Lucy George: Birth: 16 OCT 1844. Death: 19 DEC 1919
Peter K. George: Birth: 12 OCT 1848. Death: 10 FEB 1929
Anna George: Birth: 1850. Death: BEF. 1860
Clara Maria George: Birth: 1853. Death: 14 FEB 1933
Francis Xavier George: Birth: 21 APR 1860. Death: 6 DEC 1865
Note: Sheldon 1850 1860 1870 1880 Mission, Neosho, KS
Nicholas 40 50 60 72 Bel
Catherine 36 46 55 65 Bel
Catherine 8 19
Nicholas 7 17
Lucy 5 15
John M 3 14
Michael 1 11
Peter 1 11
Leopold 9 19
Clara M 7 17 27 Wd NY <-- md. Metzger
Mary 5 15 25 S NY
Frank 2 mo
Joseph Metsker (gr-son) 6 KS NY NY <-- Metzger
George Metsker (gr-son) 4 NY NY NY <-- Metzger
"Nicholas II" was a trustee at St. Cecilias Church in Sheldon, NY from 1848 to 1872.
(Amandus George notes translated by Amandus G. and Rev. F.N. Georges at Marcus, IA, 8/26/1932)
And our third child was born to us on September 5, 1809, namely Nicholas. (Note: died in St. Paul, Kansas.)
Written by Nicholas Y. George. On the 20th of September, 1887, my beloved brother and godfather, Nicholas George died at Osage Mission, Kansas.
The patriarch of the six generations of George families that have lived in and around St. Paul for more than a century, was Nicholas A. George II (Sept 5/1809- Sept 24/1887), who came to America in 1837 from his native village of Fouches in the European Kingdom of Belgium.
Nicholas George initially settled southeast of Buffalo, New York, in a farming community of other immigrants from Belgium and from Luxembourg. In 1839, he married Catherine Goffine (Jan 8/1815-June 21/1906), who had arrived from Belgium in 1835.
For the first three decades of their marriage, the couple farmed in the Sheldon Township of Wyoming County, New York; where they raised a family of five sons and four daughters. As the children matured and married, they migrated westward with their new spouses. The oldest of the nine children, Catherine (1841-1913), went to Wisconsin with her husband, William Brill in 1861. The next five to leave, all moved to Osage Mission where the Jesuit missionaries shared their Belgian heritage, and spoke the regional dialect of their German language.
The five who staked out farms along the Crawford-Neosho County line during the three year period ended in 1870, were sons, Nicholas Jr. (1843-1897), John Nicholas (1847-1924), twins Michael L. (1848-1912), and Peter (1848-1929) and daughter Lucy (1844-1919) who married J.E. Perl.
In 1871, with most of their children by then settled in Kansas, the parents followed them to the frontier state and, at the age of 62, Nicholas A. George II homesteaded a 160 acre tract of Mission Township in Neosho County. The couple was accompanied from New York by their three youngest children, Leopold (1850-1950), Clara (George) Metzger Smith (1853-1930), and Mary (George) End (1855-1937), all of whom remained in Kansas. Nicholas and Catherine are buried in St. Francis Cemetary.
I picked up the '2nd' for Nick from his gravestone in St. Paul, Kansas (St. Francis cemetery), prompting reseach that revealed:
- The 'first' Nicholas was Innocent's older brother, the twice-married Nicholas (1745-1818). This Nicholas was the uncle of Amandus and Hubert. Most of the Georges now living in and around Fouches are descended from this Nicholas. Innocent has only one direct line left living in Fouches, but his house is still there -- one of the nicest in the village.
- Amandus' son, Nicholas, was born in 1809, the first in the family line to bear that name since Innocent's brother. So he became Nicholas 2nd.
- Hubert's son, Nicholas, (b. 1820) was the next to bear that name, so he became the 3rd.
[FAG] Gravestone picture: Nicholas George 2d, Born in Fouches Belgium Sept 5 1809 Died Sept 24 1887 "May his soul rest in peace."
Nicholas Amos George was the son of: Amandus George, II b 22 Jul 1775
Fouches, Belgium. Died 1861 Fouches, Offen, Belgium. Mother: Margaret Bintz b 2ov 1780 Fouches, Belgium. d 13 Feb 1852 Fouches. Married 22 Jan 1805 Fouches.
Nick died in what was then Osage Mission, Kansas.
He was born in the village of Fouches, at the time in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. The region was annexed by the Kingdom of Belgium in 1839, two years after Nick had left for America.
Amandus was baptized in Hachy, which at the time had the only church around. At the time, the area was part of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, not of France.
Fouches and Hachy are nearby each other, but they are and always have been separate villages. They are the largest of three distinct villages that constitute a forest community near the small river Semois. The third and smallest of the villages is Sampont.
And to sort out some seeming confusion about names and times...
In 1797 Napoleon annexed the entire Grand Duchy of Luxembourg to France, renaming it the Department of Forests. After Napoleon's fall in 1815, the Grand Duchy was restored. In 1839, it was partitioned in the treaty that formed the Kingdom of Belgium. The western two-thirds of Luxembourg was taken by Belgium, where it became the Belgian province of Luxembourg.
To be technical about it, both Nick and wife Catherine (as well as many others) were born during the 18-year period when their homeland was considered to be a part of France, rather than a part of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire as it had been before Napoleon ran off the Austrian army in 1797. But I think you'll agree that such detail is too much.
Fouches and Offen are words from different languages used to identify the same village, now commonly referred to in the French as Fouches. Offen is a word from the German Letziburgish dialect that had been the common language of the entire region for centuries prior to the initial introduction of French during the Napoleonic era. The word means "oven" in English. Many residents of the area still speak the German dialect as a second language, although French is the official language of southern (Walloon) Belgium and Flemish is the language of northern Belgium. The dialect was the language of all but the last of the immigrant Georges in the 19th century, and it was spoken through the first two American-born generations of the family.
But of interest about the Perl name... This family line came from the village of Perl, still in Luxembourg just east of its border with Belgium. Some, however, changed the spelling to Purl after immigrating and, if memory serves, I think you'll find Nick and Catherine's daughter, Lucy, buried as Lucy Purl in a grave alongside their's in St. Paul.
Bio by Jack George Brannan
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