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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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

More from the Church Record Books

As I mentioned in an earlier post, the script used by the priests in Bohemia was a mixture of German, Czech and Latin. By 1846, when Paul was born, they were using a recognizable form of the childs' name with the rest of the record in German/Suetterlin. That made us pretty confident we had the right birth:

Second part of the page gives his moms' information:

Here's a copy of Pauls' death certificate, too--found in the archives at the Minnesota History Museum in St Paul, Minnesota. The state had just begun recording deaths in 1900, so his certificate is rudimentary, but it says his father was John, and that he died because his "Back Broke".

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