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Help with Limburg history

Help with Limburg history

Posted: 17 May 2012 2:33AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Seelen, Jacobs, Thijssen
I have an ancestor from Venlo, Arnould Seelen (b. 1782 d. 1851). He was married twice, once to my ancestor, Maria Thijssen, and after she died (appears to be in childbirth, 1826), he remarried Petronella Jacobs. I'm very interested in what happened to this family - several members died within about a year of each other, including Petronella, at least four of their children, and at least a couple of children from his first marriage. I'm wondering if there was some historical event (this was around the time of the famine) that might have led to this event, and if there might be historical records anywhere in Venlo/Limburg about it.

Re: Help with Limburg history

Posted: 17 May 2012 8:56AM GMT
Classification: Query
Dear Leslie,

Cholera was often the cause of death. There were several local, regional and national outbreaks in the first half of the 1800's.

See e.g. for a list.

But famine (hongersnood in Dutch) was also a much seen cause of death: the potato famine of 1845 is a well-known example.

Very often, one does not need an epidemic to explain a series of death. Poverty, and ill health as a result of that, was widely spread in those days.

Kind regards,

Lars Roobol

Re: Help with Limburg history

Posted: 19 Jan 2016 6:56PM GMT
Classification: Query
You might check out :
These are dutch archives. It is mostly in dutch, but with patience you can figure it out (with help of google translation). I did a quIck search. I found a
Arnold Johan Gerard Seelen actually born in Straelen (Germany), which is just over the border. Now the site lists his parents as Peter Seelen and Aldegonda Swevers. This Arnold died 22 March 1851. It appears they list both Maria Catharina Hubertina Thissen and Petronella Jacobs as former wives. I did find that he married Maria Catharina 22 May 1827.
Limburg did not become part of the Netherlands until 1839. Prior to that the history of the area is complicated. At one time Napolean controlled the area, the Hapsburgs and others... I think parts of it were part of the Spanish Netherlands as well. I have been meaning to lay out a timeline so I know who was there when. This site that I provided a link to is really helpful for dutch ancestors. I have not found anything useful for German records.
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