Böhles/Boehles/Boehler/Buehler Family Genealogy

ORIGINS IN GERMAN TYROL

The surname Boehles was also spelled Böhles, Boehler, Buehler, Buhler, Biehler, and Biller. The family was Roman Catholic.

The family originated in Tyrol and then emigrated to northern France before 1660. After the Thirty Years War, great parts of the Alsace and the Palatinate were destroyed. The elector in the Palatinate resettled people from Tyrol and Switzerland into the region, promising them 10 years without any taxes and religious liberty. Religious liberty has always been a hallmark of the Palatinate.

King Louis XIV's brother, Philippe of Orleans, married Elisabeth Charlotte of the Rhine (daughter of Karl Ludwig, Elector Palatine), and Louis claimed that she was entitled to land or compensation. In German minds, this raised the threat of further French expansion into the Rhineland. And they were right: Louis decided that the Palatinate must become French. His generals destroyed the Alsace and the Palatinate again, after the Thirty Years War. When the war was over, Louis called builders and architects into the region to build up the destroyed towns and villages. The result is that there are still many French names in the German Palatinate even to this day.

They may have come from the city called Saalfelden, Tyrol, but that is unconfirmed. It is in the Austrian state of Salzburg and is the administrative center of the Pinzgauer Saalachtal. This is the second of my families from northern France who came from Tyrol, the other being the Schiessling family.

EMIGRATION TO NORTHERN FRANCE

George Boehles was married to Marguerithe and together they settled in Lauterbourg, Alsace at the French-German border. Their grandson Jean Baptiste Boehles was a basket maker and their great-grandson Joannes (Jean Etienne) Boehles was a tailor.

Lauterbourg is the closest town on the Alsace border with Germany and on the Rhine River. The town population in 1792 was 1,964 and the present population is 2,372.

Joannes Boehles settled in Scheibenhard, the town of his wife Marie Eve Gabriel. The Boehles family listed among the founding families of the tiny French-German border village, according to records from the St. George Church in Scheibenhard. The small village of Scheibenhard had a 1792 population of 651 persons; the current population is around 500. Scheibenhard is located in the Lauterbourg district, Wissembourg borough. Photos of Scheibenhard are available here. A history of the village is available here. The village is a French commune located in the Alsace region's department of Bas-Rhin on the German border, continuous with the German village of Scheibenhardt, separated only by a small creek, the Lauter. Cousin Pierre Bertrand has a history of the village online in French.

Around 1793, the Austrian army invaded the north of Alsace. Several families of the village fled, never returning. The Lauter creek became a border in 1815 due to the Vienna Congress, but from 1870 to 1918 both sides were reunited in the German Empire. On the south side of the Lauter, French is the official language and payment is made with French Francs, on the other side it's the German language and German marks. The village is situated in the easternmost corner of the French Hexagone, an epithet of France, owing to the shape of its European mainland. A regular hexagon is depicted on France's one- and two-Euro coins.

Riedseltz, where Maria Eva Boehles and her husband Francois Louis Braa resided, had a 1792 population of 1,013 and has a present day population of around 1,200.


The baptismal record of Maria Eva, in Latin, from the church in Scheibenhard.
In AD 1760, on the seventh day of the month of January, by me, the undersigned, Maria Eva was
baptized, the legitimate daughter of Johannes Bohles, a citizen and talor and Maria Eva Gabriel,
spouse. She was born the day before. Her godfather was Antonius Schmaltz, a citizen and farmer,
her godmother Regina, the wife of Melchior Schmaltz, a citizen and farmer.

SURNAME ORIGINS

"Buehl" is south German in origin and is a topographic name for someone who lived on a hillside, from Middle High German buhel or "hill" or a habitational name from a place called Behl. "Biller" is a southern form of "Buehler" and comes from the Middle High German bil(le) or "sculpture", likely an occupational name for a stonemason or sculptor. "Biller" is also a variant of Buller, a nickname from Middle High German bullen or "to bark" or "to bawl".


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Surnames of those in my direct ancestral line appear in BOLD.


Descendants of Georges Boehles/Boehler*

*The name was spelled Boehler, Buehler, Buhler, Biehler, and Biller at various points.

