52 Ancestors: #22 Writing the Weckering Family Story with Missing Pieces

The Short Story

Pierre WECKERING was born on 12 June 1752 in Brandenbourg, Luxembourg.[1] He married Margaretha LASCHEID before 1780. Margaretha was born about 1753 in Niederschlinder. Pierre and Margaretha had the following children.

  1. Antoine “Anton” WECKERING was born on 1 July 1781 in Unterschlinder.[2], [3] He married Marguerite MÜLLER (1773-1841), daughter of Nicolas MÜLLER and Marie Cathérine COLLING, on 8 February 1799 in Vianden.[2] Marguerite died on 7 April 1841 in Lipperscheid.[4] She gave him seven children, two are known to have died young. Antoine also married Margaretha BERNARD, daughter of Pierre BERNARD and Antoinette GROEBER, on 30 May 1843 in Bourscheid.[3] She gave birth to six children, only one lived to adulthood (my children’s 3rd great-grandmother). Antoine WECKERING became the father of his 13th child at age 72! He died on 25 March 1857 in Hoscheid.[5] His second wife Margaretha died on 15 April 1878 in Ettelbruck.[6]
  2. Michel WECKERING was born on 7 December 1781 in Schlindermanderscheid. He was baptized on 8 December 1781 in Brandenbourg. His godparents were Michel MERSCH and Maria SERRES. No trace of him has been found after his baptism.[7]
  3. Corneil WECKERING was born abt. 1786 in Niederschlindermanderscheid. He was never married and died on 16 January 1857 in Hoscheid.[8]

Margaretha LASCHEID, the mother of these three children, died in 1792 in Hoscheid.[2]

Pierre remarried after his first wife’s death to Margaretha KOENIG before 1797. Margaretha was born about 1767 in Michelau. Her parents are unknown. Pierre and his second wife, Margaretha had the following children

  1. Marguerite WECKERING  was born on 13 January 1796 in Hoscheid.[9] She never married but was the mother of a daughter born in 1819.[10] Marguerite died on 1 June 1864 in Hoscheid.[11]
  2. Theodore WECKERING was born on 27 April 1800 in Hoscheid.[12] He married Catharina HELLES (1802-1864) on 16 January 1826 in Wiltz.[13] They had at least 3 children born between 1827 and 1840 in Wiltz. Catharina died on 23 Mar 1864[14] and Theodore died on 13 June 1881[15], both in Wiltz.
  3. Theodore WECKERING was born on 2 January 1804 in Hoscheid.[16] He married Margaretha DUPONT (1802-1890) on 5 June 1828 in Ermsdorf.[17] They were the parents of at least 2 children born between 1834 and 1837 in Eppeldorf. Theodore died on 20 June 1867[18] and Margaretha died on 27 May 1890[19], both in Eppeldorf
  4. Nicolas WECKERING was born on 12 July 1808 in Hoscheid.[20] Nicolas married Anne Marie THURM (1812-1884) on 23 April 1834 in Hoscheid.[21] They were the parents of at least 9 children born between 1834 and 1854 in Hoscheid. Anne Marie died on 28 May 1884[22] and Nicolas died on 19 Mar 1892[23], both in Hoscheid.
  5. Anne Marie WECKERING was born on 1 January 1811 in Hoscheid.[24] She married Mathias MANGERS (1806-1874) on 20 October 1836 in Wilwerwiltz.[25] They were the parents of at least 8 children born between 1837 and 1853 in Enscherange. Mathias died on 18 February 1874[26] and Anne Marie died on 7 March 1877[27], both in Enscherange.
  6. Mathias WECKERING was born on 23 August 1814 in Hoscheid.[28] He married Marie WEIS (1819-1858)on 13 March 1844 in Wilwerwiltz.[29] They were the parents of at least five children born between 1844 and 1852 in Enscherange. Marie died on 18 May 1858 in Enscherange.[30] Mathias died on 1 December 1891 in Luxembourg City.[31]

Pierre WECKERING died on 17 March 1820 in Hoscheid.[32] His youngest child was only 5 years old when he died. His second wife Margaretha KOENIG died on 3 March 1849 in Hoscheid.[33]

The Longer Story Using Substitute Pieces of the Puzzle

Pierre WECKERING, a 5th great-grandfather of my children, very likely left a lot more records than I was able to find. His parents chose to live in Brandenbourg where his paternal grandparents had also lived. Normally research is simpler when families stayed in one location. However, the Brandenbourg parish records are in a muddle for many of the years Pierre lived there. To be more precise, from the time he was 12 years old until he turned 50. The period of his life when he married, had children, lost his first wife, married again, and had more children.

Cover Sheet of a Brandenbourg parish records collection [34]
Cover Sheet of a Brandenbourg parish records collection [35]

I attended a lecture on Latin in the Luxembourg church records last Thursday. As I have been doing a lot of research in the church records this year, the information the lecturer shared was an eye-opener.

At the lecture I learned two copies were kept of the records by the priests of the parish. Where both copies were available, they were microfilmed by FamilySearch. This is helpful as the handwriting in one copy may be more legible than in the other due to fading or even those pesky mice who ate a whole through the surname of your ancestor.

Over the years, as the borders changed, some of the books were split up between the parishes in Luxembourg and those across the borders in France, Belgium, and Luxembourg. During the French Empire parts of Luxembourg belonged to France and church records for the years 1808-1810 may be found in the diocese of Metz, France.

There are also gaps in the record keeping. Some parishes were large and included several towns. The priests did not always carry their registers with them and made the entries later messing up the chronological order.

