Mettendorf, Germany – The Honor Roll Project

In October 2015, during Family History Month, my husband and I visited several German towns in the Eifel (Rheinland-Pfalz) where my maternal grandfather’s family came from.

In the cemetery of Mettendorf is a large plot with soldiers, most from other towns, who fell in this town. We did not take photographs of all of the markers in this plot although they were similar to this one for an unknown soldier.

mettAlong the left side of this plot were these large stone markers engraved with the names of soldiers from Mettendorf, Niehl and Burg who fell or were missing during World War I and World War II as well as civilian casualties.

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Mettendorf
Matthias Rodens 1892-1914
Matthias Schilt 1888-1914
Peter Thiel 1896-1914
Michel Thielen 1883-1914
Viktor Koos 1891-1915
Matthias Fous 1890-1915
Adam Rech 1889-1915
Fritz Haus 1892-1915
Johann Neises 1891-1916
Matthias Elsen 1890-1916
Simon Keippes 1897-1917
Adam Elsen 1891-1917
Nikolaus Scheilz 1893-1917
Johann Bendel 1889-1917
Christian Thiel 1886-1917
Dominik Elsen 1876-1917
Johann Roden 1876-1917
Paul Weires 1886-1917
Johann Haus 1895-1917
Matthias Stedem 1891-1917
Nikolaus Winter 1895-1918
Michel Hurt 1882-1918
Heinrich Klassen 1893-1918

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Mettendorf
Johann Metz 1900-1918
Johann Neues 1917-1940
Bernhard Barzen 1916-1940
Wilhelm Ackels 1919-1940
Nikolaus Burelbach 1919-1942
Wilhelm Bertrang 1920-1942
Nikolaus Kringen 1921-1942
Nikolaus Kaster 1921-1942
Bernhard Ademes 1922-1942
Johann Manz 1919-1942
Johann Hontheim 1916-1942
Matthias Kohl 1915-1942
Josef Eppers 1919-1942
Jakob Bartzen 1900-1943
Anton Hoffmann 1919-1943
Josef Elsen 1915-1943
Matthias Göbel 1923-1943
Matthias Thielen 1916-1943
Nikolaus Hamper 1923-1943
Johann Robling 1919-1943
Paul Houscht 1921-1943
Hein. Pöppelreiter 1904-1943
Nikolaus Bertrang 1917-1943

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Mettendorf
Valentin Fandel 1901-1944
Michael Hurt 1922-1944
Anton Eskes 1925-1944
August Faulhauer 1904-1944
Jakob Rossler 1915-1944
Peter Fandel 1896-1944
Jakob Schleider 1926-1944
Peter Petisch 1915-1944
Josef Kolbet 1923-1944
Johann Just 1926-1944
Matthias Hoffmann 1907-1944
Maternus Petisch 1913-1944
Johann Schottler 1917-1944
Matthias Ademes 1920-144
Matthias Pott 1915-1944
Leo Ademes 1920-1944
Nikolaus Masselter 1924-1944
Josef Wolsfeld 1907-1945
Joseph Kinnen 1926-1945
Karl Petisch 1926-1945
Karl Göbel 1915-1945
Johann Spoden 1910-1945
Adolf Scheils 1925-1945

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Mettendorf
Nikolaus Kles 1926-1945
Peter Schwind 1927-1945
Karl Barbara 1924-1945
Peter Franken 1918-1945
Heinrich Grün 1915-1945
Josef Houscht 1923-1945
Heinrich Kiemen 1914-1945
Jakob Thielgen 1920-1946
Matthias Trampeet 1915-1946
Franz Kerscht 1919-1947
Wilhelm Arnoldy 1922-1947
Niehl
Paul Streit 1889-1914
Peter Nosbüsch 1879-1914
Lothar Schares 1918-1941
Johann Hoß (Hoss) 1910-1942
Johann Streit 1922-1942
Philipp Heinen 1914-1944
Burg
Johann Jakobs 1893-1916
Peter Zeimetz 1908-1945
Mettendorf vermißt
Philipp Weides 1878-1914

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Mettendorf Vermißte (missing)
Nikolaus Hein 1893-1917
Johann Elsen 1883-1917
Jakob Thielen 1912-1942
Jakob Hammling 1920-1943
Peter Winandy 1920-1943
Jakob Pott 1921-1943
Jakob Petisch 1922-1943
Peter Göbel 1923-1943
Michel Schmitz 1913-1943
Baptist Faulhauer 1911-1943
Peter Beeteang 1916-1943
Dominik Neues 1908-1943
Johann Thelen 1923-1944
Josef Manz 1922-1944
Matthias Fandel 1926-1944
Wilhelm Petey 1912-1944
Paul Kneib 1906-1944
Karl Kinnnen 1921-1944
Nikolaus Ganser 1914-1944
Johann P. Köppchen 1918-1944
Wilhelm Grün 1914-1944
Lorenz Asselborn 1910-1944
Wilh. Pöppelreiter 1919-1944
August Manz 1915-1944

