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Looking at census reports for Luxembourg families in Iowa, I see where there are several sons in one family with the same name. My ancestor, John (Joannes) Schrup was born to Mathias Schroup and Joanna Glesener on Dec. 6, 1823 and a kind person found the record of it for me at the Family Search site, image 64, for Roodt Redange. In that same group of records, there is a marriage record for a Joannes Schroup, also born to Mathias Schroup and Joanna Glesener (image 1275) but this was in 1834. My Joannes would only have been eleven. From the age given, I gather this Joannes would have been born around 1805. I THINK it says he is 29, but I do not know German or French. Then, on image 1322, there is another reference to Joannes Schroup,and I think it has something to do with serving in the militia. How would you know to which Joannes they were referring? Did families give the same first names to some sons? (A son Peter was born into this family in 1821, but he is referred to as Petrus or Pierre.) How did the families keep from confusing the two? In early America, if one child died the child born after would assume the name. But these two Joannes Schroups, both born to Mathias and Joanna, are alive at the same time.