This branch of the Austrian Hesch family is descended from Johann Hesch and his wife Marya (Schlinz) Hesch, who came to America from Oberschlagles, Bohemia with three sons: Paul, Mathias, and Anton. +++Johann & Marya settled in Buffalo County, Wisconsin but moved to Pierz, Mn in about 1885. .+++Mathias settled in Waumandee, Wisconsin and moved to Pierz in 1911. +++Anton never married but farmed with his dad in Agram Township, where he died in 1911.+++And Paul, my great grandfather, settled five miles away, in Buckman, Minnesota. He died there in 1900.

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Monday, January 26, 2009

I really LOVE maps!

Over the last two years (aproximately the time we've been exploring Hesch History), my concept of where my ancestors came from in Europe has changed.

At first, because Grandpa told a WPA writer that Paul came from Austria, we looked for the wrong town in the wrong country. I thought Grandmas' parents came from Germany, and that my Janson grandparents did, too.

It turns out that really, only the Jansons, Nabers and Fuchs came from what we think of now as Germany. Sands came from Luxembourg, Heschs from the Czech Republic, and Otrembas from Poland.
(Map from one of my most useful downloads, Google Earth)
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