 28 and Marcelle was 26. Nicolas’ mother Catharina PÖPPELREITER and Marcelle’s father Johann Joseph FOURNELLE were present and agreeable to the marriage.

Nicolas’ father had been dead 11 years and Marcelle’s mother a little over a year. The marriage banns had been read on Sunday the 7th of July. A marriage contract was signed on the day of the marriage in the presence of the notary Julius REDING in Echternach.

There were no other witnesses present at the marriage and the record was signed by the bride and groom, their parents, and the mayor.

It is interesting to note that Nicolas’ mother signed as Mrs. Wildinger (Frau Wildinger) which is unusual as women in Luxembourg normally sign all legal documents with their maiden name. In the margin, the death of the groom, who predeceased the bride, was recorded. Below this is the official stamp and the date that the copy of this record was obtained from the records office at the city hall.

MRIN01117 1935 Nicolas Wildinger and Maria Marcelle Fournelle marriage 13
1935 Marriage Record No. 13 [4]
As is the case with all bridal couples in Luxembourg, Nicolas and Marcelle were presented with a Family Book.

MRIN01117 1935 Fournelle-Wildinger Family Book 1 MRIN01117 1935 Fournelle-Wildinger Family Book 2 MRIN01117 1935 Fournelle-Wildinger Family Book 3The Couple Marry in a Religious Ceremony

1935 Announcement of Marriage sent out by the parents of the bride and groom.

Nicolas and Marcelle’s parents sent out announcements of the religious marriage of their children who were married in the strictest privacy in the St. Willibrod Basilica Echternach the following day. The witnesses were Nicolas’ brother who signed P. WILDINGER and Marcelle’s father who signed J. FOURNELLE. Jean Pierre KAYSER, the priest, made an entry in the couple’s Family Book to show that the religious ceremony had been performed on 27 July 1935 in Echternach.

Marcelle did not take her husband Nicolas’ German nationality when they married. She made a declaration on 20 August 1935 to conserve her Luxembourg nationality. This was published in the Mémorial du Grand-Duché de Luxembourg No. 48 on 23 June 1936.[5]

Mémorial du Grand-Duché de Luxembourg No. 48.
Mardi, 23 juin 1936.
Page 612
Relevé des Luxembourgeoises de naissance qui ont fait en 1935 la déclaration pour conserver la nationalité luxembourgeoise.
I . Déclaration prévue par l’art. 24 n° 3 de la loi du 23 avril 1934.
Noms et prénoms: Fournelle Marie-Marcelle, épouse Wildinger, Nicolas
Résidence: Echternach
Lieu et date de naissance: Echternach 17. 6. 1909
Date de la déclaration: 20. 8. 1935

Nicolas and Marcelle Become Parents

Ten months later Nicolas and Marcelle’s only daughter was born. Seen here with her father on the front step of their house (left) and playing with her dog on wheels in front of their house (below).

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Nicolas with his daughter on the front doorstep of their house.
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Nicolas playing with his daughter (front) and another little girl in front of their house.

Nicolas, Plumber and Tinsmith

Nicolas was a master plumber and had his own business. In the 1930s he worked on the gutter of the hospital in Echternach. Little did he know that by the beginning of the next decade he would be a patient in this hospital and it would be the place of his death.

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Nicolas WILDINGER (far right) working as a tinsmith, fixing the gutter of the hospital in Echternach in the 1930s.
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Front view of the “Spidol” or Hospice Civil as it is known today. Photo used with permission © Egon Meder.

Nicolas WILDINGER advertised his plumbing (sanitary installations) and tinsmith business on this Sphinx Sanitary Ware ashtray.

MRIN01117 Nicolas Wildinger de Sphinx collage
Photo used with permission © Egon Meder.

Marcelle Becomes a Widow

Nicolas, diagnosed with tuberculosis, did not have many years to play with his young daughterOn 10 May 1940 German troops marched into and occupied Luxembourg. The Germans insisted on the people of Luxembourg changing their names to the German equivalent of their French-sounding names. Marie Marcelle FOURNELLE became Maria Marzella WILDINGER (née FOURNELLE). She signed the death record of her husband Nicolas with this name when she reported his death on 25 October 1941. Nicolas died at 9:40 on the evening of the 24th of October in the Bürgerhospital at Oberhoveleck 2, in Echternach. The civil servant who filled out the death record knew (as noted on the record) Marcelle who said that she was present at the time of her husband’s death. Also seen on the record is the date of marriage of the deceased as well as the number and location of the marriage record. This was cross-referenced in the margin of the marriage record as seen above.