Other church records are lost forever. Destroyed by natural elements (insects, rats, dampness), hidden by the clergy, or, in some cases, torn out of the ledgers by people who stole the records or by others who had well-meaning reasons for making a record disappear.

No matter what the reason for the missing records, we are still able to write the stories of our ancestors with the remaining records.

The (Documented) Early Years

Pierre WECKERING (1752-1820) was born and baptized on 12 June 1752 in Brandenbourg. His parents were Michel WECKERING and his wife Anna Maria. His godfather was the Reverend Father Petro (Peter) WEISGERBER, a pastor in Aalschett (sic, Alscheid). His godmother was Maria Elisabeth DALEIDEN of Vianden.[1]

1752 Baptismal Record [1]

Some priests wrote short entries while others wrote up documents which filled one, two, and even three pages. Still, the compact and precise entries, when translated correctly, include more information than one sees at first glance.

In the above record, the abbreviation R:D: (reverendi domini) in front of the name of the godfather gives more precise information. Without this, a beginner would automatically translate the word pastore following the godfather’s name to shepherd as his occupation. In this case, Petro WEISGEBER was a Catholic priest in Alscheid. This detail was the key to opening the door in young Peter’s maternal line – to be written about in a future post.

We don’t do research in chronological order. We work backward, forward, and sideways to find the relevant information for each individual. In Pierre’s case, I knew the names of his parents as other researchers had made the connection. To confirm them, I searched for his baptismal record (above) and found it did not include his mother’s maiden name. The next step was to locate the baptismal records of his five known siblings, names and dates being provided by researchers who have their GEDCOM files online. [The names and dates found in other people’s files are used as clues and to assist in finding the records to prove the connection.]

After locating all of the baptismal records in Vianden, I took a closer look at each. Pierre’s three youngest siblings’ baptismal records included their mother’s maiden name: DALEYDEN. This was important as no marriage record was found for Michel WECKERING and Anna Maria DALEYDEN. The date of marriage is presently being estimated at before 1751, the birth year of the oldest known child.

It was interesting to hear the lecturer mention things I had already noticed. For example, the importance of the godfather and godmother in the baptismal record. A male child always received the name of the godfather and a female child that of the godmother. This rule is very useful when the priest omitted the name of the child on the baptismal record.

A closer look at the baptismal records of all six children of Michel and Anna Maria showed DALEYDEN/DALEIDEN individuals were acting as godparents for some of the children.

The (Undocumented) Middle Years

Pierre WECKERING was married twice. No marriage records were found. However, the records of his children have been helpful in proving his first wife was Margaretha LASCHEID (d. 1792) and his second wife was Margaretha KOENIG (1767-1849).

First Marriage and the Children

To prove the first marriage I searched for records documenting children born about 1780 to 1792. Important information was gleaned from the 1843 marriage record of my children’s 4th great-grandparents Antoine WECKERING and (his second wife) Margaretha BERNARD.

From the 1843 marriage record I learned:
1) Antoine was born 1 July 1781 in Unterschlinder.
2) Antoine’s mother was Margaretha LASCHEID who died in the year 1792.
3) Antoine’s father was Pierre WECKERING who died 17 March 1820.

To date, no death or burial entry has been found for the 1792 death of Margaretha LASCHEID. Only one baptismal record was found for a child born to Pierre and Margaretha. It, however, caused a conflict with the date of birth found for Antoine on both of his marriage records.

Michel WECKERING’s baptismal record [7]
At eight in the evening of 7 December 1781 Michel was born to Pierre WECKERING and Margaretha LASCHET (variation of the spelling of the maiden name) and was baptized the following day. His godparents were Michel MERSCH of Schlindermanderscheid and Maria SERRES of Hoscheid. One would imagine with the length of this baptismal record there would be many more details which could be used. The priest who entered the information was very specific about the places the parents were from including the town name, parish, Duchy of Luxembourg in the Archdiocese of Trier.[7]

The clergymen who wrote in the parish registers were not all accomplished Latinists and there is a marked difference between classical Latin and medieval Latin found in the church records of the 17th to 19th century.

Michel’s brother Antoine was born on 1 July 1781 per both of his marriage records. This was only five months before Michel was born. Antoine was underage when he married in 1799. Is it possible he was even younger? Was his birth date seen in the 1843 marriage record copied from the 1799 marriage record?

Corneil WECKERING, the third child of Pierre and his first wife, showed up in the Luxembourg census for the years 1843, 1846, 1847, 1849, 1851, 1852, and 1855 with his half-sister Margaretha. The age range seen for Corneil on the census suggested he was born before Margaretha LASCHEID died. Although I searched and searched through the Brandenbourg church records, I did not find a baptismal record for Corneil. His death in 1857 was reported by his half-sister Margaretha’s son-in-law and included the names of his parents: Peter WECKERING and Margaretha LASCHEND, a variation on the spelling of LASCHEID or LASCHET.

Second Marriage and the Children

Pierre’s marriage to Margaretha KOENIG is well documented even without a record of marriage. The marriage records of four sons and a daughter all include the names of both parents, Pierre WECKERING and his wife Margaretha KOENIG. They also document the dates of birth for these five children.

Birth or baptismal records were not found for all of the children. Their oldest daughter Margaretha and first son Theodore were born during the time period the Brandenbourg church records are deficient. Their son Nicolas and daughter Anne Marie were born during the years for which the church records ended up in Metz and the civil records are also lacking. Only their second son Theodore and youngest son Mathias had civil birth records.

