Maria Rabe of Liege, Belgium

My maternal third great grandmother, Maria Rabe, daughter of Michael Rabe and Louisa Mullern. She was born in 1809 in Liege, Belgium. She married Heinrich Christian Kobel, my maternal third great grandfather,  in 1826 in Germany (Prussia). The 1900 Volkzahlung (Census) shows Heinrich and Maria Kobel residing with their two sons, Heinrich and Wilhelm Kobel, in MECKLENBURG-SCHWERIN, DEUTSCHLAND.

Name:Heinrich Kobel
Event Type:Census
Event Date:1900
Event Place:Schwerin
Marital Status:
Household Surname:Kobel
Relationship to Head of Household (Original Language):Haushaltungs Vorstand
Birth Date:
Enumeration District:District 234, Schwerin
Family Number:4
Sheet Number:
GS Film number:1947679
Digital Folder Number:4123414
Image Number:00375
Household Gender Age Birthplace
Haushaltungs Vorstand
Heinrich Kobel M
Ehefrau Marie Kobel F
Sohn Wilhelm Kobel M
Sohn Heinrich Kobel M
“Deutschland, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Volkszählung 1900,” index and images, FamilySearch( : accessed 07 Mar 2014), Heinrich Kobel, 1900.

Liège (French pronunciation: [ljɛʒ], lieːʃ in Belgium; Walloon: Lidje; Dutch: Luik, [lœyk]; German: Lüttich) is a major city and a municipality in Belgium. It is the main city of the province of the same name, Liège, in Belgium’s francophone region of Wallonia.

The city is situated in the valley of the Meuse River, in the east of Belgium, not far from borders with the Netherlands (Maastricht is about 33 km (20.5 mi) to the north) and with Germany (Aachen is about 53 km (32.9 mi) north-east). At Liège the Meuse river meets the river Ourthe. The city is part of the sillon industriel, the former industrial backbone of Wallonia. It still is the principal economic and cultural centre of the region.

The Liège municipality (i.e. the city proper) includes the former communes of Angleur, Bressoux, Chênée, Glain, Grivegnée, Jupille-sur-Meuse, Rocourt, and Wandre. In November 2012, Liège had 198,280 inhabitants. The metropolitan area, including the outer commuter zone, covers an area of 1,879 km2 (725 sq mi) and had a total population of 749,110 on 1 January 2008. This includes a total of 52 municipalities, among others, Herstal and Seraing. Liège ranks as the third most populous urban area in Belgium, after Brussels and Antwerp, and the fourth municipality after Antwerp, Ghent and Charleroi.