A belated Happy Birthday! I don't have any additional info on Louis, but I have more on William. He was born Johan Wilhelm Pues on 16 February 1811, in Glandorf, Hanover, Germany. His parents were Johan Ernst Pues and Anna Catharina Reckers. There was only one other sibling--Anna Catharina Pues, born 18 October 1806. His mother, a widow, died in April 1823 when he was only 12, and his sister was 16. They were farmers, so the uncles had to make provision for someone working the farm. They waited a few months until Anna Catharina was 17 and married her to my g.g.grandfather, who took the surname Pues. It was common practice in that area of Germany for a man to take his wife's name if she had inherited the farm. The farm names were constant. Whoever lived on the farm had that surname until there was an outright sale. Within a few years they sold the farm and Anna Catharina and her husband moved back to his father's farm and he continued his coopering. He also took back his birth name. Johan Wilhelm Pues also became a cooper. Your William was probably due an inheritance of some sort when he came of age. At 21 or 22 he left for the U.S.
William married on 11 January 1837 in Cincinnati. The Probate Court lists the bride's name as Anne........ The person performing the marriage was J.M. Henri. (The person recording the data in the court house probably could not read the German script. The priest's name was J.W. Henni.)
On January 7, 1854 there is a death notice in the German paper: "J. Maria Agnes Pues, 39, from Glandorf, Oldenburgishe, died. Her maiden name was Schriever, and she leaves a husband and 3 children, the youngest only 3 months." Is this William's first wife??? I think it probably is.
The 1860 census lists William 49, wife Mary, 36; children--Agnes, 20, seamstress; Francis 17, cooper; and John 1 1/2. The 1870 census lists William, 57; Bendina, 49, Frank, 25, journeyman cooper; John 11; and Louis 7. Those were in Cincinnati. The 1880 census lists William, 70, Benedina, 59, and Louis 17. Frank, age 36, is listed with his family: William,8; Agnes,6; Henry,4; and Bernadina, 9/12 (born in Oct 1879). These are in Washington, MO. There is no 1890 census, and by 1900 William and Benedina are no longer in Washington, MO. So I assume both died there; but sometimes my assumptions don't pan out. I have tried to find the missing John everywhere, but nothing has worked. I eagerly read the Wisconsin items, hoping to find him there, but that appears to be a totally different family. I couldn't find a death record in Cincinnati, but the court house records were destroyed by fire about 1880. After that people brought in original records of births, deaths, and deeds to be copied to reconstruct the records. But the Pues family had already left Ohio, so any Pues records were not reconstructed. Church records are a possibility, but the Archdiocese charges $25.00 for any search, and they want date, and parish before they begin.
Can you give me information on William's land grant in 1839. Where was it? I cannot find William in the Cincinnati City Directories until 1845. He is there through 1874. I assume the information for these is gathered the previous year or year and a half, and at the first of the year the new directory comes out. Frank's son William was born in 1872 in Ohio, and it appears that his daughter Agnes was born Sept 1873 in Missouri. According to the 1900 census, your grandfather Louis was born in March 1872. Other censuses simply give his age which would indicate it should be 1873. Do you have proof of the exact year?
Whenever you have time, I would appreciate the info on Frank's family.
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