52 Ancestors: #17 They Didn’t Take The Rags to Riches Journey?!

Week 17 (April 23-29) – Prosper. Which ancestor has a rags-to-riches story? Which ancestor prospered despite the odds?

When my husband’s great-grandmother Margaretha GORGES was 8 months old her parents Johann GORGES and Catharina SCHERFF planned to emigrate to North America with Marguerite and her older brother Johann. It was quite a surprise to me when I found this information in the work of Richard Schaffner who compiled the Family Book for the town of Fell in Germany where the GORGES side of the family came from. Schaffner wrote, “Familie mit den beiden Kindern laut Mergen, Kreis Trier, Seite 96 nach Nordamerika ausgewandert, Antrag vom 12.03.1869.” Translation: The family with both children according to Mergen, Kreis Trier (shortened form of the publication name by Mergen) p. 96 emigrated to North America, application from 12 March 1869.[1]

The labor market in America offered opportunities to earn money to feed the families, improve their positions in life, and maybe even to save for hard times. A promise of rags-to-riches.

A person’s native country is precious. Why would he want to emigrate with his family? How did they know what life would be like in the new country? Did they have relatives who preceded them?

Emigration at that time was a costly hardship. How could a single person who worked as a servant afford to pay for the passage which would amount to two years of earnings? How much would a family need?

The family’s intention to emigrate is documented in this entry from the office of Schweich (Landkreis Trier-Saarburg, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany)

Entry 642: Der Tagelöhner Johann Gorges, geb. 14.2.1838 zu Fell, gegenwärtig in Born, Lux., mit s. Frau Katharina Scherff, geb. 12.10.1836 zu Born in Luxemburg, und den Kindern Johann 30.1.1862 und Margaretha 28.7.1868 nach N. A. “dass er dort einen besseren Arbeitsverdienst zu finden hoffe”. 12.3.1869.[2]

Translation: The day laborer Johann Gorges, born 14 February 1838 in Fell, currently in Born, Lux., with his wife Katharina Scherff, born 12 October 1836 in Born in Luxembourg, and the children Johann b. 30 January 1862 and Margaretha b. 28 July 1868 to North America that he hoped to find better earnings there”. 12 March 1869

Two entries above this is another GORGES couple seeking permission to emigrate to North America six months earlier. Mathias Gorges, born 20 June 1842 in Fell, currently in Mertert, Lux., with his wife Barbara Achten, to North America “that he expected better earnings in America”. 23 September 1868.

Entry 640: Mathias Gorges, geb. 20.6.1842 zu Fell, gegenwärtig in Mertert, Lux., mit s. Frau Barbara Achten, nach N.A. “dass er in Amerika einen besseren Artbeitsverdienst erwarte”. 23.9.1868.[2]

Mathias was Johann’s younger brother according to Schaffner. How do I know these two men were brothers? Did they go to America? There is no mention in the Family Book of Fell that either of the GORGES brothers’ applications for emigration were withdrawn.

Did my husband’ great-grandmother travel to America when she was less than a year old? From my visit to the Red Star Line Museum in Antwerp, Belgium, I have a very good idea of what the emigrants went through to get to their port of departure where they were processed for their journey to their new homeland. What are the probabilities that either of the GORGES brothers went through these hardships to travel to North America?

Marguerite GORGES and her parents were living in Luxembourg when she married in 1891. When did they come back to Luxembourg? Did they ever leave? I followed both of the brothers and their families using the Luxembourg census and civil records and have come to the conclusion that they did not take the rags to riches journey.

The GORGES-SCHERFF Family

Town sign for Born in Luxembourg (24 April 2015). A special “thank you” to my husband who puts up with my asking him to stop to take photos while we are racing through the Luxembourg countryside on our bikes.

Catharina SCHERFF was born 25 October 1836 in Born, Mompach, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. Yes, the name of the town where she was born is Born or Bur in Luxembourgish. Her parents were Michel SCHERFF (1792-1865) and his wife Elisabetha CLEMENS (1796-1870).[3]

On 30 January 1862 when Catharina was 25 years old she had a son Johann SCHERFF, born in Born. Michel SCHERFF, the child’s grandfather, was the informant and said the father was unknown.[4]

On 14 January 1868 Catharina SCHERFF, 30 years old and without an occupation, married Johann GORGES, a 29 years old servant (Knecht) in Mompach. Johann was a resident of Born, previously of Fell in Germany. Catharina’s father and Johann’s parents were deceased leaving only Catharina’s mother Elisabetha to give her consent to the marriage. Catharina’s illegitimate son Johann SCHERFF was given all the rights of a legitimate child through his mother’s marriage. Catharina’s only brothers Johann and Peter SCHERFF were witnesses to the marriage. All persons present, except for Elisabetha CLEMENS who could not write, signed the marriage record.[5]

Catharina’s husband Johann GORGES was born on 14 February 1838[1] and baptized on 15 February 1838[6] in Fell, Longuich, Trier, Preußen (Germany). His parents were Johann GORGES (1800-1860) and Anna Maria BOTZ (1808-1863).[1] He lived in Born and worked as a servant in 1864 and 1867 when the census was taken.

