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Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Nicolas Petit and the Milice Nationale Documents

Nicolas Petit, born 28 July 1802 to Carl Petit and Elisabetha Reckinger, married Anne Marie Hauer on 19 May 1828 in Berdorf, Echternach, Luxembourg. Anne Marie was a daughter of Pierre Hauer and Anne Marie Christman. I happened to find some military papers pertaining to Nicolas in a Berdorf civil registration book.





By my questionable interpretation which is based upon Google Translate's questionable interpretation, the first page appears to be an official record pertaining to the national militia. I think the language of the form itself is French. I'm guessing that Nicolas drew No. 12 in the draft, and that perhaps he was exempted from service. Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong, which I certainly could be. I have absolutely no background in French.

The list at the lower left in that image is for a physical description, but all I can tell you from it is that his Visage (face) was oval, his Yeux (eyes) were either gris (gray, if the handwritten description is French) or grün (green, if the handwritten description is German) and that no distinctive marks were noted. I'll go out on a limb and say that I think Taille, d'une aune 558 ligneå means, essentially, that his height on a yardstick was 558 lines. But I don't assume we're talking about an American-style yardstick, with feet and inches, but rather a meterstick? Yes, that's a question! And honestly, I can't even swear I'm right about the 558... maybe it's 958, or 998, or ??? At the moment I don't have anything handy for comparing the numerals.

Meanwhile, continuing with the physical description entries, the third item on the list has Google Translate and me completely stumped. I've studied my character map looking for a letter (or two) similar to whatever it is that comes after Fro or Fron but to no avail. Neither can I figure out what the handwritten response (ord?)to that characteristic means.

Nicolas' Nez (nose) was oru or orn or something else entirely. Perhaps his Bouche (mouth) was moz? I won't even guess about the description of his Mentoŋ, which I think means chin, although Google Translate doesn't seem to be any more sure of that ŋ than I am. His Cheveux and Sourcilå (hair and eyebrows) seem to be sharing a description, and I gave Google Translate a whole list of hair words in hopes it would come up with a word that might look something like the one in the image:

black, brown, red, blonde, light, dark, thick, thin, curly, straight, bushy, bald as a billiard ball, removable

and Google gave back these in French:
noir, brun, rouge, blond, clair, foncé, épais, fin, frisés, raides, touffu, chauve comme une boule de billard, amovible

and these in German:
schwarz, braun, rot, blond, hell, dunkel, dick, dünn, lockig, glatt, buschig, kahl wie eine Billardkugel, abnehmbar

...none of which look anything like what's written. Too bad, because it would have been fun to see a Billardkugel on this form. 

On the second page, both Nicolas' and Anne Marie's parents are named, but beyond that, I am not able to say more. I'm guessing the handwritten pages may provide some support for a claim that Nicolas should be exempt from service. There is a date on the second page. I believe it's the 18th of May (although to my eye, which is more familiar with German than with French, it looks more like März) 1828, and the same date appears to be on the fourth page also. The third page is dated the 11th of what is to me a totally illegible month in any language. Speaking of which, I'm not sure what language these handwritten pages are in, but I think it's German.

In any case, I can tell you that the date at the top of the marriage record of Nicolas and Anne Marie (below, click to enlarge) is 19 May 1828. There may be language later in that record to indicate whether the marriage took place heute (today) or gestern (yesterday); if gestern, then the actual marriage date would be 18 May 1828, the same date mentioned in the militia-related papers.



Any further translation of these pages is beyond my ability, but if someone else would like to give it a try, I'd be happy to hear from you via a Comment below or the Contact form which is always available at the link just below the Before My Time header.

Milice Nationale Sources:

"Luxembourg, Registres d'état civil, 1793-1923," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11624-95669-56?cc=1709358&wc=M9QN-T5Y:22390524 : accessed 05 Nov 2013), Luxembourg, Civil Registration, 1793-1923 > Luxembourg, Civil Registration, 1793-1923 > Berdorf > Naissances 1859-1890 Mariages 1800-1890 Décès 1797-1838 > image 651 of 1492.

"Luxembourg, Registres d'état civil, 1793-1923," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11624-92343-27?cc=1709358&wc=M9QN-T5Y:22390524 : accessed 05 Nov 2013), Luxembourg, Civil Registration, 1793-1923 > Luxembourg, Civil Registration, 1793-1923 > Berdorf > Naissances 1859-1890 Mariages 1800-1890 Décès 1797-1838 > image 652 of 1492.

"Luxembourg, Registres d'état civil, 1793-1923," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11624-89899-81?cc=1709358&wc=M9QN-T5Y:22390524 : accessed 05 Nov 2013), Luxembourg, Civil Registration, 1793-1923 > Luxembourg, Civil Registration, 1793-1923 > Berdorf > Naissances 1859-1890 Mariages 1800-1890 Décès 1797-1838 > image 653 of 1492.

"Luxembourg, Registres d'état civil, 1793-1923," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11624-94423-96?cc=1709358&wc=M9QN-T5Y:22390524 : accessed 05 Nov 2013), Luxembourg, Civil Registration, 1793-1923 > Luxembourg, Civil Registration, 1793-1923 > Berdorf > Naissances 1859-1890 Mariages 1800-1890 Décès 1797-1838 > image 654 of 1492.

Marriage Sources:

"Luxembourg, Registres d'état civil, 1793-1923," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11624-82402-14?cc=1709358&wc=M9QN-T5Y:22390524 : accessed 06 Nov 2013), Luxembourg, Civil Registration, 1793-1923 > Luxembourg, Civil Registration, 1793-1923 > Berdorf > Naissances 1859-1890 Mariages 1800-1890 Décès 1797-1838 > image 643 of 1492.

"Luxembourg, Registres d'état civil, 1793-1923," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11624-92870-91?cc=1709358&wc=M9QN-T5Y:22390524 : accessed 06 Nov 2013), Luxembourg, Civil Registration, 1793-1923 > Luxembourg, Civil Registration, 1793-1923 > Berdorf > Naissances 1859-1890 Mariages 1800-1890 Décès 1797-1838 > image 645 of 1492.

"Luxembourg, Registres d'état civil, 1793-1923," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11624-82469-3?cc=1709358&wc=M9QN-T5Y:22390524 : accessed 07 Nov 2013), Luxembourg, Civil Registration, 1793-1923 > Luxembourg, Civil Registration, 1793-1923 > Berdorf > Naissances 1859-1890 Mariages 1800-1890 Décès 1797-1838 > image 639 of 1492.

[Many thanks to my Beissel cousin Daniel Bellware for this last source citation, which I neglected to copy when I got the record, and then could not find again!]

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