The date of birth of the oldest daughter Margaretha, who never married, cannot be documented with a reliable record. The census records found for her show she was born 13 January 1796 (1843), 3 November 1802 (1846), or 6 January 1800 (1849). The first appears to be the most likely as her siblings were born with 3-4 years between each. In 1851 she was seen as 52 years old when her illegitimate daughter married. At the time of death in 1864 her age was 58 which would place her birth at abt. 1806. Although I don’t trust the age to be correct on the record, the informant, her son-in-law, knew her parents were Peter WECKERING and Margaretha KOENIG.

I am comfortable with the research done to prove the mothers of the children of Pierre WECKERING. I still need to investigate the parentage of his first wife Margaretha LASCHEID who was the 5th great-grandmother of my children. Preliminary searches for the surname LASCHEID did not turn up any other persons with the name. However, I have a tiny hope of perhaps finding her parents as a baptismal record turned up for Maria Catharina LASCHET, daughter of Nicolas LASCHET and Catharina MEYERS, born 22 February 1753 in Schlinder(manderscheid) with godparents Joannes MERSCH of Schlinder and Maria Catharina BINSFELD of Hoscheid. I may be analyzing godparents as Michel MERSCH was the godfather of Michel WECKERING, the only child of Pierre WECKERING and Margaretha LASCHEID for whom a record was found. Coincidence?

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Further reading material:
Latin Genealogical Word List
The National Archives’ (UK) Beginners’ Latin
The category Languages & Translations » Latin on Cyndi’s List

