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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Saturday, January 18, 2014

Woohoo--another de-SAND-ant heard from ☺

When Larry and I find "a little more" about one of the ancestors, especially something COOL, we always wonder if one of their kids' kids' kids' will see it.  For sure, we know how exciting it is to discover a connection, and find "Wow, they came from Bohemia, not Germany like I thought" or "I didn't know he fought in the Civil War", or "worked for the railroad", etc. (I don't quite understand why so much of our family history was forgotten, and not passed along proudly, altho if they HAD passed it along, what would Larry and I have done for the past five years?)

Just so you know,  our first post on Hesch History was exactly five years ago today, January 18, 2009.  YAY, US!

Like a blogiversary gift, we got an email yesterday from David, who recognized his family here on HH.  He and I share great-great-grandparents Peter Sand & Angelica Stoltz Sand, he says (I agree). In his case, he didn't know that the Von Sandt family came from Luxembourg.  Like us, he thought they came from Germany.
The most fun part of David's discovery tho, is that his great grandfather was Mike Sand's older brother John Peter Sand, deputy sheriff in Little Falls in the 1880s and 90s, and his wife Magdalena Ferschweiler Sand.  JP's story has been one of the really fun research subjects on HH.  It involved scandal, new laws, a hanging, freeing a prisoner, escaping, a manhunt, horse thieving--and it was all recorded in the newspapers of the time.  

David says he previously had no idea who his great grandparents were.  
This is just COOL ☺  
WELCOME to the family, David!

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