52 Ancestors: #3 Michel CLOS and Elisabetha THEWES md. 1770

In 2015 in 52 Ancestors: #27 The Sheep Herder’s Family I wrote about Théodore REIFFER and his wife Elisabetha CLOS. They were my children’s  4th great-grandparents. While Théodore’s parents are still unknown, I found a little bit of information on Elisabetha’s parents and siblings.

My Principal Source is not a Primary Source

Three entries in Richard Schaffner’s Familienbuch Körperich, at first glance, seem to be for three different men named Michael CLOOS, KLOS, or CLOS.

The information in entry #319 came from the Körperich church register book #2. CLOOS or KLOS Michael, son of Johann CLOOS and Anna KLAREN of Dauwelshausen, married Elisabeth THEWES or THIEWES, daughter of Nikolaus THEWES and Gertrud LESSEN from Ammeldingen, on 15 May 1770 in Körperich. At the time of the marriage, the bride was living in Seimerich.[1]

In entry #1153 the marriage of Michael KLOS or CLOS and Elisabeth THIBES or THEVES is estimated at before 1771 (likely due to the birth records found for the couple’s children). Michael resided in Ammeldingen, Gentingen, and Eisenbach while Elisabeth resided in Gentingen. These are likely places referenced in the baptismal records of their children. They had three daughters between 1771 and 1776. The places of birth, dates of birth/baptism, and their godparents’ names and residence are listed. No entry is made for marriages of the daughters which means Mr. Schaffner did not find marriages in Körperich.[2]

In entry #320 Michael CLOS of Eisenbach died on 20 December 1775 at the age of 28 years.[3]

I believe all of the entries are for the same Michael CLOS (and other spelling variations). Although the book is the main source for this family it is not a primary source. To prove my assumption I will have to consult family books of towns in the immediate area for further information. The primary source, the church records mentioned in the Körperich family book, will have to be hunted down as well.

Click on the marker to open a description with information on when which person lived in these places. The farthest distance between two places is about 15 kilometers or less than 10 miles.

The Michel CLOS Story, This is How it Might Have Been

Michel was born about 1747. At the age of about 23 years, he married Elisabeth. They had two daughters within four years.  Michel died shortly before Christmas 1775. Elisabeth was pregnant with their third child. Five months after his death, she gave birth to their third daughter. The only mention of Elisabeth after the birth of her third child is a reference to the grandparents of Susanna REIFFER being deceased at the time of her marriage on 31 January 1833.[4] Elisabeth, Michel’s widow, therefore died before 1833.

There were no further entries in the Körperich FB for the daughters of Michel and Elisabeth. One of the daughters married in Mettendorf in 1790. A second daughter is known to have married before the birth of a child in 1803, however, the marriage record has not been located.

Michel and Elisabeth had the following children.

i. Margaretha was born on 29 November 1771 in Gentingen and baptized the same day in Körperich. Her godparents were Marg. Goebel of Gentingen and Nik. Thebes of Ammeldingen.[2] Note: The godfather was likely the maternal grandfather of the child.

ii. Elisabetha was born and baptized on 9 March 1774 in Körperich. Her godparents were Elis. Klein from Körperich and Michael Windandy (sic, poss. a typo. A Michael Winandy was living in Körperich at the time).[2] She died on 27 December 1829 in Bastendorf.[5] Note: This child was my children’s ancestor, see The Sheep Herder’s Family

iii. Margaretha was born in Körperich and baptized on 24 May 1776 in Körperich. Her godparents were Marg. Clos from Eisenach and Nik. Wonner from Körperich.[2] Note: How was Marg. Clos related to the child? Could she have been a paternal aunt? No date of birth was given in the entry.

Why were the first and third daughter given the same name? Did the first daughter die before 1776? What happened after the birth of the third daughter? Did Elisabeth marry again? Did she move to another area? Where did she raise her daughters?

In 1790 Margaretha, a daughter of Michael and Elisabeth, married in Mettendorf. Was the bride the older 19 years old Margaretha or was she the younger 16 years old Margaretha?

Daughter Margaretha Marries

Margaretha married Everardus WELTER on 14 September 1790 in Mettendorf.[6], [7]

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Source: “Deutschland Heiraten, 1558-1929,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JHHG-35Q : 26 December 2014), Everardus Welter and Margaretha Kloos, 14 Sep 1790; citing Katholisch, Mettendorf, Rheinland, Prussia; FHL microfilm 585,923.
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Source: “Deutschland Heiraten, 1558-1929,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J4PJ-7QC : 26 December 2014), Everhardus Welter and Margaretha Kloos, 10 Mar 1790; citing Katholisch, Mettendorf, Rheinland, Prussia; FHL microfilm 585,922.

To learn more about the WELTER-KLOOS couple I need to consult the Mettendorf Family Book the next time I visit the Luxracines library. Will the entry for this couple lead to more information for the family of Michel CLOS and Elisabeth THEWES? Will the entry show their daughter Margaretha died before 2 January 1792 when a man named Everardus WELTER married Angela RENSON? Were there more than one person named Everardus WELTER living in Mettendorf at the time?

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Janine Adams of the Organize Your Family History blog and members of her newly formed Facebook group, Genealogy Research Loggers, are helping me to create a habit of regularly entering my genealogy research into a research log. I’m using the Research Manager of my genealogy software Ancestral Quest 15. It is a powerful tool which I have not been using effectively. While entering items to the Research Manager, questions were formed (and recorded!) which I hope will help me to keep better track of the many loose ends in the family tree research.

bestwishescathy1Sources:
[1] Richard Schaffner, comp., Familienbuch der Pfarrei St. Hubertus Körperich in der Südeifel mit Körperich, Niedersgegen, Obersgegen, Gentingen, Roth an der Our, Seimerich und Scheuerhof (später Neuscheuerhof) 1689-1899 (2002), p. 73 family #319.
[2] Ibid., p. 247 family #1153.
[3] Ibid, p. 73 family #320.
[4] Luxembourg, Registres d’état civil, 1662-1941 (images), FamilySearch (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Diekirch > Naissances 1879-1890 Mariages 1796-

1842 > image 1312 of 1492. 1833 Marriage Record No. 9. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-
11618-99298-93?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-2N2:1627336735 : accessed 01 Apr 2013).
[5] Luxembourg Civil Records, Bastendorf > Décès 1828-1862 > image 14 of 305. 1829 Death Record No. 19. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12394-256460-30?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-2CM:n117549397 : accessed 04 Apr 2013).
[6] Germany Marriages, 1558-1929 / Deutschland, Heiraten, 1558-1929, (index), FamilySearch, FHL microfilm 585,923. Everardus Welter and Margaretha Kloos, 14 Sep 1790; parents of the groom: Michaelis Kloos and

Elisabethae Thewes; parents of the bride: Joachim Welter and Barbarae Roderig; citing Katholisch, Mettendorf, Rheinland, Prussia. (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JHHG-35Q : accessed 8 January
2017).
[7] Ibid., FHL microfilm 585,922. Everhardus Welter and Margaretha Kloos, 10 Mar 1790; parents of the groom: Michaelis Kloos and Elisabethae Thewes; parents of the bride: Joachim Welter and Barbarae Roderig; citing Katholisch, Mettendorf, Rheinland, Prussia. (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J4PJ-7QC : 26 December 2014).

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52 Ancestors: #2 den Här an d’Madame REIFFER, a Brick Wall

Last week I introduced you to my 2017 New Season of the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge with 52 Ancestors: #1 The WILMES-SCHOOD Family of Diekirch 1739-1825. As in 2014 and 2015, I have a plan for my posts in 2017. I will be writing about all of my children’s 5th great-grandparents who have not yet been featured. In 2014 their American ancestors in this generation were spotlighted.

We have 64 sets of 5th great-grandparents. In this pedigree chart, on the right, are the first 8 sets of my children’s 5ggp. The MEDER-LAMBERT family was featured in several posts last year so I began with the next couple, WILMES-SCHOOD.

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Pedigree chart generated using Ancestral Quest 15

I had planned to skip Théodore REIFFER‘s parents as they are unknown (as seen in the green boxes above) and continue with the parents of his wife Elisabetha CLOS. I even “announced” in the last post that Elisabeth’s parents would be up next. But one of the nice things about blogging is you can change your mind and re-schedule posts. 🙂

I didn’t expect to find a key to open a door in the REIFFER brick wall in the near future. However, why should I skip this set of 5th great-grandparents? By writing all I know and don’t know, I may find someone who’s already knocked down the brick wall or who may be able to help me open the door.

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1831 Death Record Nr. 23 [1]
Théodore REIFFER was born about 1771 in Gilsdorf in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.[1] His age and place of birth were listed on his death record. I suspect he was not born in Gilsdorf and it was an error made by his son-in-law who was the informant for this death.

I searched page by page through the church records of Diekirch from 1768 to 1776. In later times the civil records for Gilsdorf would be found in Bettendorf. However, the church records for the village were recorded in Diekirch during the time period I am interested in.

I reviewed the records found for his children. None of the records included information on Théodore’s place of birth. His age was consistent with the estimated 1771 birth year in all records except for one where he was seen a little younger, born about 1774.

On all records found for Théodore, he was seen as a sheep herder which explains his moving around so much. Records were found starting in Landscheid and going to Wahlhausen, Tandel, Fouhren, Bastendorf, and Gilsdorf. His wife was from Körperich.

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Google map

I consulted the Körperich Family Book[2] to see if there were any REIFFER connections in the villages of the area. A few REIFFER families were in the area for a later time period. One man, Johann REIFFER, born abt. 1767 in Gralingen to parents from Pütscheid seemed interesting.  If you look at the map these places are to the left and right of the arrow pointing from Landscheid to Wahlhausen.

I searched Rob Deltgen’s site for the parents, Nicolas REIFFER and Margaretha SCHMITZ. He has the couple with the son, found above in the Körperich FB, and several daughters. No other sons. What caught my attention was the place of birth of two of the daughters: Nachtmanderscheid. This lies between Landscheid and Wahlhausen. A coincidence, or could this REIFFER family be Théodore’s family?

I searched for the marriage record of the couple and found they may have married in Brandenbourg in 1759. The groom was named Nicolas REIFFER and was from Nachtmanderscheid. The entry for the marriage in the church records has only the groom’s name. It looks like the person writing the information was interrupted and never went back to write the name of the bride.

My next step is to search through the church records of Brandenbourg for baptisms from 1759 to 1780 for the children of this couple. I hope to find those mentioned on Rob’s site and perhaps some he has not found. Will Théodore be one of them?

If the children of this family are found in the Brandenbourg church records, I plan to check the same for the deaths of the parents.

