My Maternal Second Great Grand Uncle, Joseph Pierre “Peter” Palen, Luxembourg

Birth:  1832, Luxembourg
Death:  Mar. 25, 1892
Houston County
Minnesota, USA 

My maternal second great grand uncle, Joseph Pierre Palen also known as Peter Joseph Palen.Son of Josef “Joe” and Anna Catharina (Pletschette) Palen.

First wife: Anna Agnes (maiden name unknown-believed to be Gangler) Palen. I believe that Peter Gangler was her brother. Joseph and Anna were married about 1859 in Minnesota. Anna died in 1867.

Second wife: Barbara (Weips) Palen. Married about 1869 in Minnesota.

He and Anna Agnes Palen had five children:
Michael, Anna Catharina, John Peter, Peter Gerhart , and Mary Josephine Palen.

He and Barbara Weips had nine children: John Nicholas, Joseph Michael, Peter Joseph Jr, Anna Maria “Mary”, Anna Christina, Josephine, Gregory Nicholas, Frederick F. “Fred”, and Charles “Charlie” N. Palen.

Exact marriage dates unknown. In 1865 Census he was married to Anna Agnes Palen, and in the 1870 Census he was married to Barbara Weips.

Name: Peter R Palen
Event Type: Census
Event Year: 1860
Event Place: Township 102 R 5 Mayville, Houston, Minnesota, United States
Gender: Male
Age: 28
Race: White
Birth Year (Estimated): 1832
Birthplace: Germany
Page: 21
Affiliate Name: The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
Affiliate Publication Number: M653
Household Role Gender Age Birthplace
Peter R Palen M 28 Germany
Anna Palen F 25 Germany
Michael Palen M 0 Minnesota
Peter Gangler M 30 Germany
Household ID: 144 , GS Film Number: 803571 , Digital Folder Number: 004232724 , Image Number: 00025
United States Census, 1860
Citing this Record
“United States Census, 1860,” index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 5 June 2015), Peter R Palen, Township 102 R 5 Mayville, Houston, Minnesota, United States; from “1860 U.S. Federal Census – Population,” database, ( : n.d.); citing p. 21, household ID 144, NARA microfilm publication M653 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 803,571.

Name:Peter J Palen
Event Type:Census
Event Date:1865
Event Place:Caledonia, Houston, Minnesota, United States
Peter J PalenM
Anna PalenF
Michael PalenM
Catherine PalenF
John PalenM
Gerhart PalenM
Mary J PalenF
Frances PalenF
Family Number: 106 , Line Number: 31 , GS Film number: 565715 , Digital Folder Number: 004539663 ,Image Number: 00290
Citing this Record
“Minnesota, State Census, 1865 ,” index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 14 Oct 2014), Peter J Palen, Caledonia, Houston, Minnesota, United States; citing volume , line , State Library and Records Service, St.Paul; FHL microfilm .

name:Peter J Palen
estimated birth year:1832
age in 1870:38y
color (white, black, mulatto, chinese, indian):White
home in 1870:Minnesota, United States
Peter J PalenM38yLuxembourg
Barbara PalenF26yLuxembourg
Michael PalenM10yMinnesota
Catharine PalenF9yMinnesota
John PalenM8yMinnesota
Gerhart PalenM6yMinnesota
Mary J PalenF5yMinnesota
Christian KlineM19yLuxembourg
Source Citation
“United States Census, 1870,” index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 29 July 2012), Peter J Palen in household of Peter J Palen, Minnesota, United States.

name:Peter J. Palen
residence:Caledonia, Houston, Minnesota
relationship to head:Self
spouse’s name:Barbara 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):48 years
nara film number:T9-0623
page character:A
entry number:1180
film number:1254623
selfPeter J. PalenM48Luxembourg
wifeBarbara PalenF36Luxembourg
sonMichael PalenM20Minnesota, United States
dauAnna C. PalenF19Minnesota, United States
sonJohn P. PalenM17Minnesota, United States
sonPeter G. PalenM15Minnesota, United States
dauMary J. PalenF14Minnesota, United States
sonJohn N. PalenM9Minnesota, United States
sonJoseph PalenM8Minnesota, United States
sonPeter PalenM7Minnesota, United States
dauJosephine PalenF5Minnesota, United States
dauMary PalenF3Minnesota, United States
sonGregor PalenM1Minnesota, United States
Source Citation
“United States Census, 1880,” index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 29 July 2012), Peter J. Palen, Caledonia, Houston, Minnesota.

Minnesota, Deaths and Burials
Name: Peter J. Palen
Gender: Male
Death Date: 25 Mar 1892
Death Place: Caledonia, Houston, Minnesota
Age: 60
Birth Date: 1832
Birthplace: Luxemburg
Occupation: Farmer
Race: White
Marital Status: Married
Father’s Name: Joseph Palen
Father’s Birthplace: Luxemburg
Mother’s Name: Mary Palen
Mother’s Birthplace: Luxemburg
Indexing Project (Batch) Number: B53042-2 , System Origin: Minnesota-EASy , GS Film number: 1316884 , Reference ID: p 119
Minnesota, Deaths and Burials, 1835-1990
Search collection
Citing this Record
“Minnesota, Deaths and Burials, 1835-1990,” index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 14 Oct 2014), Peter J. Palen, 25 Mar 1892; citing Caledonia, Houston, Minnesota, reference p 119; FHL microfilm 1316884. 
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Family links: [Edit] 
  Josef Palen (1778 – 1864)
  Anna Catherina Pletschette Palen (1801 – 1855)
  Anna Agnes Gangler Palen (1835 – 1867)
  Barbara Weips Palen (1843 – 1902)
  Michael Palen (1859 – 1938)*
  Anna Katharine Palen Thimmesch (1862 – 1911)*
  John Peter Palen (1862 – 1913)*
  Joseph Michael Palen (1872 – 1906)*
  Peter Joseph Palen (1873 – 1955)*
  Gregory Nicholas Palen (1878 – 1935)*
  Marie Palen Schrup (1821 – 1897)*
  Peter Joseph Palen (1826 – 1875)*
  Gregorie Nicholas Palen (1828 – 1902)*
  Joseph Pierre Palen (1832 – 1892)
  Leopold Frank Palen (1839 – 1909)*

Calvary Cemetery
Houston County
Minnesota, USA 
Created by: TEXAS TUDORS
Record added: Oct 14, 2014

Find A Grave Memorial# 137229736

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