Hello Ms. Comeau,
I do not have reliable information on the KOHN=BECKER family. It was available as a GEDCOM via RootsWeb or some similar online family tree service. I have not attempted any direct corroboration, although I have come across some corroborative information while I researched my own family, the KOHN=REINERT. I believe the families are not related, but I have not proved or disproved that.
If you have any information --substantiated or not-- about the _origins_ of Joannes Matthias KOHN and Josephine BECKER, please contact me.
Joannes Matthias KOHN (b. 1840, d. abt 16 Oct 1888 LaCrosse WI USA), whose death was documented in an obituary on October 16, 1888 in the La Crosse Chronicle, reading in full: "Matthias Kohn whose prostration by paralysis was mentioned on Sunday morning died at half-past ten o'clock yesterday. He was sixty years of age, a native of Germany and has lived in this city since 1855. He leaves a wife and eleven children." He was the owner of a tavern and perhaps a hotel or rooming house in the same building. His address and business are documented in the LaCrosse City Directories of approx. 1873 through 1879. He was deeded two 40-acres tracts of land in LaCrosse county in 1858. The following is only an unproven theory: He may have been born 2 Mar 1840 in Deutschland, Rheinland-Pfalz, Kreis Saarburg, Wasserliesch 54322, a child of Margarethe KOHN (abt 1820 to abt 1880), then unmarried living in Oberbillig Germany, near Wasserliesch.
His wife, Josephine BECKER (b. 8 Jun 1844 Deutschland, Rheinland-Pfalz, Kreis Bad Kreuznach, Roth 55442, d. 1900 USA, Wisconsin, La Crosse county, La Crosse) [no documentation] was the daughter of Franz Casper BECKER (b. 16 Jun 1815 Deutschland, Baden-WÃ¼rttemburg, Kreis Mannheim, Mannheim 68159-309, d. 21 Jan 1883 USA, Wisconsin, La Crosse county, La Crosse, bur. 24 Jan 1883 USA, Wisconsin, La Crosse county, La Crosse) and Helena Schmitt (b. 1817 Deutschland, Rheinland-Pfalz, Kreis Bad Kreuznach, Roth 55442, d. 1850 USA, Illinois, Jo Daviess county, Galena) [no documentation on either parent]. Josephine had two siblings, Helen and Cyrus or Francis Xavier [no documentation]. I had received an offer of information from Cindy Bistodeau <email@example.com
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Joannes KOHN and Josephine BECKER married 18 Sep 1865 USA, Wisconsin, La Crosse county, La Crosse and had eleven children:
Katherine (1836-abt 1930)
Josephine (1868-abt 1930)
Charlote (1870-abt 1935)
Helen (1872-abt 1935)
Clara (1874-abt 1935)
Matt (1876-abt 1940)
Frank (1878-abt 1940)
John (1880-abt 1940)
Ferdinand (1882-abt 1940)
Joseph (1884-abt 1940)
Carl (1886-abt 1940).
I have no further information about any of the children, although I have seen some of the male childrens' names in the City Directories previously mentioned, where they were listed with an occupation at the same address as their father.
The LaCrosse City Directories are available on microfilm through your local Family History Center. The Bureau of Land Management has an online site that can provide information about the deed for the land.