Six months after the marriage Catharina and Johann’s daughter Margaretha was born on 27 July 1868 in Born.[7]

As seen above Johann GORGES applied to emigrate on 12 March 1869. At the time the family of four was living in Born in Luxembourg. A little over a year later on 4 June 1870, Catharina gave birth to her second daughter Maria in Born.[8] Was this enough time for Johann and Catharina to make preparations for their departure, a journey to North America and then come back to Europe? I have my doubts.

A third daughter Elisabeth was born on 11 October 1871 in Born.[9] The family of six was seen for the first time on a census on 1 December 1871.[10], [11], [12]

Johann and Catharina’s next son, Peter, born on 16 October 1874 in Born lived only one hour.[13], [14] In 1875 when the census was taken Johann GORGES’ household was made up of 5 persons. The 13 years old son Johann was not with his parents [15], [16], [17] and was not seen with them again on the census listings from 1875-1900. As was often the case, he may have been learning a trade while living with another family.

When the census was taken in 1875 Catharina was 8 months pregnant with daughter Helena born 5 January 1876 in Born.[18] Two years later she gave birth to a son they named Peter on 16 April 1878 in Born.[19] Another son, Mathias, was born on 9 March 1880 in Born.[20]

When the census was taken in 1880 Johann GORGES was working as a quarryman on his own account to support his family which included his wife Catharina, and his children, Margaretha, Maria, Elisabeth, Helena, Peter and Mathias.[21], [22], [23]

On 24 June 1883, at the age of 46 years, Catharina gave birth to a son Johann in Born.[24] Their family was now complete – 21 years after the birth of her first son Johann.

What happened to the first son named Johann? He did not live with his parents from the age of 13 but he did visit them. Unfortunately, it was during one of these visits that a document was drawn up which tells a bit of his story. On 13 November 1885, Johann GORGES declared the death of his 7 months old grandson Mathias GORGES, son of Johann GORGES and his wife Barbara BECHTHOLD. The child died at the home of his grandfather. He was born in Ernz (Ernst), Germany, where his parents still resided.[25] This record shows that Catharina’s firstborn had married before 1885 and lived in Germany.

In 1887 when the census was taken Johann and Catharina had their children ages 3 to 18 living at home. Margaretha 18 and Maria 16 were working as day laborers; Elizabeth 15 did not work; Helena 10, Peter 8, and Mathias 7 were going to school leaving the youngest, 3 years old Jean (also seen as Johann), at home with his mother.[26], [27], [28]

1890
Back sheet of the 1890 Luxembourg census for the Gorges-Scherff family listing persons who were not living at home when the census was taken.[31]
The census taken on 1 December 1890 was very important in terms of the timeline of my husband’s great-grandmother Margaretha as it was the year before she married. The GORGES-SCHERFF household shows their three sons living at home and their four daughters working as maids (Dienstmädchen) and living in other places. Margaretha is in Osweiler where she met and married her husband Johann SCHWARTZ in 1891. Marie is in Herborn, Elisabeth is in Echternach, and Helena is in Mertert. I have not checked these towns to see which families they lived with.[29], [30], [31]

Before the time came for the 1895 census, Johann GORGES’ neighbor Heinrich THIEL went to Mompach to declare a death in the GORGES-SCHERFF family. The daughter Elisabeth died on 6 September 1894 at home in Born at the age of 23.[32]

I had some problems with the 1895 census. I nearly did not find it due to an issue I discovered on FamilySearch for the collection “Luxembourg, Volkszählungen 1843-1900.” This collection is browse-only. While searching for the section of the census taken in Mompach for the town of Born, I saw names of towns not found in the area. Then I realized that the batch for Mompach and for Mondercange had been mixed up. FamilySearch was immediately contacted by email. I have not received a reply but my experience with the support team is very good. I am sure that they are looking into the matter and will give me feedback – they may be able to fix it now or will list it under issues for the collection that will be fixed at a later date.

