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 7, 2012

TG for Minnesota censuses

Minnesota became a state in 1858, just before the Civil War (1860-1865).
Way back then, we must have been thrilled with statehood, because the gov't decided that census-taking every 10 years was WAY too seldom to reflect our glorious population.  So, since the Federal census was on the 10s (1880, 1890, 1900...), WE would take a state census on the 5s (1865, 1875, 1885...).  This may also have been partly the north European obsession with record keeping, but whatever.  We family genealogists have a stunning record to refer to--YAY!
As a follow-up to the last post, Larry and I were curious about Magdalena and where she came from.  He found another family's online tree that gave her family name as Ferschweiler.  Hmm, ok, so I looked for that name in Minnesota...Bingo!  They were settlers in LeSauk township, Stearns county, or Sartell.  Here's Magdalena in the 1865 Mn Census, on the same page with John P Sand.  Isn't that COOL?
Lena was born in 1859, according to a grave in St Mary's Cemetery in Little Falls, Mn. but actually, she was born July 4, 1852, according to this record that Larry found on Family Search:

 Evidently, after the divorce, she stayed in LF (what else could she do?) and became a dressmaker.  She lived 35 years beyond JP, claiming widowhood on subsequent censuses, but I bet her background was never really forgotten in her lifetime... 
RIP, Lena.

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