For the time being, all I know is that den Här an d’Madame REIFFER, parents of Théodore, died before 31 January 1833. This is known as they were mentioned although not named in the 1833 marriage record of Théodore’s daughter Susanna. She married after the death of her parents and confirmed, along with a witness, that her grandparents were also deceased.

den Här an d’Madame = Mr. and Mrs.

bestwishescathy1Sources:
[1] Luxembourg, Registres d’état civil, 1793-1923 (images), FamilySearch (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Bettendorf > Mariages 1817-1890 Décès 1800-1859 > image 1109 of 1494. 1831 Death Record No. 23. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12456-41136-19?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-2ZY:2071013250 : accessed 04 Apr 2013).
[2] Richard Schaffner, comp., Familienbuch der Pfarrei St. Hubertus Körperich in der Südeifel mit Körperich, Niedersgegen, Obersgegen, Gentingen, Roth an der Our, Seimerich und Scheuerhof (später Neuscheuerhof) 1689-1899 (2002).

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52 Ancestors: #27 The Sheep Herder’s Family

Week 27 (July 2-8) – Independent: This is the week for Independence Day! Which one fought for (or against) America’s independence? Or which of your ancestors was independent?

The REIFFER-CLOS Family

Théodore REIFFER, my husband’s 3rd great-grandfather, was born about 1771 in Gilsdorf in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.[1] His parents are at this time still unknown. His place of birth was listed on his death record. I suspect he was not born in Gilsdorf and it was an error made by his son-in-law who was the informant for this death. I will have to begin searching the towns around Gilsdorf (parish records were checked for this location and nothing found) and other places where he was known to have lived. This brick wall will have to wait for now as searching the browse only parish records is time consuming.

Théodore married Elisabeth CLOS. The religious marriage ceremony may have taken place around 1799, definitely before 1803, however I am still searching for a marriage record. As with Théodore’s birth/baptism I will have to come back to this at a later time.

Elisabeth CLOS, my husband’s 3rd great-grandmother, was born and baptized on 9 March 1774 in Körperich, Eifelkreis Bitburg-Prüm, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany. Her parents were Michel CLOS (b. abt. 1747 d. 1775) and Elisabeth THEVES (b. abt. 1750). At her baptism, Elisabeth’s godparents were Elis. KLEIN from Körperich and Michael WINDANDY.[2] Elisabeth’s father Michel died on 20 December 1775.

While checking the information in the Körperich Family Book[2] on Elisabeth’s family I came upon entries for several REIFFERs which leads me to believe the “Théodore brick wall” may be solved using German records instead of those in Luxembourg. I have one ace up my sleeve. While on the field trip to Koblenz to visit the archives one of the other participants proudly showed his draft of the Family Book for Bastendorf, a town Théodore’s family lived in. He may have the information I need to open the door in this brick wall. Wish me luck!

The Children

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1810 Birth Record No. 47 [6]
While searching for the birth record of Théodore and Elisabeth’s daughter Susanna, my husband’s 2nd great-grandmother, I found the birth of a son (above) who had not been included on Rob Deltgen’s site, the first place I look for clues in the greater Diekirch area.

These are the known children of Théodore and Elisabeth:

  • Anne Marie born 4 February 1803 in Landscheid.[3]
  • Johann or Jean born 17 May 1805 in Landscheid. His birth has been documented using his marriage record.[4]
  • Susanna born on 6 April 1808 in Wahlhausen. Her birth has been documented using her marriage record.[5]
  • Jean born 12 November 1810 in Wahlhausen.[6] No further trace of this child has been found.
  • François born 19 June 1814[7] in Tandel and died 9 December 1819[8] in Tandel.

On all records found for Théodore he was seen as a sheep herder which may explains his moving around so much.

Whereabouts

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Google map

The whereabouts of the family is a bit spotty. Elisabeth, the mother of the family, was born in Körperich. The entries in the Körperich Family Book for her family group do not continue into a new generation which suggests her widowed mother may have moved the family to another town and/or remarried. The place of marriage of Théodore and Elisabeth is unknown and not mentioned in the Körperich FB. They lived in Landscheid in 1803 and 1805. In 1808 and 1810 they were in Wahlhausen. In 1814 and 1819 they were in Tandel. By 1826 and 1828 they were in Fouhren when the first of their children married in 1826 and 1828. In 1829 Théodore and Elisabeth were in Bastendorf and in 1831 Théodore was in Gilsdorf.

Grandchildren

Their son Johann married Catharina EISEN on 30 October 1826.[9] The young couple’s first two daughters were born in Fouhren in 1827[10] and 1829.[11] Johann had the same occupation as his father which may be the reason for possible missing records for children during the time period from 1830-1834. The next child was born in Bastendorf in 1835[12] as were five more children between 1837-1847.[13][14][15][16][17] During this time the father’s occupation was day laborer. Johann may have given up on sheep herding when his father died in 1831.

Their daughter Anne Marie married Jean POTT on 16 December 1828.[18] This couple made their home in Gilsdorf where they had four children between 1830-1838.[19][20][21][22]

In 1829 Théodore and Elisabeth were living in Bastendorf. Théodore, a shepherd, reported the death of his wife Elisabeth in Bastendorf on 27 December 1829.[23] After her death Théodore may have gone to live with his eldest daughter in Gilsdorf or was visiting with her family when he died in 1831. His death on 7 May 1831 was reported by his son-in-law Jean POTT. Per the death record Théodore died in the town he was born in. As already noted, this is the only record found for his place of birth.[24]

Two years later in 1833 Susanna, the last of their living children, married Théodore MEDER on 31 January 1833 in Diekirch.[25] At the time of her marriage Susanna was living in Bastendorf. Susanna and her husband were the parents of a dozen children. From 1846 to 1855 Susanna’s husband, like her father, worked as a shepherd.

Was Théodore an Independent Man?

Did Théodore’s occupation make him independent man? As a sheep herder he did not live permanently in one place. His moving around from place to place did not make it easy to document his family. All records found show Théodore, his wife Elisabeth, and the three children who lived to marry could not write. I don’t believe this would be a hinderance as his occupation did not rely on his being literate.

Sources:
[1] Luxembourg, Registres d’état civil, 1793-1923 (images), FamilySearch (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Bettendorf > Mariages 1817-1890 Décès 1800-1859 > image 1109 of 1494. 1831 Death Record No. 23. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12456-41136-19?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-2ZY:2071013250 : accessed 04 Apr 2013).
[2] Richard Schaffner, comp., Familienbuch der Pfarrei St. Hubertus Körperich in der Südeifel mit Körperich, Niedersgegen, Obersgegen, Gentingen, Roth an der Our, Seimerich und Scheuerhof (später Neuscheuerhof) 1689-1899 (2002), p. 73 family #319 and 320, p. 247 family #1153.
[3] Luxembourg, Registres d’état civil, 1793-1923 (images), FamilySearch (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Bastendorf > Naissances 1800-1823, 1798-1823, 1828-1890 Mariages 1778-1823 > image 193 of 1476. 1803 Birth Record No. 7 (15 Pluviôse XI). (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-12305-141568-21?cc=1709358&wc=9RYQ-MNL:129624201,129879301 : accessed 16 August 2011). Note: Mother’s maiden name seen as Claes.
[4] Ibid., Fouhren > Mariages 1820-1830 > image 84 of 167. 1826 Marriage Record. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-11564-91346-10?cc=1709358&wc=9RYM-YWL:129626001,129715601 : accessed 1 July 2015).
[5] Ibid., Diekirch > Naissances 1879-1890 Mariages 1796-1842 > image 1312 of 1492. 1833 Marriage Record No. 9. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11618-99298-93?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-2N2:1627336735 : accessed 01 Apr 2013).
[6] Ibid., Hosingen > Naissances 1798-1822 > image 217 of 395. 1810 Birth Record No. 47. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12341-64341-70?cc=1709358&wc=9RYZ-4W5:129905301,130379001 : accessed 1 July 2015).
[7] Ibid., Diekirch > Tables décennales 1803-1892 Naissances, mariages, décès 1797-1800 Naissances 1800-1823 > image 1178 of 1493. 1814 Birth Record No. 53. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-11030-124220-54?cc=1709358&wc=9RYM-W38:129628901,130575701 : accessed 24 June 2015).
[8] Ibid., Diekirch > Mariages 1843-1890 Décès 1797-1824 > image 1388 of 1493. 1819 Birth Record, lower left. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12052-49804-34?cc=1709358&wc=9RYC-929:129628901,129848701 : accessed 24 June 2015).
[9] Ibid., Fouhren > Mariages 1820-1830 > image 84 of 167. 1826 Marriage Record. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-11564-91346-10?cc=1709358&wc=9RYM-YWL:129626001,129715601 : accessed 1 July 2015).
[10] Ibid., Fouhren > Naissances 1798-1850 > image 182 of 325. 1827 Birth Record. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-12160-34223-76?cc=1709358&wc=9RY3-RM9:129626001,129804701 : accessed 1 July 2015).
[11] Ibid., Fouhren > Naissances 1798-1850 > image 194 of 325. 1929 Birth Record. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-12160-30445-88?cc=1709358&wc=9RY3-RM9:129626001,129804701 : accessed 1 July 2015).
[12] Ibid., Bastendorf > Naissances 1800-1823, 1798-1823, 1828-1890 Mariages 1778-1823 > image 421 of 1476. 1835 Birth Record No. 19. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-12305-143702-49?cc=1709358&wc=9RYQ-MNL:129624201,129879301 : accessed 1 July 2015).
[13] Ibid., Bastendorf > Naissances 1800-1823, 1798-1823, 1828-1890 Mariages 1778-1823 > image 451 of 1476. 1837 Birth Record No. 36.(https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-12305-146834-2?cc=1709358&wc=9RYQ-MNL:129624201,129879301 : accessed 1 July 2015).
[14] Ibid., Bastendorf > Naissances 1800-1823, 1798-1823, 1828-1890 Mariages 1778-1823 > image 477 of 1476. 1839 Birth Record No. 26. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-12305-141935-22?cc=1709358&wc=9RYQ-MNL:129624201,129879301 : accessed 1 July 2015).
[15] Ibid., Bastendorf > Naissances 1800-1823, 1798-1823, 1828-1890 Mariages 1778-1823 > image 498 of 1476. 1841 Death Record No. 9. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-12305-144884-12?cc=1709358&wc=9RYQ-MNL:129624201,129879301 : accessed 1 July 2015).
[16] Ibid., Bastendorf > Naissances 1800-1823, 1798-1823, 1828-1890 Mariages 1778-1823 > image 524 of 1476. 1843 Birth Record No. 17. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-12305-139652-13?cc=1709358&wc=9RYQ-MNL:129624201,129879301 : accessed 1 July 2015).
[17] Ibid., Bastendorf > Naissances 1800-1823, 1798-1823, 1828-1890 Mariages 1778-1823 > image 562 of 1476. 1846 Birth Record No. 4. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-12305-143208-54?cc=1709358&wc=9RYQ-MNL:129624201,129879301 : accessed 1 July 2015).
[18] Ibid., Fouhren > Mariages 1820-1830 > image 110 of 167. 1828 Marriage Record. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-11564-84810-84?cc=1709358&wc=9RYM-YWL:129626001,129715601 : accessed 1 July 2015).
[19] Ibid., Bettendorf > Naissances 1828-1890 Mariages 1800-1816 > image 46 of 1507. 1830 Birth Record No. 4. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-13200-6341-1?cc=1709358&wc=9RYD-FM9:129626601,129945501 : accessed 5 July 2015).
[20] Ibid., Bettendorf > Naissances 1828-1890 Mariages 1800-1816 > image 100 of 1507. 1832 Birth Record No. 40. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-13200-4194-92?cc=1709358&wc=9RYD-FM9:129626601,129945501 : accessed 5 July 2015).
[21] Ibid., Bettendorf > Naissances 1828-1890 Mariages 1800-1816 > image 150 of 1507. 1835 Birth Record No. 21. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-13200-4288-81?cc=1709358&wc=9RYD-FM9:129626601,129945501 : accessed 5 July 2015).
[22] Ibid., Bettendorf > Naissances 1828-1890 Mariages 1800-1816 > image 220 of 1507. 1838 Birth Record No. 43. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-13200-123-56?cc=1709358&wc=9RYD-FM9:129626601,129945501 : accessed 5 July 2015).
[23] Ibid., Bastendorf > Décès 1828-1862 > image 14 of 305. 1829 Death Record No. 19. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12394-256460-30?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-2CM:n117549397 : accessed 04 Apr 2013).
[24] Ibid., Bettendorf > Mariages 1817-1890 Décès 1800-1859 > image 1109 of 1494. 1831 Death Record No. 23. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12456-41136-19?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-2ZY:2071013250 : accessed 04 Apr 2013).
[25] Ibid., Diekirch > Naissances 1879-1890 Mariages 1796-1842 > image 1312 of 1492. 1833 Marriage Record No. 9. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11618-99298-93?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-2N2:1627336735 : accessed 01 Apr 2013).

