Numbers 114 and 115 in my ahnentafel are Levinus van Cauwenberge and Barbera Theresia Rombaut. They are a dead end for now: I know the names of Levinus’ parents, but nothing more, and I know nothing about Barbera Theresia’s parents. And I know hardly anything about this couple themselves. They are not a brick wall, as there are still several research possibilities, but they are certainly a hard case. At least, they used to be, and I will investigate if they still are.
Levinus van Cauwenberge and Barbera Theresia Rombaut lived on the current border of Belgium and The Netherlands, though that border did not exist during the last part of their lifes. Their records are probably scattered over the archive of the province Zeeland in The Netherlands, and the state archives of the provinces West-Vlaanderen and Oost-Vlaanderen in Belgium. I can visit (and have visited) the Zeeland archive on a day trip, but for the Belgian archives that is difficult. When I visited the West-Vlaanderen archive (in Brugge / Bruges) in the past I booked a hotel for a couple of days (I did not yet visit the Oost-Vlaanderen archive in Beveren, but I’d also need a hotel).
Fortunately, I can do part of our research online nowadays. I will start with Zeeuwen Gezocht (Zeelanders Wanted), the database of the Zeeland archive. I searched for Levinus van Cauwenberge, and found the marriage of Levinus van Cauwenberge, widower of Barbera Theresia Rombaut, son of Johannes Baptiste van Cauwenberge and Maria de Poortere, born 15 February 1749 in Sint Johannes in Eremo, with Johanna Cornelia d’Haanens, on 18 June 1799 in Sluis.
Great! I now have the parents of Levinus and his date and place of birth. I also know Levinus was still alive on 18 June 1799, but Barbera Theresia passed away before that time. Levinus was born in Sint Johannes in Eremo (a.k.a. Sint Jan in Eremo), nowadays in Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium, so to continue on his line I have to cross the border, unless I find other online resources.
So I have now:
|114||Levinus van Cauwenberge. Born 15 February 1749 in Sint Johannes in Eremo, Belgium [from secondary source, so to be confirmed]. Date of death unknown. Parents Johannes Baptiste van Cauwenberge and Maria de Poortere [to be confirmed]. He married 1. Barbera Theresia Rombaut, date and place unknown; 2. Johanna Cornelia d’ Haanens, on 18 June 1799 in Sluis, now province Zeeland.|
|115||Barbera Theresia Rombaut. Died before 18 June 1799.|
There is only one other record in the search result for Levinus van Cauwenberge: The marriage of his daughter (and my ancestor) Barbera Theresia van Cauwenberge, to Henricus Coppens (57 and 56 in my ahnentafel). But there are more searches we can do, so: To be continued!