By 1895 Margaretha was married and Elisabeth was deceased. Only five children remained to be enumerated with their parents Johann and Catharina. Marie was once again living at home and was not working. Her younger brothers Peter, Mathias, and Jean were at home and still too young to work. Her sister Helena had been working in an unknown place for the past three years.[33], [34], [35]

Johann GORGES declared the birth in Born of a granddaughter named Catharina on 1 May 1898. His 28 years old daughter Maria was the mother of the child and no father was listed. In the margin, a note was made that the child was legitimized when her mother married Mathias LEMMER on 30 December 1906 in Mompach.[36] The marriage record confirms this.[37]

Little Catharina was living with her mother Maria in the household of her grandparents Johann and Catharina GORGES-SCHERFF when the census was enumerated on 1 December 1900. Also at home was Maria’s 22 years old brother Peter who was working as a quarryman. Helena, a cook, and Mathias, a waiter, had been working in Rheims (also spelled Reims), France, halfway between Luxembourg and Paris, for the past 3 years.[38], [39], [40] The youngest son of this family, 17 years old Jean, was in the Jean HELFIN household in Born and working as a stable hand (Stallknecht).[41], [42], [43]

More censuses were taken after 1900 but this is the last presently found online at FamilySearch. Civil records help to tell the rest of the story. On 25 May 1906 son Peter GORGES died in Born at the age of 27. His 36 years old cousin Johann SCHERFF, an innkeeper (Gastwirt) was the informant.[44] Peter like his father had been a quarryman. Who was left to help Johann as he was not getting any younger?

Seven months later daughter Maria, as mentioned earlier, married Mathias LEMMER on 30 December 1906 in Mompach. Mathias was 8 years younger than Maria and both of his parents were deceased. Maria’s parents Johann and Catharina were present and gave their consent to the marriage. Catharina GORGES, Maria’s daughter, was legitimized and given the name Catharina LEMMER at the time of the marriage.[37] Did Mathias take the place of Maria’s brother Peter helping Johann GORGES in his quarry work?

The mother of this family, Catharina SCHERFF, died on 2 November 1908 in Born at the age of 72 years. Her son-in-law Mathias LEMMER, a quarryman, was the informant. Her husband survived her.[45]

Mathias LEMMER went to Mompach on 2 May 1913 to report the death of his father-in-law Johann GORGES the previous day in Born. Johann was 75 years old at the time of his death.[46]

This was not the last time that Mathias LEMMER had to report a death in the family he married into. On 30 Jun 1921, his wife Maria GORGES died at the age of 50 in Born.[47]

The longest living person of this family may have been my husband’s great-grandmother Margaretha SCHWARTZ-GORGES. She died 23 October 1938 in Osweiler where she lived her entire married life. Her obituary mentions the Gorges family but no names of living relatives are giving. Is it possible that her siblings Johann, Helena, Mathias, and Jean, who have not been traced, were still living?

A final note concerning Johann GORGES’ brother Mathias mentioned at the beginning. How do I know these two men were brothers? I have both of their marriage records which list their parents as Johann GORGES and Anna Maria BOTZ as well as their respective wives as named in the emigration records.

If Mathias and Barbara made the trip to North America they would have had to return in time for their first child’s birth and Barbara would have been pregnant on both trips. Mathias’ family was found in the civil records in Mertert, Luxembourg, from the time he married Barbara ACHTEN on 30 June 1868[48], through the births of 8 children between 1869-1885, until his death in 1899 and her death 1921.

Imagine the repercussions of one tiny decision. If my husband’s great-grandmother Margaretha GORGES had gone to America with her parents and never returned, she would not have met her husband and had the child who would be my husband’s grandmother. In turn there would not have been a grandson who would be my husband’s father or a great-grandson who would be the father of my children. An entire branch of a family tree changed forever.

