My Maternal Grand Uncle, Leo Francis Palen, Iowa

 Leo Francis Palen, 1208 Jackson Street, Dubuque, Iowa, 52001, June 7, 1917

Name: Leo Francis Palen
Birth:  28 March 1890
Houston County
Minnesota, USA

Death:  5 June 1971
Lee County
Illinois, USA 

Leo Francis Palen, husband of Besse Leone (Koch) Palen, resided 815 Galena Ave., Dixon, Lee County, Illinois.

Father of Virginia Palen (Long), Rev. Robert “Bob” Leon Palen, and William “Billy” Edward Palen.

His Parents were Frank Joseph Palen, and Emma Elsie (Claussen) Palen.

His parents Frank and Emma resided at 1208 Jackson Street, Dubuque, Iowa, 52001. 

Description: Beds 4 Bed, Baths 2 Bath, House Size 2,195 Sq Ft, Lot Size 2,600 Sq Ft Lot, Year Built 1890

Leopold’s Grandparents were Leopold Frank Palen and Mary “May”(Haupert) Palen both from Luxembourg. They resided in Caledonia, Houston, County, Minnesota.

Leo was the beloved brother of my maternal grandmother, Phyllis Eugenia Adele (Palen) Linderman. 

Family links: 
  Frank Joseph Palen (1864 – 1953)
  Emma Elsie (Claussen) Palen (1865 – 1930)
  Besse Leone (Koch) Palen (1895 – 1962)
  Robert Leon Palen (1916 – 2002)

  Virginia Besse “Ginnie” Palen (Long) (1919 – 2015)
  William Edward “Billy” Palen (1933 – Living) 

Burial: 1971
Mount Calvary Cemetery 
Dubuque County
Iowa, USA  

Created by: TEXAS TUDORS
Record added: May 04, 2008 
Find A Grave Memorial# 26597153

This page is sponsored by: TEXAS TUDORS (Sally Frederick Johnson)

Virginia (Palen) Long, Leo Palen, Harry Linderman, & Jean (Linderman) Frederick Mancill, Dixon, Lee County, Illinois, c.1970.

Patsy, Phyllis Linderman, and Leo Palen, Dixon, Illinois, 1946

Patricia “Patsy” Linderman, Phyllis Linderman, Leo Palen, Dixon, Illinois, 1946

Leo Francis Palen and his sister, Phylis “Phyl” Palen Linderman, Dixon, Will County, Illinois, c. 1960’s 

  Leo Palen, Dec. 1962, 4102 Arnold St., Houston, Harris County, Texas, in the backyard of Harry & Phyllis Linderman’s home (Leo’s sister).

Leo Frank Palen, Dixon, Illinois

Leo Francis Palen, Dixon, Illinois, c. 1950’s

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 “May” (Haupert) Palen. Front row–Nicholas Frank, Joseph Frank, and Anne Palen in Caledonia, Houston County, Minnesota.

My Maternal Great Luxembourgeise Grandfather, Frank Joseph Palen

English: Description: The rear side of St. Rap...

Dubuque, Iowa, Wagon Bridge, Mississippi River...

The exterior of Saint Mary's Church, Dubuque, ...   The exterior of Saint Mary’s Church, Dubuque, Iowa, United States. This shows the steeple and the exterior of the church. Great grandpa Frank attended this church. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Above group photo: Leopold Frank Palen Family-1898-Caledonia, Houston County, Minnesota

Back row— May, Lucy, Emil, Johanna, Henry (with mustache , Josephine, Frances, Frank Joseph (with mustache)  [my Great Grandfather].

Middle row — Leopold Frank (with beard), Mary (Haupert) Palen.

Front row — Nicolas F., Joseph F., Anne.

Frank Joseph Palen, in 1948, at 705 W. Third St., Dubuque, Iowa. Great Grandsons; Mike Jackson, Pete & Bill Burgess

Name: Frank Joseph Palen
Birth: Dec. 6, 1864
Houston County
Minnesota, USA

Death: Dec., 1953
Dubuque County
Iowa, USA

My Maternal Great Grandfather, Frank Joseph Palen, son of Leopold Frank Palen & Mary (May) Haupert Palen, from Bachleiden, Luxembourg.Married Emma Elsie (Claussen) Palen in 1885 in Caledonia, Houston County, Minnesota.Father of Leo Frank, Phylis Adele “Eugenia”(Linderman), Hedwig G., and Flossie Palen.

Devout Catholic.

Resided at 1208 Jackson St. in Dubuque, Iowa.

Married second time to a widow, Ann Nason, who had one daughter (name unknown Nason).

Frank & Ann (Nason) Palen had no children together.

Frank Palen, attended a Catholic Church, there close to the River, the Cathedral of St. Raphael there on Bluff St, because that is where his Grandson, Robert Leon Palen, was ordained on 7 June 1941.

Frank Joseph & Emma Elsie (Claussen) Palen are buried beside each other in the Mount Calvary Cemetery, Dubuque, Iowa.

Frank resided in Retirement Home near Mount Calvary Cemetery up until his death, because Ann had died before him. His home at 1208 Jackson Street was sold, and the house was hers from her former marriage.

A world of thanks to LeRoy Amacher for taking the time to go and take this photo of Frank Joseph & Emma Elsie Palen’s headstone. I was soooo excited to see it for the first time!

Frank & Emma’s Granddaughter, my Mother, Jean Marie Linderman Frederick Mancill, was 84, and resided in Houston, Texas, Jan. 1, 2012. Mother passed away on 9 March 2012.

Family links:

Leopold Frank Palen (1839 – 1909)
May Haupert Palen (1844 – 1937)

Emma Elsie Claussen Palen (1865 – 1930)

Leo Frank Palen (1890 – 1971)
Fleicitas M. Palen Strueber (1892 – 1920)
Hedwig J Palen Genz (1898 – 1921)
Phyllis Eugenia Palen Linderman (1904 – 1963)


Mount Calvary Cemetery
Dubuque County
Iowa, USA

Created by: TEXAS TUDORS
Record added: Feb 27, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 24932109


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.