My second great maternal grandmother was Mary “May” (Haupert) Palen.
She emigrated from Luxembourg in 1854 to Ellis Island, New York City, New York at the age of 9 with her father, Frank Haupert. I believe that her mother had died in Luxembourg, because I never have found any information on her whatsoever.
They resided in Caledonia, Houston County, Minnesota. Leopold was a farmer and May was a homemaker, and they had fifteen children according to Family records.
The 1880 U. S. Census for Caledonia, Minnesota, showed her father, Frank Haupert, a widower, and retired farmer, residing with them according to PALEN family records.
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Birth: Apr. 11, 1844
Winona is a city in and the county seat of Winona County, in the state of Minnesota. Located in picturesque bluff country on the Mississippi River, its most noticeable physical landmark is Sugar Loaf. source: Wikipedia
Death: Jan. 8, 1937
Daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Frank Haupert (mothers name unknown) of Luxembourg.
My maternal second great grandmother, Mary “May” (Haupert) Palen, wife of Leopold “Leo” Frank Palen.
Leo and May married in 1864 in Caledonia, Houston County, Minnesota.
Leopold was a farmer, and Mary was a Homemaker.
Parents of fifteen (15) children: Frank Joseph, Anne (Molitor), Mary A. (Hengel), Charles, Frances (Fuos), Nicholas Frank “Nick”, Franciska (Molitor), Anna Catherine, Johanna “Jennie” (Gaspard), Henry, John, Emil Francis, Josephine (Westcott), Lucille “Lucy” N. (Koel), and Joseph Frank “Joe” Palen.
Leopold Frank PALEN’s Family, 1909, (Leopold’s funeral) Caledonia, Houston, Minnesota.
Name: Mary Palen
Event Type: Census
Event Date: 1865
Event Place: Mayville, Houston, Minnesota, United States
Household Role Gender Age Birthplace
Leopold Palen M
Mary Palen F
Francis Palen M
Family Number: 19 , Line Number: 34 , GS Film number: 565715 , Digital Folder Number: 004539663 , Image Number: 00304
Citing this Record
“Minnesota, State Census, 1865 ,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/SPSQ-L4N : accessed 30 Sep 2014), Mary Palen in household of Leopold Palen, Mayville, Houston, Minnesota, United States; citing volume , line , State Library and Records Service, St.Paul; FHL microfilm .
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.
1880 U.S. Census for Caledonia, Houston County, Minnesota list a “Hupert FRANK”, Father-in-Law, W, Male, age 72, born in Luxembourg, Retired Farmer, Parents born in Luxembourg, as residing with Leo & May Palen and their eight children.
residence:Caledonia, Houston, Minnesota
relationship to head:Self
spouse’s name:May Palen
race or color (expanded):White
age (expanded):40 years
nara film number:T9-0623
dauAnna PalenF13Minnesota, United States
dauMary A. PalenF11Minnesota, United States
dauFrances PalenF8Minnesota, United States
sonNicholas PalenM6Minnesota, United States
dauJane PalenF5Minnesota, United States
sonHenry PalenM3Minnesota, United States
sonJohn PalenM4MMinnesota, United States
“United States Census, 1880,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MZ98-44D : accessed 25 June 2012), Leopold Palen, Caledonia, Houston, Minnesota.
Name: Mrs. Mary Palen
Event Type: Death
Event Date: 08 Jan 1937
Event Place: Winona, Minnesota
Record Number: 745657
Certificate Number: 017500
Certificate Year: 1937
File Name: 017500
Affiliate Batch Identifier: NN362DO
Typed or Handwritten: H
Citing this Record
“Minnesota, Death Index, 1908-2002,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/V4WT-D41 : accessed 30 Sep 2014), Mrs. Mary Palen, 08 Jan 1937; citing “Minnesota, Death Index, 1908-2002,” Ancestry.com; Winona, Minnesota, record 745657, certificate number 017500, Department of Health, Minneapolis.
Thanks to Leonard Greenwood, I now have a photo of Leopold & Mary (Haupert) Palen’s headstone. Thanks so much, Leonard.
“Today (August 21, 2012), my Mom, Virginia (Palen) Long, became the longest-living Palen in the family tree. She surpassed May “Mary” Haupert Palen by one day today. My Mom actually knew May, her Great Grandmother. May used to have Mom sit at her feet and tell her stories about riding a covered wagon all the way to Caledonia, Minnesota. She also told her how the Indians sometimes would ride into town and scare the women. May, who was quite brave, helped care for the squaws and their babies. Its remarkable that Mom knew someone who was born in 1844! Mom’s memory is very short these days, but she’s outstanding when she reminisces about things that happened in her childhood!”
~~~source: Mark Richard Long (my cousin)
Leopold Frank Palen (1839 – 1909)
Frank Joseph Palen (1864 – 1953)
Anna Palen Molitor (1865 – 1945)
Mary A. Palen Borth (1869 – 1954)
Charles Palen (1871 – 1871)
Frances Palen Fuos (1872 – 1959)
Nicholas Frank Palen (1873 – 1952)
Franciska Palen Molitor (1875 – 1950)
Johanna Palen Gaspard (1875 – 1932)
Henery Palen (1877 – 1959)
Anna Catherine Palen (1878 – 1879)
Lucille N. Palen Koel (1885 – 1942)
Created by: TEXAS TUDORS
Record added: Mar 09, 2008
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