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, August 20, 2009

Sands in New Munich

I know you've been lying awake at night wondering WHERE in Minnesota our SAND family first settled. Where was Mike Sand, grandma Lizzy's dad, born? Did he come here alone, or with his sibs and parents?
As usual, the answers create more
This photo is from the wonderful Minnesota Reflections site (link on the side bar) and we figure this John Sand is Mike's brother or cousin. You have to admit, "John Sand" isn't an unusual name, especially since we found another John Sand who was deputy sheriff in Little Falls and another who lived west of Paul Hesch at the same time.
However, our Sands came from the little country of Luxemburg, just below Germany (and often listed as "Luxemburg, Germany"), and they settled in Stearns County in New Munich, Meire Grove and St Joseph.
Here's a pdf of Stearns County. Click the address and let it load...then, you can set the size to 150% and check-out the area.
One of my next expeditions'll be to the New Munich Cemetery. We know Mike's parents were Peter Sand and Angelique Stoltz, and that they had 8 children. The Stearns History Museum has a terrific book on the family, and I found most of my info there. But a few old gravestones'd be neat, I think--just to help you

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