Genealogy Sketch

Name: Théodore REIFFER
Parents: unknown
Spouse: Elisabeth CLOS
Parents of Spouse: Michel CLOS and Elisabeth THEVES
Whereabouts: Landscheid, Wahlhausen, Tandel, Fouhren, Bastendorf, Gilsdorf
Relationship to Cathy Meder-Dempsey: husband’s 3rd great-grandfather

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

© 2015 Cathy Meder-Dempsey

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52 Ancestors: #26 Halfway: The MEDER-WILMES Family of Diekirch

Week 26 (June 25-July 1) – Halfway: This week marks the halfway point in the year — and the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge! What ancestor do you have that you feel like you’ve only researched halfway? What ancestor do you feel like takes up half of your research efforts?

Halfway finished with 2015 and this year’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge. What better time to switch gears and begin on a new generation. The 3rd great-grandparents will take me through to the end of the year. Sixteen paternal and maternal sets for my husband and 8 maternal sets for myself.  My paternal sets were discussed during the first year of the challenge in 2014.

This generation of ancestors will be take me into a time period which has only been researched halfway. Civil record keeping in Luxembourg began ca. 1796 while the country was under Napoleonic rule (1795- 1812). During the first half of this year I featured many state-gathered records (births, marriages, deaths). The church records (baptisms, marriages, burials) for Luxembourg went online at Family Search at the beginning of this year. At the time I made a resolution to focus on the planned families each week and not check for church records for earlier generations and families until it was time to write about them.

I admit it was hard to keep this resolution, knowing the database was there for the pickings. I went in a few times to check on this or that ancestor and I told myself it was only a practice run. The family I’m doing this week gave me the first opportunity to really dig in and work with the church records. I was only halfway done when I began cleaning up source citations, etc. and adding records for this family.

The MEDER-WILMES Family of Diekirch

Jean Nicolas (Johann Nicolaus) MEDER and Apolonia (Apolline) WILMES were my husband’s 3rd great-grandparents. Due to the nature of the civil and church records in Luxembourg their names were spelled differently over time. It is hard to choose the correct spelling as records were in German, French and Latin. The different spellings, however, did not make it difficult to find the records as I have become familiar with  FamilySearch’s browse-only databases.

1766 Baptism of Johann Nicolaus MEDER

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Baptismal record of Johann Nicolaus MEDER [1]
Johann Nicolaus MEDER was born and baptized on 26 October 1766 in Ettelbrück. His parents were Joannis MEDER and Susanna LAMBER. His godparents were Johann Nicolaus BEQUINET and Barbara WAGENER.[1] In later records the father’s name was seen as Johannes and Jean and the mother’s maiden name was spelled LAMBERT.

1769 Baptism of Apolonia WILMES

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Baptismal record of Apolonia WILMES [2]
Apolonia WILMES was baptiszed on 27 February 1769 in Diekirch. Her parents were Gangolphe WILMES and Anna Marguerite SCHODT. Her godparents were Nicolas THEYS and Apolonia SCHOLTES, both of Diekirch.[2]

1794 Marriage of Jean Nicolas MEDER and Apolonia WILMES

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Marriage record of Jean Nicolas MEDER and Apolonia WILMES [3]
Normally I don’t have much trouble reading the old handwriting in these documents however this marriage record for Jean Nicolas MEDER and Apolonia WILMES was an exception.[3] I knew the date of marriage as it was found in the Family Book of Diekirch compiled by Rob Deltgen, Komplettes Familienbuch der Gemeinde 1796-1923. The names of the bride and groom were underlined which helped me find the record. I can make out the names of the bride and groom’s parents and witnesses however a complete transcription would take more time.

Births, Baptisms, Marriages, Deaths, Burials of Children

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Baptismal record of Elizabeth MOEDERS, sic MEDER [4]
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Burial record of Elizabeth MEDER [5]
Jean Nicolas and Apolinia’s first child was a daughter Elizabeth born and baptized on 16 November 1794 in Diekirch.[4] Her godparents were her grandfather “Gangolphus” WILMES and her aunt Elisabeth MEDER, wife of Jacques BROCHMAN, all of Diekirch. The record has the surname spelled MOEDERS instead of MEDER. Little Elizabeth lived only two months, dying at midnight from the 27th to the 28th of January 1795. She was buried on the 29th.[5]

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Baptismal record of Christina MEDER [6]
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Baptismal record (continued) of Christina MEDER [6]
The second daughter of Jean Nicolas and Apolonia was born on 3 December 1795 at 7 in the evening and was baptized the next day. Christina MEDER’s godparents were Pierre GOSSENS and Christine MOCHY, both of Diekirch.[6]

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Birth record of Antonius (Anton) MOEDER [7]
The first son of Jean Nicolas and Apolonia was born on 30 Pluviose year VI.[7] Antonius MOEDER, as the name was written, was born during the Napoleonic rule when the Republican calendar was in effect. The date was 18 February 1798. No baptismal record was found however his name is on a list of baptisms performed in 1798. The church did not use the Republican calendar and his date of baptism was seen as 17 February 1798.[8] Was this an error on the list of baptisms or on the part of the civil servant using the Republican calendar? In any case he could not have been baptized the day before he was born.

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Death record of Christina MEDER [9]
Three year old Christina MEDER died on 7 March 1799. Her death record filled an entire page of the register.[9]

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Birth record of Mathias MOEDER [10]
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Baptismal record of Mathias MEDER [11]
Mathias MEDER, the second son and fourth child of Jean Nicolas and Apolonia was born and baptized on 30 December 1800. In the civil record his surname was spelled MOEDER[10] while in his baptismal record it was spelled MEDER.[11]

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Baptismal record of Elisabeth MEDERT [12]
Elisabeth MEDER was born on 10 Pluviose year 10 to Jean Nicolas and Apolonia. Her baptismal record shows she was baptized the same day and gives both dates: 30 January 1804 and 10 Pluviose year 10. Her godparents were Mathias WILMES and Elizabeth WILMES, both of Diekirch.[12]

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Baptismal record of Theodore MEDERT[13]
The third son of Jean Nicolas and Apolonia was born and baptized on 14 July 1807 in Diekirch.[13] Theodore MEDER’s godparents were Theodore RITSCHDORFF and Eva KNEIP, both of Diekirch.

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Birth Record of Anne Marie MEDER [14]
Jean Nicolas and Apolonia’s youngest child Anne Marie was born 12 September 1810.[14] No baptismal record was found for Anne Marie MEDER. Baptismal records for 1810 were not available at FamilySearch as of 23 June 2015.

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Marriage publication for Antoine MEDER and Maria Catharina WAGENER [15]
At the end of 1821 the first of Nicolas and Apolonia’s children made plans to marry. The marriage of Antoine MEDER married Maria Catharina WAGENER was “published” on the 23rd and 30th day of December 1821.[15] The civil marriage took place on 8 January 1822 in Diekirch.[16]

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Death record of Mathias MEDER [17]
The year 1824 was not a happy year for the MEDER-WILMES family. Son Mathias MEDER died at the age of 23 years on 29 July 1824 in Diekirch.[17]

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Death record of Apollonia WILLMES [18]
Four months later Apolonia WILMES died at the age of 55 years on 26 November 1824. Her death record however gives her age as 62.[18] At the time of her death she left a husband, two sons, two daughters, and two grandchildren.

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Marriage publication for Theodore MEDER and Susanna REIFFER [19]
On the 20th and the 27th of December 1832 the marriage of Theodore MEDER and Susanna REIFFER was published – read out loud and posted on the door of the city hall.[19] They married a month later on 31 January 1833 in Diekirch.[20]

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Marriage record of Elisabeth MEDER and Mathias BOCK [21]
Nicolas and Apolonia’s oldest living daughter Elisabeth married 24 January 1838 to Mathias BOCK.[21] Elisabeth had been an unmarried mother since 22 June 1829 when her son Mathias MEDER was born.[22] Mathias BOCK had the permission of his reserve regimental commander to marry. The publication of the marriage was noted on the marriage record and not on a separate document as seen when Antoine and Theodore married.

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1843 Census [23]
In December 1843 Jean Nicolas MEDER was seen on the Luxembourg census in the household of his married son Theodore. This census sheet included dates of births of the persons in the household. Jean Nicolas’ birthdate was incorrectly listed as 1 April 1763.[23]

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Marriage record of Anne Marie MEDER and Heinrich KNOPS [24]
On 28 August 1844 the youngest child of this family married. Anne Marie MEDER married the widowed Heinrich KNOPS who was 21 years older.[24]

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Death record of Jean Nicolas MEDER [25]
When Jean Nicolas MEDER died on 22 Dec 1844 he had seen all four of his children marry. His son Theodore was the informant on his death record. Nicolas’ age on the death record was 75 although he was actually 78 as calculated from his birth record.[25]

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Death record of Elisabeth MEDER [26]
Elisabeth MEDER died on 7 December 1861 in Diekirch.[26] She was survived by her husband Mathias BOCK, son Mathias MEDER and possible a daughter Anne Marie BOCK (last seen with her parents in 1858 on census, no marriage record or further trace of her found).

