52 Ancestors: #43 A Draper and Four Seamstresses

As I’m coming closer to the end of this project of writing about my children’s 5th great-grandparents, I’ve started missing the days when I spent weeks and months working on the all descendants of a brick wall ancestor. The focus on one family a week is taking its toll.

As I write these posts I find myself wanting to go back one generation and then another searching for a common thread which ran through the families. The thrill of adding a new most distant ancestor is still great but I find myself having to set aside the research before I am ready to quit.

With Eva LANSER and Henri CONSBRÜCK, my fourth great-grandparents, I tried to keep from working further however relationships mentioned in records made me seek the answers to questions I had. This led to new ancestor discoveries and several new names in the family tree.

Pedigree of a daughter of Henri CONSBRÜCK and Eva LANSER with the new ancestors found while updating information (my 3rd to 7th great-grandparents).

Eva LANSER (1777-1862)

My fourth great-grandmother Eva LANSER was born and baptized on 13 May 1777 in Echternach. She was the daughter of Sébastian LANSER (1732-1804) and Maria Catharina HASTERT (1743-1808).

1766 Census for the town of Echternach in Luxembourg with the LANSER family.

Eva’s parents were married in 1760 and were found on the 1766 census in Echternach with their second son Henri. Their first son named after the paternal grandfather Johann Adam HASTERT had likely died between the time of his birth in 1762 and the 1766 census. After the census six daughters were born, Eva being the 5th, and then finally two more sons. All of these children grew to adulthood except for one daughter who has not been traced. As with the oldest son Johann Adam, her death may not have been recorded in the church register. I have found this to be the case in some parishes where mostly only adult deaths were recorded. Eva’s father worked as a cloth maker (draper) or drapier. None of his sons followed in his steps.

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On 20 September 1791, a double marriage took place in the LANSER family. The oldest son Henri and his sister Catherine married the HERR siblings, Anne-Marie and Johann. Their children would later be close to Eva’s small family.

Eva’s father Sébastian LANSER died on 13 June 1804. His oldest son Henri was the informant on his death. Henri was working as a messenger or messager. I suspect this may have been military-related as the Napoleonic Wars were going on at this time. With the death of the father Sébastian the family’s livelihood may have been in jeopardy.

Eight months later Eva married Henri CONSBRÜCK, son of Johann CONSBRÜCK and Barbara SCHMIDT, on 10 February 1805 in Echternach.

Henri CONSBRÜCK (1775-1850)

Henri was a cloth maker and I suspect the trade he was proficient in was one of the reasons he and Eva married. Had he been working in Sébastian’s atelier before his death or did he take over the looms only when he married Eva?

Henri CONSBRÜCK was born and baptized on 5 April 1775 in Echternach. He was the oldest of three children born to Johann and Barbara after their marriage in 1773. His sister Anna Maria was born in 1779 and lived only 8 years. He also had a brother Matthias who was born in 1782 and moved away from Echternach to the Trier, Germany, area when he married sometime before 1816.

Eva and Henri’s Marriage Record

Present at the marriage of Eva and Henri were both of their mothers as well as four witnesses who were relatives. Eva’s brother Henri LANSER, her brother-in-law Johann HERR, as well as Bernard and Mathias WAMPACH, both “uncles” of the groom.

The relationship of the last two witnesses is still under investigation. Bernard was married to Maria CONSBRÜCK (daughter of Johann Wilhelm CONSBRÜCK and Anna Maria PROMMENSCHENKEL) however her relationship to Henri has not been established. I suspect the relationship given in the marriage record was not that of an uncle as we define it today. This might be a blessing in disguise as so far no connection has been made between my CONSBRÜCK line and the parents of Maria. Further confusion has been caused by my Henri’s grandfather also being a Johann Wilhelm. His grandfather was about the same age, married about the same time, and lived about as long as the other man with the same name and in the same location.

The years after their marriage

Henri and Eva’s first child Barbara was born on 21 February 1806. Two years later Eva’s mother Maria Catharina HASTERT died on 10 March 1808. Her death was reported by her oldest son Henri LANSER who was still working as a messenger.