MRIN01117 1941 Nicolas Wildinger death
1941 Death Record No. 49 [6]

Life Continues in German Occupied Luxembourg

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Spéngelskrich or “War of the Pins” amulet

As mentioned earlier, German troops marched into and occupied Luxembourg on 10 May 1940. Nicolas’ widow Marcelle would have been a wonderful subject for last week’s theme – a tough woman. I wrote a short piece on her last year: Fearless Females: Bomi’s Resistance Amulette. This was one of the most interesting times during her life. Please take a few minutes to read more about my grandmother and her Spéngelskrich amulet.

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In memory of the evacuation of the city of Echternach on 6 October 1944. Photo used with permission © Egon Meder.

On 6 October 1944, the Germans occupying Echternach announced that the people of Echternach must leave the town at 11:00 in the morning. Everyone was to take the same route towards Osweiler where they were met by American soldiers waiting to move into Echternach. The people of Echternach continued their journey on foot pulling wagons with their belongings or in wagons pulled by horses to Bech. Marcelle WILDINGER-FOURNELLE was traveling with her 8 years old daughter and her 73 years old father Joseph FOURNELLE. They remained in Bech a week or two. From there, families moved on to places where they had relatives or friends in other parts of Luxembourg. Marcelle, her daughter, and her father were in Helmdange for a short period of time and then joined a family who had relatives in the Lorentzweiler area.

Echternach in Ruins But No Longer Occupied by Germans

“During the Battle of the Bulge Dec. 1944 this place was heroically defended by soldiers of E-Comp. 12th Regt. 4th U.S. Inf. Div. Their sacrifice delayed the enemy advance and contributed to the final victory we shall remember.” Photo used with permission © Egon Meder.

They stayed in Lorentzweiler until May of 1945 when they returned to Echternach, a town that lay in ruins. The living room of Marcelle’s home became a reading room for the American officer in Echternach. Diagonally across the street is a plaque commemorating the soldiers.

May 20th was Pentecost and on May 22nd, the following Tuesday, the famous annual religious procession through the streets of Echternach took place. The basilica had been destroyed by the Germans on the 26th of December 1944 so the procession ended in the Peter and Paul Church (alten Pfarrkirche). Marcelle’s daughter and the other children her age had missed making their First Communion on the Sunday after Easter as they had not yet returned to Echternach on the 8th of April. They had to wait until 22 July 1945 to receive the sacrament in the Peter and Paul Church instead of in the basilica which had to be rebuilt. The rebuilding was finally finished on 20 September 1953.

Marcelle, Works as a Seamstress and Runs a B & B

Marcelle with her daughter, ca. 1942.

Life continued after the war. Marcelle worked from home as a seamstress. Later she supplemented her tiny income by taking in tourists. When her husband was still living he had installed sinks in every one of the 6 bedrooms in the house. She would serve breakfast in the living room that had once served as a meeting place for neighbors during the German occupation and later as the reading room for the American officers.

In  1957 her daughter married an American G.I. Fred Roosevelt DEMPSEY stationed at Bitburg A.F.B. in Germany. Marcelle had only her elderly father living with her when the young couple moved to the United States. Although she was only 31 years old at the time of her husband’s death she had never remarried. In 1958, a month after the birth of her first grandchild, her father died. She saw her daughter only when her son-in-law was stationed in Europe.

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Fred and Myrtle DEMPSEY, the day after their 52nd wedding anniversary, with Marcelle FOURNELLE and her daughter at the construction site of the New River Bridge in West Virginia.

Marcelle made one trip to America to visit her recently widowed daughter and her son-in-law’s parents, Fred Rothwell DEMPSEY and Myrtle Hazel ROOP. Her daughter returned to Echternach with her children to be near her mother that year.

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Marcelle Fournelle in 1971.

Twenty-five Lost Years

And this is where the story becomes difficult and maybe biased as it is from my point of view. Marcelle, my Bomi, had become a very independent woman and had always been set in her ways. It was not easy for her to have her widowed daughter and five children in her home. And it was not easy for her daughter and her children to live with a woman who was used to getting her own way. Although there was plenty of room in the house her daughter made the decision to move into a home of her own.