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Death record of Anton MEDER [27]
On 6 Sep 1866 the oldest child of this family, Anton MEDER, died in Diekirch.[27] He was survived by his wife, two sons, two (?) daughters, and four grandchildren. The daughters were last seen 10 years prior to his death and no further information on them has been found.

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Death record of Anne-Marie MEDER [28]
The youngest child of this family, Anne Marie MEDER died on 15 April 1890 in Diekirch.[28] She remained childless and had been widowed for 30 years.

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Death record of Theodore MEDER [29]
Theodore MEDER, the last of living child of Jean Nicolas MEDER and Apolonia WILMES, died on 29 July 1898 in Diekirch at the age of 91 years.[29] Theodore had been widowed for 20 years and left 5 known children. Two daughters have not been traced further and may have also still been living.

As can be seen by the records above and the sources cited below, nearly half of the records used came from the Luxembourg Church Records, 1601-1948 which have only been online since the beginning of the year. I can honestly say this family was only researched halfway before I got everything ready for this blogpost.

bestwishescathy1Sources:
[1] Luxembourg, registres paroissiaux, 1601-1948 (images), FamilySearch (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Ettelbruck > Baptêmes 1748-1792 > image 59 of 147. Jean Nicolas Meder baptismal record. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-32462-751-39?cc=2037955&wc=STH8-ZJ4:1500939401,1501045912 : accessed 23 March 2015).
[2] Ibid., Diekirch > Baptêmes 1743-1790, confirmations 1768-1789 > image 149 of 373. 1769 Baptismal record, entry 4 left page. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32421-7593-86?cc=2037955&wc=STHZ-ZNL:1500890501,1500918030 : accessed 22 June 2015).
[3] ibid., Diekirch > Mariages 1743-1794 > image 116 of 122. 1794 Marriage Record. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-32400-5311-96?cc=2037955&wc=STHC-B87:1500890501,1500891002 : accessed 28 June 2015).
[4] Ibid., Diekirch > Baptêmes 1791-1795, mariages 1794-1798, 1800-1803, sépultures 1794-1795 > image 59 of 243. 1794 Baptismal record No. 84. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-32467-5084-87?cc=2037955&wc=STHD-2JW:1500890501,1501017982 : accessed 23 June 2015).
[5] Ibid., Diekirch > Baptêmes 1791-1795, mariages 1794-1798, 1800-1803, sépultures 1794-1795 > image 103 of 243. 1795 Death Record, left page 5th entry. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-32467-4892-39?cc=2037955&wc=STHD-2JW:1500890501,1501017982 : accessed 23 June 2015).
[6] Ibid., Diekirch > Baptêmes 1791-1795, mariages 1794-1798, 1800-1803, sépultures 1794-1795 > image 95 of 243. 1795 Baptismal Record. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-32467-5031-88?cc=2037955&wc=STHD-2JW:1500890501,1501017982 : accessed 23 June 2015).
[7] Ibid., Diekirch > Naissances 1796-1802 > image 82 of 311. 1798 Birth Record No. 36 (30 Pluviose an VI).  (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-32401-14704-80?cc=2037955&wc=STHZ-MNP:1500890501,1500941302 : accessed 23 June 2015),.
[8] Ibid., Diekirch > Baptêmes 1797-1805, mariages, décès 1797-1807 > image 10 of 133. 1798 Baptismal Record. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-32401-10780-42?cc=2037955&wc=STHC-1XS:1500890501,1500998368 : accessed 23 June 2015).
[9] Ibid., Diekirch > Décès 1796-1803 > image 71 of 203. 1799 Death Record. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32401-15764-70?cc=2037955&wc=STH6-4WY:1500890501,1500953084 : accessed 23 June 2015).
[10] Ibid., Diekirch > Naissances 1796-1802 > image 261 of 311. 1800 Birth Record No. 30 (9 Nivose IX). (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-32401-16888-72?cc=2037955&wc=STHZ-MNP:1500890501,1500941302 : accessed 23 April 2010).
[11] Ibid., Diekirch > Baptêmes 1797-1805, mariages, décès 1797-1807 > image 19 of 133. 1800 Baptismal Record, right page last entry. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-32401-10802-46?cc=2037955&wc=STHC-1XS:1500890501,1500998368 : accessed 23 June 2015).
[12] Ibid., Diekirch > Baptêmes 1797-1805, mariages, décès 1797-1807 > image 34 of 133. 1804 Baptismal Record, left page 6th entry. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-32401-10492-39?cc=2037955&wc=STHC-1XS:1500890501,1500998368 : accessed 23 June 2015).
[13] Ibid., Diekirch > Baptêmes 1805-1807 > image 25 of 29. 1807 Baptismal Record, right page, 3rd entry.(https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-32401-10382-45?cc=2037955&wc=STHC-16Y:1500890501,1501023134 : accessed 23 June 2015).
[14] Luxembourg, Registres d’état civil, 1793-1923 (images), FamilySearch (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Diekirch > Tables décennales 1803-1892 Naissances, mariages, décès 1797-1800 Naissances 1800-1823 > image 1036 of 1493. 1810 Birth Record No. 102. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-11030-124370-89?cc=1709358&wc=9RYM-W38:129628901,130575701 : accessed 24 April 2010).
[15] Ibid., Diekirch > Naissances 1879-1890 Mariages 1796-1842 > image 1064 of 1492. 1821 Marriage Publication (lower left). (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11618-98975-97?cc=1709358&wc=9RY4-W38:129628901,130301801 : accessed 21 April 2010).
[16] Ibid., Diekirch > Naissances 1879-1890 Mariages 1796-1842 > image 1093 of 1492. 1822 Marriage Record No. 2. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11618-97291-62?cc=1709358&wc=9RY4-W38:129628901,130301801 : accessed 21 April 2010).
[17] Ibid., Diekirch > Mariages 1843-1890 Décès 1797-1824 > image 1483 of 1493. 1824 Death Record No. 16. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12052-48739-34?cc=1709358&wc=9RYC-929:129628901,129848701 : accessed 29 April 2010).
[18] Ibid., Diekirch > Mariages 1843-1890 Décès 1797-1824 > image 1487 of 1493. 1824 Death Record No. 32. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12052-49769-12?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-2ND:n1913802954 : accessed 04 Apr 2013).
[19] Ibid., Diekirch > Naissances 1879-1890 Mariages 1796-1842 > image 1300 of 1492. 1832 Marriage Publication, upper left. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11618-104226-22?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-2N2:1627336735 : accessed 01 Apr 2013).
[20] Ibid., Diekirch > Naissances 1879-1890 Mariages 1796-1842 > image 1312 of 1492. 1833 Marriage Record No. 9. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11618-99298-93?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-2N2:1627336735 : accessed 01 Apr 2013).
[21] Ibid., Diekirch > Naissances 1879-1890 Mariages 1796-1842 > image 1400 of 1492. 1838 Marriage Record No. 5. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11618-102794-77?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-2N2:1627336735 : accessed 21 April 2010).
[22] Ibid., Diekirch > Naissances 1823 > image 152 of 1507. 1829 Birth Record No. 32. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11681-26885-70?cc=1709358&wc=9RY4-BZ9:129628901,130131601 : accessed 17 April 2010).
[23] Luxembourg, Volkszählungen 1843-1900 (images), FamilySearch (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Diekirch > 1843 > image 332 of 444. Meder-Reiffer household (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32349-22719-47?cc=2037957&wc=M5LR-MJ4:345999901,345863501 : accessed 25 January 2015).
[24] Luxembourg Civil Records, Diekirch > Mariages 1843-1890 Décès 1797-1824 > image 34 of 1493. 1844 Marriage Record No. 7. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12052-49245-53?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-2ND:n1913802954 : accessed 17 Feb 2013).
[25] Ibid., Diekirch > Décès 1825-1890 > image 335 of 1358. 1844 Death Record No. 56. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12147-167581-60?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-2NH:n538876208 : accessed 17 Feb 2013).
[26] Ibid., Diekirch > Décès 1825-1890 > image 640 of 1358. 1861 Death Record No. 64. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12147-160895-71?cc=1709358&wc=9RYC-2NL:129628901,129628902 : accessed 23 May 2011).
[27] Ibid., Diekirch > Décès 1825-1890 > image 820 of 1358. 1866 Death Record No. 303. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12147-169081-69?cc=1709358&wc=9RYC-2NL:129628901,129628902 : accessed 22 May 2011).
[28] Ibid., Diekirch > Décès 1825-1890 > image 1342 of 1358. 1890 Death Record No. 30. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12147-163369-82?cc=1709358&wc=9RYC-2NL:129628901,129628902 : accessed 23 May 2011).
[29] Ibid., Diekirch > Mariages 1895-1923 Décès 1895-1902 > image 550 of 661. 1898 Death Record No. 53. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-32038-1425-70?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-2NF:21518491 : accessed 17 Feb 2013).

Genealogy Sketch

Name: Jean Nicolas MEDER
Parents: Johannes “Jean” MEDER and Susanna LAMBERT
Spouse: Apolonia “Apolline” WILMES
Parents of spouse: Gangolf “Gangolphe” WILMES and Anne Marguerite SCHODT
Whereabouts: Diekirch, Grand Duché of Luxembourg
Relationship to Cathy Meder-Dempsey: 3rd great-grandfather of husband

1. Jean Nicolas MEDER
2. Theodore MEDER
3. Franz “François” MEDER
4. Johann Peter “Jean-Pierre” MEDER
5. Marcel Mathias MEDER
6. Cathy Meder-Dempsey’s husband Living MEDER

© 2015 Cathy Meder-Dempsey

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52 Ancestors: #15 The FABER-LORENTZ Family (1813-1915)

Week 15 (April 9-16) – How Do You Spell That? What ancestor do you imagine was frequently asked that? Which ancestor did you have a hard time finding because of an unusual name?

Jean FABER was born on 25 April 1813[1] in Diekirch, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. Two days after the birth of his son, the father Jean FABER, age 25, went to the townhall to register the child born to his wife Marguerithe SCHENTEN. They wanted to name him after his father. The birth record was recorded in French as were the names. The father however signed his name Johann FABER, using the German version of his name.