Eva was pregnant with twins when her mother died. Bernard and Marguerite were born on 2 September 1808. They survived only seven months. Marguerite died on 5 April 1809 and Bernard less than a week later on 11 April 1809.

Little Barbara was nearly four years old when Anna Maria, my third great-grandmother, was born on 4 February 1810 to Eva and Henri. Anna Maria went by Maria to distinguish her from a sister with the same name who would be born later.

Eva’s younger sister Margaretha LANSER was 31 years old when she married the 25 years old Johann SELM (1786-1846) on 9 June 1811. None of the witnesses to the marriage were relatives.

Henri and Eva’s next child was born on 3 July 1812. She lived five months, dying on 8 December 1812. They named her Odile.

Napoleonic Wars (1803-1815)

War had overshadowed the CONSBRÜCK and LANSER families since before Eva and Henri’s marriage. The wars may not have been raging in Echternach but the people were still affected. Eva’s youngest brother Peter LANSER joined the corps on 27 frimaire in the year XIV or 18 December 1805.

Battle of Borodino 1812
Battle of Borodino 1812
Peter was presumed to be a prisoner of war in Russia as of 11 October 1812. He was in 108e régiment d’infanterie de ligne with his 1C1R Sébastian LANSER (whose godfather in 1784 had been Peter’s father) and several other young men from the Echternach area. The presumption of his being a prisoner of war probably came about when Napoleon’s army was evacuating Moscow in October following the Battle of Borodino on 7 September 1812, the deadliest day of the Napoleonic Wars. The information on Peter’s being in the military and a possible POW came from the Matricules Napoléoniens 1802-1815 database.

Eva’s second youngest brother Nicolas LANSER was 30 years old when he married Catharina Magdalena JOERG (1790-1847) in September 1813. A date is missing on the marriage record however it must have taken place between the 7th and the 20th as these are the dates on the previous and next records.

Two years later another daughter was named Anna Maria and would be known as Anna. She was born on 8 January 1814.

Eva’s brother Peter had returned from Russia and was living in Echternach on 3 February 1815 when he, a former soldier for the French army, died at the age of 29 years (31 years on the death record). The Napoleonic Wars ended later in the year on 13 September 1815.

Years after the wars

Henri was still working as a cloth maker and was likely hoping to have a son to teach the cloth-making trade to. On 31 March 1816, Eva gave him a son they named Jean. He lived only a few days and died on 3 April 1816.

Henri and Eva named their last child, a daughter born on 4 July 1817, Odile. I suspect the name was important to Eva and the LANSER family members as Eva’s maternal grandmother was named Odilia FUNCK (abt. 1715-1778) and the name continued to be used in the family for several more generations.

Eva and Henri’s family was now made up of four daughters. Not having any sons to pass the trade on to, did his daughters help him with the wool weaving as they grew older? What I do know is that all of the daughters worked as seamstresses, maybe even sewing the cloth made by their father.

Ten years after the birth of the last daughter, Eva would be attending several funerals as she lost two brothers and a sister: Henri (63) died on 19 November 1827, Nicolas (45) died on 23 October 1828, and Odile (58) died on 24 December 1828.

Henri’s mother Barbara SCHMIDT, the only living grandparent of the four CONSBRÜCK girls, died on 10 May 1829 at the age of 81. She died in house number 360 in the rue de Luxembourg in Echternach. Henri and Eva also lived in the rue de Luxembourg, however, their house number at that time is not known. Had Barbara been living with her daughter Eva and her family?

Eva’s sister Catherine LANSER died on 15 January 1833 at the age of 60. Her death was reported by her husband Johann HERR.

Sometime before 1835 my third great-grandmother, the daughter known as Maria, went to the city of Metz in France to work. While there she may have met Jean Joseph SCHLOESSER (1807-1841) of Vianden. He was the son of Jean-Népomucène SCHLOESSER and Margaretha TRAUDT. The young couple married in Metz on 17 November 1835. During the next six years, Maria gave birth to four daughters, the only grandchildren of Eva and Henri. Maria’s husband Jean Joseph died in Metz on 25 November 1841. Their oldest daughter likely died before 1843 as she was not found in the census with her three sisters. A death record for Madelaine was not found in Metz or in Echternach. This makes me wonder if she may have died while the family was traveling from Metz back to Echternach.