Sources:
[1] Richard Schaffner, Einwohnerbuch der Orte Fell u. Fastrau mit Fellerhof, Fellerburg und den verschiedenen Mühlen im Gemeindebereich, 2008/2009, p. 106-107 family 502 and p. 109 family 510. Citing Kirchenbücher der Bistumsarchivs Trier (church records of the Diocese of Trier archive).
[2] Josef Mergen, Die Amerika-Auswanderung aus dem Landkreis Trier (1855-1910), 1952, p. 96 entry 640 and 642
[3] Luxembourg, Registres d’état civil, 1793-1923 (images), FamilySearch (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Mompach > Naissances 1834-1890 Mariages 1797-1814, 1796-1809, 1799-1830 > image 33 of 1393. 1836 Birth Record No. 26. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12131-131830-98?cc=1709358&wc=9RYC-C68:130097801,130406101 : accessed 21 Nov 2014).
[4] Ibid, Mompach > Naissances 1834-1890 Mariages 1797-1814, 1796-1809, 1799-1830 > image 274 of 1393. 1862 Birth Record No. 5. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12131-133581-48?cc=1709358&wc=9RYC-C68:130097801,130406101 : accessed 5 April 2010).
[5] Ibid, Mompach > Mariages 1831-1890 Décès 1796-1814, 1799-1830, 1799-1880 > image 567 of 1480. 1868 Marriage Record No. 1. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-12874-12362-9?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-L4B:1262051718 : accessed 02 Apr 2013).
[6] Deutschland, Geburten und Taufen 1558-1898 (Germany, Births and Baptisms, 1558-1898), index, FamilySearch, GS Film number: 463564, Indexing Project (Batch) Number: C98369-2. “Name: Joannes Gorges; Gender: Male; Christening Date: 15 Feb 1838; Christening Place: Sankt Martinus Katholisch, Fell, Rheinland, Prussia; Father’s Name: Joannis Gorges; Mother’s Name: Annae Mariae Botz.” (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/NPC7-BQW : accessed 05 Apr 2013).
[7] Luxembourg, Registres d’état civil, 1793-1923 (images), FamilySearch (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Mompach > Naissances 1834-1890 Mariages 1797-1814, 1796-1809, 1799-1830 > image 337 of 1393. 1868 Birth Record No. 14. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12131-132414-2?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-LHS:2047330937 : accessed 01 Apr 2013).
[8] Ibid, Mompach > Naissances 1834-1890 Mariages 1797-1814, 1796-1809, 1799-1830 > image 352 of 1393. 1870 Birth Record No. 13. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12131-131283-9?cc=1709358&wc=9RYC-C68:130097801,130406101 : accessed 5 April 2010).
[9] Ibid, Mompach > Naissances 1834-1890 Mariages 1797-1814, 1796-1809, 1799-1830 > image 363 of 1393. 1871 Birth Record No. 21. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12131-130403-13?cc=1709358&wc=9RYC-C68:130097801,130406101 : accessed 5 April 2010).
[10] Luxembourg, Volkszählungen 1843-1900 (images), FamilySearch (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Mompach > 1871 > image 119 of 377. Gorges-Scherff household no. 25. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-32378-30865-48?cc=2037957&wc=M5GM-K61:345859501,345869501 : accessed 22 April 2015).
[11] Ibid, Mompach > 1871 > image 120 of 377. Gorges-Scherff household no. 25. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-32378-30862-51?cc=2037957&wc=M5GM-K61:345859501,345869501 : accessed 22 April 2015).
[12] Ibid, Mompach > 1871 > image 121 of 377. Gorges-Scherff household no. 25. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32378-29212-24?cc=2037957&wc=M5GM-K61:345859501,345869501 : accessed 22 April 2015).
[13] Luxembourg, Registres d’état civil, 1793-1923 (images), FamilySearch (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Mompach > Naissances 1834-1890 Mariages 1797-1814, 1796-1809, 1799-1830 > image 392 of 1393. 1874 Birth Record No. 30. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12131-135359-12?cc=1709358&wc=9RYC-C68:130097801,130406101 : accessed 5 April 2010).
[14] Ibid, Mompach > Mariages 1831-1890 Décès 1796-1814, 1799-1830, 1799-1880 > image 1428 of 1480. 1874 Death Record No. 12. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-12874-12384-95?cc=1709358&wc=9RYW-MNL:130097801,130138901 : accessed 22 April 2015).
[15] Luxembourg, Volkszählungen 1843-1900 (images), FamilySearch (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Mompach > 1875 > image 58 of 368. Gorges-Scherff household no. 26. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-32382-9049-78?cc=2037957&wc=M5G3-N3V:345859501,345870501 : accessed 22 April 2015).
[16] Ibid, Mompach > 1875 > image 59 of 368. Gorges-Scherff household no. 26. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-32382-9185-71?cc=2037957&wc=M5G3-N3V:345859501,345870501 : accessed 22 April 2015).
[17] Ibid, Mompach > 1875 > image 60 of 368. Gorges-Scherff household no. 26. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-32382-8969-73?cc=2037957&wc=M5G3-N3V:345859501,345870501 : accessed 22 April 2015).
[18] Luxembourg, Registres d’état civil, 1793-1923 (images), FamilySearch (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Mompach > Naissances 1834-1890 Mariages 1797-1814, 1796-1809, 1799-1830 > image 410 of 1393. 1876 Birth Record No. 2. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12131-135504-55?cc=1709358&wc=9RYC-C68:130097801,130406101 : accessed 5 April 2010).
[19] Ibid, Mompach > Naissances 1834-1890 Mariages 1797-1814, 1796-1809, 1799-1830 > image 430 of 1393. 1878 Birth Record No. 13. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12131-130877-9?cc=1709358&wc=9RYC-C68:130097801,130406101 : accessed 5 April 2010).
[20] Ibid, Mompach > Naissances 1834-1890 Mariages 1797-1814, 1796-1809, 1799-1830 > image 447 of 1393. 1880 Birth Record No. 5. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12131-133418-98?cc=1709358&wc=9RYC-C68:130097801,130406101 : accessed 21 Nov 2014).
[21] Luxembourg, Volkszählungen 1843-1900 (images), FamilySearch (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Mompach > 1880 > image 92 of 390. Gorges-Scherff household no. 43. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-32391-17167-63?cc=2037957&wc=M5G3-DP5:345859501,345872201 : accessed 22 April 2015).
[22] Ibid, Mompach > 1880 > image 93 of 390. Gorges-Scherff household no. 43. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32391-17202-76?cc=2037957&wc=M5G3-DP5:345859501,345872201 : accessed 22 April 2015).
[23] Ibid, Mompach > 1880 > image 94 of 390. Gorges-Scherff household no. 43. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-32391-17489-45?cc=2037957&wc=M5G3-DP5:345859501,345872201 : accessed 22 April 2015).