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Mettendorf Vermißte (missing)
Reinhold Eliche 1914-1944
Johann Thiel 1922-1944
Peter Manz 1924-1945
Matthias Schwind 1910-1945
Jakob Weides 1897-1945
Peter Hontheim 1908-1945
Viktor Schmitz 1907-1945
Niehl Vermißte (missing)
Matthias Schares 1910-1943
Josef Streit 1926-1945
Josef Nilles 1906-1945
Mettendorf Zivilgefallene (civilians)
Peter Berens 1898-1944
Maria Metz 1896-1944
Michael Rech 1891-1944
Marg. Grommes 1866-1945
Matthias Bormann 1903-1945
Josef Gangolf 1935-1945
Hubert Schmitz 1878-1945
Jakob Elsen 1888-1945
Burg Zivilgefallene (civilians)
Anna Maria Elsen 1875-1945
Niehl Zivilgefallene (civilians)
Peter Magee 1891-1945

The Honor Roll Project

This post was written in response to Heather Wilkinson Rojo’s post
Would You like to contribute to the Honor Roll Project for Veteran’s Day, 2015?
on her blog Nutfield Genealogy. On her newly created website

The Honor Roll Project, Heather invites everyone to

Just find a military honor roll in your hometown park, or in front of a civil building, or inside on a plaque – Anywhere! Photograph it, transcribe the names and post it to your blog.

© 2016 Cathy Meder-Dempsey

Veterans Memorial in Ferschweiler, Germany

DSC_0025 Ferschweiler edited tinyIn October, during Family History Month, my husband and I visited several German towns in the Eifel (Rheinland-Pfalz) where my maternal grandfather’s family came from.

On the façade of the steeple of the St. Luzia Catholic Church in Ferschweiler is a plaque commemorating the individuals from the town who were missing or died during World War I (1914-1918) and World War II (1939-1945).

Den Gefallenen der Gemeinde Ferschweiler
The fallen of the municipality Ferschweiler

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plaque11914 – 1918
Hastert Nikolaus
Jakobs Peter
Schmitt Christian
Ludwig Johann Peter
Reles Jos. Peter
Lardy Nikolaus
Schmitt Joh. Peter
Schuckart Ignatz
Budler Peter
Hary Peter
Schramen Johann
Frisch Heinr. Albert
Schmitz Peter
Widung Schmitt Johann
Bohr Nikolaus
Heck Jakob
Widung Preisen Johann
Schmitt Fisher Christian
Bechel Johann
Meyer Heinrich
Roos Wilhelm
Plein Dominik
Ries Adam
Oberbillig Peter
Heck Nikolaus

plaque2Vermisste (Missing)
Johanns Anton
Dauwen Johann
Kneweler Nikolaus
Schramen Jakob
Hary Nikolaus
Barg Michel

plaque31939 – 1945
Steichen Konrad
Welter Nikolaus
Gontgen Matthias
Welter Albert
Weins Kurt
Faber Oskar
Lardy Willi
Lardy Pet. Christian
Schmitt Michel
Lardy Johann
Gorges Franz
Hastert Johann
Funk Alfons
Mossal Heinrich
Reuter Alfred
Kneweler Pet. Leo
Ewerhart Ferdinand
Schmitt Vinzens
Welter Ernst
Kaufmann Rudolf
Schuckart Emil
Ahles Theodore
Schilz Jakob
Lardy Rudolf
Rossler Nikolaus
Ewen Ludwig

plaque4Reuter Aloys
Schmitt Otto
Noll Willi
Schmitt Felix
Reuter Peter
Thome Johann
Schuckart Heinrich
Schmitt Peter
Schuhmacher Matthias
Zender Christof
Schommers Franz
Tossing Peter
Schöder Peter
Thies Johann
Urbany Theophil
Hau Nikolaus
Schreiner Nikolaus
Bechel Peter
Schmitz Karl
Horn Christian
Schmitt Willi
Steichen Karl
Reuter Christof
Bechel Theodor
Funk Reinhard
Rossler Gustav
Schilz Johann
Wagner Paul

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Vermisste (Missing)
Welter Christof
Schmitt Theodor
Molitor Albert
Steffes Johann
Heck Peter
Reuter Reinhard
Wagner Nikolaus
Tossing Emil

Zivilgefallene (civilians)
Leiberts Matthias
Ries Eduard
Heck Matthias
Reles Maria
Frisch Paula
Frisch Josef
Frisch Heinrich
Fischer Katharina
Lenz Josef
Schmitt Bernhard
Duplang Josef

The Honor Roll Project

This post was written in response to Heather Wilkinson Rojo’s post
Would You like to contribute to the Honor Roll Project for Veteran’s Day, 2015?
on her blog Nutfield Genealogy. On her newly created website

The Honor Roll Project, Heather invites everyone to

Just find a military honor roll in your hometown park, or in front of a civil building, or inside on a plaque – Anywhere! Photograph it, transcribe the names and post it to your blog.

