It has been said Lambert Detrixhe (born at 11:00 am on Friday 16 FEB 1838) married Tressa Rottinger (Marie Catherine ROUTINIER born on 17 DEC 1845) in Liege, Belgium. They were married at 3 pm on Wednesday 20 DEC 1865, in B-4100 Seraing. He was described as a "cordonnier" [cobbler, shoemaker / shoemender, so it looks like he took over his father's business when the latter died on 01 MAR 1864]. Here is some information which takes us back to the 18th Century:

Guillaume DETRIXHE, "armurier" [gunsmith], was born [? in 1750] in Liège, lived there, and died there aged 67 on Wednesday 21 JAN 1818. He was married [date as yet unknown, possibly around 1791 when he would have been aged 41, probably in Liège] to:

Marie Elisabeth LEBUCHER [sometimes written Elisabette LEBOUCHER or LABUCHER], "tricoteuse" [knitter], born [? in 1773] in Liège, lived there, and died there aged 76 on Tuesday 15 MAY 1849.

Their son was : Jean Lambert DETRIXHE [usually just called "Lambert"], born on Sunday 08 JAN 1792 in the "quartier sud" [southern part] of Liège, lived in Rue de la Baume, La Chatqueue, B-4100 Seraing, and died there aged 72 years 1 month [although his death certificate, based on what the Registrar was (incorrectly) told by his sons, said he was 75 years old] on Tuesday 01 MAR 1864. This address is a road on the south side (right bank) of the River Meuse, about 1 mile long and running downhill from the Protestant church at Place du Pairay south to north towards the Cockerill steel works, where I presume he was employed [in 1825] as a "journalier" [day labourer] ; later, in 1838, 1840, 1844 and 1856, documents describe him as a "cordonnier" [cobbler, shoemaker / shoemender]. He was married, aged 33 years 4 months, at 17:00 [5 PM] on Friday 13 MAY 1825 [so he couldn't have been superstitious!!] in the commune where his bride was resident, "Grâce Montegnée, Canton de Hollogne au Pierres, Province de Liège", which today would probably be B-4460 Hollogne-aux-Pierres, about 3½ miles north of the Pont de Seraing [the Seraing Bridge] over the River Meuse which led directly into the Cockerill steel works. He had a "certificat de milice", proving that he had completed his military training.

A witness to the marriage was Jean Joseph DETRIXHE, his brother, aged 31 [so probably born around 1794, no other information yet discovered]. His bride was : Marie Anne [usually called "Marguerite"], LOGNAY [sometimes spelt LOGNEY], aged 22 years 3 months, born [in the Republican calendar "le 21 pluviose l'an 11 de la République" = in the Gregorian calendar] Thursday 10 FEB 1803 in B-4460 Hollogne-aux-Pierres, where she was resident. She was a "journalière" [day labourer, probably in the local coal-mine]. She was the daughter of Gérard LOGNAY, "houilleur" [coal-miner] and Marguerite LEDENT [sometimes spelt LEDERIT], "journalière" [day labourer, probably in the local coal-mine]. She was later referred to as "Marguerite LAGNEAU, LAGNEAUX, or LAGNAUX", and may have been referred to by her descendants in the USA as "Margaret LAMB". Later she was a "journalière" [day labourer, probably in the local steel-works], and she died aged 39 years 9 months on Wednesday 23 NOV 1842, three days after the birth of their son Nicolas Guillaume DETRIXHE.

Their children [at least those mentioned or traced so far] were :

Antoine DETRIXHE, [aged 24 in DEC 1856 and 33 in MAR 1864 and so] probably born in 1832 [or between FEB 1831 and DEC 1832], a "lamineur" [steel rolling-mill operator], who was a witness at the marriage of his sister Marie Josephe.

Marguerite DETRIXHE, born at 20:30 [8:30 PM] on Friday 10 JAN 1834 at Rue du Chêne, La Chatqueue, B-4100 Seraing.

Elisabeth DETRIXHE, born at 03:00 [3 am] on Thursday 19 MAR 1835 at Rue du Chêne, La Chatqueue, B-4100 Seraing. It is possible that Elisabeth may have died shortly after birth, because her sister Marie Josephe was born exactly 9 months later.