[24] Luxembourg, Registres d’état civil, 1793-1923 (images), FamilySearch (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Mompach > Naissances 1834-1890 Mariages 1797-1814, 1796-1809, 1799-1830 > image 490 of 1393. 1883 Birth Record No. 18. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12131-131523-2?cc=1709358&wc=9RYC-C68:130097801,130406101 : accessed 5 April 2010).
[25] Ibid, Mompach > Décès 1880-1891 > image 48 of 90. 1885 Deth Record No. 27. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11668-127283-50?cc=1709358&wc=9RY4-DPF:130097801,130097802 : accessed 22 April 2015).
[26] Luxembourg, Volkszählungen 1843-1900 (images), FamilySearch (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Mompach > 1887 > image 115 of 380. Gorges-Scherff household no. 28. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-32391-4373-99?cc=2037957&wc=M5GH-4WL:345859501,345875201 : accessed 22 April 2015).
[27] Ibid, Mompach > 1887 > image 116 of 380. Gorges-Scherff household no. 28. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32391-4083-94?cc=2037957&wc=M5GH-4WL:345859501,345875201 : accessed 22 April 2015).
[28] Ibid, Mompach > 1887 > image 117 of 380. Gorges-Scherff household no. 28. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-32391-4205-43?cc=2037957&wc=M5GH-4WL:345859501,345875201 : accessed 22 April 2015).
[29] Ibid, Mompach > 1890 > image 120 of 393. Gorges-Scherff household no. 28. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-32391-14244-86?cc=2037957&wc=M5G4-FMK:345859501,345876401 : accessed 22 April 2015).
[30] Ibid, Mompach > 1890 > image 121 of 393. Gorges-Scherff household no. 28. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32391-13812-80?cc=2037957&wc=M5G4-FMK:345859501,345876401 : accessed 22 April 2015).
[31] Ibid, Mompach > 1890 > image 122 of 393. Gorges-Scherff household no. 28. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32391-14042-66?cc=2037957&wc=M5G4-FMK:345859501,345876401 : accessed 22 April 2015).
[32] Luxembourg, Registres d’état civil, 1793-1923 (images), FamilySearch (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Mompach > Naissances, mariages, décès 1891-1894 > image 108 of 111. 1894 Death Record No. 28. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12165-229666-84?cc=1709358&wc=9RYM-N31:130097801,129717601 : accessed 22 April 2015).
[33] Luxembourg, Volkszählungen 1843-1900 (images), FamilySearch (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Mondercange > 1895 > image 76 of 423. Gorges-Scherff household No. 34. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-32396-1348-67?cc=2037957&wc=M5GX-JWR:345859101,345878001 : accessed 22 April 2015). Note: The browse path is correct for this record however the collection is mislabelled. It should be Mompach instead of Mondercange. The issue was reported to FamilySearch support on 22 Apr 2015.
[34] Ibid, Mondercange > 1895 > image 77 of 423. Gorges-Scherff household No. 34. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-32396-1270-92?cc=2037957&wc=M5GX-JWR:345859101,345878001 : accessed 22 April 2015). Note: see [29]
[35] Ibid, Mondercange > 1895 > image 78 of 423. Gorges-Scherff household No. 34. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32396-1286-55?cc=2037957&wc=M5GX-JWR:345859101,345878001 : accessed 22 April 2015). Note: see [29]
[36] Luxembourg, Registres d’état civil, 1793-1923 (images), FamilySearch (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Mompach > Naissances 1895-1923 > image 32 of 289. 1898 Birth Record No. 7. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32063-13727-85?cc=1709358&wc=9RT1-W3L:130097801,129648901 : accessed 22 April 2015).
[37] Ibid, Mompach > Mariages 1895-1923 > image 69 of 168. 1906 Marriage No. 10. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32063-12915-87?cc=1709358&wc=9RT1-W32:130097801,129649201 : accessed 22 April 2015).
[38] Luxembourg, Volkszählungen 1843-1900 (images), FamilySearch (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Mompach > 1900 > image 81 of 420. Gorges household No. 27. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-32396-11618-33?cc=2037957&wc=M5GX-2J9:345859501,345873901 : accessed 22 April 2015).
[39] Ibid, Mompach > 1900 > image 82 of 420. Gorges household No. 27. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-32396-12061-71?cc=2037957&wc=M5GX-2J9:345859501,345873901 : accessed 22 April 2015).
[40] Ibid, Mompach > 1900 > image 83 of 420. Gorges household No. 27. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-32396-11588-54?cc=2037957&wc=M5GX-2J9:345859501,345873901 : accessed 22 April 2015).
[41] Ibid, Mompach > 1900 > image 49 of 420. Jean Helfin household no. 11. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-32396-11560-86?cc=2037957&wc=M5GX-2J9:345859501,345873901 : accessed 25 April 2015).
[42] Ibid, Mompach > 1900 > image 50 of 420. Jean Helfin household no. 11. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32396-11624-41?cc=2037957&wc=M5GX-2J9:345859501,345873901 : accessed 25 April 2015).
[43] Ibid, Mompach > 1900 > image 51 of 420. Jean Helfin household no. 11. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32396-11605-42?cc=2037957&wc=M5GX-2J9:345859501,345873901 : accessed 25 April 2015).
[44] Luxembourg, Registres d’état civil, 1793-1923 (images), FamilySearch (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Mompach > Décès 1895-1912 > image 93 of 143. 1906 Death Record No. 15. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-32063-14862-73?cc=1709358&wc=9RT1-4WT:130097801,129657201 : accessed 22 April 2015).
[45] Ibid, Mompach > Décès 1895-1912 > image 111 of 143. 1908 Death Record No. 24. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-32063-14001-78?cc=1709358&wc=9RT1-4WT:130097801,129657201 : accessed 27 Sep 2014).
[46] Ibid, Mompach > Décès 1913-1923 > image 5 of 80. 1913 Death Record No. 15.  (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32045-3913-24?cc=1709358&wc=9RTB-G53:130097801,129622902 : accessed 27 Sep 2014).
[47] Ibid, Mompach > Décès 1913-1923 > image 57 of 80. 1921 Death Record No. 4. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-32045-3602-65?cc=1709358&wc=9RTB-G53:130097801,129622902 : accessed 22 April 2015).
[48] Ibid, Mertert > Naissances 1852-1890 Mariages 1813-1890 Décès 1813-1859 > image 958 of 1491. 1868 Marriage Record No. 7. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-12125-161445-39?cc=1709358&wc=9RY3-N38:130080101,130192001 : accessed 25 April 2015).

