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, March 30, 2010

The Sand connection in Saskatchewan

Our grandmother Elizabeth (Sand) Hesch had an older brother named Joseph.  In the 1911 Canada Census, Joe's young family shows up living with his brother Charlie Sand in Moose Jaw, Sask.
We know Charlie didn't stay in Canada, but Joe did.

Joe Sand in Buckman, 1898.
Joe married Antonia Poser in Buckman in 1908, and they had two kids before moving to Moose Jaw.  One of those kids was Kunigunda Mary, who probably weny by "Mary" most of her life. 
Here's Mary with her husband Peter Lewans and their 12 kids in 1976.
Here's an earlier picture of the Lewans family in 1947:




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  2. Marlys, We heard a lot about Sister Kunigunda when I was a kid. I can't imagine more than one person by that name. Julie Zenner

  3. Hi, Julie! Good to hear from you ☺ Yeah, there was a Saint Kunigunda, so lots of German girls got stuck with the name. I imagine Mary Poser was named for an aunt or grandma in that family.
    The Sr Kunigunda we heard about was a Janson, so your dads' great aunt, or Adelas aunt Anna.
    THANKS for reading!