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, June 15, 2010

Hesch History, from Heinz Binder

It's remarkable that Heinz is doing HESCH research in Austria for us!  He sends the text in German and I translate it using Google, so sometimes it's difficult to understand (for instance, Oberschlagles translates as Otten Flip and Schamers translates as shame), so I've edited to make it more understandable....I hope!  To see the original German in Part II, hover on the words with your cursor, ok?
The big (ancestral) farm HESCH, the Farmhaus, was in Ottenschlag No. 9 ( now OTIN near Neuhaus ).
The family lived there from 1600 Archive record  from 1654 ) until after 1850. 
First sponsoring from (Countess) Catherine of NEUHAUS. 

Research and Develoment historical: all HESCH to hail from a place of Ottenschlag in Bohemia  near Austria border. (The farm supplied meat and produce to the) castle kitchen, was where the HESCH farm in Ottenschlag delivered.

 The k.k. Officer Major Franz HESCH from Prague* 1814 + 10/12/1880. Probable descendent of Zillertal jeweler/dealer Simon HESCH from Neuhaus / Prague. 

Heidenreichstein, 1 June 2010 (Heinz BINDER)
The (first) HESCH generation  about 1600 family farm in Ottenschlag, characterized by the Hussite wars and the wars of religion did, loudly Geburtsmatrik, trace the provost in Neuhaus, since the year 1634 in an interrupted series of generations of their home village, the inherited perfectly lawful. From where they lived mainly by agriculture and cattle breeding and supplying the castle kitchen in Neuhaus. 

Ottenschlag in the Kingdom of Bohemia. That was part of the western half of the Austrian Monarchy, was the unwritten law of succession, which the Court to the eldest son inherited  undivided, was to preserve the unity of the family farm. (In contrast to the BINDER in the Zillertal, where the youngest son of the yard got the parents to care for a long time). Therefore, influx of artisans and the eldest sons of farmers and others also TIROL.   Changes in 1645-1900 are due at least in marrying, if here and there the Hoferbe is excreted. It is difficult for the survival HESCH family farm, the darkness of successions, to clear completely.   At that time the area had remained south of  Schamers and Niedermühle in Austria.  Until 1900 many HESCH and other emigration to America took place, increased the influx of Czechs. 
Neuhaus and environment are demonstrated in late HESCH: 
HESCH Theresa + 03/10/1767 and  Josephus, + 17/04/1772 

Johann, + 11.29.1800, Josefa, +  05.03.1873,  
(I believe Heinz  found these other Heschs who were born there AFTER  our ancestors left for America):
Maria + 18.6.1819,  Simon, * in Ottenschlag, + 03.02.1831, 
(their children?) Ignaz + 08.02.1860,  Martin + 08.22.1859, Wenzel + 6/10/1874,  Ignaz +11.5.1877, Johann + 9/2/1877, 6/15/1879 + Mary, Agnes + 19.08.1879, + 12.27.1890 Johann, Johann +1893, Karl + 19.3. 1895, Mary Bartholomew 1907 + 28.12 + 30/07/1908 (both in Oberschlagles No. 23), Matthew + 27/03/1915 and Frantisek, born HESCH, + 11.20.1927, as the HESH, (Name Czechicized) in Ottenschlag No. 7 . He is (thought to be the) last from the HESCH dynasty.  Other descendants could not be ascertained. 
( Cool!  HESH is the Czech version of HESCH ).
 Now is the former Heschgrund a factory area. The place name is now Otin. Adjacent to Neuhaus, now Jindrichuv Hradec. The archive Czernin many information resources are available, however, is the archive (with the parish registers of the Provost Neuhaus) is not digitally accessible. On the already in the HESCH Research Part I, cited registration: Johann HESCH, born on 12 May 1820, in Ottenschlag No.9 than unmarried son of the Catholic HESCH Anna, daughter of Simon HESCH, farmer in Ottenschlag be noticed.
Heidenreichstein, 15 June 2010 (Heinz BINDER)

More THANKS to Heinz!


  1. Hey, I have been wanting to know this for a long time; where in the north the family came from way back. So the answer is somewhere in what is now Austria? Right? Before they came to the place in what is now the Czech Republic? Many questions

  2. Right--Paul always claimed Austria on censuses, and Heinz says the family IS Austrian. Larry found an "Anton Hesch Strass" in a town near Vienna, named after a public servant type the early 1800s? (We couldn't find much about him, but I think he was executed or died in the 1848 revolution..)
    I think what Heinz is saying here is that the Ottenschlag Hesch family, the provisioners for the Neuhaus castle, had lived there since at least 1600, and that the BORDER was what changed now and then. And that even provisioners had to be "old" families to hold such an honorable position for the Countess.
    Larry thinks that the fact the land is now a factory means it was taken over by the government in 1945, when German speakers were forcefully expelled from Checkoslovakia.
    Cool, huh?

  3. I really like this site, but I´m not sure wether I´ve got the same origin (I´m from vienna) or not. What I can tell you is that my familiy comes originally from Elbeteinitz (which is now Tynec nad labem) and belonged once of course to the austrian-hungarian monarchy. But in bohemia the name of my grandgrandgrand...was hes. It then was changed to Hesch when the first relatives came down to austria in upper-austria (linz, vöcklabruck - there was even a mayor in vöcklabruck who was a relative to me) I will see if I can post here our family tree. My brother once painted a very lovely one.

  4. wow neuhaus-otin is just 138 km away south from tynec nad labem...could really mean some part of the family moved into the south...

  5. Hello, Gerald! Wasn't Elbeteinitz the town that Wilhelm Hesch (the opera singer) came from? We have tried to find some documented link between Hes and Hesch, but so far no success, and accounts of Wilhelm's life use only HESCH.
    Our name-spelling information is from the church books in Trebon that are being digitized online ( ) and there, it's HESCH.
    Larry and I don't speak German or Czech or Latin, but the church records can be in all three languages, so maybe we're misunderstanding?
    Hmm....on the map, it looks like Vienna is as close to Jindrichuv Hradec as Tynec nad Labum is, just in different directions...?
    Do you know the name of your great, great, great grandfather? And was he a heuerling near Neuhaus, Bohemia??
    Anyway, I'm THRILLED you wrote, Gerald. This blog is about what happened to one set of Heschs once they left's very possible that you're descended from some who stayed.

  6. Hi Marlys, yes you´re right that´s exactly the town the opera singer comes from. It is very possible that Vilém Heš (that was his name as long as he was singing in prague and smaller cities in bohemia, later he changed his name to Wilhelm Hesch when he was joining the opera in vienna) is some kind of relative to me. And I´ve got a cd of him at home :-) there is even a street in a district in vienna benamed to him -> heschgasse. So I can confirm there is a link between Heš and Hesch. see also
    vienna was the biggest city in the monarchy and so as it was seen as the best chance to find a job or make a career. everyone who could make it was going down from the provinces. that was common. concerning my family tree, i can give you some facts (I have to scan it first at work because it´s A3 size): family tree after investigations start at about 1700, where Hesch Johann was born, his son Hesch Jakob (born 1729, died 1801), his son Hesch Anton (born 1783, died 1854 - was married to Regina Neuhauser - could be that she was from Neuhaus !?), his son Hesch Anton (born 1809, died 1892), his son Hesch Friedrich (born 1860, died 1915), his son Hesch Friedrich (born 1887, died 1969), than there is my father Hesch Friedrich...that´s it so far.