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

Wilhelm Hesch

Have we talked about Willy before here? He was a fairly famous operatic bass--and we have no real connection to him except that our ancestors all were Germans born in Bohemia about the same time, and that HESCH is a fairly unique name.
I finally went to the map to see how far away his home was from Niedermuhl and Oberschlagles.
See? He was born east of Prague (Praha) and our branch was from just south of Jindrichuv Hradec (Neuhaus).
Hell, let's just claim him, ok?

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