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Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Clemens (aka Clement) Hauer: Who's Your Mommy?

Clemens Hauer, who also appears in some records as Clement Hauer, was the son of Pierre Hauer and was probably Pierre's first-born child. To date, I have not found Clemens' birth record, but his parentage is noted in the records of his marriage to Maria Catharine Weinz, daughter of Johan Weinz and Margaretha Haus (or possibly Haas).

However, there are two records pertaining to the marriage, and the surname of Clemens' mother does not appear identical in the two records.


Above: "Luxembourg, Registres d'état civil, 1793-1923," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11574-91543-74?cc=1709358&wc=M9QN-BDS:657171379 : accessed 05 Nov 2013), Luxembourg, Civil Registration, 1793-1923 > Luxembourg, Civil Registration, 1793-1923 > Waldbillig > Naissances 1871-1890 Mariages 1796-1798, 1800-1803, 1805-1890 Décès 1796-1803, 1805-1838 > image 446 of 1486.

Clemens' mother's first name is Catharina. But the handwriting in the record above is ambiguous at best, and has been interpreted by some as Kumman. That's certainly not a bad stab at it. But now consider the record below:


"Luxembourg, Registres d'état civil, 1793-1923," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11574-98541-44?cc=1709358&wc=M9QN-BDS:657171379 : accessed 07 Nov 2013), Luxembourg, Civil Registration, 1793-1923 > Luxembourg, Civil Registration, 1793-1923 > Waldbillig > Naissances 1871-1890 Mariages 1796-1798, 1800-1803, 1805-1890 Décès 1796-1803, 1805-1838 > image 444 of 1486.

I'm not sure why the two marriage record forms are different, as they clearly both refer to the same marriage event. If I had to guess, I'd say one may be the license, and the other the proof that it was used. In any case, on this second record, to my eye it appears that Catharina's last name is Cristman. If so, then I could look back at the first record and interpret the handwriting this way:


If Clemens Hauer was born in January 1798 and his brother Theodore was born in September 1799 with a mother named Anne Marie Christman (as per Theodore's birth record), then it seems possible to me that this is a case where, after the death of a young mother (Catharina), a husband who is left with a baby to raise soon marries again, and it wouldn't be altogether unusual for his second wife to be a sister of his first wife.

Because the marriage of Pierre and Catharina took place in Waldbillig, I looked in the Waldbillig death records for a record of Catharina's death, but did not find one there.

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Our Family in Books: A Bibliography

  • My Ancestors in Books (a library of resources and notes pertaining to Reverend Samuel Stone, Major General Robert Sedgwick, Elder John Crandall, and other early Americans in the forest where my family tree was grown)
  • The Zahnisers: A History of the Family in America by Kate M. Zahniser and Charles Reed Zahniser (Mercer, Pa. 1906)
  • History of St. James Lutheran Church [full title: A little of this and a little of that in the 141 year (1861-2002) History of St. James Lutheran Church, Reynolds Indiana] by Harold B. Dodge, published at Reynolds, Indiana, 2002; 170 pages.
  • Lisbon, North Dakota 1880-2005 Quasuicentennial, published at Lisbon, North Dakota in 2005; 391 pages.
  • The Paschen and Redd Families of Cass County, Indiana by Alfred Paschen, c. 2005 (Gateway Press, Inc., Baltimore, MD); 322 pages.
  • Sheldon Community History: Sheldon Centennial 1881-1981, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 1981; 376 pages.
  • Sheldon, North Dakota 1881-2006 - 125th Anniversary: The Queen of the Prairie, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 2006; 498 pages.
  • A Standard History of White County, Indiana, written under the supervision of W.H. Hamelle, c. 1915 (The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago and New York).
  • The Roots of Coventry, Connecticut by Betty Brook Messier and Janet Sutherland Aronson, c. 1987 (Coventry 275th Anniversary Committee, Coventry, CT); 206 pages.
  • "Elder John Crandall of Rhode Island and His Descendants" by John Cortland Crandall; New Woodstock, New York, 1949; 797 pages.
  • "The Descendants of Robert Burdick of Rhode Island." Nellie (Willard) Johnson, Pd.B.: H & L Creations, LLC.

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