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Joseph Hummer

Death: August 14, 1774 (51)
Niederkorn, Differdange, Luxembourg
Immediate Family:

Husband of Agnetis Hummer
Father of Henri Hummer; Anna B. Hummer; Petrus Hummer; Catherine Hummer; Henricus Hummer and 2 others

Managed by: Darlene Herman
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About Joseph Hummer

JOSEPH1 HUMMER was born 12 Sep 1722 in Luxembourg or France, and died 14 Aug 1774 in Niederkorn, Differdange, Luxembourg. He married AGNETIS BRAUN 08 Jun 1752 in Oberkorn Parish, Niederkorn, Differdange, Luxembourg. She was born Abt. 1730 in Differdange, Luxembourg, and died 29 Oct 1807 in Differdange, Luxembourg.


Joseph Humer was born about 1727 probably in France. As the story of the Humer family goes, the first Humers came to Luxembourg from France in the 17th century at the time of the Huguenots. They weren't a people who could survive in a Calvinistic atmosphere. Joseph married Agnes Braun in the Oberkorn Catholic Parish on June 8, 1752. They became the parents of seven children. Agnes was born about 1730 in Differdange, Luxembourg. There are no references to Agnes' death so it is presumed that she died outside of Oberkorn.

Humer/Hummer History:

In German, the word Humer means to breathe in, such as when deeply breathing fresh air. The word Hummer means lobster.

The Humer family is apparently French in origin. During the French Huguenot period of the mid to late 17th century, the Catholic Humers allegedly fled the Calvinistic persecution taking place in France and moved to Luxembourg; but just barely. If this story is true, the Humers probably fled from the area of Thionville, today a part of France, about 25 kilometers south of Niederkorn, in Canton Differdange, Luxembourg where they were later known to have lived is about two kilometers from Luxembourg's southwest border with France. If they in fact fled France for Luxembourg, it probably occurred after 1659 when the Treaty of the Pyrenees ended a war between France and Spain. At that time France annexed the part of the Duchy of Luxembourg which included the area around Thionville and Malmedy. This annexation of Luxembourg's territory was called the First Partition of Luxembourg.

The spelling of the Humer name appears to have later changed over time to Hummer. In the Luxembourg Civil Registration of the Tables Decennials, 1853-1863 which was a ten-year compilation of births, deaths, and marriages, there were no Humer entries and only seven Hummer entries. Two of those were a death entry in Differdange and a birth entry in Pétange, a nearby village. From that we can conclude that they were probably related to our Humer and Hummer ancestors. It is clear that the Humer and Hummer names continued in Luxembourg after the emigration of our Humer and Hummer ancestors. The name Hummer is rare in the US and it is uncommon in Luxembourg, as well. There was an interesting analysis by the Institute Grand-Ducal of Luxembourg titled Geographie der Familiannamen (nach der Volkszahling von 1930). Translated, the title is Geography of the Family Names (from the people's census of 1930). It lists the geographical locations of family surnames extracted from the 1930 census. At that point in time there were still 37 Hummer families in Luxembourg, but there was only one Humer family left; the Humer family of Rollingergrund. The largest numbers of Hummers lived in Niederkorn.

(There is a discrepancy in the spelling of the Hummer name. Possibly when Pierre Peter Hummer was born, the family name was changed from Humer to Hummer.)


Occupation: Cabinetmaker


Marriage: 08 Jun 1752, Oberkorn Parish, Niederkorn, Differdange, Luxembourg

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Joseph Hummer's Timeline

September 12, 1722
September 1, 1754
Age 31
Niederkorn, Differdange, Luxembourg
March 15, 1758
Age 35
Niederkorn, Differdange, Luxembourg
May 21, 1760
Age 37
Niederkorn, Differdange, Luxembourg
June 22, 1762
Age 39
Niederkorn, Differdange, Luxembourg
September 22, 1763
Age 41
Niederkorn, Differdange, , Luxembourg
October 24, 1765
Age 43
Niederkorn, Differdange, Luxembourg
August 10, 1768
Age 45
Niederkorn, Differdange, Luxembourg
August 14, 1774
Age 51
Niederkorn, Differdange, Luxembourg