Introducing Luxembourg~Land of My Pletschet and Palen Ancestors

Luxembourg city
Luxembourg city (Photo credit: nunor)

English: Luxembourg City: Fortress with Bastio...

Luxembourg Ardennes, Luxembourg

Luxembourg is fairy-tale stuff…complete with the happy ending. The story of this land’s tumultuous history beguiles with its counts and dynasties, wars and victories, fortresses and promontories. Only the dragon is missing. It’s no surprise that Luxembourgers are a proud people whose national motto, Mir wëlle bleiwe wat mir sin (‘We want to remain what we are’), sums up their independent spirit. The population of 469,000 is predominantly rural based – the only centres of any size are the capital, Luxembourg City, followed by Esch-sur-Alzette.

Though too small for its full name to fit on most European maps, pint-sized Luxembourg (2586 sq km, or 82km long and 57km wide) is wonderfully diverse. Lush highlands and valleys in the northern Ardennes merge effortlessly with the Müllerthal’s ancient forested landscape to the east, where the vibrant town of Echternach makes an enjoyable base. The impossibly picturesque and ridiculously romantic (not to mention tourist-flooded) Vianden is just a short trip north from Luxembourg City; in the southeast snakes the Moselle Valley with its steep vineyards and riverside hamlets. In between all this are rolling farmlands dotted with pristine, pastel-toned houses and medieval hilltop castles.

Luxembourg’s cuisine is French and German based. The national dish is judd mat gaardebounen – slabs of smoked pork served in a thick cream-based sauce with chunks of potato and broad beans.  Other specialities include ferkelsrippchen (grilled spareribs),  liewekniddelen mat sauerkraut  (liver meatballs with sauerkraut), and kachkeis (a cooked cheese).

Beers to sink include BofferdingDiekirch, Mousel and Simon Pils, after which comes a host of local fruity white and sparkling wines. From 2008 you can enjoy all this in an untainted environment, thanks to recent legislation banning smoking in restaurants and, during dining hours, in cafés.

European Capital of Culture in 2007, Luxembourg’s moment in the spotlight has arrived. Last updated: Feb 17, 2009 Read more:

Country Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg
District Diekirch
Township Wiltz
Town Boulaide
Contact 49 ° 54 ’00 “N 5 ° 49′ 01” E 49 ° 54 ’00 “North 
5 ° 49 ’01 “East

Geolocation on the map: Luxembourg

Show map topographic Luxembourg

My Luxembourgian ancestors were from Bachleiden, Diekirch, Wiltz, Luxembourg. The Palen and Pletschet families emigrated to America in 1862 and settled in Caledonia, Houston County, Minnesota.


Luxembourg, 1980, Postcard

Luxembourg- Postcard – 1980

My Maternal 3rd. Great Grandmother, Anna-Catherina Pletschette Palen, Luxembourg

English: Maastricht, Basilica of Saint Servati...
English: Maastricht, Basilica of Saint Servatius. Two-part relief with Christ blessing Saint Servatius and Saint Peter (XIIth c.) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Français : Le hameau luxembourgeois de Burfelt...
Français : Le hameau luxembourgeois de Burfelt (Neunhausen) vu du ciel Lëtzebuergesch: De Burfelt aus der Loft gesinn (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: The pectoral cross (10th/11th c.) of ...
English: The pectoral cross (10th/11th c.) of Saint Servatius in the church treasury of the Basilica of Saint Servatius in Maastricht, the Netherlands (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Basilica of Saint Servatius, Maastric...
English: Basilica of Saint Servatius, Maastricht, the Netherlands. Portrait bust of Saint Servatius in the treasury (±1580). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: IVC Luxembourg SA, Luxembourg, Wiltz ...English: IVC Luxembourg SA, Luxembourg, Wiltz Français : IVC Luxembourg SA, Luxembourg, Wiltz Nederlands: IVC Luxembourg SA, Luxembourg, Wiltz Русский: IVC Luxembourg SA, Luxembourg, Wiltz (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Harlingen-7 (Photo credit: E-Meist)

coat_of_arms-LuxembourgAnna-Catherine (Pletschette) Palen, Harlange, LuxAnna Catherine Pletschette Palen

Name: Anna-Catherina Pletschette Palen 


Anne-Catherina Pletschette married Joseph “Joe” Palen on 4 April 1820 in Bachleiden, DIEKIRCHLuxembourg.

Joseph “Joe” Palen was born in 1778 in REIDEN-ATERT, REDINGEN, REDANGE, LUXEMBOURG.

