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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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Province Bechin, Bohemia, in 1760

This morning, Larry showed me the most wonderful map site--click the link, and you'll see a map of the world.
#1--Type a country in the search box or click on the map to go to the area you want to view, for instance "Czech Rep".
Then, #2--scroll down a little, and see a timeline, from maps made in 1400 all the way to 2010, see?  Slide the parameter buttons to the chunk of time you need, like 1750 to 1850 (just suggestin' ☺).
Skip #3, since by now you have an AMAZING list of maps on the right.  Choose the prettiest, or the most illustrated, or whatever appeals.
Bechin-see if you can
find it on the map ☺
I looked for maps that were more or less current when our Heschs lived there, and found out that the province they came from was Bechin, and that it extended pretty far south. (I looked for Heidenrichstein, where Heinz and Melitta live, but it must have had a different name in 1760).
If you haven't already found that map, click here.  Once you enlarge it there on the site, you'll see the town I have circled in red is Budweiss, and the blue circle is NEUHAUS, which is 4-5 miles north of Oberschlagles and Niedermuhl.
OK, so why am I showing you yet another freakin' MAP? Well, beyond the fact that it'll build your character, I want to show you the fabulous topography there.  We knew it was mountainous, but man!  This map is so beautifully drawn, you even see what looks like pater noster lakes.  They were really a series of man-made dams for irrigation, and many are still there.  You can see wooded areas, streams and mountains, and walled fortress-cities, as well as those towns that had churches, not just chapels. To think that 250 years ago with no fancy surveying equipment, someone was able to draw this art, and call it a map.  Wow.
Yeah, the same web site will provide some WONDERFUL maps of Silesia, too.  Stay tuned, or go look for yourself--find Falkenburg and Opole in the country just north of Bohemia.  It's the region Otrembas, Mischkes, Schmolkes, and Rauschs came from ☺  COOL, huh?

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