1 Georges Boehles b: in Tyrol d: April 22, 1702 in Alsace, France
.. + Marguerithe (unknown) b: unknown d: Nov. 1, 1680 in Alsace, France
........ 2 Jean Jacques Boehles b: March 6, 1659 in Lauterbourg d: June 7, 1728 in Lauterbourg
............+ Margarethe (unknown) b: unknown d: Feb. 28, 1718 in Lauterbourg
................. 3 Jean Baptiste Boehles b: Abt. 1700 m: Sept. 15, 1721 in Lauterbourg d: Oct. 15, 1763
.................... occupation: basket-maker
..................... + Marie Elisabeth Schaeffer b: Sept. 29, 1700 in Lauterbourg d: Jan. 4, 1771 in Lauterbourg
............................... 4 Marie Madeleine Boehles b: July 22, 1722 in Lauterbourg d: June 7, 1741 in Lauterbourg
............................... 4 Michel Boehles b: Feb. 1, 1724 in Lauterbourg d: unknown
............................... 4 Jean Etienne "Johannes" Boehles b: Jan. 31, 1725 in Lauterbourg d: Jan. 6, 1787 in Scheibenhard
.................................. + Maria Eva Gabriel b: Aug. 1, 1723 in Scheibenhard d: July 31, 1787
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............................... 4 Regina Boehles b: March, 1727 in Lauterbourg d: unknown
............................... 4 Jean Jacques Boehles b: Dec., 1728 in Lauterbourg d: unknown
............................... 4 Marie Barbe Boehles b: April 18, 1730 in Lauterbourg d: unknown
............................... 4 Jacques Philipp Boehles b: Dec. 26, 1734 in Lauterbourg d: unknown
............................... 4 Anne Marie Claire Boehles b: Aug. 13, 1739 in Lauterbourg d: unknown
........... *2nd wife of George Boehles:
............+ Anna Maria (unknown) m: April 21, 1681 in Lauterbourg, Alsace, France


