The Mangen line in my family comes from Luxembourg. Great Grandfather, George was born 1868 in Luxembourg and immigrated in 1889 to Chicago, IL. He married Eva Guill in 1896 and they had 4 children. George was killed mysteriously in 1903. His son, Henry is my Grandfather who was born in 1900, married Florence Bostwick in 1920, and had 6 children. Henry died in 1947 of a Heart Attack. My mom is the descendant from this family. I have written many posts about these two men just prior to this one if you would like to learn more. Now we will spend time looking at the records from Luxembourg. Let’s see how far back this takes us.
Nicholas Mangen, is the father of George. Nicholas was born on 27 July 1829 in Spittelhof which is a community in Flaxweiler, Luxembourg. Below is a portion of his birth record.
Not an exact translation but the best I can figure out. It shows that on 27 July 1829, Jacob Mangen, 26, a farmer from Spittelhof who presents a male infant. Catherine Feipel, 29, is a housewife. The are presenting a baby named Nicholas.
Nicholas was the third born of nine children that I have found. By the time the fourth child was born, the family was living in Mensdorf, Betzdorf, Luxembourg. It isn’t very far from Spittelhof, Flaxweiler, about 5 miles. As I stated above, his father was a farmer but what I understand is that the family would have the farm outside the city and would live in a house in the village. I imagine that when the kids were old enough to help, they went to the fields to work.
Nicholas married Ann Elizabeth Weber on 9 April 1861. Although he wasn’t the oldest son, they settled in with his dad Jacob/Jacque and mom Catherine Feipel. He was also a farmer and they had 14 children. I wrote about them here.
Nicholas died 4 September 1907 in Mensdorf, Luxembourg at the age of 78. He outlived his son, my Great Grandfather, George who was killed in Chicago in 1903.
The death certificate shows Nicholas Mangen, a farmer, 78 years old, born in Spittelhof, wife of Anna Elise Weber, son of Jacob Mangen and Catherine Feipel died 4 September 1907. His son Jacob Mangen informed of the death. I do not know where he was buried.
Next up, evaluating the census Nicholas is found on.
Luxembourg, Registres d’état civil, 1796-1941,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HT-DRFQ-TFV?cc=1709358&wc=9RYM-BZ9%3A129628101%2C129819301 : 17 July 2014), Flaxweiler > Naissances 1823-1890 > image 158 of 1467; Archives nationales de Luxembourg (National Archives), Luxembourg.
Luxembourg, Registres d’état civil, 1796-1941,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HT-6LX7-G9H?cc=1709358&wc=9RYQ-DP8%3A129624901%2C129774801 : 17 July 2014), Betzdorf > Naissances 1876-1890 Mariages 1799-1890 Décès 1799-1869 > image 671 of 1474; Archives nationales de Luxembourg (National Archives), Luxembourg.
Luxembourg, Registres d’état civil, 1796-1941,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-L97N-1433?cc=1709358&wc=9RTT-16D%3A129624901%2C129971001 : 17 July 2014), Betzdorf > Naissances, mariages, décès 1895-1923 > image 634 of 788; Archives nationales de Luxembourg (National Archives), Luxembourg.