The extended family in the census

In 1843 Henri was the head of a household with his wife, his daughter Barbara and his three SCHLOESSER granddaughters. His daughters Maria, Odile, and Anna are missing and were likely working someplace other than Echternach. Henri’s occupation on the 1843 census was wool weaver (fileur de laine).

In 1846 he was again seen as a cloth maker (drapier). As in 1843 his daughter Barbara and the grandchildren were with Henri and Eva in 1846. Maria, the mother of the grandchildren, may be in the household but listed as single. It is also possible that the entry is her sister Anna Maria who usually went by Anna. Using their full names on official documents caused problems like this.

In 1847 the entire family group is listed: Henri and Eva with their four daughters and three granddaughters. The two younger daughters Anna Maria (Anna) and Odile are listed as absent and working as servants in France. Henri was now seen as a laborer and his daughters Barbara and Maria did not appear to be working.

In 1849 Henri may have not been well or had given up his cloth making. He was listed as having no occupation. However, his three single daughters are listed as seamstresses. Along with his wife Eva, there were two more young ladies in the household. They were Eva’s nieces Eve and Catherine HERR who were also working as seamstresses. His widowed daughter Maria and her three daughters were living in their own household.

More deaths in the family

Henri CONSBRÜCK died on 22 May 1850 in Echternach at the age of 75. His death was reported by his nephew Johann HERR, the youngest son of Eva’s sister Catherine.

Eva’s only living sibling Margaretha LANSER died on 9 March 1852 at the age of 71. Eva LANSER was now the only person left from her generation. She lived a decade longer.

Shortly before her death all of her daughters and granddaughters were living with her when the census was taken on 3 December 1861. Eva LANSER died three months later on 19 March 1862 at the age of 84 years. Her death was reported by her nephews Peter LANSER and Johann HERR.

The four seamstresses

Eva’s three single daughters Barbara, Anne, and Odile continued to work as seamstresses as did her widowed daughter Maria. The four sisters continued to live and most likely work together in their home in the rue de Luxembourg.

Eight years after the death of their mother Eva, the sisters lost their oldest sibling Barbara. She died on 2 November 1870 at the age of 64. Johann HERR, her cousin, and Heinrich DIESCHBOURG, a neighbor and tailor, were the informants for her death.

The remaining three sisters lived two more decades. Odile, the youngest, died on 17 July 1890 at the age of 73. Two years later Anna died on 2 March 1892 at the age of 78. Both of their deaths were reported by their sister Maria’s son-in-law Dyonisius Johann Peter MAAS.

My third great-grandmother Anna Maria “Maria” CONSBRÜCK was the last of the seamstress sisters. She died on 29 September 1897 at the age of 87 years. Her death was also reported by her son-in-law. Maria born in 1810 left a mystery which took me two decades to solve.

Chiseled in stone: “Veuve Schloesser 1800-1889”

Henri CONSBRÜCK and Eva LANSER came from large families but only one of their daughters married and had children. Of the four grandchildren, three grew to adulthood but only two married. The name Odile was passed on to this generation to my 2nd great-grandmother Odile Lucie SCHLOESSER and to her granddaughter, my grand-aunt, Odile Lucie FOURNELLE.

Genealogy Sketch

Parents: Johann CONSBRÜCK and Barbara SCHMIDT
Spouse: Eva LANSER
Parents of spouse: Sébastian LANSER and Maria Catharina HASTERT
Whereabouts: Echternach, Luxembourg
Relationship to Cathy Meder-Dempsey: 4th great-grandfather

2. Anna Maria “Maria” CONSBRÜCK
3. Odile Lucie SCHLOESSER
4. Jean Joseph FOURNELLE
5. Marie Marcelle FOURNELLE
7. Cathy Meder-Dempsey

© 2017, copyright Cathy Meder-Dempsey. All rights reserved.