Marie Josephe DETRIXHE, born at 19:00 [7 PM] on Tuesday 15 DEC 1835 at Rue du Chêne, La Chatqueue, B-4100 Seraing. At 17:00 (5 PM) on Thursday 11 DEC 1856, and described as a "ménagère" [homemaker] aged 20 years 11 months, resident at Rue du Chêne, La Chatqueue, B-4100 Seraing, she married : Mathieu Joseph NAILLEUX, born 15 SEP 1831 in B-4100 Seraing, a "mouleur en sable" [foundry sand-moulder] aged 25 years 2 months, living at Rue du Chêne, La Chatqueue, B-4100 Seraing.

This road also runs downhill from the Protestant church at Place du Pairay south to north towards the Cockerill steel works, where I presume he was employed. He also had a "certificat de milice", proving that he had completed his military training. He was the son of François Joseph NAILLEUX, who died in B-4100 Seraing on 12 DEC 1840, and of Marie Elisabeth RENARD, who died in B-4100 Seraing on 08 DEC 1852. I believe that the present-day relatives of this family have a furniture business near the American Ardennes Military Cemetery (MAILLEUX Fils SA, 83 & 169 Route de Condroz, B-4120 Neupré).

Lambert DETRIXHE, born at 11:00 [11 am] on Friday 16 FEB 1838 at Rue du Chêne, La Chatqueue, B-4100 Seraing. He was married, aged 27 years 10 months, at 15:00 [3 PM] on Wednesday 20 DEC 1865, in B-4100 Seraing, described as a "cordonnier" [cobbler, shoemaker / shoemender, so it looks like he took over his father's business when the latter died on 01 MAR 1864], resident at Rue du Chêne, La Chatqueue, B-4100 Seraing. His bride was : Marie Catherine ROUTINIER, described as a "ménagère" [homemaker] aged 20 years, born on 17 DEC 1845 in B-4100 Seraing, and resident there. She was the legitimate daughter of Robert ROUTINIER, a coal-miner, and his wife Marie Catherine CRESPIN, housewife, both alive and resident together in B-4100 Seraing at the time of their daughter's marriage to Lambert DETRIXHE.

Françoise DETRIXHE, born at 18:00 [6 PM] on Tuesday 05 MAY 1840 at Rue du Chêne, La Chatqueue, B-4100 Seraing.

Nicolas Guillaume DETRIXHE, born at 13:00 [1 PM] on Sunday 20 NOV 1842 at Rue du Chêne, La Chatqueue, B-4100 Seraing.

Jean Lambert DETRIXHE married a second time, 16 months after the death of his first wife, at 16:00 (4 PM) on Saturday 23 March 1844 in Seraing, where he was still resident. He was aged 52 years 2 months, and was a "cordonnier" [cobbler, shoemaker/shoemender]. His bride, who was about half his age, was: Marie Josephe PICHOT [sometimes spelt PITCHOT], aged 26 years 10 months, born on Wednesday 30 APR 1817 in B-4845 Jalhay, resident in B-4100 Seraing, a "journalière" [day labourer, probably in the local steelworks].

The name Detrixhe has been traced back to spellings which include De Trix, Detry, Detrix, as far back as the 1500's in Belgian archives. The name means "waste land"or"unfallowed land" and probably refers to the geographic description of the area the family had settled. The spelling De Trix indicates Dutch (Walloon) beginnings. There was(is?) another line known as the Woot Detrixhe's, and they were more of the upper crust, while our ancestors were the "commoners". The branching goes back before recorded history. Evidence suggests Lambert Detrixhe most likely traveled with a group and/or other family members(including his father-in-law Robert Routinier). It has been recently discovered it is unlikely they all travelled together in the same voyage. Nelson Cemetary in Kansas has several names which were found in Belgian archives. Church records indicate Lambert having departed in 1869, with others following later. We suspected several families came together on the journey from Belgium, leaving from Antwerp, then on to England. From England the journey most likely led to "The Castle" in New York which was the main port in New York before Ellis Island. Still digging through manifests.

Names to look for are Bertram (Bertrand), Naillaeux, Routingier, & Vignery.
I had always been told Lambert first worked in Pennsylvania, but recent findings suggest otherwise. There were and are Detrixhe's in Pennsylvania, but findings show they are from the Woot Detrixhe family.


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