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My "Bad Behavior" Relative

Randy Seaver at Genea-Musings challenged us to write about our "Bad Behavior" relative.  Immediately, I thought of my great-great grandfather, Camille (Eugene) ENGLEBERT (DeBUISSERET).  His change of name on coming to America (from ENGLEBERT to DeBUISSERET) seems to be due to what was adjudged to be a fraudulent document he created in Belgium  to disperse an inheritance from his mother to his two sisters, Hortense and Pauline.  But in the end, in Indiana, he was a good husband and father, who left a family who revered him, even if their memory of him included the lie of his origins which he and his wife crafted.  That lasted for several lifetimes, but with the Internet's flow of information, our family has learned of the truth of his origins in Glimes in Brabant-Walon.

And so, I turn to one generation younger in my family tree, but the origin of this ancestor is in Belgium as well, specifically, Meix-le-tige in the province of Luxembourg.   Joseph Victor ROSMAN was born 30 Dec 1847 to MIchel ROSMAN and Marie Monique BAILLEUX.   He emigrated to the United States in 1871 and I believe worked on the DeBUISSERET farm for a while, eventually marrying Pauline Cecelia DeBUISSERET on 5 October 1875.  Three children were born to this marriage, my grandfather, Camille Joseph ROSEMAN (1876-1856 - he added the "E" in the name), Henry Michael ROSMAN (1879-1885) and  Marie Josephine ROSEMAN (1881-1968).  There was an eighty-acre tract of land in his name for a while in the late 1800s.

1880 Census of Johnson Twp, Knox County, Indiana

But it has been said that Victor ROSMAN liked beer - to excess.  His industriousness according to my mother (his great-granddaughter) included writing bad checks on the family of his in-laws, the DeBUISSERETs.  Early on the 1880 census the animosity extant in the family even came through.  His wife Pauline was enumerated in the DeBUISSERET household.  But she was also counted in the ROSMAN household, where she was only identified as "Buisseret."

1896 City DIrectory of Terre Haute, Indiana

While another child was born in 1881, the 1880s were not kind to the ROSMAN/DeBUISSERET marriage.  First the farm was lost and soon after (about 1890) Victor ROSMAN left the family.  He may have llved for a while in Terre Haute, Indiana (1896 City Directory), and a letter dated 1892, came to Pauline DeBUISSERET from her mother-in-law, Marie Monique BAILLEUX, pleading with Pauline to take back Victor as her husband.  But it was not to be and Pauline divorced Victor (in abstentia) about 1905.

1901 City Directory of Seattle, Washington with entry for Victor ROSMAN and Montana Stables Advertisement

The question has alway been with the family, where did Victor ROSMAN meet his end?  There is a record of a Victor ROSMAN in the 1901 City Directory of Seattle, Washington.  It simply states that he was the "nightman" at the Montana Stables.  No other records of any Victor ROSMAN has been found.  No obituary or death record has shown up anywhere in the United States (including the extensive Washington state records) - and I have also checked Canada.  Perhaps some day.....

20 Days


If the Prisoner and an early Pink Floyd album had a love child - that would be Legion.  Seems like in all the best shows the protagonist is menatlly ill - or is it just their mutant powers?   But this show definitely has legs.  And I don't mean the dance scene two thirds of the way through the episode.  I just wish this show did not have commercials. Legion really pulls you in, but the commercials (except the promo's for The Americans) tend to break the mood.

Who is Sydney Barrett? And the guy knocking people away with a swipe of his hand.  And Melanie, Melanie Bird (Jean Smart), who gave her hand to David.   Did the yellow-eyed devil just disappear for him?

Now if they could combine this show with Taboo and throw in a bit of The Americans, man what a show that would be.  Maybe they have!?   But I'll just settle for three damn good hours a week for now.

Another Geo-based Medal

Hot on the heels of the medal commemorating the Belgian geologist André Hubert Dumont, I have found another 'geo-based' medal.  This medal is, well to use the terminology of the new PEOTUS, YUUGE.  And it is a medal of the Société Royale Belge de Géographie.

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Of Privilege, Loss & Renewal

Today, I will highlight two medals I bought from the same seller, who listed them as coming from a Belgian collection - and one, wrongly, as a Belgian medal.  I wouldn't normally have bought them but the price of each was too good to pass up, especially as each contains about 2 ounces of .900+ fine silver.  I bought the Riga medal which is excellent and clean for $25; I discovered another which had significant wear but still sold for $350.   Before bidding I found that both concerned the old Germanic province of Livonia, now Latvia.  And both speak to that Germanic history in the region.
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Belgian Geologist André Dumont

After some years of searching I finally found an antique medal with a geologic theme.
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Well, that grabbed your guts and gave them a good twist - several times.

A German Medal

Well, I had a Belgian medal about an industrial spy, a French medal about silkworms, and now I have a German medal for an agricultural association.

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I learned new French words today

A new French agricultural medal came into my posession today.  It's a large (2+ ounce) silver medal produced during the reign of King Louis Philippe, that is prior to 1850.  The medal was awarded as an "Encouragement a L'Industrie of Séricicole" to perhaps a Gu (for Guillaume?) Clausel, magnanier, de Mr Aubert a la Crau d'hyères.

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