52 Ancestors: #42 My Schloesser Ancestor was Named after St. John of Nepomuk


A statue from about 1740 of Saint Jean-Népomucène can be found in the interior of the Saint-Nicolas church in Vianden, Luxembourg. A copy of the statue has been on the picturesque bridge over the Our River in Vianden since 1865. The people of Vianden have given him a bizarre but kind name, a phonetic deformation of “pomucène” – Bommenzënnes.  In Echternach, he watched over the banks of the Sauer River until the bridge and his statue were destroyed in 1944 during World War II.

Temporary bridge built in 1945 by the 1303th Engineers in Kack in Echternach. Photo from my grandmother’s photo album.

After the new bridge was built the statue was replaced by a replica as seen in my title photo which shows the Sauer River flooding its banks this week.

Saint John of Nepomuk

Saint John of Nepomuk (c. 1345 – March 20, 1393) is the saint of Bohemia (Czech Republic) who was drowned in the Vltava (Moldau) River at the command of King Wenzel IV (Wenceslaus), King of the Romans and King of Bohemia. Historically John of Pomuk, a small market town later renamed Nepomuk, was drowned in 1393 on the orders of King Wenzel because of disagreements over church politics. Later accounts state that he was the confessor of Queen Johanna of Bohemia and refused to divulge the secrets of the confessional despite threats and torture. On the basis of this account, John of Nepomuk is considered the first martyr of the Seal of the Confessional, a patron against slander and, because of the manner of his death, a protector from floods and drowning. He was canonized in 1729 by Pope Benedict XII.

Czechowicz St. John NepomukJean-Népomucène SCHLOESSER

I found it interesting that my fourth great-grandfather Jean-Népomucène SCHLOESSER had the same first name as the saint who shares the honor of being the protector from floods and drowning with Saint Nicolas in Vianden. He was born and raised in Wiltz but Vianden was the town where he later married and raised his family.

1764 Baptismal Record of “Joannes Nepomucenus Schloesser”

Jean-Népomucène SCHLOESSER, the son of Joseph SCHLOESSER (1729-1800) and Catherine ARENDT (1730-1796), was born on 18 March 1764 in Wiltz. He was the sixth of ten children. Three of his siblings, the oldest and two youngest, died within a few days or months of their births. All others lived into their sixties and seventies except for one brother who died at the age of 44. His parents were both still living when Jean-Népomucène married Margaretha TRAUDT on 26 April 1790 in Vianden.

Margaretha TRAUDT

1766 Baptismal Record of Margaretha Traudt

Margaretha TRAUDT, the daughter of Nicolas TRAUDT and Barbe BILL, was born on 8 August 1766 in Vianden. She was the youngest of nine children. Several of her siblings are known to have lived to adulthood and marry. They may have grown up with a step-mother as Barbe BILL died on 18 May 1769 in Vianden when her youngest was only a little over two and a half years old. A widower named Nicolas TRAUDT married Barbara KÖNY on 1 October 1769 in Vianden. More research is needed to determine if this marriage was the second marriage for Margaretha’s father.

Jean-Népomucène and Margaretha

Jean-Népomucène SCHLOESSER and Margaretha TRAUDT were the parents of a dozen children born between 1791 and 1809 in Vianden. The father of these children worked as a nailsmith or Nagelschmied to support his family.
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His wife Margaretha died 30 November 1809 at the age of 43 years, the day after giving birth to her last child. The children were:

  1. Maria Catharina born 11 February 1791 and died 11 March 1791 at the age of 1 month
  2. Joseph born 3 February 1792 and died 27 February 1811 at the age of 19 years
  3. Maria Magdalena born 11 May 1793 and died 3 September 1859 at the age of 66 years
  4. Johann born 9 November 1794, death unknown (may have died before 1799 when another child was named Johann)
  5. Gregorius born 16 September 1796 and died 20 December 1847 at the age of 51 years
  6. Catharina born 21 September 1798, death unknown
  7. Johann born 7 August 1799 and died 6 April 1864 at the age of 64 years
  8. Johann Peter born 19 July 1801, death unknown. He was living in 1825.
  9. Peter born 29 June 1803 and died 8 June 1818 at the age of 14 years
  10. Joseph Jacob born 30 March 1805 and died 10 February 1807 at the age of nearly 2 years
  11. Jean Joseph born 29 March 1807 and died 25 November 1841 at the age of 34.
  12. Maria Catharina born 29 November 1809 and died 5 August 1810 at the age of eight months. Her name was seen as Anna Catharina on her death record.

