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, August 23, 2012

A deVivaldi Timeline

Ok, sure, it's possible we've gone just a little overboard in our pursuit of the story of this one man.  On the other hand, good research is good research, and you can just skip this post, ya know?  But don't--it gets even more interesting!
Larry and I think of  Carlos Francisco Alberto Julio Lorenzo de Vivaldi as the Forest Gump of his day--with amazing and unlikely connections to Fr Pierz, Bishop Cretin, Abraham Lincoln, Lewis & Clark, Long Prairie, St Cloud, Rome, Santos, Brazil and Patagonia.
Maybe it's cuz he was so different than the Heschs?

We started assembling a timeline two weeks ago when Larry found a recent book online about Francis deVivaldi's life (Author Juan Jose Kopp, who we thank immensely!)  It was published this year, in Portuguese, and thanks to google translates we were able to fill in facts about a very interesting character.
  This is so COOL! 

Birth of Francis DeVivaldi July 12, 1824 Italy

Schooling                                            1829-1847?                            Italy & France

Ordination as a Canon (a priest connected with a certain cathedral) Turin, Italy

Revolutionary agitator                          1948 Italy

Exile                                                     1849                         France

Sailed for America                              July-August, 1851  (age 27)    St Paul, Minnesota
Arrived in Long Prairie, Mn                  1851?                                     Winnebago Indian mission

Fr Pierz meets Vivaldi                          1852                                     Long Prairie, Mn

Letters between Cretin & Blanc          1856                                     (Bishops of St Paul and    
                                                                                                             New Orleans)                                                                                                                                                                           

Vivaldi moves to Green Bay, Wisc.      1857                                    Meets Mary Lowe Meade  

Marriage to Mary Meade                       July 15, 1858                        Green Bay, Wisconsin

Starts newspaper                               1859                                      Manhattan, Kansas

Vivaldi naturalized                               c  1859                                 Manhattan, Ks

Birth of Corinna Alberta Vivaldi           April 18, 1859                        Wyandotte, Kansas

Possible meeting with
Joseph Whitehouse/journal                 c 1860                                  *Left journal with NYHS               

Appointed consul August, 1861                    Santos, Brazil

Angry Kansas editorials**                   Oct & Nov, 1862              Kansas newspaper

Association with Howe Sommers       1865                                    New York and Rio

Consulate term ends                          1867                                      Moves to Rio

Corinna wins a scholastic medal        1875                                      Rio de Janero, Brazil

Vivaldi leaves marriage                        May 1882

Year of repentance ***                            Jan 1883-March 1884          Casa San Carlos

Resumes priesthood                          March, 1884                          Chubut,  Patagonia mission

Birth of Vivaldo Couracy (grandson)     
1882                                     Brazil

Mary deVivaldi dies                                1885                                      Rio

Appointed honorary canon                   August 1888                         Cathedral of Buenos Aires

Corinna and her dad 

begin corresponding          1888                                    Rio/Patagonia

Vivaldi goes to Rome                           August 1891                         steamship Santander

Corinna goes to USA                            1891                                   Wisc and St Cloud, Mn

Corinna dies                                         1892                                   Near New Orleans, La

Vivaldi decides not to return to SA        1892                                   Rome, Italy

Vivaldi shows up in Mn                          1892                                  St Cloud, Mn

Vivaldi travels to California                      1893                                 *Whitehouse journal sold to                                                                                                                                                              
                                                                                                        Gertrude Haley, supposedly

Death in Paris                                      Jan 22, 1902                       (age 78)

* Joseph Whitehouse was a barely literate Kentuckian who accompanied Lewis and Clark on their expedition across the continent of North America.  While on the trip, he kept a diary of daily activities.  Larry found references to deVivaldi’s recieving a journal volumn  from him while being his “confessor” (in a book published in 1904), but that would have been when Francis was a newspaper man in Kansas, definitely NOT when he was a priest.  Still, we believe  Francis (Charles) deVivaldi was in those places at those times.  
Little is known of Joseph Whitehouse except

** The 'Angry Kansas Editorials' were two wordy newspaper diatribes Larry found at the Library of Congress website.  They were signed with initials only, but contemporary readers would have known.  We assume the writers were people who lent money to Francis, now Charles deVivaldi.

***Evidently, Francis didn't resume the priesthood lightly or effortlessly.  The Salesian priests at Casa San Carlos wondered later if the year was more a trial for them or for Vivaldi.
OK, this might actually be all we have to say on the subject...
you never know ☺ !


  1. Our study of De Vivaldi is fascinating to me because he seems to have had sort of an epic, sweeping life. He pops up in the most unusual places and he not only fits in but he excels. It plays out like a combination novel and scavenger hunt, it's a geeat story but you have to dig to discover another episode. Fun, isn't it?


  2. You promised four or five years ago that genealogy would be fun ☺ and it definitely IS. Still, neither of us expected to research unrelated people like Viv. Luckily, we had an affinity thru Minnesota, American history and the Catholic church, not to mention your Portuguese background, so there was understanding, too.
    What fascinated me was how deVivaldi re-wrote his own life 8-10 times in his 78 years, depending sometimes on anonymity and sometimes on notoriety. That alone made him interesting, but the sheer ballsyness of things he tried (and succeeded at) kept me in the game. I expect we'll still find more about