Genealogy Sketch

Name: Johann GORGES
Parents: Johann GORGES an Anna Maria BOTZ
Spouse: Catharina SCHERFF
Parents of spouse: Michel SCHERFF and Elisabetha CLEMENS
Whereabouts: Fell, Germany, and Born, Luxembourg
Relationship to Cathy Meder-Dempsey: husband’s great-great-grandparents

  1. Johann GORGES and Catharina SCHERFF
  2. Margaretha GORGES
  3. Catharina “Ketty” SCHWARTZ
  4. Marcel Mathias MEDER
  5. Cathy Meder-Dempsey’s husband

© 2015 Cathy Meder-Dempsey

52ancestors-2015This is my weekly entry for Amy Johnson Crow’s challenge:
52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – 2015 Edition. It was so successful in 2014 that genealogists wanted to continue or join in on the fun in 2015. Be sure to check out the other great posts by visiting Amy’s blog No Story Too Small where she’ll be posting the weekly recap on Thurdays and allowing all participants to leave a link to their post(s) in the comments.

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

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

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Hélène SCHWARTZ 1909-2012

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

The SCHWARTZ-SCHMITT Family

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Genealogy Sketch

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

  1. Johann SCHWARTZ
  2. Johann “Jean” SCHWARTZ
  3. Catharina “Catherine” “Ketty” SCHWARTZ
  4. Marcel Mathias MEDER
  5. Cathy Meder-Dempsey’s husband

© 2015 Cathy Meder-Dempsey

52ancestors-2015This is my weekly entry for Amy Johnson Crow’s challenge:
52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – 2015 Edition. It was so successful in 2014 that genealogists wanted to continue or join in on the fun in 2015. Be sure to check out the other great posts by visiting Amy’s blog No Story Too Small where she’ll be posting the weekly recap on Thurdays and allowing all participants to leave a link to their post(s) in the comments.

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

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

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

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

MRIN00004 1991 Schwartz cousins reunion
Schwartz cousins. Back row: 4th person from left: Lisy BIRGEN-WOLF. Front row: 1st person from right: my father-in-law Marcel MEDER and 2nd person from right: Charles WOLF.