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

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

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

The FOURNELLE-SCHLOESSER Family

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

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

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Odile Lucie SCHLOESSER (ca. 1900-1911)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Aloyse BAUER and Marie Josephine FOURNELLE wedding portrait (1902)

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

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Marie MONNIER-FOURNELLE (1869-1952)

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

 

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

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

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

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Prayer Card for Lucie Schloesser

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

Genealogy Sketch

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

1. André FOURNELLE
2. Jean Joseph FOURNELLE
3. Marie Marcelle FOURNELLE
4. Living (Mom) WILDINGER
5. Cathy Meder-Dempsey

© 2015 Cathy Meder-Dempsey

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

52 Ancestors: #24 The Heirloom: 1866 Military Accounts Book (Part I)

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

The Heirloom: 1866 Military Accounts Book

What is an heirloom? A valuable object which has belonged to a family for several generations. This book has been in our family for 5 generations, 149 years, and the information found in it is valuable to us and, hopefully, the many generations to come.

On 11 May 1857 André FOURNELLE became a militiaman for a period of six years during the 1857 recruitment of the Petange No. 6 Ersatz (replacements) in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.

  • On 6 April 1858 he was on active duty.[p. 2]
  • On 29 September 1860 he committed himself for 2 years and 9 months according to Article 10 of the act of 22 Jun 1845. Article 10 stipulated the voluntary enrollment of young men over 14 and under the age of 25. This was most likely a commitment to serve until he turned 25 years of age.[p. 2]
  • On 1 January 1862 he was named Corporal (Korporal tituliert).[p. 2]
  • On 16 June 1862 he became a Corporal (Korporal).[p. 2]
  • On 15 May 1863 according to Article 10 of the 18 April 1836 instructions of the war department his time as a militiaman ended and his service became voluntary.[p. 2]
  • His time of duty was extended another six years on 30 June 1863.[p. 2]
  • On 20 June 1866 he was assigned an account book as a militiaman in 5th Company of the Luxemburgisches Jäger-Bataillon (Luxembourg’s Rifle Battalion).[p. 2]
  • On 25 June 1866 he risked his own life saving Bugler 3rd Class WAGNER from death of drowning in the Sauer River.[p. 4]
  • He received his first honors on 1 October 1866. [p. 4] Was this for his heroic deed a few months earlier?
  • He became a Sergeant on 11 October  1866.[p. 2]
  • He was a border guard until his retirement.[BMD and census]

André FOURNELLE was the son of André FOURNELLE and Catherine PHILIPPART and born in Rodange on 26 August 1838. His last residence (most likely at the time the book was issued to him) was Esch-sur-Alzette. He was 1 meter 62 centimeters tall, round eyes, smooth forehead, brown eyes, pointed nose, small mouth, round chin, brown hair and eyebrowns. He was vaccinated in 1839. I believe this would have been a smallpox vaccination. [p. 5]

MRIN00166 1866 Fournelle book 1
Front cover

No. 28. The Luxembourg Rifle Battalion. 5th Company. Accounting book of FOURNELLE André. Issued to him by the undersigned chief officer. Diekirch, 20 June 1866, Captain (signature)

MRIN00166 1866 Fournelle book 2
Title page: No. 28. Luxemburgisches Jäger-Bataillon. 5ten Kompagnie. Abrechnungs-Buch des FOURNELLE André. An ihn abgegeben durch mich unterzeichneten Kompagnie-Chef. Diekirch, den 20 Juni 1866 der Hauptmann (signature)

Page 2 of the books lists information on the “how & why” he was admitted to the corps, as mentioned in the first paragraph above. Page 3, for previous service and dismissals is blank.

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Page 2 gives information on his military time.

Page 4 lists campaigns, wounds, and deeds at top and honors on the lower half.

More personal information is given on page 5.

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Page 5 gives his information and physical description

Complete list of equipment and clothing on page 6.

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Accounts section pages 6-7
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Accounts section pages 8-9
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Accounts section pages 10-11
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Accounts section pages 12-13
MRIN00166 1866 Fournelle book 9
Last page 28 and inside back cover
MRIN00166 1866 Fournelle book
Back and front cover

My mother owns my 2nd great-grandfather André FOURNELLE’s original account book (above) from his time with the Luxemburgisches Jäger-Bataillon. When I scanned it in 2006 I did not realize I needed to use a higher quality scan to be able to zoom in on the text for easier transcription and translation. I need to go through it more carefully to extract all information but the most important has been discussed above.

This was to be a post on my 2nd great-grandparents André FOURNELLE and Odile Lucie SCHLOESSER with the usual information on births, marriages, census and deaths in the family. But the theme for this week had me scrambling to figure out how to share this wonderful heirloom and tell the family story. I did not realize the wealth of information contained in this book until I began to write about it. André and Odile’s story will have to wait…..until tomorrow.

Genealogy Sketch

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

1. André FOURNELLE
2. Jean Joseph FOURNELLE
3. Marie Marcelle FOURNELLE
4. Living (Mom) WILDINGER
5. Cathy Meder-Dempsey

© 2015 Cathy Meder-Dempsey

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