Re: Thomas Wetsch & Thekla Thomas ND
It's great to find some cousins out here discussing Wetsch family history.I would be very interested in obtaining any pictures as well as birthdates and death dates for Thomas and Tekla and their parent and other family members born in the 19th century and early 20th century.
Angie, you asked about getting pictures of the headstones for Anton and Elizabeth in Killdeer.Although both lived in Killdeer they are buried in the cemetary in Dickinson, ND.
For those interested in taking a look at the village of Sulz in Russia where everyone came from there is a picture on the Internet at http://www.pegasusmedia.com/users/erlei/sulz.htmhttp://www.pegasusmedia.com/users/erlei/sulz.htm
Note that Sulz no longer exists and was initially settled in 1809 and 1810.
I have a copy of a census record of the early Wetsch's in Sulz and am trying to make a connection to one of the early Wetsch's in Sulz.It can get confusing due to everyone having similar names so the dates must be checked carefully.
From the census record of 3/12/1816:
Fam. No. 24: Colonists
Johann Wetsch, Catholic, farmer, age 33
Emigrated from Weidental, district of Neustadt Rheinfalz, Germany.Arrived in Russia 9/15/1809.Wife: Magdalena, age: 22.
Children from first wife Elizabeth: Franz 13, Friedrich 11,
and Magdalena 8.
Children from 2nd marriage: Katharina 8, Elisabetha 2, and Seraphina 1/4
Mother of his Second wife : Magdalena Engelhard, 60
In 1840 in Sulz we find:
Colonist Fam. No. 33 -- Franz Wetsch, son of Johann
Colonist Fam. No. 31 -- Friedrich Wetsch, son of Johann, but died before 1840
Colonist Fam. No. 98 -- Johannes Wetsch, son of Johann, age 26.Wife Elisabetha, 17, daughter of Heinrich Weiss-Gerber
Present day there are a lot of Wetsch families that live in Austria primarily around Vienna and Salzburg.I have been corresponding with some of these Wetsches and one family has been living for generations in the same Austrian village where "Silent Night" was written.A quest of mine is to go back father into the origin of the Wetsch name and find out what it means and where it came from.A linguist and professor at the Univ. of North Dakota thought that it may be derived from the German 'vetch' which is considered a weed but this was not definite.After talking to the Austrian Wetsches their knowledge passed down orally via the family is that it has Czech origins and may actually translate to the equivalent of "shepard."
Anyway, anything anyone can share on Thomas and Tekla , their parents, and prior lineages would be greatly appreciated.
originally from Killdeer, ND
currently living in Raleigh, North Carolina
Angie -- say hi to Aunt Mary for me.:-)