My 2nd. Great Maternal Grandmother, Ann Mary “May” (Haupert) Palen


Luxembourg Post Card, 1980

Post card from Europe trip-We visited England, France, Luxembourg, Holland, and Belgium, March 1980, with my parents, Louis & Jean Mancill and ex-husband, Richard Fallin. The Haupert’s emigrated from Luxembourg in 1854 to Castle Garden, New York, NY. The Palen’s, emigrated from Luxembourg in 1862 to Caledonia, Houston, MN.

“I cannot imagine the fear that my second great grandmother might have felt, at the age of nine, leaving her homeland and mother behind to enter a “New World”. She and her father were really brave in my opinion. The Belgian Revolution ended in 1839, and the constant wars for territories was very chaotic. My ancestors wanted to escape the war and poverty in Luxembourg. Luxembourg was a Constitutional Monarchy, with a king ruling over everyone, and if you were not of royal blood, then you were a peasant and you could not inherit land and would be stuck as one of the monarchies servants. In 1854, what was happening in Luxembourg, that would prompt them to emigrate to America?” America promised freedom of religion, freedom to purchase land, and work freely. ” source: Sally  Frederick Tudor, July 9, 2017

My second great maternal grandmother was Ann Mary “May” (Haupert) Palen.

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Name: Ann Maria Haupert
Event Type: Immigration
Event Date: 1854
Event Place: New York City, New York, United States
Gender: Female
Age: 9
Birth Year (Estimated): 1845
Ship Name: Eliz Denison
Affiliate Publication Number: M237 , Affiliate Publication Title: Passenger Lists of vessels arriving at New York, 1820-1897 , Affiliate Film Number: 147 , GS Film Number: 000175503 , Digital Folder Number: 004678802 , Image Number: 00722. New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1891
“New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1891,” index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 5 February 2015), Ann Maria Haupert, 1854; citing NARA microfilm publication M237 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 175,503.

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Castle Clinton stands approximately two blocks west of where Fort Amsterdam was built in 1626, when New York City was known by the Dutch name New Amsterdam. Construction began in 1808 and was completed in 1811. The fort, known as West Battery (sometimes Southwest Battery), was designed by architects John McComb, Jr. and Jonathan Williams. It was built on a small artificial island just off shore.

West Battery was intended to complement the three-tiered Castle Williams on Governors Island, which was East Battery, to defend New York City from British forces in the tensions that marked the run-up to the War of 1812, but it never saw action in that or any war. Subsequent landfill expanded Battery Park, and the fort was incorporated into the mainland of Manhattan Island.

She emigrated from Luxembourg in 1854 to Castle Garden Immigration Center, New York City, New York at the age of 9 with her father, Frank Haupert. Her mother’s, name unknown, she must have died before 1854, because there is no record of her mother in their emigration record, or any census years either.

They resided in Caledonia, Houston County, Minnesota. Leo was a farmer and May was a homemaker, and they had fourteen children according to family records.

The 1865, 1870, 1880, and 1885, 1895, 1900, 1910 U. S. Census’ for Caledonia, Houston, Minnesota, show Leopold and May residing together. In 1880, her father, Frank Haupert, a retired farmer, was residing with them also.


Birth:  Apr. 11, 1845
Canton de Diekirch
Diekirch, Luxembourg

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Death:  Jan. 8, 1937
Winona County
Minnesota, USA

Daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Frank Haupert (mother’s name unknown) of Luxembourg.
My second Great Maternal Grandmother, Ann Mary “May” (Haupert) Palen, wife of Leopold “Leo” Frank Palen.


Leo and May married in 29 March 1864 in Dubuque, Dubuque, Iowa.

Leopold was a farmer, and May 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.

Name: Mary Palen
Event Type: Census
Event Date: 1865
Event Place: Mayville, Houston, Minnesota, United States
Gender: Female
Volume: 5
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 ( : 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, May’s father, Frank Haupert (Hupert), resided with “Leo” and “May” Palen in 1880. He was listed as age 72, retired farmer from Luxembourg. According to family all were Catholic.

1880 U.S. Census for Caledonia, Houston, Minnesota list a “Hupert FRANK”, Father-in-Law, W, Male, age 72, born in Luxembourg, Retired Farmer, Widower, Parents born in Luxembourg, as residing with Leo & May Palen and their eight children.
name:Leopold Palen
residence:Caledonia, Houston, Minnesota
relationship to head:Self
spouse’s name:May Palen
spouse’s birthplace:Luxembourg
father’s name:
father’s birthplace:Luxembourg
mother’s name:
mother’s birthplace:Luxembourg
race or color (expanded):White
ethnicity (standardized):American
martial status:Married
age (expanded):40 years
nara film number:T9-0623
page character:B
entry number:2583
film number:1254623
selfLeopold PalenM40Luxembourg
wifeMay PalenF38Luxembourg
sonFrank PalenM15Luxembourg
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
Hupert FrankM72Luxembourg
Source Citation
“United States Census, 1880,” index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 25 June 2012), Leopold Palen, Caledonia, Houston, Minnesota.

Leopold and Mary Palen Family, 1898, Caledonia, Houston, MN

Leopold Palen Family, 1909, Caledonia, Houston, MN

Leopold Frank PALEN’s Family, 1909, 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 ( : accessed 30 Sep 2014), Mrs. Mary Palen, 08 Jan 1937; citing “Minnesota, Death Index, 1908-2002,”; 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 Besse (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 1845! Mom’s memory is very short these days, but she’s outstanding when she reminisces about things that happened in her childhood!” ~source: Mark R. Long (my cousin)

Family links:
  Frank Haupert (1808 – 1898)
  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)

Calvary Cemetery
Houston County
Minnesota, USA
 Created by: TEXAS TUDORS
Record added: Mar 09, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 25165835

Leopold and Mary Palen Headstone, Caledonia, Houston, MN
Headstone of Leopold and Mary Palen courtesy of Elaine, Calvary Cemetery, Caledonia, Houston, Minnesota, 10/21/2015



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Mary May <i>Haupert</i> PalenMary May <i>Haupert</i> PalenMy 2nd. 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.
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.

Birth: Apr. 11, 1844
Diekirch, Luxembourg
Death: Jan. 8, 1937
Winona County
Minnesota, USA 

Daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Frank Haupert (mothers name unknown) of Luxembourg.

My 2nd. Great Maternal 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…

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