Descendants of Joannes Boehles

1 Joannes Boehles b: Jan. 31, 1725 in Lauterbourg d: Jan. 6, 1787 in Scheibenhard
.. occupation: tailor
.. + Marie Eve Gabriel b: Aug. 1, 1723 in Scheibenhard d: July 31, 1787 in Riedseltz, France
...... (listed in Riedseltz census: 1836, living at Herrengass 12)
.......... 2 Regine Boehles b: Nov. 12, 1748 in Scheibenhard d: June 28, 1824 in Scheibenhard, France
.............+ Sebastien Fischer b: 1746 in Scheibenhard m: June 17, 1771 d: 1802 in Scheibenhard
.................. 3 Jean Michel Fischer b: 1772 in Scheibenhard d: unknown
.................. 3 Jacques Fischer b: 1773 in Scheibenhard d: unknown
.................. 3 Jean Fischer b: May 11, 1775 in Scheibenhard d: Nov. 2, 1826 in Scheibenhard
.................... + Maria Elisabeth Hemberger b: 1784 d: unknown
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.................. 3 Francois Fischer b: 1777 in Scheibenhard d: unkown
.................. 3 Maria Eva Fischer b: Jan. 26, 1780 d: Aug. 27, 1819
.................... + Jean Vogel b: 1872 m: Jan. 10, 1802 d: unknown
.................. 3 Maria Juliana Fischer b: May 3, 1782 d: June 1, 1833
.................... + Pierre Schiffmacher
.................. 3 Jean Martin Fischer b: 1784 in Scheibenhard d: unknown
.................. 3 Regine Fischer b: 1787 in Scheibenhard d: unknown
.................. 3 Pierre Michel Fischer b: Dec. 15, 1792 d: Feb. 23, 1871
.................... + Anna Maria Boehm b: 1800 m: Nov. 2, 1825 d: 1871
....................... [Click here for additional information on this family line.]
....................*2nd wife of Pierre Michel Fischer:
.................... + Maria Anna Peter b: 1825 d: unknown
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.......... 2 Peter Michael Boehles b: Sept. 27, 1750 d: unknown
.............+ Sybille Schmaltz b: unknown b: Aug. 27, 1787 d: unknown
.................. 3 Joseph Boehles b: Sept. 20, 1790 d: unknown
.................... + Catherine Maushard b: unknown m: Oct. 19, 1800 d: unknown
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.......... 2 Maria Barbara Boehles b: Sept. 22, 1752 in Scheibenhard d: Dec. 29, 1800 in Riedseltz
.......... 2 Melchior Boehles b: Jan. 17, 1755 in Scheibenhard, France d: unknown
.......... 2 Petrus Antonius Boehles b: August 22, 1757 in Scheibenhard, France d: unknown
.......... 2 Maria Eva Boehles b: Jan. 6, 1759 in Scheibenhard m: bef. 1789 d: Nov. 29, 1836 in Riedseltz
.............+ Francois Louis Braa b. November 1, 1761 in Bergen Neuborg, Allemagne
............... d. April 23, 1836 in Riedseltz, Bas Rhin, Alsace, France
................... 3 Margaretha Braa b. March 15, 1789 in Riedseltz d. Jan. 1, 1856 in Riedseltz
.................... + Peter Kolb b: 1777-1789 in Riedseltz m: May 4, 1809 in Riedseltz d: unknown
......................... [For additional information on this line, click here]
................... 3 Reine Braa b: 1791 in Riedseltz d: April 30, 1859 in Riedseltz
................... 3 Regina Louisa Braa b: May 20, 1792 in Neubourg, France d: April 30, 1859 in Riedseltz
.................... + Peter Schmitt b: Abt. 1792 m: June 20, 1813 d: unknown
...................... [Click here for additional information on this line.]
................... 3 Barbara Braa b. Nov. 22, 1894 in Riedseltz d: Nov. 24, 1818 in Riedseltz
................... 3 Maria Cerecencia Braa b: July 21, 1797 in Siegen, Alsace, France
.................... + Joseph Lux m: Jan. 16, 1818 in Riedseltz
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................... 3 Johann Braa b: Jan. 10, 1799 in Riedseltz d: unknown
................... 3 Maria Eva Braa b: May 28, 1800 in Riedseltz d: Bef. 1803
................... 3 Maria Eva Braa b: Jan. 19, 1803 in Riedseltz m: July 10, 1827 d: Sept. 24, 1881 in Riedseltz
.................... + Francoise Ignatz Lustig b: June 18, 1802 in Soultz-sous-Foret d: Sept. 2, 1855 in Riedseltz
............................... 4 Jacques Lustig b: Sept. 14, 1831 in Riedseltz d: Jan. 17, 1912 in Riedseltz
.................................. + Madeleine Stephan b: July 11, 1832 m: Oct. 23, 1856 d: Jan 7, 1906 in Riedseltz
......................................... 5 Anne Marie Lustig b: Nov. 28, 1858 in Riedseltz d: Dec. 16, 1858 in Riedseltz
......................................... 5 Jacques Lustig b: Oct. 28, 1859 in Riedseltz d: Nov. 1, 1925 in Riedseltz
.............................................+ Elisabeth Biehn b: Feb. 28, 1870 m: April 24, 1899 d: Jan. 22, 1929
......................................... 5 Joseph Lustig b: Jan. 27, 1862 d: Feb. 19, 1921
.............................................+ Louise Schmidt/Schmitt b: April 29, 1863 in Meistratzheim m: July 19, 1889
............................................... in Selestat d: Sept. 13, 1941 in Riedseltz, France
...................................................... 6 Zacharie Lustig b: Feb. 14, 1884 d: unknown
...................................................... 6 Madeleine Emilie Lustig b: May 21, 1891 d: unknown
...................................................... 6 Paul Joseph Lustig b: Jan. 24, 1893 d: unknown
...................................................... 6 Francois "Dit Xavier" Lustig b: Dec. 9, 1894 d: unknown
...................................................... 6 Marie Elisabeth Lustig b: July 5, 1896 d: unknown
...................................................... 6 Georges Lustig b: Nov. 7, 1898 d: unknown
...................................................... 6 Aloyse Lustig b: April 21, 1900 d: unknown
...................................................... 6 Albert Lustig b: Feb. 4, 1902 in Riedseltz d: Sept. 25, 1970 in Wissembourg
......................................................... + Elise C. Hoffart b: Jan. 28, 1903 in Wissembourg d: Jan. 8, 1990
...................................................... 6 Louis Lustig b: June 30, 1903 d: unknown
...................................................... 6 Josephine Lustig b: Aug. 8, 1904 d: unknown
...................................................... 6 Francois Ferdinand Lustig b: May 29, 1906 d: unknown
...................................................... 6 Francois Emile Lustig b: Feb. 10, 1909 d: unknown
......................................... 5 Francois Lustig b: July 16, 1864 in Riedseltz d: March 4, 1954 in Riedseltz