Sources:
[1] Luxembourg, registres paroissiaux, 1601-1948 (images), FamilySearch (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Brandenbourg > Baptêmes 1749-1765, mariages 1746-1764, sépultures 1746-1763 > image 9 of 87. 1752 Baptismal Record (left page, first entry). (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-89WM-S74?cc=2037955&wc=STHZ-HZP%3A1500940601%2C1501091800 : accessed 12 June 2017).
[2] Luxembourg, Registres d’état civil, 1662-1941 (images), FamilySearch (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Vianden > Naissances 1829-1890 Mariages 1797-1833 > image 1010 of 1493;. 1799 Marriage Record (page 1 of 3). (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11589-60838-94?cc=1709358&wc=9RY4-929:130504801,130760501 : accessed 11 September 2015) and 1799 Marriage Record (page 2 and 3 of 3). (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11589-63329-38?cc=1709358&wc=9RY4-929:130504801,130760501 : accessed 11 September 2015).
[3] Ibid., Bourscheid > Naissances 1872-1890 Mariages 1797-1890 > image 995 of 1447. 1843 Marriage Record No. 11. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11561-51550-20?cc=1709358&wc=9RYW-C68:129628601,129997101 : accessed 8 September 2015).
[4] Ibid., Bourscheid > Décès 1797-1890 > image 438 of 1157. 1841 Death Record No. 19. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12650-33893-10?cc=1709358&wc=9RY8-N38:129628601,129626302 : accessed 11 September 2015).
[5] Ibid., Hoscheid > Décès 1851-1890 > image 47 of 296. 1857 Death Record No. 8. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12341-67708-27?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-2B8:n401754830 : accessed 09 Apr 2013).
[6] Ibid., Ettelbruck > Décès 1814-1881 > image 1356 of 1379. 1878 Death Record No. 36. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-11675-61468-76?cc=1709358&wc=9RYS-FM9:129625001,1290913101 : accessed 8 September 2015).
[7] Luxembourg Parish Records, Brandenbourg > Baptêmes 1781-1782, mariages 1781-1782 > image 31 of 101. 1781 Baptismal Record (right page). (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-89WM-S9WP?cc=2037955&wc=STHZ-CX9%3A1500940601%2C1500940632 : accessed 12 June 2017).
[8] Luxembourg Civil Records, Hoscheid > Décès 1851-1890 > image 45 of 296. 1857 Death Record No. 1. (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HY-6L8S-XRP?cc=1709358&wc=9RYZ-4WP%3A129844501%2C129625502 : 17 July 2014).
[9] Luxembourg, Volkszählungen 1843-1900 (images), FamilySearch (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Hoscheid > 1843 > image 60 of 137. Corneil Weckering household. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-32359-9396-97?cc=2037957&wc=M5LT-ZV3:345858701,345863501 : accessed 15 June 2017).
[10] Luxembourg Civil Records, Hoscheid > Naissances 1798-1850 > image 158 of 459. 1819 Birth Record No.7. (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HY-DB1Q-SYW?cc=1709358&wc=9RY4-6TR%3A129844501%2C129804701 : accessed 15 June 2017).
[11] Ibid., Hoscheid > Décès 1851-1890 > image 103 of 296. 1864 Death Record No. 6. (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HY-6L8S-JRM?cc=1709358&wc=9RYZ-4WP%3A129844501%2C129625502 : accessed 17 June 2017).
[12] Ibid., Wiltz > Mariages 1797-1885 > image 569 of 1502. 1826 Marriage Record No. 2. (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HY-DRZQ-C8T?cc=1709358&wc=9RYW-HZ9%3A130592301%2C130729201 : accessed 17 June 2017).
[13] Idem
[14] Luxembourg Civil Records, Wiltz > Décès 1863-1890 > image 37 of 784. 1864 Death Record No. 27. (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HT-D447-SHJ?cc=1709358&wc=9RT1-YWL%3A130592301%2C130592302 : accessed 17 June 2017).
[15] Ibid., Wiltz > Décès 1863-1890 > image 570 of 784. 1881 Death Record No. 63. (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HT-D447-SB3?cc=1709358&wc=9RT1-YWL%3A130592301%2C130592302 : accessed 17 June 2017).
[16] Ibid., Wiltz > Décès 1863-1890 > image 570 of 784. 1881 Death Record No. 63. (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HT-D447-SB3?cc=1709358&wc=9RT1-YWL%3A130592301%2C130592302 : accessed 17 June 2017).
[17] Ibid.,, Ermsdorf > Naissances 1813-1823, 1792-1823, 1824-1890 Mariages 1797-1823, 1824-1836 > image 1185 of 1453. 1828 Marriage Record (right page). (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HT-DBR3-F59?cc=1709358&wc=9RYS-4WL%3A129624501%2C129785801 : accessed 17 June 2017).
[18] Ibid., Ermsdorf > Décès 1882-1890 > image 54 of 57. 1890 Death Record No. 13. (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HY-65QS-S52?cc=1709358&wc=9RYZ-RM9%3A129624501%2C129706801 : 17 July 2014).
[19] Ibid., Ermsdorf > Décès 1863-1871 > image 39 of 80. 1867 Death Record No. 11. (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HY-65QS-MPZ?cc=1709358&wc=9RYZ-RMD%3A129624501%2C129664401 : accessded 17 June 2017).
[20] Ibid., Hoscheid > Naissances 1851-1890 Mariages 1800-1890 Décès 1798-1826 > image 875 of 1491. 1834 Marriage Record No. 4. (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HY-D1SS-833?cc=1709358&wc=9RY4-JWL%3A129844501%2C129973001 : accessed 17 June 2017).
[21] Idem
[22] Luxembourg Civil Records, Hoscheid > Naissances, mariages, décès 1891-1894 > image 58 of 77. 1892 Death Record No. 4. (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HT-DR7Q-XQJ?cc=1709358&wc=9RYM-N38%3A129844501%2C129717601 : accessed 17 June 2017).
[23] Ibid., Hoscheid > Décès 1851-1890 > image 260 of 296. 1884 Death Record No. 7. (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HY-6L8S-JBW?cc=1709358&wc=9RYZ-4WP%3A129844501%2C129625502 : accessed 17 June 2017).
[24] Ibid., Wilwerwiltz > Naissances 1866-1890 Mariages 1797, 1800-1890 Décès 1797-1878 > image 592 of 1495. 1836 Marriage Record No. 10. (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HY-XC47-152?cc=1709358&wc=9RYD-7M9%3A130594601%2C130709301 : accessed 17 June 2016).
[25] Ibid., Wilwerwiltz > Naissances 1866-1890 Mariages 1797, 1800-1890 Décès 1797-1878 > image 592 of 1495. 1836 Marriage Record No. 10. (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HY-XC47-152?cc=1709358&wc=9RYD-7M9%3A130594601%2C130709301 : accessed 17 June 2016).
[26] Ibid., Wilwerwiltz > Naissances 1866-1890 Mariages 1797, 1800-1890 Décès 1797-1878 > image 1448 of 1495. 1874 Death Record No. 4. (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HY-XC47-1FD?cc=1709358&wc=9RYD-7M9%3A130594601%2C130709301 : accessed 18 June 2017).
[27] Ibid., Wilwerwiltz > Naissances 1866-1890 Mariages 1797, 1800-1890 Décès 1797-1878 > image 1478 of 1495. 1877 Death Record No. 3. (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HY-XC4W-3FT?cc=1709358&wc=9RYD-7M9%3A130594601%2C130709301 : accessed 15 June 2017).
[28] Ibid., Hoscheid > Naissances 1798-1850 > image 127 of 459. 1814 Birth Record (left page, bottom). “Luxembourg Registres d’état civil, 1662-1941,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HY-DB13-KGD?cc=1709358&wc=9RY4-6TR%3A129844501%2C129804701 : accessed 12 June 2017).
[29] Ibid., Wilwerwiltz > Naissances 1866-1890 Mariages 1797, 1800-1890 Décès 1797-1878 > image 666 of 1495. 1844 Marriage Record No. 2. (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HY-XC4W-SVY?cc=1709358&wc=9RYD-7M9%3A130594601%2C130709301 : accessed 17 June 2017).
[30] Ibid., Wilwerwiltz > Naissances 1866-1890 Mariages 1797, 1800-1890 Décès 1797-1878 > image 1316 of 1495. 1858 Death Record No. 13. (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HY-XC47-YBX?cc=1709358&wc=9RYD-7M9%3A130594601%2C130709301 : accessed 17 June 2017).
[31] Ibid., Luxembourg > Naissances, mariages, décès 1892-1894 > image 988 of 1349. 1891 Death Record No. 380. (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HY-6P89-C71?cc=1709358&wc=9RYZ-K68%3A130045801%2C130969201 : accessed 17 June 2017),.
[32] Ibid., Hoscheid > Naissances 1851-1890 Mariages 1800-1890 Décès 1798-1826 > image 1445 of 1491. 1820 Death Record. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11672-59000-89?cc=1709358&wc=9RY4-JWL:129844501,129973001 : accessed 14 September 2015).
[33] Ibid., Hoscheid > Décès 1827-1850 > image 150 of 162. 1849 Death Record No. 2. (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HY-6L8S-67J?cc=1709358&wc=9RYZ-4WR%3A129844501%2C129896301 : accessed 15 June 2017).
[34] Luxembourg Parish Records, Brandenbourg > Baptêmes 1764-1784, mariages 1764-1784, sépultures 1764-1784 > image 1 of 128 (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-L9WM-92FS?cc=2037955&wc=STHZ-HZ8%3A1500940601%2C1500940602 : accessed 16 June 2017).
[35] Ibid., Brandenbourg > Baptêmes 1764-1784, mariages 1764-1784, sépultures 1764-1784 > image 1 of 128 (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-L9WM-92FS?cc=2037955&wc=STHZ-HZ8%3A1500940601%2C1500940602 : accessed 16 June 2017).

