In all likelihood, he was born Louis Genonville in the family's ancestral home in Marne, Champagne-Ardenne, France, as his siblings were. When he moved to the Baden region, he adopted a German name and he married a German woman, Katharine Weisheit, as Ludwig Genonville.  They had nine children together. In 1827 they were in Lahr; by 1835 they had moved to the city of Heilbronn, which is north of Stuttgard and known for its wine industry. In 1844 they were living in Freiburg im Breisgau, which is the warmest and sunniest city in Germany and the heart of the Baden wine-growing region.  Katherine died in 1860 and was buried in her home town of Lahr. Likely Louis/Ludwig is buried there but no records have been found. Some of their children continued to live in Baden and others returned to Marne or Paris. For example, their youngest daughter Marie Elizabeth left shortly after her mother's death and lived in Paris for the next seven years. Their eldest son Louis died at age 25 and was buried in Freiburg im Breisgau.  Their second son Ludwig Edouard, died in Paris in 1891.
Born No record of birthplace. Siblings are born in Marne. 1802 Marne, Champagne-Ardenne, France.
French Occupation In the "French Period" this area was occupied by the Napoleanic Republic (roughly 1794-1815) and renamed the "Confederation of the Rhine". During that time, the law of the land was changed to Napoleanic Code. These changes may have caused the French Louis Genonville to consider crossing the border to Lahr as not such a dramatic immigration. In 1815 when Napolean left, the Lahr population was 4300 but grew to almost 7,000 by 1850 so it was a time of growth. The Epernay, Marne region of France was known for producing Champagne and some family members are listed as vinters. The Rhine area is well suited for making wine since the Roman times.
Language The dialect spoken in the region was Rhenish Franconian which was also spoken in parts of northern France, so language may not have been a barrier.
Religion After the reformation in 1558, the area monastery was dissolved and Lahr became Protestant for the next few centuries. All Protestant parishes belong to the deanery of Lahr within the Evangelical Church in Baden. All their children were baptized in the Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Cemetery No Genonville memorials appear in the listing at the area cemetery but that is not unusual, given that plots are rented and if the family left the area, those sites were reused. (Search: FindAGrave, BillionGraves).
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