of Buffalo Co., Wisconsin
Stutsman Co., North Dakota
Hans 'John' Martin Joos was born in 1822 in Switzerland. John married Barbara, who was born in 1819 in Switzerland. They emigrated to the United States in 1847, arriving in New York; the voyage took 14 days. They traveled to Wisconsin by mule train. They lived in Prairie du Sac, Sauk Co., where John was a farmer, for a few years before moving to Cross, Buffalo Co. Wisconsin. About 1883 John and Barbara moved to Jamestown, Stutsman Co., North Dakota. Barbara died in 1887 and John died in 1892.
They had the following children:
i. Ursula Sarah was born in Mar 1844 in Switzerland. In 1865 she married John Joos [first cousin] in Buffalo Co., Wisconsin. He was born in Apr 1836 in Switzerland. They lived in Cross on a farm for a number of years until moving to Fountain City. In 1900 John was a day laborer. Ursula died in Fountain City, Buffalo Co., Wisconsin in Nov 1920. They had 9 children: Solomon, John Martin, William, Emelia, Henry, Paul, Pauline, Jacob, Lydia and Linda.
ii. George was born in 1847 in Switzerland. George was a naturalized citizen in 1851 in Wisconsin. George married Anna B. Meisetz who was born in Feb 1851 in Germany and emigrated in 1853. By 1880 they were living in Jamestown, Stutsman Co., North Dakota, where George was a farmer. They lived in Jamestown until their deaths. George died in on 20 Feb 1913 and Anna 14 Aug 1919. They had 4 children: Martin Edward, Emil, Ellen and Alice.
iii. Mary Barbara was born about 1849 in Wisconsin. She married John Anderson, who was born about 1840 in Norway. In 1880 they were living in Steele Co., Minnesota. Later they moved to Newport, Oregon where Mary died in 1936. John and Mary Barbara had 7 children: Albert 1868, William 1871, Henry Edward 15 Nov 1872-21 Apr 1961; Ann Barbara 1874; Mary A 1875; Lilly 1878 and Emma Lou 15 Apr 1882 - 1965.
iv. Martin (1851-1935)
v. John M. was born on 14 Jan 1854 in Wisconsin. In 1883 he married Emma Trepp. They traveled by train to North Dakota shortly after marrying. They trip took 5 days. Emma traveled on a passenger train and George came with the freight. They brought with them 3 horses, 4 cows, 2 bigs, binder and plow and some cooking utensils. George had 75 cents in his pockets. They settled in Barnes Co, North Dakota in a one room shack, 17x9 foot. They cooked on a wood stove and lit the house with candles. They used straw to heat the stove. They lived on the farm until Oct 1920 when they bought a house in Wimbeldon, Barnes Co., North Dakota. John died in Nov 1920 in Barnes Co., and Emma died in 1955 in Stutsman Co., North Dakota. They had 5 children: John M., Caroline, Fred William, Emma and Irene.
vi. Andrew was born in 1856 in Wisconsin. He went to North Dakota with his brother John, settling in Barnes Co. He died in Wimbledon in 1917.
vii. Lorenz was born in 1858 in Wisconsin. He went to North Dakota with his parents, eventually settling in Beulah, Mercer Co., North Dakota. He died there in 1929.
Martin Joos was born in Oct 1851 in Cross, Buffalo Co., Wisconsin. He went to North Dakota in the mid-1870ís. In 1876 he operated a stage line between Jamestown and Fort Tottem. After devoting a year to this he entered claim to a pioneer homestead in Stutsman Co. He married Mary Blasner about 1879. She was born in 1857 in Wisconsin. On 25 Jul 1882, Martin purchased 40 acres under a homesteading certificate. In 1887 he purchased another 160 acres. Mary died before 1891.
They had the following children:
i. Alice 'Lillie' was born 1880 in Stutsman Co., North Dakota. She married ? Nowlin and lived in Jamestown. [Alice with sister Bertha]
iii. Emil was born in Oct 1884 in North Dakota. On 8 Sep 1915 he married Inga Johnson, in Hume, Slope Co., North Dakota. She was born about 1888 in North Dakota. They lived and farmed in Carol Twp., Slope Co., North Dakota.
September 9, 1915
It is reported that Miss Inga Johnson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lauritz Johnson of Hume and Emil Joos, who lives in the eastern part of Slope county were married at the Johnson home on Wednesday, September 8th.
The bride came to Slope county about a year ago and has a homestead near Hume upon which the parents are now making their home. Mr. Joos is a hustling farmer who lives just east of the east Rainy Butte. He has a fine farm, well improved. Mr. Joos has a very fine grove of trees and the house and farm buildings on his place are shown in the picture at the top of this page. He is a young man, who by his energy and ambition has already obtained a good home in which, it is the wish of the News and many friends, that the young couple may live happily for many years.
Martin second married Janet M. More, daughter of John More (~1822-) & Janet Brownlee (~1829-). She was born in Dec 1858 in Wisconsin. They lived and farmed in Harmony Twp. on the old homestead, until about 1905 when they moved to Jamestown, Stutsman Co., North Dakota. His political allegiance was to the Democratic Party. He was a member of the Modern Woodmen of America. Martin and Janet attended the Presbyterian Church. Janet M. died on 14 Dec 1921 and Martin died in 1935.
They had the following children:
i. Janet was born in Jan 1892 in North Dakota.
ii. Russell D. was born on 23 Mar 1897 in Jamestown, North Dakota.
He attended school in Jamestown and after graduation joined the military. He enlisted at Minneapolis, Minn., on June 4, 1918. He was sent to Fort Snelling, Minnesota where he served in Company M, 3rd Engineers Training Regiment. He then went to Camp A. A. Humphreys, Va., to Aug. 24, 1918; Company F, 2nd Engineers Training Regiment, Camp A. A. Humphreys, Va., to Sept. 17, 1918; Company M, 2nd Engineers Training Regiment, Camp A. A. Humphreys, Va., to Nov. 11, 1918; Motor Transport Company No. 804, to Feb. 11, 1919; Motor Transport Company No. 670, to discharge. He was discharged at Camp Grant, Ill., on April 9, 1919, as a Private. After the Army he worked in farming implement for a year and in the spring of 1922 he started in the automobile business. He was in partnership for a year then struck out on his own. In 1925 he sold his business and then regained control of the same business. In Jan 1928 he formed Bennett & Joos, where he sold Studebakers. He was the owner of a farm in Stutsman Co., North Dakota and one in Alberta, Canada.
The background picture is of Meltwater Channel in Stutsman
Co., North Dakota
from the North Dakota State University at : North Dakota Glacial Features
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