Jean-Népomucène’s second marriage

Jean-Népomucène waited a full year before he remarried. The bride, Elisabetha HAMELING, was fifteen years younger than the groom when they married on Christmas Eve in 1810. She gave him two children. Laurent was born on 12 August 1812 and Gregorius on 9 February 1815. The second son lived only a little more than six weeks dying on 27 March 1815.

The children marry

Ten years after his marriage to Elisabetha the SCHLOESSER children were growing and the banns were being published for the first marriages.

Gregorius SCHLOESSER, likely the oldest living son at the time, married Marguerite HACK (1794-1821) on 11 April 1820 in Clervaux. His younger brother Johann was one of the witnesses to his marriage.

Maria Magdalena SCHLOESSER, the oldest daughter, married Mathias COLLING (1793-1846) on 24 February 1824 in Vianden. Her brother Johann Peter SCHLOESSER was a witness to her marriage.

Gregorius’ wife died on 5 September 1821 and he waited four years before he married again. Marguerite ALFF (1797-1853) was his bride and they married on 21 December 1825 in Clervaux. His brother Johann Peter of Vianden was a witness.

Jean-Népomucène causes problems at my 3rd great-grandfather’s wedding

Jean-Népomucène SCHLOESSER died on 29 July 1833 in Vianden. He was 69 years old and still working as a nailsmith or cloutier as this old profession was known in French. The informant on his death record was his youngest son Laurent from his second marriage who was 21 years old.

Jean-Népomucène’s death left my third great-grandfather without parents to give consent to the marriage he planned two years later.  Jean Joseph SCHLOESSER was 28 years old when he married my third great-grandmother Anna Maria CONSBRÜCK (1810-1897) on 17 November 1835 in Metz, Department Moselle, in France. She was 25 and from Echternach.

When I wrote 52 Ancestors: #47 The SCHLOESSER-CONSBRÜCK Family the civil records for the city of Metz were not available online. I had found their date of marriage and the dates of birth of their four daughters in the 10-year lists (Tables décennales) but did not have copies of the records. While writing this I realized it had been two years and the archives for the municipality should by now have the civil records online. [insert Happy Dance here]

I now have the digital copies of all five records but, due to terms and conditions, I cannot share images of them on my blog without getting special permission. What I can do is share the link to the Schloesser-Consbruèck marriage record for viewing:

1835 Marriage Record No. 34 (part 1)

From the record I learned, when presenting his paperwork to marry, Jean Joseph gave the name of his father as Jean SCHLOESSER. A copy of the death record of the father of the groom was presented as evidence. This caused a problem as the name on the death record was Jean-Népomucène and not Jean. Jean Joseph was then required to present the death records of his grandparents since his parents were deceased and there was a doubt the death record was for the correct person. Jean Joseph swore under oath that he did not know the dates of death or place of death for his grandparents and would not be able to obtain the records. He also presented a certificate from the commune of Vianden which stated he was able to enter into a contract of marriage with the person he had chosen according to the law.

1835 Marriage Record No. 34 (part 2)

His bride Anna Maria presented a notarized document giving parental permission to marry. Her parents were not present at the marriage as they were living in Echternach. On the marriage record as well as on the birth records the first three daughters, Anna Maria’s place of birth was seen as Etternach (Belgium). On the birth record of the youngest daughter, the mother Anna Maria’s place of birth was correctly given as Echternach in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. It shows the importance of finding all records to document a family group. Without all information, I may have disregarded the documents with the incorrect place of birth for Anna Maria.

