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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Tuesday, January 27, 2009


OK, we know that MARY OTREMBA was Pauls' wife, but we also have another connection by marriage with the Otremba family, namely: ANNA ROSINA HESCH, who married Johann Otremba in about 1850.

Months later: Oops! Anna Rosina was not a HESCH; her birth name was Anna Rosina SCHULTZ, we're pretty sure.  Still, this post is an example of how we investigate...just so ya know ☺.

She was born in 1833, in "Germany", according to American census records, and he was born in 1831 in Groditz, Schleisen, Prussia.

Most of their children were born in Prussia. The family emmigrated in 1873.

We have a picture of them, found at the Morrison County Historical Society Weyerhauser Museum:

It must have been the prayer card printed when Johann died in 1909. The line up to the right from her name there said "Nee: Anna Rosina Hesch" on the original copy in the museum, but I wanted you to be able to read it so I copied and pasted this section.

The other picture on the page I found at Weyerhauser was this:

The interesting thing is--who was she? The family we're researching from Bohemia had no Anna Rosina (which would be a stretch, anyway), and the prayer card says they were both born in "Germana". Still, Prussia at the time was German territory, so we can probably assume her family came from near his in Silesia.
But that means there were more Hesch families than we know about. It's possible, too, that she wasn't a Hesch...that somehow, her birth name got mixed-up...but that's even more speculation...
Actually, I'm hoping some reader here will know definitively. Leave a comment if you do, ok?

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