Joseph Fritsch (b. abt. 1831) and Theresia Garans (b.Jan 1821 in Bohemia, Austria/Hungary) moved to Lincoln county, Wisconsin and homesteaded.Joseph died in 19 March 1881, felling trees in the deep spring snow.Theresia died 27 Jan 1904 in Merrill, Lincoln county, Wisconsin.
Their children: 1) Margaretha married Frederick Schmaling in New York.Since the parents thought they'd never see her again, they named a later daughter with the same name.
2) Anni, my ggrandmother.Born in Austria.Died between April 1895 and July 1898.Spouse, Edward Bork.They were married in town of Russell, Lincoln county, Wis.Buried in the catholic cemetery in Merrill, Lincoln county, Wis.
3) Anton.born Jun 1859.Never married. Census of 1900 shows Anton immigrated to U.S. in 1861.His occupation is cigar maker.
4) John.born Feb 1863.1900 Census for Russell town, Lincoln county, Wis shows John as the head of household over mother Theresia, and brother Anton.John's profession is farmer.
5) Margaret #2.Married David C. Sarvis, March 3 1889 in Catholic church in Merrill, Lincoln co., Wis.
6) Frank. No info on him.
My grandmother, Margaret (Bork) Emery wrote a little history which includes the following: "My mother Anna Fritsch was born in Linz, Austria and came to the U.S. with her folks when she was a real young girl.I've heard her tell how sick they were on the 23 day trip across the Atlantic in a sailing vessel. They landed in New York City and her oldest sister got a job in a hotel and married the Chief Fred Schmaling.I think his name was Fred, and they bought a fruit farm out in the country don't know how far from the city, but one son Frank Schmaling visited us in Wis. while my mother and grandmother were still alive.each of the boys he said were given the sale of the fruit one year and he used his to come to Wis. to visit us.we have never seen any of them since.Grandpa and Grandma Fritsch didn't they would see the oldest girl Margaret again so when they had another baby girl they named her Margaret and a boy just older John.Anton the oldest came to Wis and homsteaded next to his folkshe never married. he was a very fine violinist as was his father.Frank also play the violin but he left home, don't know where he went.he came back once before Grandma died.John never married but he had the homestead and Grandma.My mother died when I was 10 years old and my brother Frank was a baby, of consumption before Grandma died.Grandpa had died years before. I don't remember him.he is buried in Merrill, Wis., That was the Co. seat of Lincoln Co. where my father's homestead was too.It was heavy timbered country and we all had log homes and they cut and sold logs for lumber and cash for our living."