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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Friday, February 15, 2013

Brixius, Neisius, Walerius, Vesuvius

As you're falling asleep, do you ever wonder about surnames 
that end in -IUS?  To me, they sound Roman, like Pius Julius Claudius Pontius Blazius...words that sound Catholic, somehow.  I often thought BRIXIUS was cool for that reason, knowing it was lucky the family ended up in extremely Catholic Buckman.  Then later, as we got into the Pierz Journal, we found the name  NEISIUS.  I didn't connect it to Brixius cuz the two families were a good 6 miles apart ☺.  Not until this week anyway, when I found something in the PJ about the Walerius family. Wow.  Could you trace these families all the way back to ancient Rome?  
 
But then, how come they spoke German?

 They weren't from Bohemia, Austria or Germany.  Turns out they were all Luxembourgers .  Click the link if you want to check on a family name.  It's an alphabetical list of immigrants from Luxembourg, including other familiar names from the area, too, like Sand, Brix, Conzemius, Majerus, Fandel, Valerius...in fact, about every letter there lists names you'll recognize from Minnesota.  
(Pretty good visual puns, huh?)

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