Back to the Beginning

1866birth
Johannes (birth)

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

1868birth
Margaretha (birth)

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

So Far Away – Married in 1891, Rectified in 1907

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

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

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

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

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

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Signatures on the marriage record.

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

1907annotation
Margin of 1891 Marriage Record No. 12 seen in Luxembourg, Registres d’état civil, 1793-1923 (images) [4]
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Margin of the 1891 Marriage Record No. 12. A photocopy I obtained from the records office of the town hall in Rosport in 1996.

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

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

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

Johann and Margaritha in the Luxembourg Census

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

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

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

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

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

1892birth
Catharina (birth)

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

1893birth
Maria Anna (birth)

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

1894birth
Maria Josephine (birth)

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

1895birth
Johann Bernard (birth)

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

1897birth
Magdalena (birth)

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

1898birth
Angela (birth)

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

1900birth
Elisabetha (birth)

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

1901birth
Florentine (birth)

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

1903birth
Anna Margaretha (birth)
1903death
Anna Margaretha (death)

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

1905birth
Virginie (birth)

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

1907birth
Anna (birth)
1919death
Anna (death)

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

1910birth
Ernst Johann (birth)

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

The Deaths of Johann and Margaritha

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

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

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

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[2] Ibid, Mompach > Naissances 1834-1890 Mariages 1797-1814, 1796-1809, 1799-1830 > image 337 of 1393, 1868 Birth Record No. 14. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12131-132414-2?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-LHS:2047330937 : accessed 01 Apr 2013).
[3] Rosport, Registres d’état civil (originals), photocopy of 1891 Marriage Record No. 12 obtained in person in 1996.
[4] Luxembourg, Registres d’état civil, 1793-1923 (images), FamilySearch (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Rosport > Naissances, mariages, décès 1891-1894 > image 84 of 176, 1891 Marriage Record No. 12. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12165-230927-71?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-L6R:n2017357688 : accessed 01 Apr 2013).
[5] Ibid, Rosport > Naissances, mariages 1895-1923 Décès 1895-1902 > images 577 & 578 of 823, 1907 Marriage Record No. 16 (court rectification). (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-32046-4821-20?cc=1709358&wc=9RTB-YWL:130314401,130635602 : accessed 5 February 2015 and https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-32046-4613-12?cc=1709358&wc=9RTB-YWL:130314401,130635602 : accessed 5 February 2015
[6] Luxembourg, Volkszählungen 1843-1900 (images), FamilySearch, (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Rosport > 1895 > image 218 of 677. Schwartz-Gorges household. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-32393-11394-75?cc=2037957&wc=M5GZ-RM6:346331501,345878001 : accessed 04 Aug 2014).
[7] Ibid, Rosport > 1900 > image 354 of 690. Schwartz-Gorges household. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32396-11815-30?cc=2037957&wc=M5GX-J4V:346331501,345873901 : accessed 04 Aug 2014).
[8] Ibid, Rosport > Naissances, mariages, décès 1891-1894 > image 19 of 176, 1892 Birth Record No. 9; includes annotation of death. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12165-230679-90?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-L6R:n2017357688 : accessed 01 Apr 2013).
[9] Ibid, Diekirch > Mariages 1895-1923 Décès 1895-1902 > image 461 of 661, 1923 Marriage Record No. 9. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32037-28712-77?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-2NF:21518491 : accessed 01 Apr 2013).
[10] Ibid, Rosport > Naissances, mariages, décès 1891-1894 > image 40 of 176, 1893 Birth Record No. 17. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12165-232142-74?cc=1709358&wc=9RYZ-92Q:130314401,129717601 : accessed 21 May 2011).
[11] Ibid, Echternach > Mariages 1906-1923 Décès 1895-1912 > image 161 of 675, 1917 Marriage Record No. 3. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-32043-11426-91?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-2VR : accessed 2 February 2015).
