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Jessen Family of Schleswig-Holstein & Wisconsin, USA

Jessen Family of Schleswig-Holstein & Wisconsin, USA

Posted: 1 Aug 2010 4:23PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Jessen & Hansen
I am seeking information on Jessen siblings_Peter Henry b. 1858, Julius Ernest b. 1860, Johann or John P. b. 1865 and Margaretha aka Gretchen Jessen b. 1862. So far as I know all were born in the Boklund, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany area. Parents were Jacob C. Jessen and Doreathea or Dorothea Hansen. I have a photo of Dorothea taken in Flensburg and one of Gretchen taken in Hamburg. The three brothers emigrated from Germany sailing from Hamburg to the US in 1883 to 1885. By 1886/1887 they began showing up in Milwaukee, Wiscconsin city directories. Peter remained in Milwaukee becoming a confectioner/caterer. John P. was a saddlery & leather man most of his life in Wisconsin, Chicago & Saginaw, Michigan. Julius, my great grandfather lived in Milwaukee, Fond Du Lac, Indiana, Iowa and died in Texas. Margaretha (Gretchen) ran a restaurant for a few years in Milwaukee but I don't know much about her at all.

Nor do I know anything about the parents of these siblings other than their names. Anyone else connected to this family that is willing to share? Or can someone provide me information about their German roots and the family they left behind?
Thank you! Reid Cooper

Re: Jessen Family of Schleswig-Holstein & Wisconsin, USA

Posted: 24 Dec 2012 12:58PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 24 Dec 2012 1:02PM GMT
Surnames: Jessen
I've indexed about 25 occurrences of Jessen in local German newspapers, including death notices for a Hans in 1908 and a Johann in 1907.

"Milwaukee's German Newspapers; an index of death notices and related items" (1844-1950).
Gary Rebholz, compiler/editor
Milwaukee Wis.
gary.rebholz@gmail.com
Indexing Milwaukee's German newspapers continuously since 2007 ...

Jessen Family of Schleswig-Holstein & Wisconsin, USA

Posted: 26 Dec 2012 9:45PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi Gary:
Thank you for the response. I did some online searching and found out about your valuable work but apparently there is no online database and your research is not available in print or CD form that I can tell, so how does one access the information you have uncovered? The ancestors I wrote about all died after the 1930's. It's now only Margarethe or Gretchen that I know virtually nothing about.
What you are doing is a monumental and ongoing undertaking
but it's the access to the information that I don't quite comprehend...especially for someone out of the area.

Re: Jessen Family of Schleswig-Holstein & Wisconsin, USA

Posted: 29 Dec 2012 6:58PM GMT
Classification: Query
You should also check local online library catalogs for research resources in this area. It's amazing the amount of stuff that's not available online. A large portion of my work has been available to the local community since 2008. Lack of an online version at this time is due to security concerns.

Gary Rebholz
Milwaukee, Wis.
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