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>I am following a family story that my great-great-grandmother was a princess of Liechtenstein in the mid-1800s. Her name was probably Maria (or Marie, etc), and according ledgend she eloped with a footman to America. While that part is probably ficticious, I have reason to believe that she did immigrate to America and that her husband's name was Franz, and she may have had a son named something like John. If anyone has any information on a Princess Maria of Liechtenstein in the mid-1800s I would much appreciate it.
In the recently published German-language genealogy of the princely family of Liechtenstein, titled *Genealogie des FÃ¼rstlichen Hauses Liechtenstein seit Hartmann II. (1544-1585)*, compiled by Samuel C. Dotson (Rosvall Royal Books, FalkÃ¶ping, Sweden, 2003), there are FIFTY Liechtenstein princesses named Maria or its variations (e.g.: Marianna, Marie, or Maria or Marie coupled or tripled with Anna, Eleonora, or Elisabeth, or Josepha, or Theresia, etc...) By the way, this count doesn't take into consideration the princesses who had a Christian name coupled with Maria or Maria, such as Anna Maria, etc...
I followed your criteria (mid-1800s, Maria or Marie, husband named Franz, son possibly named John) to limit this list of 60 princesses, which resulted in about 10 possible Maria or Marie. Unfortunately, none of these princesses married a Franz, nor emigrated to the U.S.A. In fact, no Liechtenstein princess who lived in the 1800s left her country for America.
If you'd like to do your own research, here are some other reputable sources to try:
*Genealogische Handbuch des Adels*, FÃ¼rstliche HÃ¤user (= more or less, royal families) series, Band XVI, 2001 (and appropriate, previous FH volumes)
*Les Manuscrits du CEDRE - La principautÃ© de Liechtenstein*, 2 Vols (1988)
*Burke's Royal Families of the World*, Vol. 1 (1977)
*Europaiesche Stammtafeln*, by Prinz von Isenburg, Band I, 1956 (Tafel 177-179)
*Almanach de Gotha* (just about every volume that was published)
Best of luck to you.