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52 Ancestors: #37 Antoine WECKERING Becomes Father of his 13th Child at Age 72!

Week 37 (September 10-16) – Large Family. Did you know that all 10 of the most common birthdays are in September? (If you’re a chart geek like me, check out this heat map of birth date frequencies.) So let’s feature an ancestor who had a large family or who was a member of a large family.

Over a period of 54 years Antoine “Anton” WECKERING (1781-1857) fathered 13 known children, his first child when he was 18. He was 72 years old when his last child was born, my husband’s 2nd great-grandmother Elisabeth “Elise” WECKERING (1853-1905).

Antoine WECKERING was born 1 July 1781 in Unterschlinder, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg to Pierre WECKERING (1752-1820) and Marguerite LASCHEID (1753-1792). This date of birth was found in his 1799 marriage record.[1] The place of birth was mentioned in his 1843 marriage record[2], census records from 1846 through 1855, and his 1857 death record[3]. At the time of his first marriage, his surname was spelled without a g at the end – WECKERIN.

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Index Card of Marriage [4]
The index card with the marriage information for “Antoine WECKERIN” and Marguerite MÜLLER includes most of the information found in the marriage record. Marguerite was the daughter of Nicolas MÜLLER and Marie Cathérine COLLING. The (+) indicates they were deceased at the time of the marriage.

The date 20 pluviose 7 calculates to 8 February 1799. Missing on the card but found in the “copie conforme” of the marriage record[1] is the fact that the groom was only 17 years old. As he didn’t have the necessary age to marry, his father Pierre gave his consent before the witnesses present.

This is an important item since Antoine’s  birth date was again recorded as 1 July 1781 when he married the second time in 1843. A record of birth or baptism has not been located. [Later research turned up a birth record for a brother born on 7 December 1781 making it impossible for Antoine to have been born five months earlier.] The baptismal records for Brandenbourg, where I believe the record may be found, have considerable shortcomings and are not in chronological order for the period Antoine was born.

1799 Marriage Record of Antoine WECKERING and Marguerite MÜLLER[1]

1799weckeringmarriage21799weckeringmarriage31799weckeringmarriage4The bride Marguerite MÜLLER (1773-1841) was twenty-six years old; both of her parents were deceased. The difference in age of the bride and groom and the fact that the groom was underage led me to this assumption: the marriage may have been taking place due to the bride being with child.

Finding Proof for this Assumption

Antoine and Marguerite were living in Merscheid, a village in the commune of Landscheid, when their daughters Margaretha (1803)[5] and Anne Marie (1805)[6] were born. I searched the birth records from 1799 to 1803 for their first child to prove my assumption. No birth was found in the Bastendorf where the Landscheid records for the time period were housed.

I checked the deaths records for possible stillborn children. I found a daughter Anne Marie who died on 14 February 1803[7] at the age of 3 years in Merscheid, also seen as her place of birth. Her age at death suggested she was born February 1800 or earlier. The birth records of the commune of Landscheid are missing for year 8 of the French republican calendar – 23 September 1799 to 22 September 1800. Anne Marie was not found in year 7 or 9 and since she died on 25 Pluviose year 11 or 14 February 1803 at age 3 years, her birth must have been in year 8, between 23 September 1799 and 14 February 1800.

She may or may not have been the reason for the marriage of her parents. If I had not made the assumption and searched for documentation to prove/disprove my theory their first known daughter Anne Marie (~1800-1803) may have remained hidden in the records.

The Children of Antoine and Marguerite (wife #1)

    • Ch 1: Anne Marie WECKERING born abt 1800 and died 14 February 1803, both events in Merscheid.[7]
    • Ch 2: Margaretha WECKERING (1803-?) born, a little over a week after the death of Anne Marie, on 23 February 1803 in Merscheid.[5] No further documentation was found for this child. It’s possible she died young as another daughter was given the same name in 1818.
    • Ch 3: Anne Marie WECKERING (1805-1880) born 29 November 1805 in Merscheid.[6] Anne Marie married Jean HAAN (1808-1870) on 18 January 1832 in Bourscheid.[8] She died 31 August 1880 in Lipperscheid.[9]
    • Ch 4: Catherine WECKERING (1808-1810) born abt 1808 and died 28 October 1810 in Lipperscheid.[10]
    • Ch 5: Théodore WECKERING (1811-1893) born 10 October 1811 in Lipperscheid.[11] Théodore married Gertrude FAUTSCH (1812-1847) on 8 February 1840 in Bourscheid.[12] He married 2nd Anna Maria STEINMETZ who survived him when he died on 11 December 1893 in Michelau.[13]
    • Ch 6: Marie Catherine WECKERING (1814-1884) born 16 April 1814 in Lipperscheid.[14] Marie Catherine married Nicolas MALGET on 9 February 1836 in Boevange les Clervaux.[15] She was present at the marriage of her daughter on 1 December 1884[16] and died after this date.
    • Ch 7: Margueritte WECKERING (1818-1871) born 1 April 1818 in Lipperscheid.[17] Marguerithe married Louis THILGES on 29 October 1847 in Basbellain.[18] She died 10 July 1871 in Trotten (Troine) in the Boevange-Clervaux commune.[19]

Antoine’s children from his first marriage were all born before the death of his father Pierre WECKERING on 17 March 1820 in Hoscheid.[20] Pierre was the only grandparent the children ever knew as their mother’s parents and their father’s mother were deceased at the time their parents married.

