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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Saturday, May 23, 2009

Remembering the women

It's a fact of our culture that we trace ancestry thru our fathers. It works. Still, our mothers can get "lost" if we don't know who their fathers were, or if we can't find her family of origin.

We have a good record of Mary Otremba--we have pictures, and even her obit:
But of Mary's mother-in-law (Paul, Mathias and Anton's mom) Maria Schlinz, we have little information. She's traceable thru ships lists and census forms once they were in the United States, but only as the wife of John Hesch.
In the church books from Horni Pena Parish, in Bohemia, we have this from Paul's birth:

On the birth records of Mathias, Anton and Bartolomeus, her mother was recorded only as 'Elizabeth, born in Ratibotschitz', too. It's possible Elizabeth "didn't have" a father.

Hmm. I haven't gone looking in the church books for awhile! Maybe by now, we can find out more about her family.
(Edit: The books we think we need are in the parish of Rosec, but they're still working on the "N" parishes......L M N O P Q R...only 4 letters to go!)

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