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Franz Joseph Leitheiser

Male 1819 - 1884  (65 years)


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  • Name Franz Joseph Leitheiser  [1
    Born 1819  Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    _UID B6D89E953E604123855A2EDF2988240D91A8 
    Died 11 Oct 1884  Bridgewater, SD Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 13 Oct 1884  St. Stephen's Cemetary. Block 2, lot 12, grave 3 Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I963  Gary and Connie Genealogy
    Last Modified 7 Jul 2017 

    Wife Mary Catherine Kircher,   b. May 1825, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Apr 1908, Goodrick, ND Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 82 years) 
    Married 1843  Buffalo, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    _UID 0E1EAE172BB141E5BA7F6563414E097F0B9C 
    Children 
     1. Marie Leitheiser,   b. 1846, Buffalo, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Dec 1864, West Bend WI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 18 years)
     2. Sophia Leitheiser,   b. 10 May 1849, Buffalo, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Apr 1910  (Age 60 years)
     3. Adam Leitheiser,   b. 28 Nov 1851, Buffalo NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Jan 1931, Provost, Alberta, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
     4. Rosa Leitheiser,   b. 1853, Buffalo NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1912, Scotland, SD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years)
     5. John Leitheiser,   b. 11 Mar 1855, West Bend, WI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1921, Bridgewater, SD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)
     6. Henry Leitheiser,   b. 8 Mar 1858, West Bend, WI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 May 1924, Bridgewater, SD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
     7. Frank Leitheiser,   b. 27 Jun 1860, West Bend, WI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jun 1930, Bridgewater, SD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
     8. Martin Leitheiser,   b. 27 Jun 1860, West Bend, WI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Nov 1912, Bridgewater, SD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years)
     9. William Leitheiser,   b. 15 Oct 1862, West Bend, WI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jul 1928, Bridgewater, SD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)
     10. Charles Leitheiser,   b. 11 Mar 1866, West Bend, WI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1929, Bridgewater, SD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)
     11. Mary (Marie) Leitheiser,   b. 30 Jun 1868, West Bend, WI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Jan 1950, Minneapolis, MN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
    Last Modified 7 Jul 2017 
    Family ID F148  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Franz Joseph came to America with his older brother when he was 16 years old (1835).

      He came with his older brother from Germany to New York to escape the military training that all young men were required to take when they finished their education.

      The two bought a harness shop in New York, but Franz wasn't satisfied.The Louisiana Purchase was made during this time which nearly doubled the size of America. The railroads were doing a great job of moving people west. Franz went west. He got a job on the Erie Canal that opened a waterway to Lake Erie. While there, he met and married Mary Catherine.

      They moved to Barton, WI in 1854 [see Mary Catherine's notes]. Franz examined the soil near Barton and decided it could be used to make bricks, so he started a brick factory (Barton Brick Yard). The business was very successful. In 1879 he sold the business to Charles Kauffung

      They moved to Bridgewater, South Dakota to be with their sons in 1881.[see notes on Adam and Henry] He took three homestead claims by pre-emption, tree claim, and regular claim.

      Franz was a carpenter and cement worker. He helped his sons build up their homes. He helped build the Catholic Church and built a hotel (named the New Yorker) directly north of the railroad depot. The hotel was operating by the fall of 1883.

      His wife and children lived on the claim, and Franz stayed at the hotel. One day in 1884, while walking into town from the claim, he suffered a heart attack and died.

      His wife, Mary Catherine, donated the ground for a Catholic cemetary and Franz was the first person buried there.

    Died:
    • Brain hemorrage

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1819 - Germany Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1843 - Buffalo, NY Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 11 Oct 1884 - Bridgewater, SD Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S3] Beatrice Leitheiser, Beatrice Leitheiser. Leitheiser family tree, with many primary sources, cited.