Two more marriages take place

Johann SCHLOESSER, the second oldest son and 38 years old, married Anne Catherine Margaretha de THIERRY (1792-1862) on 13 September 1837 in Mompach, near Echternach. His bride was 45 years old.

The youngest son and only living child from Jean-Népomucène’s second marriage, Laurent married Anne-Marie FRIEDERICH (1812-1867) on 10 July 1838 in Beaufort, near Echternach. Laurent’s mother Elisabetha HAMELING was present and consenting to the marriage.

Deaths in the family

Five months after she attended the wedding of her only living child, Elisabeth HAMELING, the widow of Jean-Népomucène SCHLOESSER, died in Beaufort on 14 December 1838. She had been living with her son Laurent and his wife following their marriage.

My third great-grandfather Jean Joseph SCHLOESSER died on 25 November 1841 in Metz. He was only 34 years old and had worked as a locksmith or serrurier. In German, this occupation is Schlosser with Schlösser or Schloesser being the plural form. Schlösser also translates to castles. Jean Joseph’s widow and daughters returned to Echternach where Anna Maria continued to make a living as a seamstress.

It is not known when Johann Peter, who was last seen in 1825 at the marriage of his brother Gregorius’ marriage, died. Gregorius died at the age of 51 on 20 December 1847 in Clervaux. Maria Magdalena died at the age of 66 on 3 September 1859 in Vianden.

In 1864 the last two known living SCHLOESSER children were Johann and his half-brother Laurent. Johann died at the age of 64 in Echternach on 6 April 1864; his deceased wife’s nephew was the informant. They likely did not have children as his wife had been 45 years old when they married. The baby of the family, Laurent died at the age of 51 in Beaufort on 31 May 1864; his son-in-law was the informant.

Jean-Népomucène’s SCHLOESSER family was large and he came from at least two generations of large families. Documenting these families was made a lot easier by using the research of my 6C1R Joseph SCHLOESSER, a direct male descendant of Nicolas SCHLOESSER and Jeanette GASPERSCH, the grandparents of my  Jean-Népomucène, as a guide. Villmols merci, Jos.

Sources: I’m taking the easy way out again this week. I’ll be uploading my updated GEDCOM file to RootsWeb. All sources have been found and can be referred to by clicking on the names in the box below.

Genealogy Sketch

Name: Jean-Népomucène SCHLOESSER
Parents: Joseph SCHLOESSER and Catherine ARENDT
Spouse: Margaretha TRAUDT(*) and Elisabetha HAMELING
Parents of spouse(*): Nicolas TRAUDT and Barbe BILL
Whereabouts: Wiltz and Vianden, Luxembourg
Relationship to Cathy Meder-Dempsey: 4th great-grandfather

1. Jean-Népomucène SCHLOESSER
2. Jean Joseph SCHLOESSER
3. Odile Lucie SCHLOESSER
4. Jean Joseph FOURNELLE
5. Marie Marcelle FOURNELLE
7. Cathy Meder-Dempsey

© 2017, copyright Cathy Meder-Dempsey. All rights reserved.

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

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

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


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

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

Odile Lucie SCHLOESSER (ca. 1900-1911)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aloyse BAUER and Marie Josephine FOURNELLE wedding portrait (1902)

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

Marie MONNIER-FOURNELLE (1869-1952)

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


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

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

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

Prayer Card for Lucie Schloesser

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

Genealogy Sketch

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

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

© 2015 Cathy Meder-Dempsey

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

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

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

The Heirloom: 1866 Military Accounts Book

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

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

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

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

MRIN00166 1866 Fournelle book 1
Front cover

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

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

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

MRIN00166 1866 Fournelle book 3
Page 2 gives information on his military time.

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

More personal information is given on page 5.

MRIN00166 1866 Fournelle book 4
Page 5 gives his information and physical description

Complete list of equipment and clothing on page 6.

