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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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

The German word for SAND is SANDT

Okay, HERE'S the exciting news about SANDs:
(Btw, this is the family my grandmother Elizabeth (Sand) Hesch came this, below, is her fathers' birth document).
Theres a website called FamilySearch  with civil Birth and Marriage records from Luxembourg 1793-1923!  Larry found them and figured out how to navigate (like, that each year is followed by its index).  THEN, he found the birth record of my great grandfather MICHAEL SAND.  Wanna see? don't know what it says?  Neither did we, so we studied it and used Google Translate to come as close as we could.  (We're hoping Heinz will see it, and do a better job...ok, Heinz?)
Here's pretty much what it says:
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In the year 1852, the 2nd of June at five in the morning, before Theodore Prieser official of Tesler, canton of Capellen, in the Grand Duchy of Luxemburg, appeared PETER SANDT of Dondel, nine and twenty years old, Musler(?)(occupation), residing in this county, with his wife Angelique Stoltz, two and twenty years old, (also born in Dondel?) a male child __ __ __ and with the birth name MICHAEL given at the time.

Which, in the presence of Andre Isets from Kespelt, two and twenty years old,____ and
Peter Clement of Orhler(?), five and twenty years old, ____, that in this county resides and the present times of birth after it has been read to them before signing with us.

Petor Goendel ESCH ____  ____ ____.
        (Theo Prieser signature).
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Ok, that's close.  No, I'm not sure.
Probably those last names are sponsors, and also the person who helped deliver little Michael.

Was that all Larry found?  Oh, my no!  Just LOOK:
 The marriage record of Michaels parents (Peter & Angelique) 1848 
The marriage record of Peter's parents (Franz & Anna Maria) 1821
various other SAND births, like John Peter and Nicholas.  By then, it was midnight.

Here's the WONDERFUL civil record of the marriage of our great great grandparents, Peter Sandt and Angelique Stoltz.  It's too long to show you with one screen capture; the book must have been huge.

I haven't tried to translate it word-for-word, but there are features to point out:

 The hand-written parts are in Suetterlin, the old German script;
At the bottom, the groom and bride signed it;
Angeliques parents signed it (Pierre Stoltz, Angelique Mohimont);
'Henry Krantz' was probably Peter Sand's uncle, representing Peter's family.  It was, after all, a "shot gun" wedding.

Added January 2014, for Melanie:

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