Bomi cut ties between us, my mother and I, because we had met men we were interested in. I wonder if she may have regretted never having remarried. Bomi, my grandmother and godmother, was a very stubborn woman. My mother and I had no contact with her for 25 years. And we married the men who were indirectly the reason for her refusing to speak to us.

One of my brothers, who had remained in contact with Bomi, was in the military and stationed in Germany in the late 1990s. When he knew that he was to be transferred Stateside he sat down with Bomi. He explained that since she was now over 90 she would have to forget her pride and, after he left, accept help from her daughter and grandchildren who lived in Echternach. She loved him dearly, her favorite grandchild. She said that she would if her daughter would.

Making Up For Lost Time

On Thursdays, my mother and I met at the supermarket while doing our shopping. One day Bomi was with her. I came in through the back, they came in through the front, and we met inside. I had been expecting this meeting and my heart was pounding. And what does she say to me after 25 years? “Cathy, I see you won the supermarket contest, 121 bottles of wine. Congratulations!”

What? She had seen a sign in the supermarket with a list of winners when they came in. I had no idea that I had won but it broke the ice. We would meet like this every Thursday, sometimes going back to her house for a few minutes.

Christmas Eve 2001
Christmas Eve 2001

But she did not come to our house until my husband got up the courage to visit her on his own. And he did a good job of pulling her into a plot – removing most of the animosity between them. She loved playing jokes on people. They plotted on surprising us, my Mom and I, by Bomi’s coming to dinner on Christmas Eve at our house. It worked and I believe my husband earned her respect, the respect she should have shown him when they first met.

My children got to know their great-grandmother who they called Bomi-Bomi since my mother was already their Bomi. They loved listening to her tell the stories from the “old days.”

In 2004 Bomi was diagnosed with cancer of the esophagus. When she had to be hospitalized the headstrong woman did not make it easy for the nurses caring for her. As she needed full-time care she was put on the waiting list of the nursing home  “Am Schleeschen” in Echternach. It is interesting to note how the home got its name – since it is part of her past. During World War II when the Germans occupied Echternach they had their offices in the old building of the present complex. Christian Stock who performed the duties of mayor (Amtsbürgermeister) proudly said “Das ist mein Schlösschen” or This is my castle.” This reminded me of a story Bomi told us. One night she helped three men hang the Luxembourgish flag on the gates of Stock’s Schlösschen during the German occupation – a grave offense if they had been caught. She would never divulge the men’s names even after they had all passed away.

Marie Marcelle FOURNELLE died in her sleep on 24 January 2005 in the nursing home “Am Schleeschen” in Echternach, where she had been a resident for only a few days, at the age of 95 years, 7 months, 10 days.

MRIN01117 Fournelle grave
FOURNELLE family grave
MRIN01117 Wildinger grave
WILDINGER family grave

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sources:
[1] 1935 Marriage Record No. 13, photocopy of original page in the marriage book at the records office at the city hall in Echternach obtained 21 Jun 1996.
[2] Commune d’Echternach Nr. 13/1935, Wildinger-Fournelle Family Book. This is an official document given to the bride and groom at the time of their civil marriage. It is used to record births, christenings, and deaths of children as well as the death of one or the other spouse. Scanned copy of the original, in possession of their daughter.
[3] Luxembourg, Registres d’état civil, 1793-1923 (images), FamilySearch, Echternach > Naissances 1903-1923 Mariages 1895-1905 > image 176 of 604. “1909 Birth Record No. 41.” (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-32040-10270-1?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-2V1 : accessed 15 January 2015), (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg).
[4] 1935 Marriage Record No. 13, photocopy of original page in the marriage book at the records office at the city hall in Echternach obtained 21 Jun 1996.
[5] Mémorial du Grand-Duché de Luxembourg, No. 48, pg. 260, 23 June 1936. Online http://www.legilux.public.lu/leg/a/archives/1936/0048/a048.pdf : accessed 23 Jan 2015.
[6] 1941 Death Record No. 49, photocopy of original page in the death register at the records office at the city hall in Echternach obtained 10 July 1996.

Genealogy Sketch

Name: Marie Marcelle FOURNELLE
Parents: Jean Joseph FOURNELLE and Catharina FRANTZ
Spouse: Nicolas WILDINGER
Parents of spouse: Johann WILDINGER and Katharina Pöppelreiter
Children: Living (one)
Relationship to Cathy Meder-Dempsey: Maternal Grandmother

1. Marie Marcelle FOURNELLE
2. Mom
3. 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.