Friday, February 27, 2015

Family Marriage: Wedding at St. Stephanus, Lambsheim, Germany

On this day in 1838, my 3rd great-grandparents were married in St. Stephanus Catholic Church in Lambsheim, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany.

Courtesy of Wikipedia: St. Stephanus in Lambsheim, Germany

John Rüttger was 40 years old and Elisabeth Carolina Armbrust was 27 when they exchanged their vows in the church pictured above. As far as I can tell, they became the parents of two daughters and two sons. Eight years after their wedding, the family boarded a ship and headed to their new life in America. My 2nd great-grandmother, Anna Mary Rüttger, was only four years old.

Unfortunately, I haven't found any records for the family after their arrival until the marriage of 15-year-old Anna Mary in Pittsburgh in 1858. No Rüttgers are mentioned as witnesses at that wedding, and I haven't found any matching Rüttgers in the Pittsburgh city directories.

My search for John & Elisabeth Rüttger continues, but I pause today to remember them and their wedding day.

1 comment:

  1. My most elusive Pittsburgh family is Ankley. If I didn't have my great grandmother's baptismal certificate to prove that yes, they really were in Reserve Township in the 1870s, they would be an Alien Abduction family. I've seen a few names of various spellings in some city directories that might be them, but I can't be sure.


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