Marguerite MÜLLER, Antoine’s first wife, died 7 April 1841 in Lipperscheid.[21]

1843 Marriage of Antoine WECKERING and Margaretha BERNARD[2]

1843marriageTwo years after the death of his first wife, 61 years old Antoine found a new life partner. On 30 May 1843 he married Margaretha BERNARD (1815-1878) in Bourscheid.[2]

Margaretha, 27 years old, was born 2 November 1815 in Hoscheid and was about the same age as her groom’s youngest children. She was the daughter of the deceased Pierre BERNARD (1790-1820) and Antoinette GROEBER (1790-1843). Her mother Antoinette died less than three months before the marriage.[22] Antoinette had been widowed twice and left four daughters: Margaretha, her sister Marie Cathérine and their twin half-sisters Elisabetha and Anna Maria KAUFMANN.

The Children of Anton and Margaretha (wife #2)

Margaretha gave Anton six children, sadly only the youngest lived.

  • Ch 1: Marie Catherine WECKERING (1844-1845) born 25 April 1844 in Lipperscheid.[23] When she died on 25 March 1845 in Hoscheid her name was recorded as Anna Maria on her death record.[24]
  • Ch 2: Corneil WECKERING (1845-1848) born 2 June 1845 in Hoscheid.[25] He was seen with his parents on the 3 December 1846* and 31 December 1847* census. Corneil died on 23 May 1848 in Hoscheid.[26]
  • Ch 3: Anna Maria WECKERING (1847-1850) born 13 July 1847 in Hoscheid.[27] She was seen with her parents on the 31 December 1847* and 3 December 1849* census. Anna Maria died 15 June 1850 in Hoscheid.[28]
  • Ch 4: Marie WECKERING (1849-1851) born 20 July 1849 in Hoscheid.[29] She was seen with her parents on the 3 December 1849* census. She died 7 February 1851 in Hoscheid.[30]
  • Ch 5: Margaretha WECKERING (1851-1852) born 3 June 1851 in Hoscheid.[31] She was seen with her parents on the 31 December 1851* census. Margaretha died 9 June 1852 in Hoscheid.[32]
  • Ch 6: Elisabeth “Elise” WECKERING (1853-1905) born 9 May 1853 in Hoscheid.[33] She was with her parents on the 3 December 1855* census.

Antoine was seen with his second wife Margaretha BERNARD and children mentioned above (*) on the Hoscheid census on 4 December 1846[34], 31 December 1847[35], 3 December 1849[36], 31 December 1851[37], 9 December 1852[38], and 3 December 1855.[39]

Life After Antoine’s Death

Antoine WECKERING died 25 March 1857 in Hoscheid.[40] He left his widow Margaretha, four married children from his first marriage and his youngest daughter Elise who was not yet four years old.

His widow Margaretha and their daughter Elise were seen in the Hoscheid census on 3 December 1858[41], 3 December 1861[42], 3 December 1864[43], 3 December 1867[44], 1 December 1871.[45]

Elisabeth “Elise” WECKERING married Heinrich “Henri” GRISIUS (1839-1904) on 29 October 1874 in Hoscheid.[46] Her mother Margaretha was living with the couple on 1 December 1875 when the census was taken in Hoscheid.[47]

Margaretha BERNARD died on 15 April 1878 in the Central Hospiz in Ettelbruck.[48] She had been a widow for 20 years, without an occupation, and she raised her only living child Elise on her own. Did her deceased husband Antoine WECKERING leave her financially independent? 

