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Always Under Construction

Origin of the Grosshuesch Family



The Grosshuesch family can be traced back to about 1612. The old records are found at the "Standesamt" (Court House) in Neukirchen, Germany. The Neukirchen office recommended we inquire at Moors for further information. The older records were destroyed in the thirty years of war or the family may have moved to Neukirchen around 1650 from another part of Germany. In the old records we found various spellings of the family name. There was gros Huisch, grohs Huisch, Grohshuisch, Grush Hoursch, Grosz Huesch, Grosshuesch, and Huischen. Some of the names are given in French and this may be while Germany was under French domination.

For centuries the Grosshuesch family were primarily farmers. The records call them "Ackerer", "Ackermann", and "Bauer". The farm was located at Neukirchen between Winkols and Klienhuesch. I have a map (4505 Moers) that shows the "Grosshuesch farm" north of Neukirchen in the Neukirchen-Vluyn District. The family religion was called "Evangelisch".

The first generation is Petrus op Huels and Theodorus Hamacher. I have not been able to verify this but a later copy of the Grosshuesch family shows Henrich Huischen as the first person on record. I do not have an exact date but his birth is estimated to be around 1612.

The first Grosshuesch is Wilhelm Grohs Huisch who married Elisabeth Averdunk July 23, 1741 at Neukirchen. This index should include direct decendents and their spouse's. It is not complete but, as I said "always under construction"

Tillman Grosshuesch came to Wisconsin in the United States in 1847, and Hienrich and sisters Elsken and Elisabeth arrived in 1849. Hienrich had a wife, Sybilla Neerpasch, three children under four, and his mother in his group. They came to the states in a sailboat and spent seven weeks at sea. I have not found the ship's name but will enter it in this history when I do. The family seemed to be concentrated around "Town Newton" in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin. They built small log cabins and two or three families lived together. They cleared the land with oxen and made shingles at night and logged the pine trees by day.  They had many hard times as did most of our ancestors, but the German work ethic carried them through. I spent a few weeks in the summer on Grosshuesch and Sheffler farms in that area during the 2nd World War (as us oldtimers called it) and the work ethic has not been lost over the generations.

When you arrive at my generation, "The Barmann Family", I back tracked some to the Barmann lineage and when it shows sufficient growth I will separate the two. If you find any connections or ties to your searches please let me know so I can update this work. Thank you, enjoy, and good luck!


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Laura Grosshuesch/Edward Werner July 6, 1905

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