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Hegensdorf, Prussia (Germany)

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Ancestors from Hegensdorf, Westphalia, Prussia (Present day Germany)

Family lines include the Füser/Fueser family; the Wördehoff family; the Schaefer/Schafer/Scheifers family; the Schmücker family; Also Langeman, Kershing, Busch, Bürger, Focke, and others.

     The Füser/Fueser family was numerous in nearby Leiberg and Wunnenberg.  During the mid-1700's my ancestor, Christopher Füeser, moved from Leiberg to Hegensdorf (just down the road 1.3 miles).  The Füser family farmed in the Hegensdorf area for several generations, and descendants are still living there today.  Some of the other family names still found in Hegensdorf today - Wördehoff, Stork, Ocken, Schulte, Kersting, and Schmidt.

---Christopher's great-grandson, Wilhelm Fueser, immigrated to America in 1879 aboard the ship, Weser. He settled in Tipton, Mitchell County, Kansas, where he married the widow Barbara Schmit, who had previously immigrated from Schleidweiler, near Trier, Rhineland-Palatinate, (Germany). Barbara had four children from her first marriage to Nick Gasper, and she and Wilhelm added four more children to the household.

---Wilhelm's brother, Jacob, journeyed to America circa 1867. He married Mary Kreuiter, 1873, in Madison County, Illinois, where they had five children, before moving to Tipton, Kansas. There they lived on the farm of Jacob's brother, Wilhelm, and parented seven more children. In about 1900 Jacob and Mary moved to Cloud County, Kansas, near Concordia.

---Gertrud Füser, granddaughter of Christopher Füeser, married Franz Ocken in 1838 in Hegensdorf. Johan Casparus Ocken, son of Gertrud and Franz, immigrated to America, arriving April 22, 1872, at the Port of New York on the ship Koln. A 25 year old German speaking farmer, he settled in Alton, Illinois before moving to Iowa where he married Katharina Schmieding in 1877. Katharina was born in Iowa in 1860, two years after her parents and older siblings arrived in the United States. Johan C. Ocken and Katharina Schmieding had the same great-grandmother, Anna Maria "Elisabetha" Langeman. Elisabetha had been married three times, 1st to Jodocus Busch, 2nd to Christopher Fueser, and 3rd to Thomas Schmieding.

---Theresia Füser, also a granddaughter of Christopher Füeser, married Jacob Hardes in Hegensdorf during the year 1825. Joannes and Anton Hardes, both grandsons of Theresia and Jacob, immigrated to America. Joannes died in Edmonton, Canada, 1932. Anton passed away in 1928 at Hand, South Dakota.

Joe Scraper Jr.