My Maternal 2nd. Great Grandfather, Leopold “Leo” Frank Palen, Bachleiden, Luxembourg

English: Historic Courthouse, Caledonia, Houst...
English: Historic Courthouse, Caledonia, Houston County, Minnesota (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Dubuque County Courthouse. This particular...
The Dubuque County Courthouse. This particular courthouse is an example of Beaux-Arts architecture. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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English: Red Stone Bed & Breakfast in Dubuque, Iowa (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Luxembourg Skyline

Leo Palen family-1898-Back row— May, Lucy, Emil, Johanna, Henry (with moustache), Josephine, Frances, Frank Joseph (with moustache). Middle row — Leopold Frank (with beard), Mary Haupert.Front row — Nicolas F., Joseph F., Anne.

Leopold Frank PALEN's Family, 1909, (Leopold's funeral) Caledonia, Houston, Minnesota.

Leo’s funeral, his wife and children, 2 November 1909, Caledonia, Houston, Minnesota

My maternal 2nd. Great Grandfather, Leopold “Leo” Frank Palen, husband of Mary “May” (Haupert) Palen. Leo was born on 4 February 1839 in Diekirch, Luxembourg, and died on 2 November 1909 in Caledonia, Houston, Minnesota.

Both of them were from Bachlieden, Luxembourg. Leo emigrated in 1862 to New York and then by covered wagon to Caledonia, Houston County, Minnesota. Leo and May married on 29 March 1864 in Dubuque, Dubuque County, Iowa. Leo was a farmer, and May was a Homemaker.

Parents of twelve (12) children: Frank Joseph, Anne (Molitor), Mary A. (Hengel), Frances (Fuos), Nicholas Frank “Nick”, Johanna “Jennie” (Gaspard), Henry, John, Emil, Josephine (Westcott), Lucille “Lucy” (Koel), Josef F. “Joe” Palen.

Leopold’s parents were Joseph Palen & Anne Catherine (Pletschette) Palen both of Bachlieden, Luxembourg. Both were Catholic. They are buried in the Calvary Cemetery in Caledonia, Houston County, Minnesota. 

My Maternal Grandmother, Phylis Adele (Palen) Linderman, was the daughter of Frank Joseph Palen.

According to the U.S.Census for Caledonia, Houston County, Minnesota for 1880, Mary’s father, Frank Haupert (Hupert), resided with “Leo” and “May” Palen in 1880. He was listed as age 72, retired farmer from Luxembourg. All were Catholic.

Luxembourg, 1980, Postcard

I traveled to Luxembourg, France, Belgium,  Netherlands, and England in April 1980 with my parents, Louis & Jean Mancill, and my first husband, at that time, Richard Fallin. This is one of the postcards from our trip.





  1. My grandmother was Anna palen married to Mathew Molitor. I have many pictures in an album don at the Palen Photograhy in Caaledonia I would like to know who would like these old photos. the historical society in Houston county etc. Could you reply to me as the Molitors are pretty much gone from the earth and the pictures donj’t mean anything to them so they will just throw them out. Karen Molitor

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    1. I would love to have them, so that I could post them to their Findagrave memorials, and I am now the family historian for the Linderman family along with a lot of other families. You could scan them onto your computer and attach them to an email to me. Or if you want to get rid of them, I would love to have them. I love old pics and history. If so, let me know, and I will give you my mailing address.
      God bless you, Sally

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    2. Dear Karen,
      I don’t know if I ever responded to you yet. I would love to have the album of the Palen Photography in Caledonia, Minnesota. Do you still have them? Could you scan it and email me a copy. I would of course, credit you for the photos. I would like to add them to findagrave memorials and my family blogs.
      God bless you, Sally

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