Descendants of John DENSCH
GENERATION NO. 1
11 F Genovefa Steppe was born 3 March 1815 in Busenbach, Baden Germany, daughter of George STEPPE and Agatha KOHLER. Genovefa was naturalized in Pierz, Minnesota 18 October 1882, witnessed by Henry GASSERT, her son-in-law. This was unusual for a woman of this time and place to do. In 1894 Genofeva homesteaded 160 acres, as registered at St. Cloud, Minnesota. This was finalized and signed 30 December 1884. Genofeva died 9 February 1894 in Pierz, Minnesota, at the age of 84, and was buried in Pierz, Minnesota, St. Joseph Cemetery.
The family was catholic.
Additional information about John:
He was a farmer in the U.S. He had two farms north of Pierz. There was no grave stone in 1995 in the Pierz Old Cemetery. The grave had been moved. In the book HISTORY OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IN HOKAH it states: There were also some Catholic settlers on the south side of the Root River towards Brownsville, namely Valentin Bierden, John DENSCH, Anton Bichel, John (Anton?) Arenz, George Hartman and William James. They had intended on building a log church on Hokah Ridge about the same time that St. Joseph's Church was built. on the Joseph Pfeffer farm. They had the logs cut but never got to log them as some began attending St. Joseph's Church and others joined the Brownsville church. John DENSCH was identified as among some of the pioneers belonging to St. Joseph's Church and were charter members of the Convent Church Parish.
It is supposed that the 1st settler on the
"Ridge" was John Densch, who arrived in the spring of 1854 -
His log cabin had a sail for a roof. which be brought from the east - He, along
with others, was found on the south side of Root River toward Brownsville in the
Source: This was found in the History of the Catholic Church of Hokah and also from the Houston County History.
He married Genovefa (Eva) STEPPE.
This is St. Joseph's Catholic Church in 1889, 10 years after John's death.
Pictures are at German Ridge and downtown Hokah, Minnesota in July, 2002.
Other spellings may be Doench, according to Hessen located searchers
Sources: Minnesota census, Pierz, Minnesota death records, Pierz, Minnesota tax records, Homesteading Record.+111 F Mary Elizabeth DENCH was born 10 December 1845/1848, died 19 November 1922
112 M Joseph DENCH was born about 1848 perhaps in Virginia
+113 M George DENCH was born May 1852
+114 M William A. DENCH, born 14 December 1846 died 23 August 1929
His birth was found in "Western Maryland Catholics" 1819-1851 compiled by Richard Koch & Phyllis Davidson. These are records from St. Ignasius (now St Patricks in Mt. Savage) and also records from St. Marys (now St. Patricks in Cumberland.) William's name on his birth record was William DRISH or DEISH. He had one godparent, Charles STEPPE, whom I believe to be Genovefaís brother Karl, with whom she came to the US from Baden, Germany in 1844.+115 F Louise DENCH/DUSCHEN was born 24 November 1857/1858. She died 23 February 1926.
+116 F Margaret DENCH was born 1854/1855
117 M Edmond
DENCH died before 1870 in Minnesota. He was on the 1865 Hokah,
118 F Catherine DENCH. She was on the 1865 Hokah, Minnesota census only.
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