Has anyone come across a French or German sounding spelling for this surname?
My great-great grandmother's name--found in the EIFEL region of Germany, town of Blankenheim, in hills not that far from border Belgium and the Netherlands-- on CIVIL records is recorded as GERTRUD RIQUIR.
Using this spelling I found 1 record online at LDS site (familysearch.org) as follows . . .
Family Group Record
Marriage:14 JUN 1857Civil, Blankenheim, Rheinland, Preussen to
Also, you might find interesting the following 1882 marriage record for my great-grandparents who immigrated in 1883 and settled in Wisconsin and later Iowa
(Johann Joseph WILLMS, a church painter by speciality, is son of above RIQUIR)--My brother and his wife just found this record, among other, in the CIVIL records while traveling in Blankeheim, Germany . . . translated in syntax as nearly as possible to original German wording . . .
Before the undersigned government official is declared the intention of marriage between:
1. Painter JOHANN JOSEPH WILLMS, Catholic religion, born the sixth and twentieth February in the year one thousand eight hundred eight and fifty in Blankenheim, resident of Blankenheim, status unmarried, son of farmer HEINRICH Willms and his spouse GERTRUD, born RIQUIR, recently dead in Blankenheim, the former a resident of Blankenheim, and
2. Servant girl HELENA PAULY, Catholic religion, born the seventh of November in the year one thousand eight hundred six and fifty in Ripsdorf, resident of Blankenheim, daughter of deceased farmer JOHANN PAULY and his deceased spouse BARBARA, born KLINKHAMMER, both in the end residents of Ripsdorf.
As witnesses were summoned and in presence:
3. Beer brewer MICHAEL SCHMITZ, five and twenty years old, resident of Blankenheim
4. Painter FRANZ HEUSER, thirty years old, resident of Blankenheim
In these witnesses' presence directed the government official to each of the engaged the question of whether they declared that they wished to go into marriage with each other. The engaged answered yes to this question and received thereupon the government official's declaration that they were now man and wife.
Read, approved and signed:
Joh. Jos. Willms
Frans Heuser >>>>>
The little village of Ripsdorf is 5 km (3 miles) from Blankenheim as the crow flys, 8 km (5 miles) by road.
Note that my brother said Magdalena signed her name as such, but her name was written "Helena" --which we thought was wrong, but may be part of her name because I found the following at familysearch.org . . .
Birth:07 SEP 1856Civil, Dollendorf, Rheinland, Preussen
Extracted birth or christening record for the locality listed in the record. The source records are usually arranged chronologically by the birth or christening date.
Note: another civi record for a son's (Heinrich Joseph WILLMS, Jan. 30, 1883, Blankenheim) birth showed Magdalena's (Helena) birth as Nov. 7, 1856, however that may have been a christening date)
If anyone thinks this family this family line may tie in with theirs, please contact me. They immigrated in 1883 and settled very soon in WISCONSIN in the town of GLEN HAVEN, GRANT COUNTY, had 3 or 4 children there, moved in 1898 to Guttenberg, Clayton,IOWA, and later Magd. and 2 sons moved to Dubuque, IOWA. My great-grandfather JOHANN JOSEPH WILLMS (used Joseph) died April, 1909 in Guttenberg, Iowa. Magdalena died Sept. 30, 1930 in Dubuque.
My grandfather Joseph Henry WILLIAMS (born Heinrich Joseph) died in May, 1964 in Iowa City and is buried in Dubuque.
Their son Bernhard / Barnhard born WILLIAMS in Glen Haven, Wis, 1887 married Agnes FERNETTE from Prairie du Chien, WIS, later settled in Dubuque and raised a family of 7 children.
Their firstborn son Heinrich Joseph WILLMS called Joseph Henry WILLIAMS in America is my grandfather who married IVY LAURA SKEMP about 1914 (from SKEMP and CAIN family) and had 7,possibly 8 chldren in Dubuque. This family fell apart in the late 1920s, with several children going to an Iowa orphanage after the 1930 death of their grandmother Magdalena PAULY WILLMS / WILLIAMS.
One child has not been fouond--a Dorothy born about 1926 in Dubuque was "given away" to a friend of Ivy Laura's at about age 3 and has not been seen since the 1940s when it is thought she married a man with surname RODY--perhaps moving to Milwaukee.I have not been able to find Dorothy on the 1930 census. Siblings were my father, the oldest son, ARTHUR JOSEPH WILLIAMS, b 1914 in Dubuque; DONALD, ROBERT, WALTER, CATHERINE and BARBARA.