[12] Ibid, Rosport > Naissances, mariages, décès 1891-1894 > image 64 of 176, 1894 Birth Record No. 25; includes annotation of death. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12165-229965-68?cc=1709358&wc=9RYZ-92Q:130314401,129717601 : accessed 21 May 2011).
[13] Ibid, Rosport > Naissances, mariages 1895-1923 Décès 1895-1902 > image 664 of 823, 1919 Marriage Record No. 4. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32046-4513-34?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-L6G:2025664037 : accessed 11 January 2013).
[14] Ibid, Rosport > Naissances, mariages 1895-1923 Décès 1895-1902 > image 13 of 823, 1895 Birth Record No. 40; includes annotation of death. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-32046-3928-15?cc=1709358&wc=9RTB-YWL:130314401,130635602 : accessed ‎11‎ ‎January ‎2013).
[15] Ibid, Ettelbruck > Mariages 1895-1923 Décès 1895-1902 > image 481 of 731, 1923 Marriage Record No. 22. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-32038-27338-78?cc=1709358&wc=9RTB-SPD:129625001,130043302 : accessed 3 February 2015).
[16] Ibid, Rosport > Naissances, mariages 1895-1923 Décès 1895-1902 > image 42 of 823, 1897 Birth Record No. 5. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-32046-3763-41?cc=1709358&wc=9RTB-YWL:130314401,130635602 : accessed ‎11‎ ‎January ‎2013).
[17] Luxemburger Wort, digitized by the Bibliothèque nationale de Luxembourg, http://www.eluxemburgensia.lu (Verlage der St-Paulus-Druckerei, Luxembourg), 1949 January 25, page 5, column 3. (http://www.eluxemburgensia.lu/webclient/DeliveryManager?application=DIRECTLINK&custom_att_2=simple_viewer&pid=813930&search_terms=Recking#panel:pp|issue:813930|article:DTL532|query:Recking : accessed 8 February 2015).
[18] Luxembourg, Registres d’état civil, 1793-1923 (images), <i>FamilySearch</i> (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Rosport > Naissances, mariages 1895-1923 Décès 1895-1902 > image 70 of 823, 1898 Birth Record No. 35; includes annotation of death. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32046-3755-6?cc=1709358&wc=9RTB-YWL:130314401,130635602 : accesed 11 January 2013).
[19] Ibid, Rosport > Naissances, mariages 1895-1923 Décès 1895-1902 > image 104 of 823, 1900 Birth Record No. 13; includes annotation of death. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-32046-3497-16?cc=1709358&wc=9RTB-YWL:130314401,130635602 : accessed 11 January 2013).
[20] Ibid, Rosport > Naissances, mariages 1895-1923 Décès 1895-1902 > image 129 of 823, 1901 Birth Record No. 41; includes annotation of death. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-32046-5430-62?cc=1709358&wc=9RTB-YWL:130314401,130635602 : accessed 11 January 2013).
[21] Ibid, Rosport > Naissances, mariages 1895-1923 Décès 1895-1902 > image 168 of 823, 1903 Birth Record No. 38. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-32046-6150-60?cc=1709358&wc=9RTB-YWL:130314401,130635602 : accessed 11 January 2013).
[22] Ibid, Rosport > Décès 1903-1923 > image 8 of 262. 1903 Death Record No. 26. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-32039-4575-3?cc=1709358&wc=9RTB-7MC:130314401,129640001 : accessed 8 February 2015).
[23] Ibid, Rosport > Naissances, mariages 1895-1923 Décès 1895-1902 > image 207 of 823, 1905 Birth Record No. 60; includes annotation of death. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-32046-5842-19?cc=1709358&wc=9RTB-YWL:130314401,130635602 : accessed 11 January 2013).
[24] Ibid, Rosport > Naissances, mariages 1895-1923 Décès 1895-1902 > image 244 of 823, 1907 Birth Record No. 46. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-32046-5402-62?cc=1709358&wc=9RTB-YWL:130314401,130635602 : accessed 11 January 2013).
[25] Ibid, Rosport > Décès 1903-1923 > image 212 of 262, 1919 Death Record No. 22. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-32039-5909-92?cc=1709358&wc=9RTB-7MC:130314401,129640001 : accessed 15 Aug 2014).
[26] Ibid, Rosport > Naissances, mariages 1895-1923 Décès 1895-1902 > image 295 of 823, 1910 Birth Record No. 41, includes annotation of death. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-32046-5633-38?cc=1709358&wc=9RTB-YWL:130314401,130635602 : accessed 11 January 2013).
[27] Ibid, Rosport > Décès 1903-1923 > image 218 of 262, 1920 Death Record No. 1. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-32039-6540-19?cc=1709358&wc=9RTB-7MC:130314401,129640001 : accessed 15 Aug 2014).
[28] Luxemburger Wort, digitized by the Bibliothèque nationale de Luxembourg, http://www.eluxemburgensia.lu (Verlage der St-Paulus-Druckerei, Luxembourg), 1938 October 24, page 8, column 5. (http://www.eluxemburgensia.lu/webclient/DeliveryManager?application=DIRECTLINK&custom_att_2=simple_viewer&pid=747094&search_terms=gorges#panel:pp|issue:747094|article:DTL629|query:gorges : accessed 3 February 2015).

Genealogy Sketch

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

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

© 2015 Cathy Meder-Dempsey

52ancestors-2015This is my weekly entry for Amy Johnson Crow’s challenge:
52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – 2015 Edition. It was so successful in 2014 that genealogists wanted to continue or join in on the fun in 2015. Be sure to check out the other great posts by visiting Amy’s blog No Story Too Small where she’ll be posting the weekly recap on Thurdays and allowing all participants to leave a link to their post(s) in the comments.

52 Ancestors: #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.

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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.