The next time I went to the local Family History Center, I found the record of Catherine Rouller Pitz’s (my 3rd great grandmother) birth on August 7,1793, in an Alsdorf, Germany film. Alsdorf and Mettendorf are about 13 miles apart. Her parents were Peter Rouller and Susanna Hansen and I found baptism records for three of Catherine’s siblings. Her sister Margaretha Rouller was born in 1782, her sister Maria Catherine Rouller was born in 1786, and her brother Joannes Rouller was born in 1789.
In the Mettendorf films, I found George/Gregory Pitz’s birth (Catherine Pitz Konzen’s father) and his marriage to Catherine Rouller in 1819. After Catherine Rouller died in 1833, I found a record of his marriage to Catherine Markes in 1834. George/Gregory Pitz – I usually call him George – was the son of Anna Maria Fandel and Theodore Pitz.
I haven’t come across Theodore’s birth or death records yet, but I did find their marriage on January 9, 1782 in Mettendorf. I came across records for the births of their following children: Maria Pitz (born in 1782), Catherine Pitz (born in 1784), Margaretha Pitz (born in 1788 ), and Mathias Pitz (born in 1790). Anna Maria Fandel died in 1831 and was buried on February 3, 1831. I also discovered from Anna Maria Fandel’s death record that she was born in Bettingen, Germany.
In 1841, I found confirmation records of Catherine Pitz Konzen and her brothers Peter and Michael Pitz. There are many more Pitzes in the films to connect to our Pitz family and more records to still search through. I’m not done looking through the Mettendorf and Alsdorf films, all the films are long and full of possible relatives and handwriting that is difficult to read.
Oh, that’s interesting! Wihelm Kontzen’s first wife, Catharina Hoffman ( 1793 – 1830 ), was the granddaughter of a Petz but her grandmother was from Übersyren, Luxembourg, 10 miles southwest of Herborn and Lellig and 22 miles south of Mettendorf.
It’s amazing how many coincidences there are in genealogy!