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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Friday, January 23, 2009

Need another picture?

The MIKE SAND Family, c. 1898 1900.

Grandma Elizabeth is second from the left here. Her parents were Michael Sand (born 1852) from Schoenfels, Luxembourg, and Louisa Rausch (born 1854) in Shedliske, Prussia.

The names of the kids, according to Great Aunt Lena:

L to R-- John, Elizabeth, Ann, Veronica, Joseph, Frank, Mary, Magdalena, Angelica, and Charles.

Ann became Sr. Teresita OSB and Mary became Sr Severine OSB, Angie married Joe Hiemenz, Vernie married John Wintermeyer, Lena married Henry Block and Lizzy married Anton Hesch.


I have information on 3 of the boys, but one, Joseph, answers a question I've had for years: How does Fr. Lewans fit?
Remember him? In the late 60s, we found out Grandma had a young relative who was a priest, and he was coming for a visit. Turns out, he was her brothers' grandson. Joe is the tall son in the middle of the picture up there. He married Antonia Poser in 1908 and promptly moved to Saskatchewan, Canada.
Their daughter Kunigunda married Peter Lewans, and Sylvester was one of their kids.

Last summer (2008), Sylvester Lewans, OMI celebrated the 50th anniversary of his ordination. Wow.

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