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Alsace, France

1. Johannes Noe b: m: 1739 Herrlisheim, Alsace, France d: 2 Floreal IV ( 24 Apr 1796) m: Catherina Lutz b: d: 1.1 Urbain Noe b: abt 1764 m: 1788 Herrlisheim, Alsace, France d: 24 Aug 1815 m: Anastase Herrman b: d: 24 Aug 1815 1.1.1 Francoise Noe b: 17 Feb 1787 1.1.2 Joseph Noe b: 24 Feb 1792 1.1.3 Therese Noe b: 19 June 1796 1.1.4 Antoine Noe b: 14 Oct 1798 1.1.2 Joseph Noe b: d: m: Therese Lutz 1 May 1818 b: d: George Noe b: 20 Apr 1819 d: 22 Apr 1819 Catherine Noe b: 5 May 1820 Anselm Noe b: 21 Apr 1822 Pius Noe b: 19 Feb 1824 Urbain Noe b: 30 Jan 1826 Louis Noe b: 24 Oct 1827 Marie Noe b: 23 Jan 1829 Marie Rose Noe b: 29 Jun 1831 Jean Michel Noe b: 24 Oct 1834

Background Information

The following information was provided by Bruce Noe, France, who took the time to search the archives there for our family! We owe him a debt of gratitude.

"Anselm Noe and Caroline Schiff came from Herrlisheim in Alsace, a small village located 20 km (12.5 mi) north of Strasbourg and very close to the Rhine River. It is a pleasant little village, which I have visited one time for several hours. Fields of corn and wheat surround it, and many of its inhabitants are farmers. The houses along the main street are very old and built in the half-timber style, which is called "colombage" in French, and is typical of the country architecture of Alsace.

The people of Herrlisheim speak French and Alsacian, the local German dialect. There are three restaurants there, a few small shops, the city hall, a small train station, a church, and of course a cemetery, where I found many gravestones for Noe's. However, as you probably know, in most European countries the gravesites are recycled every 40 or 50 years, so they don't go back very far. There are still eight Noe families living in Herrlisheim, undoubtedly cousins of yours.

Many of the given names have a French spelling and a German spelling. Anselm is a very, very unusual name. In fact, this is the first time I have ever seen it. Anselm is the German spelling and Anselme is the French spelling. Unlike many other Roman Catholics of the time, he and his family did not have middle names, at least none were noted in the official records. Perhaps he had a saint name when he was baptized, which was very often Jean (in French) or Johann (in German).

As for the family name, it appears in the records as Noe, No, and No.

Anselm came from a family of at least seven children. I only had enough time at the archives to examine the time period of 1818 to 1829. It is very likely that there are more brothers and sisters. Yes, he had many brothers, and I don't think you will be surprised when I tell you his oldest brother was named George.

However your great-great grandfather was not the only one to get an unusual name. Two of his brothers, who both went to America, were named Pius and Urben. I strongly suspect that they changed those names not long after arriving in New Orleans on the 21st of February 1854, having made the trip from Le Havre aboard the ship "Brandywine". (This information comes from the "Germans to America" passenger list books.) "

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