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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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Trachofsky Family from Bohmen

Lessee, my great grandfathers' brothers' wife would be my great great aunt, or my great grand aunt? I'm talking about Agnes Trachofsky (or Trachowsky) who married Mathias Hesch, in Waumandee, Wisconsin in 1879.

Here, the Thomas & Elizabeth Trachowsky family arrived in Baltimore from Bohemia on the S S Ohio on June 4, 1869, when Agnes was 16. Her sibs were Franz, Maria, Theresia and Elise.
The wonders of web searching: put in a name, especially an odd one, and amazing things show up! This article from September 1899 was published in the Globe, St Pauls sensational Franz, now Frank, would have been 39 here, and had evidently moved to Iowa/Illinois:
(So, when Frank eventually DID die, was there a second, real, grave marker for him? Genealogy is so un-exact! lol)

Another fascinating thing about searching for relatives who might have lived in Iowa was the amazing census of 1925. Each person was listed on two wide pages--first with current info, then with who their parents were, including mom's maiden name. Here, we see that Marie (Mary) Trachofsky married Isador Richlen (a Frenchman) and lived in Buffalo, Scott Co, Iowa.
(This also gives credence to her brother Frank living in Iowa, and to "Austria" as place of origin, even if it was really Bohemia).

Gotta check the map, huh?

So, siblings Mary Trachofsky (Richlen) and Frank Trachofsky lived near each other around Muscatine, Iowa, and their sister Agnes was 'just up the river' in Waumandee.
MORE thanks to Larry!

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