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1813 Birth Record No. 35 [1]
When “Jean FABER” married the record was in German. Johann FABER married Maria LORENTZ, daughter of Mathias LORENTZ and Margaretha PREUSEN, on 28 July 1841[2] in Diekirch. Johann was 28 and Maria was 27. Of the four parents of the bridal couple only the father of the groom and the mother of the bride signed the marriage record. The groom’s mother could not write and the bride’s father was deceased. All of the witnesses were relatives of the bride – makes me wonder if the bride’s family was making sure that they went through with the marriage. Three of the witnesses were her uncles and the fourth was a brother-in-law.

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1841 Marriage Record No. 13 [2]
As with Jean FABER, his wife Maria’s birth record is in French. Marie LORENTZ was born at 7 in the morning on 1 April 1814[3] in Diekirch. Her father Mathias LORENTZ only waited until after the mid-day meal to go to the town hall at 3 in the afternoon to register the birth of his daughter born to his wife Marguerithe PREISEN. Mathias LORENTZ was literate as he signed his name on the birth record.

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1814 Birth Record No. 30 [3]
How do you spell that?

Here is where the theme for this week comes into the picture. How was the mother of the bride’s maiden name spelled? PREISEN or PREUSEN? It was interchangeable in the census records. I believe that this is mostly due to the fact that this family lived during a time that house names were often used instead of their surnames. In this case, PREISEN most likely was the house name. I checked the phone book for Luxembourg and both spellings of the name appear to have died out. There are a few people named PRUSEN in Luxembourg but none who spelled their name PREISEN or PREUSEN. It would be interesting to follow all the collateral lines of this family to see if all male lines of the family died out or if they changed the spelling of the name sometime during World War I or II as Preisen is an offensive term for Germans.

The Children of Jean and Maria FABER-LORENTZ

Jean FABER and Maria LORENTZ had the following children.

  • Johann “Jean” FABER was born on 1 January 1842[4] in Diekirch. He died on 20 May 1880[5] in Diekirch. Johann married Marguerite DAHLEM, daughter of Nicolas DAHLEM and Elisabeth BERINGER, on 6 December 1876[6] in Diekirch. Marguerite was born on 28 January 1848[7] in Diekirch. She died on 27 April 1922[8] in Diekirch. They did not have children.
  • Catharina “Cathérine” FABER was born on 8 January 1844[9] in Diekirch. She was not with her father in 1864 or 1871 when the census was taken. She was listed on the 1867 census in her father’s household but marked out with the notation that she married in Metz, France. No further trace has been found.
  • Elisabetha “Elisabeth” “Elise” FABER was born on 19 February 1846[10] in Diekirch. She died 0n 28 February 1915[11] in Diekirch. Elisabetha married Franz “François” MEDER, son of Théodore MEDER and Susanna REIFFER, on 20 September 1869[12] in Diekirch. Franz was born on 17 May 1846[13] in Diekirch. He died on 7 September 1930[14] in Diekirch. They were the parents of 11 children.
  • Marguerite FABER was born on 27 April 1848[15] in Diekirch. No trace of this child after 1871.
  • Peter “Pierre” FABER was born on 25 July 1850[16] in Diekirch. He died on 18 March 1851[17] in Diekirch.

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1851 Death Record No. 12 [18]
The mother of this family Maria “Marie” LORENTZ died on 11 February 1851[18] in Diekirch. Jean was left to raise his four living children under the age of 10 on his own. Less than a year after the death of his wife he found a new partner and step-mother for his children.

The Second Marriage of Jean FABER

Jean FABER married Cathérine GIVER, daughter of Conrad GIVER and Cathérine PROBST, on 4 February 1852[19] in Diekirch. Cathérine was born on 8 October 1823[20] in Medernach.

They had the following children.

  • Marie FABER was born on 18 August 1854[21] in Diekirch. She died on 10 May 1855[22] in Diekirch.
  • Pierre FABER was born on 30 January 1857[23] in Diekirch. He died on 1 February 1858[24] in Diekirch.
  • Marie FABER was born on 15 January 1859[25] in Diekirch. No further trance of this child was found after 1871.

Jean’s second wife Cathérine GIVER died on 19 February 1862[26] in Diekirch less than two weeks after their 10th wedding anniversary. She gave Jean FABER three children, only the youngest Marie, who was only 3 years old, lived.

Jean, once again widowed, had five children aged 3 to 20 years. His oldest daughter Catharina may have gone to Metz, France, to work soon after her step-mother’s death as she was not in her father’s household in 1864. By 1867 a note was made on the census that she had married in Metz. The Tables Décennales (10-year lists) for Metz is online however marriages are listed in alphabetical order by groom making it tedious to find a bride with such a common name. When I have some spare time I plan to run through the marriages in hopes of at least finding a date of marriage and a name for the groom.

Jean was counted in Diekirch on the Luxembourg census in the following years and households:

  • 29 December 1843 in the Faber-Lorentz household.[27]
  • 5 December 1846 in the Faber-Lorentz household.[28]
  • 31 December 1847 in the Faber-Lorentz household.[29]
  • 3 December 1849 in the Faber-Lorentz household.[3]
  • 31 December 1851 in the household of the widower Jean Faber.[31]
  • 3 December 1852 in the Faber-Giver household.[32]
  • 3 December 1855 in the Faber-Giver household.[33]
  • 5 December 1858 in the Faber-Giver household.[34]
  • 3 December 1861 in the Faber-Giver household.[35]
  • 1 December 1864 in the household of the widower Jean Faber.[36]
  • 3 December 1867 in the household of the widower Jean Faber.[37]
  • 1 December 1871 in the widower Jean Faber and Meder-Faber household (two families).[38]

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1863 Death Record No. 27 [39]
The father of this family Jean FABER, seen as Johann FABER, died on 26 April 1873[39] in Diekirch.His death was declared by his son Johann FABER who signed Jean FABER. The names of both of his wives are included on the death record.

His son married in 1876, died in 1880 and did not have children. His two youngest daughters, Marguerite and Marie, were single in 1873. They have not been located in the census after 1871, no marriage records or death records were found for them in Diekirch. Could they have followed their oldest sister Catharina to Metz, France?

This leaves only one child of Jean FABER and Marguerite LORENTZ, as far as records have been found to date, who had children to continue this line: his daughter Elise, my husband’s great-grandmother, who married Franz MEDER and had 11 children. Six of these children did not marry or have children. The other five children, all sons, married and continued the line.

