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, January 31, 2012

Minnesotans Sand Iowans?

(Read that out loud--damn, I'm funny!)
The context for this post: My great grandfather, Michael Sand, was born in the country of Luxembourg in 1852.  His parents were Peter and Angelique (Stoltz) Sand who arrived in the USA about 1856 with their first four kids.
We know that Peter and Angelique Sand lived in Iowa for 3-4 years before moving to Minnesota, and settling here (their kids Anna and John were born in Prairie Spring township, Jackson county, Iowa in 1858 and 1860).

Anyway, a COOL new old photo showed up online lately.  Larry found it on another familys' tree, with these Sands names as their relatives:
Anthony Sand, Grandma Mary Sand, Margaret Sand, Viola and Peter Sand  (husband and wife).
The perennial problem with SAND as a surname pops up here again, but luckily, this Peter married Viola ☺ I looked for her in the census records.  
Looks like the pictured house and yard were in the town of Polk, in Benton county, Iowa.

On the left below is Peter-from-the-photo's family of origin, from the 1880 Federal census (he's a kid). His sister Margaret is there as well as brother Anthony.   Woohoo, for something a bit different, his dad was Peter and his mom was Mary....  
On the right, from the 1910 census,  there's Peter and Viola, with one child named (YAY!) Lewis. 

On the map of Iowa Counties--see Jackson county, there on the right edge?  And Benton is two counties west, so I assume they not only knew our Peter but were probably relatives, since they were all from Luxembourg.  It's a mystery for now ☺.
Oh, and Anthony, from the photo?  Evidently, he married a woman named Clara Maas, because here's a birth record for their son Joseph Peter.  

Peter Sand, about 1895,
Polk, Iowa

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