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Gambrinus March – an Ode to Beer?

July 2nd, 2011 Comments off

gambrinus2My gg-grandfather, Constantine Kollros (1838 – 1916), was a band leader in Louisville, KY around the turn of 20th century and as I learned last night, he was also a composer. In a search of Google Books, I found “Gambrinus March – copyright by C Kollros Louisville Ky July 7, 1898” listed in a publication of the Library of Congress Copyright Office in that year. Wikipedia defines Gambrinus as “an unofficial patron saint of beer or beer brewing.” The origin of the character is most widely believed to be John the Fearless (1371–1419), who some also believe to be the inventor of hopped malt beer.

According to an article that appeared on the front page of the Kentucky Irish American newspaper dated 24 Oct 1903:

The Mozart Symphony Orchestra directed by Prof Constantine Kollros will give its first grand concert at Phoenix Hill on Monday night… the programme will include Gambrinus March dedicated to the Gambrinus Society words by Frank A Lenz music by Prof C Kollros.

Note the title of Professor and it brings to mind Professor Henry Hill (aka The Music Man).

A further search of “Gambrinus March” turns up a different (?) composition by the same name. It lists lyrics by a H. Sallman, is dedicated to the Sieben’s Brewery Co. and copyrighted 1915 by Sieben’s Brewery Co., Chicago, Illinois, but it does not say who was the composer.

A trip to the Library of Congress may be in order, because according to the catalog there is one copy in the library. The LC on-line catalog mislabels the title as Cambrinus march (Published/Created: Louisville, Ky. C. Kollros, 1898. CALL NUMBER: M1540.K81 G3). Constantine Kollros

Constantine Kollros was born on February 17, 1838 in Sasbach am Rhein, Grand Duchy of Baden. He was the son of Joseph Kollros and Magdalena Ringwald. He married Maria Eichhorn, daughter of Georg Eichhorn and Catherine, after 1863 in Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky. He died on November 28, 1916 in Louisville at age 78. He composed at least two other musical pieces that I have found listed: Cleanse thou my soul; Asperges me (1883) and Cecilian Waltz (1907)

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New De Backer Documents

June 5th, 2011 Comments off

In a previous post, I mention the discovery that my 4th great grandfather, Andreas De Backer, and his first wife, Maria Catharina Josepha Mollaert, were 2nd cousins. To this I commented that I didn’t think that this degree of consanguinity was legal in 18th century Austrian Netherlands. As it turns out this union was legal, provided the couple had received a dispensation from the Church to marry. My contact in Belgium provided an example such a dispensation that he found in the church registry of the marriage in 1706 of Judoca De Backer, daughter of Gerardus De Backer, to Adrianus De Bruycker: cum dispensatione pontifica super 3° gradus (a dispension to allow cousins in the 3rd degree (2nd cousins) to marry). He also sent to me an image of a document dated 1794 and this is the marriage contract between Andreas De Backer and his 2nd wife, Anna Marie Van den Daele (a 4th great-grandmother). Click images below to view the documents in full.


Dispensation for the marriage of Judoca De Backer, daughter of Gerardus De Backer, to Adrianus De Bruycker dated 1706.

What this says is that Judoca De Backer, daughter of Gerardus De Backer, is granted a dispensation to marry Adrianus De Bruycker, a second cousin. This means that they shared one or more great-grandparents. So, this raises the question as who those great-grandparents were. Currently I have no record of any "De Bruycker".


Marriage contract between Andreas De Backer and his 2nd wife, Anna Marie Van den Daele dated 1794. 

This document, written in a mix of French and Flemish (?), mentions Andreas De Backer, son of Judocus of the city of Ronse. The fact that he was married to Marie Catherine Josephe Molleart and that they had no children. He is to be married to Anna Marie Van den Daele, daughter of Daniel Van den Daele. That is extent of my ability to translate this document.

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Mystery Photos Solved

May 28th, 2011 Comments off

When my maternal grandmother died in the late 70′s she left us a photo album that mostly contained identifiable photos from the thirties and forties. There were some photos that dated from her grandmother’s time and no one knew who or what these photos were of. A number of years ago my mother gave the photo album to her brother and about ten years ago Uncle Bob gave the album to me. The three of us sat around looking at the pictures and when it came to the “ancient” photos neither my mom nor my Uncle had any idea who was in the photos or when they were taken. I wagered that I could figure out who was in the photos and when I told my mom that I figured that this was a photograph of the Bannon’s taken in the 1850′s she insisted that I could not be right because the women’s fashions were all wrong for the time.

As it turns out mother was right and I was wrong…

I was recently contacted by a woman in Northern Ireland who it turns out is a cousin – her great grandfather, Henderson Kelsey, was a brother of my great great grandmother, Henrietta Kelsey. Our common ancestors are William Kelsey and Mary Emily Knox. My North Ireland correspondent is very familiar with scene shown in one of the photographs as it was taken at the place where she was born near Lisburn, outside of the Belfast. The place, known as the Plantation, was the family farm that was inherited by her great grandfather, Henderson Kelsey, and by her grandfather, William Henderson Kelsey, and father. The Plantation is located at  52 Plantation Road Lisburn, UK.

The house was originally built in 1784 by John Barbour, a Scot. He started a linen mill on the property and when he died in 1823 his son John continued the factory at Plantation and another son William started his own factory at Hilden outside Belfast When John died in 1831 his brother William purchased the plant at Plantation incorporating it into the Hilden works. The Barbours were world famous linen thread makers and had factories in America.

William Kelsey took over the tenancy of Plantation in 1840 and he operated a corn mill on the premises and farmed the land . His son, Henderson, inherited the farm from his father as he seems to have been the only son who remained in Ireland.

Before William and Mary Emily Knox Kelsey moved to Lisburn they lived at Drumnenockan outside Dromore Co Down according to the freeholders records for 1824 D/654/A3/IT held in PRONI.  Some of their children were born at Dromore and the younger ones at Lisburn.

See also Another Mystery Photo, Mystery Photo, and The Case of the Will of William Kelsey

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New DeBacker Ancestors Discovered

May 28th, 2011 Comments off

Thanks to the efforts of a 7th cousin in Belgium, I have added three new DeBacker ancestors; extending the DeBacker line back two generations. The previously known Geert De Backer and father of Livina De Backer has been determined to be also the father of my 6th great grandfather, Jacobus (Jacques) De Backer. My Belgian correspondent has found records for Geradus (Geert) De Backer which has him marrying a Judoca Braeckman in 1679 and gives the name of his father as Adrian De Backer. This would be my 7th great grandparents and a 8th great grandfather on the side of my paternal grandfather, Leopold DeBacker.

Finding that Livina De Backer and Jacques De Backer were sister and brother reveals that my 4th great grandfather, Andreas De Backer, and his first wife, Maria Catharina Josepha Mollaert, were 2nd cousins. I didn’t think that this degree of consanguinity was legal in 18th century Austrian Netherlands. They were married for four years until her death and I am descendent of Andreas and his 2nd wife, Anna Maria Vandendaele.

The new information provided adds six or so new sibling branches. In total, 86 individuals were added. See Descendants of Adrianus De Backer for more details.


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