MRIN00166 1866 Fournelle book 5
Accounts section pages 6-7
MRIN00166 1866 Fournelle book 6
Accounts section pages 8-9
MRIN00166 1866 Fournelle book 7
Accounts section pages 10-11
MRIN00166 1866 Fournelle book 8
Accounts section pages 12-13
MRIN00166 1866 Fournelle book 9
Last page 28 and inside back cover
MRIN00166 1866 Fournelle book
Back and front cover

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

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

Genealogy Sketch

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

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

© 2015 Cathy Meder-Dempsey

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

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

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

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

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

A Little Geography Lesson

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






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

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

Birth Records of Joseph and Catherine

1871 Birth Record No. 6 [1]

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

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

1875 Birth Record No. 57 [3]

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

The Marriage of Joseph and Catherine

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

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



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

The Children of Joseph and Catherine

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

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

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

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

1935 Signature of the father of the bride [9]

The Homes of the Fournelle Family

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

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

1957 002
1957 – The house(s) belonging to Joseph FOURNELLE. Two buildings were combined to make the home. The doorway of the house on the right (middle) was closed up after the war.
1963-07-11 Echternach
1963 – The house owned by Joseph was passed on to his daughter Marcelle.
2015-01-23 13.57.38
2015 – After the death of my grandmother in 2005 the house was sold. The house no longer looks like the home we visited as children.

Joseph and Catherine’s Children Marry

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

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

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

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

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

World War II

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

MRIN01117 1945 ca. Nic. Wildinger's atelier - side street
1945 side street that ran along the left side of the Fournelle home in Echternach. The writing on the wall was the advertisement for the workshop of my grandfather Nik. WILDINGER (d. 1941). The woman on the left in front is my grandmother Marcelle FOURNELLE.

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

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

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

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

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

Genealogy Sketch

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

1. Joseph Johann FOURNELLE
2. Marie Marcelle FOURNELLE
3. Living WILDINGER (my Mom)
4. Cathy Meder-Dempsey

© 2015 Cathy Meder-Dempsey

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

Chiseled in stone: “Veuve Schloesser 1800-1889”

Door 6When I began doing genealogy in the early 1990s my families in Luxembourg were the first I researched. With the information found on grave markers, I went about collecting marriage records as these include dates and places of birth for bride and groom, ages and places of residence of parents, and dates and places of death for deceased parents. From these, I learned that Veuve SCHLOESSER was Anna Maria CONSBRÜCK, the widow of Jean Joseph SCHLOESSER who died in Metz, France, in 1841. The registrar searched the 1889 death records in Echternach and our local priest checked his records but nothing was found.

With the 1843-1900 census records for Luxembourg now available at FamilySearch.org, I finally found the answer. She wasn’t born in 1800 but in 1810 and didn’t die in 1889 but in 1897 (age 87). I located her death record and found other records to prove her parents and both sets of grandparents. I’m working on finding records for them which may get me back even another generation.

1963-12-04 CemeteryAll this time I thought that my families in Echternach all came from other places in Luxembourg before the 1880s. Now I can trace CONSBRÜCK, SCHMITT, LANSER, and HASTERT back to at least the mid-1700’s in Echternach.

1963-12-03 CemeterySo another lesson learned: even if it is written in stone, it pays to check all records available for the full story.

Note: For nearly 20 years I thought that my Schloesser-Consbrück family came from France because their children were born there and the father died there. I am now really happy that these families (still looking for Schloesser) came from the town I live in!! So now you know why this is included in the header for my GEDCOM file: This is a work in process and corrections are being made all the time. WHAT YOU COPY TODAY MAY NOT BE CORRECT TOMORROW.

Update 23 January 2013: After talking to Rob Deltgen last week I pushed to find more on the SCHLOESSER side of the family. I have often searched for Jean Joseph SCHLOESSER and his wife Anna Maria “Marie” CONSBRÜCK on the internet and never came up with any hits (except my own GEDCOM file). I can’t remember what search criteria I used this time but I got a new hit on a database that I’ve never been able to access before. I found the name of Jean Joseph’s father: Jean-Népomucène SCHLOESSER. With a name like this, you can imagine that hits would be very rare but I found a GEDCOM file that gives me 4-5 generations of family to work with. I am so lucky that these families are from Luxembourg, that the records were kept so well, and that FamilySearch gives free access to them.

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