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[2] Ibid., Bourscheid > Naissances 1872-1890 Mariages 1797-1890 > image 995 of 1447. 1843 Marriage Record No. 11. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11561-51550-20?cc=1709358&wc=9RYW-C68:129628601,129997101 : accessed 8 September 2015).
[3] Ibid., Hoscheid > Décès 1851-1890 > image 47 of 296. 1857 Death Record No. 8. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12341-67708-27?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-2B8:n401754830 : accessed 09 Apr 2013).
[4] Luxembourg, registres paroissiaux, 1601-1948 (images), FamilySearch (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Vianden > Tables des mariages 1691-1802 (index organisée par l’épouse) > image 401 of 641. 1799 Marriage Card. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32461-18353-81?cc=2037955&wc=STHZ-2N1:1501150301,1501150302 : accessed 11 September 2015).
[5] Luxembourg Civil Records, Bastendorf > Naissances 1800-1823, 1798-1823, 1828-1890 Mariages 1778-1823 > image 193 of 1476. 1803 Birth Record No. 10. (4 Ventose ans XI). (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-12305-141568-21?cc=1709358&wc=9RYQ-MNL:129624201,129879301 : accessed 10 September 2015).
[6] Ibid., Bastendorf > Naissances 1800-1823, 1798-1823, 1828-1890 Mariages 1778-1823 > image 210 of 1476. 1805 Birth Record No. 7 (8 frimaire ans XIV). (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-12305-137092-23?cc=1709358&wc=9RYQ-MNL:129624201,129879301 : accessed 10 September 2015).
[7] Ibid., Bastendorf > Décès 1798-1823 > image 37 of 143. 1803 Death Record (25 pluviose an 11). (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12394-256757-36?cc=1709358&wc=9RYZ-827:129624201,129649901 : accessed 11 September 2015). Birth estimated from age at time of death.
[8] Ibid., Bourscheid > Naissances 1872-1890 Mariages 1797-1890 > image 868 of 1447. 1832 Marriage Record No. 6. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11561-49117-26?cc=1709358&wc=9RYW-C68:129628601,129997101 : accessed 11 September 2015).
[9] Ibid., Bourscheid > Décès 1797-1890 > image 1023 of 1157. 1880 Death Record No. 34. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12650-32071-72?cc=1709358&wc=9RY8-N38:129628601,129626302 : accessed 13 September 2015).
[10] Ibid., Bourscheid > Décès 1797-1890 > image 107 of 1157. 1810 Death Record. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12650-34076-37?cc=1709358&wc=9RY8-N38:129628601,129626302 : accessed 11 September 2015).
[11] Ibid., Bourscheid > Naissances 1797-1871 > image 203 of 1296. 1811 Birth Record. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12397-97469-18?cc=1709358&wc=9RYZ-VZ9:129628601,129837501 : accessed 11 September 2015).
[12] Ibid., Bourscheid > Naissances 1872-1890 Mariages 1797-1890 > image 952 of 1447. 1840 Marriage Record No. 3. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11561-52607-40?cc=1709358&wc=9RYW-C68:129628601,129997101 : accessed 11 September 2015).
[13] Ibid., Bourscheid > Naissances, mariages, décès 1891-1894 > image 124 of 138. 1893 Death Record No. 35. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11693-111710-94?cc=1709358&wc=9RYH-3TT:129628601,129717601 : accessed 13 September 2015).
[14] Ibid., Bourscheid > Naissances 1797-1871 > image 230 of 1296. 1814 Birth Record. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12397-104021-92?cc=1709358&wc=9RYZ-VZ9:129628601,129837501 : accessed 11 September 2015).
[15] Ibid., Boevange-Clervaux > Naissances 1880-1890 Mariages 1797-1890 Décès 1798-1855 > image 521 of 1498. 1836 Marriage Record No. 6. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-12411-79430-69?cc=1709358&wc=9RYQ-YWL:129627001,129809801 : accessed 11 September 2015).
[16] Ibid., Boevange-Clervaux > Naissances 1880-1890 Mariages 1797-1890 Décès 1798-1855 > image 958 of 1498. 1884 Marriage Record No. 10. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-12411-82357-68?cc=1709358&wc=9RYQ-YWL:129627001,129809801 : accessed 13 September 2015).
[17] Ibid., Bourscheid > Naissances 1797-1871 > image 274 of 1296. 1818 Birth Record.  (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12397-98922-22?cc=1709358&wc=9RYZ-VZ9:129628601,129837501 : accessed 11 September 2015).
[18] Ibid., Troisvierges > Mariages 1805-1890 Sépultures 1779-1793 Décès 1797-1869 > image 269 of 1404. 1847 Marriage Record No. 10 (number omitted, previous record No. 9). (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-11576-121326-73?cc=1709358&wc=9RY9-7M9:130477701,130510501 : accessed 11 September 2015).
[19] Ibid., Boevange-Clervaux > Décès 1856-1890 > image 191 of 400. 1871 Death Record No. 31. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-12346-160954-91?cc=1709358&wc=9RYQ-FM9:129627001,129627002 : accessed 11 September 2015).
[20] Ibid., Hoscheid > Naissances 1851-1890 Mariages 1800-1890 Décès 1798-1826 > image 1445 of 1491. 1820 Death Record.  (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11672-59000-89?cc=1709358&wc=9RY4-JWL:129844501,129973001 : accessed 14 September 2015).
[21] Ibid., Bourscheid > Décès 1797-1890 > image 438 of 1157. 1841 Death Record No. 19. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12650-33893-10?cc=1709358&wc=9RY8-N38:129628601,129626302 : accessed 11 September 2015).
[22] Ibid., Hoscheid > Décès 1827-1850 > image 103 of 162. 1843 Death Record No. 3. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12341-65980-21?cc=1709358&wc=9RYZ-4WR:129844501,129896301 : accessed 14 September 2015).
[23] Ibid., Bourscheid > Naissances 1797-1871 > image 719 of 1296. 1844 Birth Record No. 21. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12397-103092-77?cc=1709358&wc=9RYZ-VZ9:129628601,129837501 : accessed 8 September 2015).
[24] Ibid., Hoscheid > Décès 1827-1850 > image 120 of 162. 1845 Death Record No. 7. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12341-69273-27?cc=1709358&wc=9RYZ-4WR:129844501,129896301 : accessed 8 September 2015). Note: Her birth name was Marie Catherine.
[25] Ibid., Hoscheid > Naissances 1798-1850 > image 408 of 459. 1845 Birth Record No. 15. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11669-99975-74?cc=1709358&wc=9RY4-6TR:129844501,129804701 : accessed 8 September 2015).