Sources:
[1] Luxembourg, Registres d’état civil, 1793-1923 (images), FamilySearch (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Diekirch > Tables décennales 1803-1892 Naissances, mariages, décès 1797-1800 Naissances 1800-1823 > image 1141 of 1493. 1813 Birth Record No. 35. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-11030-125930-69?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-2N5:n983817566 : accessed 02 Apr 2013).
[2] Ibid, Diekirch > Naissances 1879-1890 Mariages 1796-1842 > image 1461 of 1492. 1841 Marriage Record No. 13. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11618-102229-19?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-2N2:1627336735 : accessed 02 Apr 2013).
[3] Ibid, Diekirch > Tables décennales 1803-1892 Naissances, mariages, décès 1797-1800 Naissances 1800-1823 > image 1173 of 1493. 1814 Birth Record No. 30. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-11030-125996-59?cc=1709358&wc=9RYM-W38:129628901,130575701 : accessed 27 Sep 2014).
[4] Ibid, Diekirch > Naissances 1823 > image 460 of 1507. 1880 Birth Record No. 3. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11681-26364-6?cc=1709358&wc=9RY4-BZ9:129628901,130131601 : accessed 24 March 2015).
[5] Ibid, Diekirch > Décès 1825-1890 > image 1121 of 1358. 1880 Death Record No. 33. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12147-160312-73?cc=1709358&wc=9RYC-2NL:129628901,129628902 : accessed 24 March 2015).
[6] Ibid, Diekirch > Mariages 1843-1890 Décès 1797-1824 > image 661 of 1493. 1876 Marriage Record No. 18. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12052-49231-73?cc=1709358&wc=9RYC-929:129628901,129848701 : accessed 1 May 2010).
[7] Ibid, Diekirch > Naissances 1823 > image 612 of 1507. 1848 Birth Record No. 8. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11681-30862-96?cc=1709358&wc=9RY4-BZ9:129628901,130131601 : accessed 29 March 2015).
[8] Ibid, Diekirch > Décès 1903-1912 > image 461 of 500. 1922 Death Record No. 26. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-32027-19213-66?cc=1709358&wc=9RTY-J4Q:129628901,129787701 : accessed 29 March 2015).
[9] Ibid, Diekirch > Naissances 1823 > image 511 of 1507. 1844 Birth Record No. 3. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11681-33880-82?cc=1709358&wc=9RY4-BZ9:129628901,130131601 : accessed 1 May 2010).
[10] Ibid, Diekirch > Naissances 1823 > image 562 of 1507. 1846 Birth Record No. 13. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11681-35573-94?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-2NV:n960823085 : accessed 01 Apr 2013).
[11] Ibid, Diekirch > Décès 1903-1912 > image 292 of 500. 1915 Death Record No. 12. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-32027-19436-87?cc=1709358&wc=9RTY-J4Q:129628901,129787701 : accessed 11 January 2015).
[12] Ibid, Diekirch > Mariages 1843-1890 Décès 1797-1824 > image 562 of 1493. 1869 Marriage Record No. 12. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12052-48904-35?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-2ND:n1913802954 : accessed 01 Apr 2013).
[13] Ibid, Diekirch > Naissances 1823 > image 569 of 1507. 1846 Birth Record No. 39. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11681-27954-74?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-2NV:n960823085 : accessed 01 Apr 2013).
[14] Enders-Meder family tree drawing
[15]  Luxembourg, Registres d’état civil, 1793-1923 (images), FamilySearch (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Diekirch > Naissances 1823 > image 616 of 1507. 1848 Birth Record No. 24. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11681-34330-37?cc=1709358&wc=9RY4-BZ9:129628901,130131601 : accessed 1 May 2010).
[16] Ibid, Diekirch > Naissances 1823 > image 675 of 1507. 1850 Birth Record No. 49. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11681-28816-85?cc=1709358&wc=9RY4-BZ9:129628901,130131601 : accessed 1 May 2010).
[17] Ibid, Diekirch > Décès 1825-1890 > image 441 of 1358. 1851 Death Record No. 19. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12147-170660-73?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-2NH:n538876208 : accessed 24 March 2015).
[18] Ibid, Diekirch > Décès 1825-1890 > image 439 of 1358. 1851 Death Record No. 12. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12147-170657-76?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-2NH:n538876208 : accessed 01 Apr 2013).
[19] Ibid, Diekirch > Mariages 1843-1890 Décès 1797-1824 > image 222 of 1493. 1852 Marriage Record No. 7. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12052-48662-30?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-2ND:n1913802954 : accessed 02 Apr 2013).
[20] Ibid, Medernach > Naissances 1779-1825 > image 343 of 368. 1823 Birth Record No. 20. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-11694-60750-88?cc=1709358&wc=9RYS-BZ9:130066901,130121101 : accessed 29 March 2015).
[21] Ibid, Diekirch > Décès 1825-1890 > image 513 of 1358. 1855 Death Record No. 30. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12147-162945-64?cc=1709358&wc=9RYC-2NL:129628901,129628902 : accessed 29 March 2015).
[22] Ibid, Diekirch > Décès 1825-1890 > image 513 of 1358. 1855 Death Record No. 30. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12147-162945-64?cc=1709358&wc=9RYC-2NL:129628901,129628902 : accessed 29 March 2015).
[23] Ibid, Diekirch > Naissances 1823 > image 858 of 1507. 1857 Birth Record No. 9. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11681-27217-96?cc=1709358&wc=9RY4-BZ9:129628901,130131601 : accessed  ‎19‎ Mar ‎2010).
[24] Ibid, Diekirch > Décès 1825-1890 > image 574 of 1358. 1858 Death Record No. 3. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12147-164187-82?cc=1709358&wc=9RYC-2NL:129628901,129628902 : accessed 29 March 2015).
[25] Ibid, Diekirch > Naissances 1823 > image 920 of 1507. 1859 Birth Record No. 8. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11681-30493-23?cc=1709358&wc=9RY4-BZ9:129628901,130131601 : accessed 29 March 2015).
[26] Ibid, Diekirch > Décès 1825-1890 > image 650 of 1358. 1862 Death Record No. 20. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12147-166052-72?cc=1709358&wc=9RYC-2NL:129628901,129628902 : accessed 29 March 2015).
[27] Luxembourg, Volkszählungen 1843-1900 (images), FamilySearch, (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Diekirch > 1843 > image 51 of 444. Faber-Lorentz household. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-32349-19385-40?cc=2037957&wc=M5LR-MJ4:345999901,345863501 : accessed 7 January 2015).
[28] Ibid, Diekirch > 1846 > image 39 of 347. Faber-Lorentz household. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-32358-16472-49?cc=2037957&wc=M5LT-82R:345999901,345858602 : accessed 11 March 2015).
[29] Ibid, Diekirch > 1847 > image 48 of 506. Faber-Lorentz household. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32360-33313-5?cc=2037957&wc=M5LT-7MB:345999901,345864101 : accessed 11 March 2015).
[30] Ibid, Diekirch > 1849 > image 5 of 504. Faber-Lorentz household. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-32360-14249-70?cc=2037957&wc=M5LT-44Q:345999901,345864801 : accessed 11 March 2015).
[31] Ibid, Diekirch > 1851 > image 439 of 601. Faber household. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-32368-2402-92?cc=2037957&wc=M5LT-6Y3:345999901,345865601 : accessed 24 March 2015).
[32] Ibid, Diekirch > 1852 > image 367 of 551. Faber-Giver household. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-32376-18512-46?cc=2037957&wc=M5LY-Y4T:345999901,345865501 : accessed 25 March 2015).
[33] Ibid, Diekirch > 1855 > image 267 of 534. Faber-Giver household. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-32378-32616-41?cc=2037957&wc=M5GM-K6Y:345999901,345866501 : accessed 24 March 2015).
[34] Ibid, Diekirch > 1858 > image 468 of 635. Faber-Giver household. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-32378-11465-28?cc=2037957&wc=M5LB-VZL:345999901,345867601 : accessed 25 March 2015).
[35] Ibid, Diekirch > 1861 > image 570 of 646. Faber-Giver household. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-32381-10670-71?cc=2037957&wc=M5LY-16P:345999901,345867101 : accessed 14 March 2015).
[36] Ibid, Diekirch > 1864 > image 430 of 689. Jean Faber household 16b. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-32373-28311-79?cc=2037957&wc=M5LY-168:345999901,345868401 : accessed 25 January 2015).
[37] Ibid, Diekirch > 1867 > image 156 of 649. Jean Faber household. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-32377-7786-90?cc=2037957&wc=M5GM-SP8:345999901,345869101 : accessed 25 January 2015).
[38] Ibid, Diekirch > 1871 > image 1359 of 1420. Faber-Lorentz and Meder-Faber households No. 18 & 19. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-32382-19035-72?cc=2037957&wc=M5GS-ZNP:345999901,345869501 : accessed 7 January 2015).
[39] Luxembourg, Registres d’état civil, 1793-1923 (images), FamilySearch (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Diekirch > Décès 1825-1890 > image 970 of 1358. 1873 Death Record No. 27. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12147-165974-79?cc=1709358&wc=M9M6-2NH:n538876208 : accessed 01 Apr 2013).

Genealogy Sketch

Name: Johann “Jean” FABER
Parents: Johann “Jean” FABER and Marie Cathérine “Margaretha” SCHENTEN
Spouse: Maria “Marie” LORENTZ(*), Catherine GIVER
Parents of spouse(*): Mathias “Mathieu” LORENTZ and Margaretha PREUSEN
Whereabouts: Diekirch, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
Relationship to Cathy Meder-Dempsey: husband’s great-great-grandfather

1. Johann “Jean” FABER
2. Elisabetha “Elisabeth” “Elise” FABER
3. Johann Peter “Jean-Pierre” MEDER
4. Marcel Mathias MEDER
5. Cathy Meder-Dempsey’s husband

© 2015 Cathy Meder-Dempsey

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

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

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

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Courtesy of TreeSeek.com

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

The MEDER-REIFFER Family (1807-1930)

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

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

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

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

Let’s get back to the main subjects!

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

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

Théodore and Susanna were the parents of a dozen children:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Occupations of Théodore MEDER

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

occupationThe MEDER-REIFFER family in the Luxembourg census

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

If you have any connection to this family, please let me know. I look forward to reading your comments.

Genealogy Sketch

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

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

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

© 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: #5 The MEDER-FABER Family of Diekirch 1846-1954

Week 5, Plowing throughWe will likely be plowing through a lot of snow by this time. What ancestor had a lot of struggles to plow through? Or take it more literally… It’s up to you :)

It has always been said that my husband’s grandfather Jean-Pierre MEDER was the youngest of twelve and married the oldest of twelve, Ketty SCHWARTZ. I had to plow through census, birth, marriage, and death records to prove/disprove that the MEDER-FABER family, as tradition goes, had a dozen children.

Slow Down, You Move Too Fast

red-do-over-button - smallI’m following Thomas MacEntee’s Genealogy Do-Over and the discussions in the Facebook group of the same name.  I’m not an “All-in” participant or even a modified participant. I’m willing to learn new things and have already slown down a bit.

My blogpost this week became a family group study. I went through every document and extracted as much information as possible. I cited the sources (one of the topics in Week 5) and attached the documents in my genealogy program. I did this slowly, and extractions of the information in the records is reflected in the account below for the family.

The MEDER-FABER Family of Diekirch 1846-1954

Records for the Meder-Faber family of Diekirch in the beautiful country of Luxembourg span the period from 1846, the year that both of my husband’s great-grandparents were born, until 1954 when their youngest and last living child, my husband’s grandfather, died.

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Elizabetha

Elisabetha FABER was born on the 19th of February 1846 in Diekirch, Luxembourg. Her father Johann FABER, 33 years old stonemason (Steinhauer), reported her birth at 11 o’clock in the morning the following day. Elise, as she was later seen in some records, was born at 11 o’clock in the morning. Her mother Maria LORENTZ was 32 years old. Anton PREUSEN, 55, farmer, and Franz LORENTZ, 34, uncle of the child, were witnesses. Johann-Baptiste DIDIER was the civil officer who recorded the birth.[1]

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Franz

Franz MEDER was born on the 17th of May 1846 in Diekirch, Luxembourg. His father Theodor MEDER, 37 years old day laborer (Taglöhner), reported his birth at at 11 o’clock in the morning the following day. Franz was born at 11 o’clock in the morning. His mother Susanna REIFFER (Reifer on birth record) was 37 years old. Nikolas FOOS and Damian WILLMES were witnesses. Johann-Baptiste DIDIER was the civil officer who recorded the birth.[2]

The Marriage of Franz MEDER and Elisabetha FABER

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Meder-Faber marriage

Franz MEDER and Elisabetha FABER were married at 6 o’clock the evening of Monday, 20 September 1869 in Diekirch by the mayor Ernest FRANÇOIS. Franz was 23 and a day laborer (Taglöhner), Elisabetha was 23 and a seamstress (Näherin). Both of Franz’s parents and Elisabetha’s father were present and agreeable to the marriage. Elisabetha’s mother had died in 1851 a week before little Elise’s 5th birthday. Her date of death is seen in her daughter’s marriage record. Marriage banns had been read Sunday the 5th and the 12th of September. The four witnesses to the marriage were all known to the bridal couple: Franz KREMER, [illegible] WEBER, Mathias WENGLER, and Peter GOEBEL. All persons present, except for the parents of the bridal couple who could not write, signed the marriage record.[3]

A Family for Franz and Elisabetha

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Johann

Child #1: Johann MEDER was born on 10 Mar 1870 at 10 o’clock in the morning in Diekirch. His father Franz, a day laborer (Taglöhner), was 23 and his mother Elisabetha was 24. Witnesses to the birth record, filled out the next day by Ernest FRANÇOIS, were Mathias WENGLER and Johan BETTENDORF. The three men were city hall employees.[4]

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Anton

Child #2: Anton MEDER was born at 10 o’clock the evening of 14 October 1871 in Diekirch. The following morning at 11 o’clock his father Franz, 24, day laborer (Taglöhner), informed Nicolas MERGEN that his wife Elizabetha, 25, had given birth to a son who they wanted to name Anton. Mathias WENGLER and Johan BETTENDORF were witnesses.[5]

1871 Luxembourg Census

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1871 Luxembourg Census for the FABER and MEDER-FABER families who lived in Diekirch.

In 1871 Franz (1847) and Elisabetha (1846) are seen for the first time on a census in the same household.[6] The census was enumerated for the night between the 30th of November and the 1st of December and shows two households in one home. Franz and Elisabetha and their two sons (bottom group) are living in the same home as Elisabeth’s parents and two of her sisters (top group). Franz is seen as a day laborer and Elisabetha has no occupation. The sons are listed as Jean (1870) and Joseph (1871). Jean is the French equivalent of Johann but Joseph is not the same as Anton. Joseph and Anton are the same child, Joseph possibly being a baptismal name.

It must be noted that Elisabetha was born in February 1846 and Franz in May 1846 making Elisabetha 3 months older than Franz. From May until February the couple would have the same age however in most records, as will be seen here, Elizabeth was seen as being one year older than Franz.