They had fifteen children together. Five of them died in infancy.

Français : L'église de Redange (Luxembourg) Lë...
Français : L’église de Redange (Luxembourg) Lëtzebuergesch: Kierch vu Réiden (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


She was buried in the St. Servatius Catholic Cemetery, in Harlange, Luxembourg.

Joe died in January 1864 in HAREL, HARLINGEN, HARLANGE, LAC DE LA HAUTE-SURE, LUXEMBOURG. They are buried in the same cemetery across the street from their home.

They resided at 25 RUE MGR FALLIZE, L-965, HAREL, HARLINGEN, HARLANGE, LAC DE LA HAUTE-SURE, LUXEMBOURG from 1820 to 1855, when Anne-Catherina  died. 

English: Coat of arms of the municipality of R...
English: Coat of arms of the municipality of Redange-sur-Attert, Luxembourg Français : Armoiries de la commune luxembourgeoise de Redange-sur-Attert (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Coat of arms of the municipality of N...
English: Coat of arms of the municipality of Neunhausen, Luxembourg Français : Armoiries de la commune luxembourgeoise de Neunhausen (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Name: Anna-Catherina Pletschette Palen


Birth: Feb. 6, 1801
Canton de Wiltz
Diekirch, Luxembourg

Death: Mar. 17, 1855
Diekirch, Luxembourg

Her Father was Jean-Pierre Pletschette and Anna Maria (Asselborn) Pletschette from Nengsen, Neunhausen, Canton of Wiltz, Luxembourg.

Married: Josef Palen Sr. on 4 April 1820 in Bachlieden, Diekirch, Luxembourg.

Children: Maria, Dominque (Dominick), Marie-Josephine, Joseph Jr., Nicholas Gregorie, Marie-Francois Christine, Pierre-Joseph, Anne-Marie Francois, Marie-Josephine, Leopold Frank, Marguerite, Julien, and Christine Palen. Anne & Joseph Palen had fifteen (15) children, five (5) of whom died in infancy, among them twins.

This is the Palen Homestead that was bombed in WWII (with the X), but was restored. The woman in the foreground is the Grand Duchess Charlotte.

The old Palen homeplace is about 100 feet across the street from the Saint Servatius Catholic Church Cemetery.

Saint Servatius [2] (Dutch: Sint Servaas; French: Saint Servais) (died in Maastricht, traditionally in 384) was bishop of Tongeren —Latin: Atuatuca Tungrorum the capital of the Tungri— and is revered as a Roman Catholic saint. Servatius is patron saint of the city of Maastricht, Schijndel and Grimbergen, and is venerated on May 13. He is one of the Ice Saints.~~~Wikipedia

Family links:
Josef Palen (1778 – 1864)

Mary Palen Schrup (1827 – 1887)
Nickolaus Gregorie Palen (1828 – 1902)
Leopold Frank Palen (1839 – 1909)

At this place rests Anna-Catherina (Pletschette) Palen, the Wife of Josef Palen, Sr. Deceased on 17 March 1855 at the age of 54 years.

Note: Buried beside each other.



Harlange (Harlingen), Luxembourg

Saint Servatius Catholic Church Cemetery
Diekirch, Luxembourg

Created by: TEXAS TUDORS
Record added: May 15, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 26840392 
This page is sponsored by: TEXAS TUDORS


My Maternal 2nd. Great Grandfather, Leopold Frank Palen, Luxembourg

English: Historic Courthouse, Caledonia, Houst...
English: Historic Courthouse, Caledonia, Houston County, Minnesota (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Red Stone Bed & Breakfast in Dubuque,...
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. Leopold 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. Leopold 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.



Hello world!

English: Houston, Minnesota County Courthouse
English: Houston, Minnesota County Courthouse (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Coat of arms of the municipality of D...
English: Coat of arms of the municipality of Diekirch, Luxembourg Français : Armoiries de la commune de Diekirch (Luxembourg) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This blog is dedicated the memory of my mother, Jean Marie (Linderman) Frederick Mancill. Today would have been her 85th. birthday. Her mother died when I was young and I don’t remember her much. She was Phylis Eugenia (Palen) Linderman. Mother was only 36 then in 1963 and she missed her dearly, and always honored her memory.

My maternal Great Grandfather, was Frank Joseph Palen of Caledonia, Houston County,  Minnesota. His father, Leopold Frank Palen emigrated from Bachlieden, Diekirch, Luxembourg in 1862 to Caledonia, Minnesota.