[26] Ibid., Hoscheid > Décès 1827-1850 > image 145 of 162. 1848 Death Record No. 11. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12341-63179-34?cc=1709358&wc=9RYZ-4WR:129844501,129896301 : accessed 8 September 2015).
[27] Ibid., Hoscheid > Naissances 1798-1850 > image 426 of 459. 1847 Birth Record No. 12. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11669-99187-42?cc=1709358&wc=9RY4-6TR:129844501,129804701 : accessed 8 September 2015).
[28] Ibid., Hoscheid > Décès 1827-1850 > image 159 of 162. 1850 Death Record No. 11. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12341-72126-46?cc=1709358&wc=9RYZ-4WR:129844501,129896301 : accessed 8 September 2015).
[29] Ibid., Hoscheid > Naissances 1798-1850 > image 446 of 459. 1849 Birth Record No. 23.  (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11669-115631-29?cc=1709358&wc=9RY4-6TR:129844501,129804701 : accessed 8 September 2015).
[30] Ibid., Hoscheid > Décès 1851-1890 > image 1 of 296. 1851 Death Record No. 1. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12341-64093-59?cc=1709358&wc=9RYZ-4WP:129844501,129625502 : accessed 8 September 2015).
[31] Ibid., Hoscheid > Naissances 1851-1890 Mariages 1800-1890 Décès 1798-1826 > image 9 of 1491. 1851 Birth Record No. 16. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11672-67517-76?cc=1709358&wc=9RY4-JWL:129844501,129973001 : accessed 8 September 2015).
[32] Ibid., Hoscheid > Décès 1851-1890 > image 12 of 296. 1852 Death Record No. 12. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12341-67494-18?cc=1709358&wc=9RYZ-4WP:129844501,129625502 : accessed 8 September 2015).
[33] Ibid., Hoscheid > Naissances 1851-1890 Mariages 1800-1890 Décès 1798-1826 > image 29 of 1491. 1853 Birth Record No. 14. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11672-56798-74?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-2B6:1412473990 : accessed 02 Apr 2013).
[34] Luxembourg, Volkszählungen 1843-1900 (images), FamilySearch (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Hoscheid > 1846 > image 37 of 114. Weckering-Bernard household. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-32356-24372-68?cc=2037957&wc=M5LR-TQV:345858701,345858602 : accessed 4 September 2015).
[35] Ibid., Hoscheid > 1847 > image 82 of 146. Weckering-Bernard household No. 39. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-32356-13533-89?cc=2037957&wc=M5LR-PYG:345858701,345864101 : accessed 12 September 2015).
[36] Ibid., Hoscheid > 1849 > image 43 of 120. Weckering-Bernard household No. 61. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32361-12101-72?cc=2037957&wc=M5LT-1X8:345858701,345864801 : accessed 12 September 2015).
[37] Ibid., Hoscheid > 1851 > image 120 of 145. Weckering-Bernard household No. 88. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32367-1265-69?cc=2037957&wc=M5LY-44S:345858701,345865601 : accessed 12 September 2015).
[38] Ibid., Hoscheid > 1852 > image 28 of 149. Weckering-Bernard household. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32377-22627-32?cc=2037957&wc=M5L1-GPB:345858701,345865501 : accessed 12 September 2015).
[39] Ibid., Hoscheid > 1855 > image 38 of 159. Weckering-Bernard household. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-32378-8149-57?cc=2037957&wc=M5GM-T3Y:345858701,345866501 : accessed 7 May 2015).
[40] Luxembourg Civil Records, Hoscheid > Décès 1851-1890 > image 47 of 296. 1857 Death Record No. 8. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12341-67708-27?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-2B8:n401754830 : accessed 09 Apr 2013).
[41] Luxembourg Census, Hoscheid > 1858 > image 66 of 152. Weckering-Bernard household no. 65. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-32379-22004-71?cc=2037957&wc=M5G9-SPR:345858701,345867601 : accessed 7 May 2015).
[42] Ibid., Hoscheid > 1861 > image 54 of 158. Weckering-Bernard household no. 60. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-32372-14250-15?cc=2037957&wc=M5LY-1XF:345858701,345867101 : accessed 7 May 2015).
[43] Ibid., Hoscheid > 1864 > image 15 of 171. Weckering-Bernard household no. 5. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-32382-32051-11?cc=2037957&wc=M5G9-WQ7:345858701,345868401 : accessed 7 May 2015).
[44] Ibid., Hoscheid > 1867 > image 7 of 155. Margaretha Weckering Bernard household no. 97.  (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-32376-10317-84?cc=2037957&wc=M5LB-RMP:345858701,345869101 : accessed 7 May 2015).
[45] Ibid., Hoscheid > 1871 > image 224 of 350. Weckering-Bernard household no. 50. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-32381-15965-83?cc=2037957&wc=M5G9-T3Y:345858701,345869501 : accessed 7 May 2015). See front and back matter on images 223 and 225.
[46] Luxembourg Civil Records, Hoscheid > Naissances 1851-1890 Mariages 1800-1890 Décès 1798-1826 > image 1238 of 1491. 1874 Marriage Record No. 6. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11672-59490-61?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-2B6:1412473990 : accessed 02 Apr 2013).
[47] Luxembourg Census, Hoscheid > 1875 > image 234 of 335. Grisius-Weckering household no. 23. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-32380-20048-66?cc=2037957&wc=M5G9-PT1:345858701,345870501 : accessed 7 May 2015). See front and back matter on images 233 and 235.
[48] Luxembourg Civil Records, Ettelbruck > Décès 1814-1881 > image 1356 of 1379. 1878 Death Record No. 36. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-11675-61468-76?cc=1709358&wc=9RYS-FM9:129625001,1290913101 : accessed 8 September 2015).

Genealogy Sketch

Name: Antoine WECKERING
Parents: Pierre WECKERING and Marguerite LASCHEID
Spouse: Marguerite MÜLLER and Margaretha BERNARD(*)
Parents of Spouse(*): Pierre BERNARD and Antoinette GROEBER
Whereabouts: Merscheid, Lipperscheid, Hoscheid
Relationship to Cathy Meder-Dempsey: husband’s 3rd great-grandfather

1. Antoine WECKERING
2. Elisabeth “Elise” WECKERING
3. Cathérine GRISIUS
4. Frantz “Fritz” KREMER
5. Marie Françoise “Maisy” KREMER
6. Cathy Meder-Dempsey’s husband

© 2015 Cathy Meder-Dempsey

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