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Johann Peter (the elder)

Child #3: Johann Peter MEDER was born at 10 o’clock the evening of 12 June 1873 in Diekirch. Two day later his father Franz, 26, day laborer (Taglöhner), went to the city hall at 11 o’clock in the morning to have the birth of his child by his wife Elizabeth, 27, registered by the mayor Johann JUTTEL. Mathias ZENNER, 30, carpenter (Schreiner), and Mathias WENGLER, 46, city hall secretary (Sekretär), were witnesses.[7]

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Théodore

Child #4: Théodore MEDER was born at 5 o’clock the evening of 20 Apr 1875 in Diekirch. The following day his father Franz, 28, day laborer (Taglöhner), went to the city hall at 2 o’clock in the afternoon to have the birth of his child by his wife Elizabetha, 30, registered by the mayor Johann JUTTEL. Johann Baptiste KESSLER, 60, church officer (Köster) and Johann BETTENDORFF, 60, town crier/messenger (Gemeindebote), were witnesses.[8]

1875 Luxembourg Census

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1875 Luxembourg Census: Meder-Faber household No. 80 in Diekirch

In 1875 Franz (1847) and Elisabetha (1846) are seen on the 1875 census with their four sons: Johann (1869), Joseph (1871), Joh. Peter (1872), and Théodore (1875). Franz’s occupation was listed as Gerbergesell or tanner. All members of the household were born in Diekirch, of Catholic faith, and Luxembourg nationals. The census was enumerated for the night between the 30th of November and the 1st of December. The years of birth do not all match the birth records found but are within a year of the true date.[9]

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Johann Peter (birth)

Child #5: Johann Peter MEDER was born at 1 o’clock in the morning of 14 October 1876 in Diekirch. His father Franz, 30, day laborer (Taglöhner), went to the city hall at 11 o’clock the same day to declare his birth to Johann JUTTEL, mayor. The mother Elisabetha was 31. Witnesses were the city hall secretary Mathias WENGLER, 50, (Sekretär), and his brother Johann Baptiste WENGLER, 35, who appears to have been visiting as his residence was listed as Antwerp (Belgium).[10]

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Johann Peter (death)

Eleven months later Franz, 30, once again made a visit to the city hall at 11 o’clock to declare the death of his second son named Johann Peter on 29 September 1877 in their home in Diekirch at 9 o’clock in the morning. Franz LEYDER, 59, forester (Förster), accompanied him, or was present in the city hall, and Johann JUTTEL was the person who filled in the death record. Elisabetha, the mother, was listed as 32.[11] Whent his child died Elisabetha was pregnant with her next child.

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Elisabetha

Child #6: Elisabetha MEDER was born at 7 o’clock in the afternoon of 17 April 1878 in Diekirch. Her father Franz, 32, worker (Arbeiter), went the next day at 11 o’clock to the city hall to declare the birth to Johann JUTTEL. The mother Elisabetha was 33. Witnesses were Franz LEYDER, 54, forester (Förster), and Peter VAN KAUVENBERG, 37, coacher (Fuhrmann).[12] The next record in the birth register was for Peter Van Cauvenbergh’s son Peter which would explain his presence when Franz registered his daughter. It is interesting to view records recorded the same day as they can help to answer questions about the relationship of the witnesses to the claimant.

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Philippe (birth)

Child #7: Philippe MEDER was born on 4 April 1880 at 10 o’clock in the evening in Diekirch. Franz, 34, worker (Arbeiter), gave the information to Johann JUTTEL two days later at 11 o’clock in the morning. The mother Elisabetha was 35. Witnesses were Mathias WENGLER, 54, secretary (Sekretär), (note: Mr. Merten signed, not Mr. Wengler) and Johann Peter DELOOS, 35.[13]

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Philippe (death)

Philippe died at noon on 8 November 1880 in his parents’ home. His father Franz, 34, day laborer (Taglöhner), made the declaration on the 9th. Philippe was in his 8th month at the time of his death and his mother Elizabetha was 35. Witness was Mathias WENGLER, secretary (Sekretär), who was listed as age 30, most likely an error as the person of the same name who has been seen as city hall secretary was older and listed as 54 in the next death record. Johann JUTTEL was once again the person who took the information for the record.[14] Elisabetha may have already been pregnant with her next child.

1880 Luxembourg Census

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1880 Luxembourg Census: Meder-Faber household No. 85 in Diekirch

In 1880 the census was again taken for the night of 30 November to 1 December 1880. Along with Franz, Elisabetha, and their five living children (Johann, Joseph, Johann Peter, Théodore, and Elise) we see Franz’s widowed father Théodore living in the household.[15]

1881helenebirth
Hélène

Child #8: Hélène MEDER was born at 11 o’clock in the evening on 1 June 1881 in Diekirch. Her father Franz, 35, worker (Arbeiter), went to the city hall two days later, on the 3rd at 11 o’clock in the morning and once again met with Johann JUTTEL to register the birth of the child born to his wife  Elisabetha, 36. Witnesses were Mathias WENGLER, 54, secretary (Sekretär), and Johann Baptiste KESSLER, 68.[16]

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Heinrich

Child #9: Heinrich MEDER was born the morning of 2 March 1883 at 5 o’clock in Diekirch. Johann JUTTEL was the civil servant who filled out his birth record the same afternoon at 2 o’clock with the information the father Franz, 36, tanner (Gerbergesell), gave for the child and the mother Elisabetha, 36. Witnesses were Mathias WENGLER, 56, secretary (Sekretär) and Johann KORT, 49, a police officer.[17]

1885annebirth
Anna

Child #10: Anna MEDER was born at 10:30 in the evening of 12 July 1885 in Diekirch. Her father Franz, 39, tanner (Gerbergesell) met with Johann Peter SCHOLTES the next morning at 11 o’clock to register the birth of the daughter born to his wife Elisabetha, 40.  Witnesses were Johann KORT, 51, a police officer, and Jacob MERTEN, 39, church officer (Köster).[18]

1885 Luxembourg Census

The quality of the census sheet for the 1885  Luxembourg census [19] is poor. Instead of including the image I choose to make a short transcription of the information listed (omitted below: all persons in household were born in Diekirch, were Catholic and of Luxembourg nationality; only the parents were married):

1885 Luxembourg Census: Meder-Faber household No. 8 in Diekirch
Verzeichniß aller in der Nacht vom 30. November zum 1. Dezember in der Wohnung anwesenden Personen.
(List of all person present in the night of 30 Nov to 1 Dec in the home)
Vorname-Familienname-Verwandschaft-Geschlecht-Geburtstag&Jahr-Beruf
First name-Surname-Relationship-Gendwer-Birthdate-Occupation
1. Franz MEDER Vater männlich 24 März 1846 Gerbergeselle (tanner)
2. Elise FABER Mutter weiblich 20 März 1845 Haushälterin (housekeeper)
3. Jean MEDER Sohn männlich 10 März 1870 Zuckerbäcker (confectioner)
4. Joseph MEDER Sohn männlich 18 Februar 1872 Zuckerbäcker (confectioner)
5. Jean Pierre MEDER Sohn männlich 5 Juni 1873 ohne Stand (without occ.)
6. Théodore MEDER Sohn männlich 18 April 1875 ohne Stand
7. Elisabeth MEDER Tochter weiblich 10 April 1878 ohne Stand
8. Magdalena MEDER Tochter weiblich 15 März 1881 ohne Stand
9. Ignatus MEDER Sohn männlich 3 März 1883 ohne Stand
10. Anna MEDER Tochter weiblich 11 Juni 1885 ohne Stand
Key: Vater (Father), Mutter (mother), Sohn (son), Tochter (daughter), männlich (male), weiblich (female)

When compared to the birth records seen above all of the birthdates are off except for the oldest son Jean. Daughter Hélène is seen with the German variation of her name, Magdalena. Son Heinrich is now seen as “Ignatus” which may have been one of his baptismal names. As will be seen in later census records this son was only seen as Heinrich on his birth record and as Ignatius (or some form of this name) in all other records.

1887 Luxembourg Census

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1887 Luxembourg Census: Meder-Faber household No. 66 in Diekirch

In 1887 the census was taken on the 1st of February instead of the usual 1st of December. The persons in the household did not change from 1885 to 1887 although some names had different spelling variations. Ignatus name was listed as Ignace.[20]

1888birth
Johann Peter (the younger)

Child #11: Johann Peter MEDER was born at 1 o’clock the morning of 20 November 1888 in Diekirch. His father Franz, 42, tanner (Gerbergesell), went to the city hall the same morning at 10 o’clock to register his son with Johann Peter SCHOLTES. The mother Elizabetha was 43. Witnesses were Mathias WENGLER, 63, secretary, and Johann KORT, 55, a police officer.[21]

Note: This is the second living son with this name. In the census in 1890 and 1895 he is seen as Peter and then as Johann Peter in 1900 when his older brother Johann Peter was  living and working in Paris, France.

1890 Luxembourg Census

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1890 Luxembourg Census: Meder-Faber household No. 78

On the 1890 census Franz and Elise, as Elisabetha was listed, had in their household their children Joseph, Joh. Peter, Elise, Hélène, Ignace, Anna, and Peter. Their oldest sons Johann and Théodore were not at home.[22]

The Luxembourg census has Control Lists with the names of the heads of household. These are helpful when finding families however when young persons were apprenticed they may have lived with the employer’s family. FamilySearch has nearly 1,700 images for  the town of Diekirch for 1890. I have not gone through page by page for the missing sons as they show up once again in later years.

1895marriage
Meder-Zimmer Marriage

Franz and Elisabetha’s oldest son was the first to marry. Johann MEDER was 25 and a confectioner (Zuckerbäcker) when he married Cathérine ZIMMER, 21 and a maid (Dienstmagd) on 23 September 1895 at 7 o’clock in the evening. Both of Johann’s parents, Cathérine’s mother, four witnesses, and the alderman who performed the civil ceremony were present and all appear to have signed the marriage record (below) except for Johann’s mother Elisabetha FABER.[23]

1895marriage1895 Luxembourg Census

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1895 Luxembourg Census: Meder-Faber household No. 84 in Diekirch
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1895 Luxembourg Census: Meder-Faber household No. 84 in Diekirch. Page with persons who belonged in the household but were not living in it at the time of census.

On the 1895 census we see that the person who filled out the form had to marked out things and start over. Franz, now seen as François, and Elizabetha, seen as Eliza, have their children Joseph, Théodore, Elisa, Hélène, Ingnatz (sic), Anna, and Peter in the household. Their son Johann Peter (the elder) has been working in Paris, France, for a month.[24] Their oldest son Jean, married in September that year, was in his own household next door to his parents. Household No. 83

1900 Luxembourg Census

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1900 Luxembourg Census: Meder-Faber household No. 82 in Diekirch.
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1900 Luxembourg Census: Meder-Faber household No. 82 in Diekirch. Page with persons who belonged in the household but were not living in it at the time of census.

