Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Workday Wednesday: Luxembourgers in North Collins, New York
My searches into the history of North Collins were leaving me empty-handed, so I turned to my favorite back-up - the census. A search of the 1880 census on Ancestry.com turns up a number of families that were Luxembourg born and living in North Collins: the Thrills, the Schroeders, and more. At least a portion of the families were farm laborers. Lana Bowen, born in Luxembourg and married to a German, kept house while he labored on a farm. 29 year old Barbara Battzer kept house for her 70 year old father, also a farm laborer. John Baltzer (Battzer?), 24, also labored on a farm. These Luxembourg born families seem to have kept to their traditional roles. While wealthy enough to own a house, by the 1880s, they still didn't own their own farms.