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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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Martin Hesch likes being mentioned here, evidently

Ol' Martin/Marthin Hesch has been a perennial mystery for us...or else, we've come to a conclusion and dropped researching him, only to forget and start worrying him AGAIN.  
That's probably what's happening here.  We posted what we'd found, but it evidently wasn't settled in Larry's mind or mine.  We're kinda like squirrels burying walnuts in the yard and forgetting where we left em...
Who was Martin Hesch?
The mystery of Martin Hesch
Now, one untouched part of this mystery is Martin's wife Mathilda.  We found that her parents were Peter Nelles and Mathilda May, and that she was born in St Michael, Minnesota (halfway to the cities from here). 
By 1880, this couple had seven kids: 
Mathilda (11), John (9), Math (7), Edward (5), Kate (3), Anna (2) and Margret  (4 months).

We found that John became a Benedictine priest at St John's in Collegeville, and took the name Felix.  We found Fr Felix on the White Earth Indian Reservation in 1910 when he was 39, and as an assistant priest in Richmond, Mn in 1930, at age 59.  He died in March, 1945.
As far as the others go, we haven't followed up because we figure Mathilda's husband Martin Hesch was a nephew of our great great grandfather John, so only Paul's cousin (not his brother).  Martin's dad was probably Anton or Ignatz Hesch, and so his grandpa, too, was Martin...the one born in 1790.

OK, so why post about Marthin AGAIN?  Because I hope someday a descendant of his and Mathilda's will end up here and recognize that Martin wasn't forgotten, and that we tried to find who he was.  Maybe this winter I'll go back to the Cesky Archivs to find his birth in the church books, too.

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