By the time the 1900 census was enumerated the children of Franz and Elisa were older but still living in the parental home. Joseph, Théodore, and Ignace were workers. Anna and Johann Peter, the youngest, most likely were still in school as they did not have an occupation listed. Three of the children, although they belonged in the household, were now in Paris, France: Johann Peter (the elder) had been working there 3 years; Elise had been in service for a  year and Hélène for 4 months.[25] Son Johann was living next door or perhaps in the same house in household No. 81 with his wife and three children.

1904marriage
Meder-Zimmer marriage(2)

Théodore MEDER, 29, a worker (Arbeiter) married Magdalena ZIMMER, 26, no occupation, on 28 May 1904 at 5 o’clock in the afternoon. Magdalena was the sister of Cathérine ZIMMER who married Théodore’s brother Johann in 1895. Théodore’s parents Franz and Elisabetha and Magdalena’s mother were present and consenting to the marriage. The four witnesses were not relatives of either the bride or groom.[26]

1907ignace
Ignatus (death)

On the morning of 23 March 1907 at 10 o’clock in the morning Franz MEDER, 60, tanner (Gerber), and his oldest son Johann MEDER, 37, confectioner (Zuckerbäcker), went to the Hotel de Ville (city hall) in Diekirch to declare the death of Ignatius who had died at 2:30 in the afternoon the previous day. Friedrich FRANÇOIS was the civil servant who took the information.[27]

1908marriage
Meder-Winter marriage

Anton MEDER, 34, a worker (Arbeiter) married Marguerite WINTER, 25, were married 29 August 1908 at 11 o’clock in the morning by Felix REDING, alderman (Schöffen) as the mayor was not available. Anton’s parents Franz and Elisabetha were both present and consenting to the marriage. Marguerite’s parents were both deceased and their dates of death were given on the marriage record. Two of the witnesses were not relatives and the other two were Anton’s brothers Johann, 38, and Théodore, 32.[28]

Note: As all persons present signed the marriage record, this document has the signatures of the parents, Franz and Elizabetha, and three of their sons.

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Signatures on the marriage record of Anton and Marguerite

 

1910death
Elise (daughter) death

Elisabetha MEDER died at 4 o’clock in the afternoon of 21 February 1910 in her parents’ home in Diekirch. Her father Franz, 63, worker (Arbeiter), declared the death the next day at 9 o’clock in the morning to the mayor Peter PEMMERS of Diekirch. Johann BOEHM, civil servant (Apparitor) was a witness. The deceased was listed as Elise MEDER age 31 and without occupation. The mother was listed as Elise FABER age 64 and without an occupation.[29]

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Elisabetha (Elise) FABER death

Five years later the mother of this family, Elisabetha FABER died at 12:30 in the early morning of 28 February 1915 in her home in Diekich. Her husband Franz MEDER, 68, street worker (Strassenarbeiter) and her youngest son Johann Peter MEDER, 26, brewery worker (Brauarbeiter), declared her death to Peter PEMMERS the same morning at 10 o’clock. She was listed as Elise FABER, 69, without occupation, daughter of the deceased Mr. and Mrs. (Eheleute) Johann FABER-LORENTZ and wife of Franz MEDER.[30]

MRIN00003 1923-06-15 Jean-Pierre Meder and Catherine Schwartz wedding
1923 Meder-Schwartz

Eight years later the youngest son of Franz and Elisabetha, Johann Peter MEDER, brewery worker, married his Ketty SCHWARTZ, midwife, on 15 June 1923 in Diekirch. The groom’s father Franz MEDER was present[31]

Although the title is Luxembourg Civil Registration 1662-1941 for the FamilySearch database, most records are availabe only for up to 1923. I haven’t taken the time to visit the city halls for records after 1923 and have to rely on other sources. Rob Deltgen has compiled information for Diekirch for the time period 1796-1923 and has a website (access only with password) with information on persons who died beyond this period.

Franz’s oldest son Johann  MEDER died 13 May 1928 in Eppeldorf.[32] He left six living children and his widow who remarried in 1936 and was widowed again in 1950.[33]

Seven years after he was present for his youngest son’s marriage Franz MEDER died 7 September 1930 at the age of 84 in Diekirch.[34]

MRIN00136 Helene Meder
Luxemburger Wort

The next death in the family was that of Miss Hélène MEDER who died on Thursday 17 April 1943. She was buried two days later in the cemetery in Diekirch. Her date of death was annotated on her birth record and an announcement was found in the Luxemburger Wort. She was 61 years old.[35]

MRIN00136 Anna Meder
Luxemburger Wort

Hélène’s sister Miss Anna MEDER died later the same year on Sunday, 7 November 1943 in Diekirch of a short, painful illness at the age of 58. She was buried two days later in the cemetery in Diekirch. [36]

MRIN25263 1947-01-22 Théo Meder obit
Luxemburger Wort

Théodore MEDER died on Tuesday, 21 January 1947, at 9:30 in the evening after a long illness. He was in his 72nd year. He left a widow, five sons, and two grandchildren. At least 4 more grandchildren would be born.[37]

In the three death announcements the places that the families lived begin with Diekirch, were they lived, and is followed by Paris. As you will remember from the census records discussed earlier, three of the children went to Paris to work. The girls, Hélène and Anna, returned to Diekirch but until I made a phone call to my husband’s cousin I had no idea what happened to the elder son named Johann Peter b. in 1873.

Johann Peter, the elder, remained in Paris, married and had at least one child, a daughter Pierette who was born ca. 1920-1925. I suspected this but needed confirmation. I met Pierette and her husband in the late 1970s or early 1980s when they came from France to visit with my husband’s uncle Fritz and we saw them several times before Pierette’s death. At the time I knew that she was Fritz’s and my father-in-law’s cousin. By process of elimination, I figured out that she had to be the daughter of the elder Johann Peter. My husband’s cousin confirmed that Pierette was the daughter of the brother who lived in Paris but she does not know when he died.

While on the phone I asked her if she knew when Anton died. She offered to call his grandson for more information and get back to me. We both believe that Anton and the elder Johann Peter died before their youngest brother. [Note: About an hour after publishing this, Anton’s grandson confirmed that Anton was called Joseph by the family and that he died at the age of 82, i.e. about 1953.]

My husband’s grandfather Johann Peter (also known as Jean-Pierre) MEDER was the last of the 11 children. He died 23 February 1954 in Diekirch.[38]

What was that I said in the beginning about plowing through the records to prove there were a dozen children? Looks like there were only eleven!

As the years went by the son Anton was always seen as Joseph on the census with his parents. It is possible that Joseph was one of his baptismal names. Luxembourg, Church Records, 1601-1948 went online earlier this month however the time period for this family is not yet available. The Luxembourg census is not always very reliable when it comes to dates of birth as was seen above. The birth year of “Joseph” as he was seen on the census varied from 1871 to 1874. Later when he married and when his children were born he was seen as Anton.

The son who was registered as Heinrich was later seen as Ignatius on the census and this is the name which was used on his death record. I believe that family members who have said that the family had a dozen children may have counted Anton (Joseph) or Heinrich (Ignatus) twice. I know that at one time I had all of these names listed and the number of children was 13.

Finally, while I was talking to my husband’s cousin I asked her about the number of children. She said that she remembered tales of a child who died at birth. So back to the death records, I go to check if there may have been a stillbirth that I missed.

Genealogy Sketch

Name: Franz MEDER
Parents: Théodore MEDER and Susanna REIFFER
Spouse: Elizabetha FABER
Parents of Spouse: Johann FABER and Maria LORENTZ
Children: Johann, Théodore, Johann Peter, Théodore, Johann Peter, Elise, Philippe, Hélène, Ignatius, Anna, Jean-Pierre
Relationship to Cathy Meder-Dempsey: husband’s great-grandparents

1. Franz MEDER and Elisabetha FABER
2. Jean-Pierre MEDER
3. Marcel Mathias MEDER
4. husband of Cathy Meder-Dempsey

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[28] Luxembourg, Registres d’état civil, 1793-1923 (images), <i>FamilySearch</i> (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Diekirch > Mariages 1895-1923 Décès 1895-1902 > image 201 of 661. “1908 Marriage Record No. 21.” (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-32038-427-64?cc=1709358&wc=9RTB-92Q:129628901,130043302 : accessed 7 January 2015).
[29] Luxembourg, Registres d’état civil, 1793-1923 (images), <i>FamilySearch</i> (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Diekirch > Décès 1903-1912 > image 180 of 500. “1910 Death Record No. 11.” (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-32027-19615-86?cc=1709358&wc=9RTY-J4Q:129628901,129787701 : accessed 5 January 2015).
[30] Luxembourg, Registres d’état civil, 1793-1923 (images), <i>FamilySearch</i> (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), Diekirch > Décès 1903-1912 > image 292 of 500. “1915 Death Record No. 12.” (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-32027-19436-87?cc=1709358&wc=9RTY-J4Q:129628901,129787701 : accessed 11 January 2015).
[31] Luxembourg, Registres d’état civil, 1793-1923 (images), <i>FamilySearch</i> (original records at Luxembourg National Archives, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, Luxembourg), 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).
[32] Rob Deltgen, Diekirch : Komplettes Familienbuch der Gemeinde 1796-1923; Family book compiled from civil records. Covers the locality of Diekirch and, until 1823, also the localities of Bastendorf, Bleesmühle, Clairefontaine, Erpeldange, Gilsdorf, Ingeldorf et Tandel. Period: 1796-1923.
[33] Escher Tageblatt; digitized by Bibliothèque nationale de Luxembourg; online http://www.eluxemburgensia.lu (Luxembourg); 6 March 1950. Death announcement of Mr. George Dillmann : accessed 1 Feb 2015
[34] Enders-Meder information
[35] Luxemburger Wort, digitized by Bibliothèque nationale de Luxembourg; online http://www.eluxemburgensia.lu (Luxembourg), Friday, April 16, 1943. Death announcement of Fräulein Hélène Meder.
[36] Luxembourger Wort, digitized by Bibliothèque nationale de Luxembourg; online http://www.eluxemburgensia.lu (Luxembourg), Monday, 8 Nov 1943. Death announcement of Fräulein Anna Meder.
[37] Luxembourger Wort, digitized by Bibliothèque nationale de Luxembourg; online http://www.eluxemburgensia.lu (Luxembourg), Wednesday, 22 Jan 1947. Obituary of Théodore MEDER.
[38] Commune de Diekirch Nr. 9/1923, Meder-Schwartz Family Book, page 1, full page. 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 death of one or the other spouse. Information on groom and bride; date of death of groom annotated on this page. Original in my possession.

© 2015 Cathy Meder-Dempsey

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