Today’s Tidbit | May 16, 1866 – Lorenz and Elizabeth Hela

My 3rd great grandparents, Lorenz and Elizabeth (Fleming) Hela, and their children Anna, Andreas and Rosalia, arrived at Castle Garden in New York City on May 16, 1866, on-board the “Bark Johanna” from Prussia. They were from Sossnowd, Prussia.

Johanna Passenger List Showing Hela Family

They settled in Neshkoro, WI and then Princeton, WI before moving to South Dakota in about 1881. Many of their descendants changed their name to “Heller”.

Surname Saturday | HELLER

My grandmother on my mom’s side is a Heller. Passenger list records show that Lorenz, his wife Elizabeth (Fleming), and their children Anna, Andreas and Rosalia arrived at Castle Garden in New York City on May 16, 1866, on the ship Johanna. They were from Sossnow, Prussia. They lived in Neshkoro, Marquette Co., WI in 1870 and by 1880 had moved on to Princeton, Green Lake Co. In 1881, they moved to South Dakota. My direct line stayed in Wisconsin.

My great grandfather, Frank worked on farms at Fox Lake and in the lumber camps at Ashland.  After several years, he came to Montello and worked for the Montello Granite Company for about 45 years. His daughter, Florence married Raymond Hau in 1933.

This Week’s Family Anniversaries | May 10 – May 16, 2009

Laurentius “Lorenz” Hela, his wife Elizabeth Flemming and their children Anna, Andreas and Rosalia arrived at Castle Garden in New York City on May 16, 1866, on the bark Johanna from Prussia.

Zella Bradley McConnell – Born May 11, 1904 in Carmel Twp., Eaton Co., MI. She married Elmo Linal LeVan on March 28, 1925 in Wayne, Wayne Co., MI. Zella died November 19, 1992 in Plymouth, Wayne Co., MI and is buried in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Waterloo, Jackson Co., MI. She is my wife’s grandmother.

Frances Laurina (Rena) Weller – Born May 12, 1890 in Royalton, Little Wolf Twp., Waupaca Co., WI. She married Robert John Neely on September 4, 1917. Rena died on January 24, 1982 in Clintonville, Waupaca Co., WI and is buried in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Bear Creek, Waupaca Co., WI. She is my great aunt.

Benjamin Kimball – Born May 16, 1697 in Bradford, Massachusetts Bay Colony. He married Mary Emerson November 10, 1741 in Haverhill, Essex Co., MA. Benjamin is my wife’s 7th great grandfather.

Thomas Ormsbee and Mary Fitch – Married May 11, 1667 in Taunton, Bristol Co., Plymouth Colony. They are my 7th great grandparents.

James Benjamin – Died May 12, 1772 in Worthington, Hampshire Co., MA. He was born on April 3, 1727 in Preston, New London Co., Connecticut Colony. James is my 5th great grandfather.