I am somewhat familiar with the family line of Frank Joseph (bn 11/1859) and may be able to offer some help. There are two Frank Joseph's, one settled in Iowa and one in Menominee, MI. The responses you had from Frank J. and Cheryl concern the "other" Frank J.
The Frank Joseph of Menominee that you are interested in is my great grandfather. Frank Joseph owned a grocery store in Menominee. He and Cathrine had five children, Elizabeth bn 10/1884, Mary B.(Mayme) bn 12/1889, Weleslav (Val) bn 7/1891, Emely Catherine bn 4/1895 and my grandfather Francis Joseph 1903. Francis Joseph married Enid Louise Larson in Menominee and had three children: Lilian, Enid, and my father Francis George (10/23/1925). My father married Marie Kathleen McPhail of Ortonville MI and had five children Stephen Francis (1/29/53), me - Thomas Hugh (9/15/57), Suzanne Marie (adopted) 10/21/59), Richard John (9/12/61) and Mary Joanne (adopted) (4/4/63). I married Kathryn Marie Jarzyna (4/18/59) and we have three children Joseph Francis (5/10/84), David Thomas (6/7/86) and Theresa Carolyn (10/05/92). My brothers have daughters only, so unless Val bn 7/1891 had male decendents, I believe that my two sons will be the only remaining kin of Francis Joseph of Menominee that carry the last name of Benesh.
I have seen several variations on the spelling of Emely Catherine's name. In the 1970's I did some research in Menominee and in Lansing.
My parents actually have a picture of Emely seated at a piano hanging in their living room. She was an accomplished musician and I believe a church organist in Menominee. My grandfather (her brother) was also a musician. He was a bass soloist with the same church choir. He also played trumpet in dance bands during the 1920's, 30's and 40's. I learned to play trumpet using his horn and today am a (semi)professional trumpet player.
I hope this information helps. I know that along with my great grandfather, his cousin James also settled in Menominee, MI. James had a large family that lived in Marinette, WI (across the river from Menominee) and Menominee as well. Research can get quite complicated.
My research stops with the same Frank Joseph you are looking into. I would imagine that any further information would have to come from the Czech Republic now.
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