.............................................+ Josephine Forner b: June 8, 1868 m: Oct. 28, 1889 d: Aug. 5, 1907
......................................... 5 Sebastien Lustig b: Oct. 16, 1865 in Riedseltz d: April 1, 1943 in Riedseltz
.............................................+ Catherine Starck b: Jan. 10, 1875 m: May 28, 1900 d: unknown
......................................... 5 Alois (Aloyse) Lustig b: June 28, 1868 d: March 3, 1934 in Altenstadt
.............................................+ Catherine Wesner b: Aug. 7, 1863 m: Sept. 27, 1897 d: Feb. 22, 1957
......................................... 5 Madeleine Lustig b: June 28, 1868 in Riedseltz d: Jan. 18, 1869 in Riedseltz
......................................... 5 Marie Eve Lustig b: Dec. 13, 1870 d: May 9, 1954 in St. Jean de Bassel
......................................... 5 Elisabeth Lustig b: Feb. 11, 1872 in Riedseltz d: Oct. 27, 1947 in Riedseltz
.............................................+ Alois Heintz b: Oct. 15, 1867 m: May 13, 1899 d: unknown
......................................... 5 Madeleine Lustig b: Jan. 6, 1876 in Riedseltz d: unknown
.............................................+ Jean Sturner b: Abt. 1870 m: Sept. 30, 1920 d: unknown
......................................... 5 Michel Lustig b: Dec. 5, 1878 in Riedseltz d: unknown
............................... 4 Marie Eve Lustig b: April 13, 1833 in Riedseltz d: Jan. 20, 1910 in Riedseltz
.................................. + Joseph Eichenlaub b: Aug. 29, 1828 m: Oct. 5, 1855 d: 1902
......................................... 5 Sebastien Eichenlaub b: Jan. 3, 1858 in Riedseltz d: unknown
......................................... 5 Francois Joseph Eichenlaub b: Nov. 12, 1861 d: Jan. 22, 1866
......................................... 5 Marie Catherine Eichenlaub b: Dec. 11, 1866 d: March 22, 1951 in Haguenau
......................................... 5 Joseph Eichenlaub b: June 20, 1873 d: Jan. 14, 1949
.............................................+ Josephine Schmitt b: 1855 d: May 22, 1912 d: unknown
......................................... 5 Francois Antoine Eichenlaub b: Nov. 30, 1876 d: March 20, 1914
............................... 4 Ignatz Lustig b: Dec. 12, 1834 in Riedseltz d: Dec. 21, 1834 in Riedseltz
............................... 4 Elizabeth Lustig b: Jan. 11, 1836 in Riedeltz d: Nov. 16, 1893 in Riedseltz
.................................. + Joseph Bersch b: Nov. 18, 1835 m: Sept. 18, 1860 in Riedeltz d: unknown
............................... 4 Barbe Lustig b: Apr. 5, 1838 in Riedseltz d: July 30, 1911 in Riedseltz
.................................. + Jacques Huebsch b: in Riedseltz d: in Riedseltz
......................................... 5 Joseph Huebsch b: 1866 d: unknown
............................... 4 Marie Anne Lustig b: 1839 in Riedseltz d: Aug. 23, 1910 in Buffalo, NY
.................................. + Bernard Fechter b: April 4, 1835 in Oberroedern m: Feb. 26, 1863 in Oberroedern
..................................... immigration: June 8, 1881, ship: Amerique
..................................... d: Sept. 17, 1883 in Buffalo, NY
......................................... 5 Caroline Fechter b: in Oberroedern, France d: in Buffalo, New York
............................................+ Leonard Schmidt
......................................... 5 Ferdinand Fechter b: July 3, 1864 in Oberroedern d: Feb. 7, 1865 in Oberroedern
......................................... 5 Marie Anne Fechter b: Oct. 14, 1865 in Oberroedern d: April 4, 1937 in Buffalo, NY
............................................+ Herbert Rise b: 1863 in France d: unknown
...................................................... 6 Mary Rise b: 1900 in New York d: unknown
......................................... 5 Bernard Fechter b: Nov. 15, 1866 in Oberroedern m: 1891 d: Jan. 16, 1959 in NY
............................................+ Mary A. Kreutzbender
...................................................... 6 Catherine Fechter b: unknown d: Feb. 27, 1990 in Buffalo, NY
......................................................... + William Ball m: May 20, 1919 in NY
.................................................................. 7 Alfred Ball
.................................................................. 7 Evelyn Ball
.................................................................. 7 Marion Ball
...................................................... 6 Anna Fechter
...................................................... 6 Frank Fechter
......................................... 5 Madeleine Fechter b: 1867 in Oberroedern d: unknown
......................................... 5 Odilia Fechter b: 1868 in Oberroedern d: unknown
......................................... 5 Alois Fechter b: 1873 in Oberroedern d: unknown
......................................... 5 Agatha Fechter b: 1876 in Oberroedern d: unknown
......................................... 5 Lorenz Fechter b: 1877 in Oberroedern d: unknown
......................................... 5 Catherine Fechter b: 1879 in Oberroedern d: unknown
......................................... 5 Xavier Fechter b: 1880 in Oberroedern d: unknown
............................... 4 Odilia Lustig b: April 30, 1842 in Riedelberg d: unknown
.................................. + Jean Heintz b: unknown in Salmbach d: unknown
......................................... 5 Elisabeth Heintz b: 1865 in Riedseltz d: unknown
......................................... 5 Odilia Heintz b: 1866 in Riedseltz d: unknown
......................................... 5 Jean Phillippe Heintz b: 1868 in Riedseltz d: unknown
......................................... 5 Marie Madeleine Heintz b: 1869 in Riedseltz d: unknown
......................................... 5 Francois Joseph Heintz b: 1871 in Riedseltz d: unknown
......................................... 5 Charles Albert Heintz b: 1872 in Riedseltz d: Bef. 1876
......................................... 5 Celestine Heintz b: 1875 in Riedseltz d: unknown
......................................... 5 Charles Albert Heintz b: 1876 in Riedseltz d: unknown
.......... 2 Maria Catharina Boehles b. April 21, 1763 in Scheibenhard, France d: unknown


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