Surname Saturday: The Parentage of Anne Marie (Reuter) Hintgen

When the enumerator recorded Anne Marie Hintgen and her three sons on Wahpeton’s 1880 census, he stated that she was born in Germany.[1] He erred. Although she likely spoke German, Anne was a native of Luxembourg – and the daughter of a large Luxembourg family.

Born about in Sennigen, Luxembourg, Anne Marie Reuter was the oldest known daughter of Jean and Catherine (Danckoff) Reuter.[2] Jean was born about 1795 and was a native of Helmdange, Luxembourg.[3] Catherine was born in Sennigen about five years later.[4] The couple married in Niederanven on 3 June 1823.[5]

By 1843, the family numbered six children.[6] Anne Marie was living in Niederanven, with another family.[7] Still living at home in Helmdange were Marguerite, age seventeen; Elisabeth, age seven; Anne, age five; Pierre, age three; and Romain, age four months.[8]

Although Anne Marie left for the United States in 1862, at least some of her family remained in Helmdange. By the 1861 census, Jean had died.[9] Marguerite had married Adam Jacqueman and shared a household with her husband and children, her mother Catherine, and her brothers Pierre and Romain.  Catherine would pass away in 1871.[10]

Knowing Anne is not the daughter of a German family but instead Luxembourg opens the possibility of tracing her roots. Digging through the records of Helmdange and Sennigen should identify the parents of Catherine and Jean – and taking their roots back to Luxembourg or even Switzerland….

[1] 1880 U.S. census, Richland County, North Dakota, population schedule, Wahpeton, p. 2, enumeration district (ed) 55, dwelling 17, family 17, Mary Hingtgen household; databases and images, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com/interactive/6742/4240106-00309/48911607?backurl=https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/21500437/person/1131770894/facts/citation/74376041850/edit/record: accessed 22 March 2017).

[2] Luxembourg, Bulletin de Population pour 1843, commune of Niederanven, section of Oberanven, Jean Hansen household ; images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QSQ-G97B-87BG?mode=g&i=221&wc=M5LR-C68%3A345955501%2C345863501&cc=2037957 : accessed 22 March 2017).

[3] Luxembourg, Bulletin de Population pour 1843, commune of Lorentzweiler, section of Helmdange, Jean Reiter household ; images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-997B-VFH1?mode=g&cc=2037957: accessed 22 March 2017).

[4] Luxembourg, Bulletin de Population pour 1843, commune of Lorentzweiler, section of Helmdange, Jean Reiter household ; images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-997B-VFH1?mode=g&cc=2037957: accessed 22 March 2017).

[5] Niederanven, Luxembourg, civil registration, no. 6 (issued 1823), Reuter- Danckoff marriage; images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11583-133506-87?cc=1709358&wc=9RYW-PTL:130132201,130239901 : accessed 22 March 2017).

[6] Luxembourg, Bulletin de Population pour 1843, commune of Lorentzweiler, section of Helmdange, Jean Reiter household ; images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-997B-VFH1?mode=g&cc=2037957: accessed 22 March 2017).

[7] Luxembourg, Bulletin de Population pour 1843, commune of Niederanven, section of Oberanven, Jean Hansen household ; images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QSQ-G97B-87BG?mode=g&i=221&wc=M5LR-C68%3A345955501%2C345863501&cc=2037957 : accessed 22 March 2017).

[8] Luxembourg, Bulletin de Population pour 1843, commune of Lorentzweiler, section of Helmdange, Jean Reiter household ; images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-997B-VFH1?mode=g&cc=2037957: accessed 22 March 2017).

[9] Luxembourg, Bulletin de Population pour 1861, commune of Lorentzweiler, section of Helmdange, Adam Jacqueman household ; images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-8971-C9CQ-S?mode=g&i=130&wc=M5G9-FM9%3A345941101%2C345867101&cc=2037957 : accessed 22 March 2017).

[10] Lorentzweiler, Luxembourg, civil registration, no. 43 (issued 1871), Catherine Danckoff death; images, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com/interactive/9916/MM9.3.1_2FTH-267-12054-19691-18?backurl=http%3a%2f%2fsearch.ancestry.com%2fsearch%2fdb.aspx%3fdbid%3d9916%26path%3d&ssrc=&backlabel=ReturnBrowsing#?imageId=MM9.3.1_2FTH-267-12667-21894-55: accessed 22 March 2017).

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About Bryna O'Sullivan

A Connecticut-based professional genealogist, I love working with beginners of all backgrounds. I also do specialty research in Connecticut and Luxembourg-American genealogy.
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