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Steichen, John P. 1843-1916 & Margaret Trinkes Family


Posted By: Wilma J. Vande Berg - volunteer (email)
Date: 10/19/2022 at 05:34:33

Steichen, Jean ‘John’ P. 1843-1916 and Margaret Trinkes and Family

The life and times of Sioux County pioneers can be read about in several Sioux County books. “The Story of Sioux County” by Charles Dyk gives a very colorful account of pioneer life with its joys and hardships. The book “Siouxland A History of Sioux County” by Nelson Nieuwenhuis gives great historical accounts of the area. The “1908 Sioux County Atlas” also has historical accounts of the various townships of Sioux County.

This biography was compiled by Wilma J. Vande Berg of the Greater Sioux Count Genealogical Society and taken from various identified sources.

page 217 Heading John Steichen Sr. born abt 1797 John Steichen Family - After the death of his wife in Luxemburg, John Steichen brought his four children to the United States in 1852. He settled in Dubuque and Jackson County area of Iowa. In the late summer of 1870 at the age of 73. John joined a group of Catholic Luxemburger and Germans on a three week trip by ox drawn prairie schooners to settle in Sioux county east of the Floyd River near Alton. His son and family joined him two years later. The original Steichen homestead was 2 miles east an 1 ½ miles south of Alton and remained in the family’s possession until 1980, when it was sold after the death of Mrs. Theodore Steichen, wife of John’s grandson.
Page 217 Heading John Steichen Jr. and Margaret Frinks/Trinckes family John was born in Kinzig, Luxemburg, and at the age of 7 came with his father and three sisters to the United States in 1852. He worked near Bellevue, Iowa. In 1868 he met and married Margaret Trinkes, a new immigrant from Hinsdorf, Luxemburg. In March, 1872, John and Margaret and their two young sons made the trek across Iowa to join John’s father on the Steichen farm near Alton. Eight children were born to John and Margaret: John T., Nic, Peter, Aloys, Mary, Ann, Theodore and Joseph. Aloys died soon after birth and Peter died in 1881 at the age of 7.
Children listed on page 217 as follows:
(1.) John T. (1869 1959) married Anna Klein (1873 - 1954) and had three daughters: Mary, Agatha and Anna.
(2.) Nick (1871-1954) married Katherine Krantz 1876-1912) and had nine children: Sophia, Gertrude, Alphonse, Margaret, Aloysious, Matthew, Raymond, Lee and Clarence. After Katie’s death Nick married Mary Henrecy (1893-1964). They had eleven children: Arnold, Bertha, Arthur, Francis, Helen, Rose Mary, Betty, Marian, Patricia, Catherine and Jean.
(3.) Peter Steichen born 3 Oct 1873 Alton IA died 11 Jan 1881 Alton IA. Died at age of 7.
(4.) Aloys Steichen 1874-1874 Died soon after birth
(5.) Mary (1876-1938) entered St. Francis Convent in Dubuque at age 14. Sister Innocence (Mary) taught music in Eastern Iowa and was a volunteer teacher at Corpus Christi school for Colored children in Chicago in 1933.
(6.) Ann (1878-1954) also entered Dubuque’s St. Francis convent. Sister Nathalia (Ann) was associated with Sioux City Orphanage.
(7.) Theodore (1880 - 1956) Married Alvina Miller (1893 - 1979) and had thirteen children: Nathanlia, Vernon, Sylvester, Alvin, Robert, Milo, Jean, Katheen, Florence, Howard, Audrey, Margie and James.
(8.) Joseph (1883 – 1941) married Louise Langenhorst (1883-1978) and had four children: Celesta, Viola, Margaret and Earl.
Page 217 also has a family report on Joseph Steichen family, son of John and Margaret Steichen. Page 218 has a family report on the Theodore and Alvina Steichen family

ALTON CENTENNIAL BOOK 1883-1893 has 28 references to Steichen names in the book. Page 7 Tells of the coming of the eighteen prairie schooners that left from Jackson Co. Iowa to settle in Sioux County, among them was J. Steichen Sr. Page 174 has a large family picture of the John Steichen (born 1843) family

RESEARCH in a family report for John Steichen on ancestry.con public member trees which were submitted to ancestry by others, other than the compiler of this BIOS.
Jean ‘John P.’ Steichen was born 26 Sep 1843 Kinzig, Luxembourg died 30 Nov 1916 Alton IA. He was the son of Jean ‘John’ Steichen born 1797 or 1807 died 1882 and Margaret Schouweiler 1809 -1870 (see family report toward the end of this narrative.. His wife Margaret Trinkes born 30 Jan 1845/1846 Hinsdorf, Kothen, Sachsen Anhalt, Germany married Aug 1868 at Bellevue Jackson IA and died 16 Apr 1928 East Orange Sioux County IA. Her parents were not listed.

Immigration record of Marguerite Trinkes age 22 born about 1847 Luxembourg, departed from Le Havre, France and London England, destination New York, arrival 29 Jul 1868, Ship was the William Penn.

CHILDREN of John Steichen and Margaret Trinkes, they were also listed in the excerpts from the St. Mary’s church book previously listed; also check for obits of the children on the Sioux County web site at www.iagenweb.org/sioux .
1 . John T. Steichen born May 1869 Jackson County IA, died 17 May 1959 Warsaw, Benton, Missouri, wife Anne Marie Klein born 25 Oct 1873 Schieren, Canton de Kiekirch, Luxembourg died 26 Mar 1958 Alton IA. See above report from the St. Mary’s book page 217 for names of children.
2 . Nicholas Steichen born 3 Apr 1871 Springbrook, Jackson, IA died 19 Jun 1954 Remsen, IA He married Anna Katharine Krantz born 10 Jul 1875 Iowa City Iowa died 15 Feb 1912 Alton IA. See above report from the St. Mary’s book page 217 for names of children.
3 . Peter Steichen born 3 Oct 1873 Alton IA died 11 Jan 1881 Alton IA. Died at age of 7.
4 . Aloys Steichen 1874-1874 Died soon after birth
5 . Sister Mary Innocense Steichen born 10 Feb 1876 Alton IA died 8 May 1938 Dubuque, IA
6 . Sister Nathalia Anna Steichen born 3 Apr 1878 Alton IA died 9 May 1954 Alton IA
7 . Theodore Steichen born 4 Nov 1880 Alton IA died 8 Apr 1956 Alton IA He married Alvina Miller born 23 Oct 1893 Alton IA died 9 Dec 1979 Remsen IA See above report from the St. Mary’s book page 217 for names of children.
8 . Joseph George Steichen born 3 Aug 1883 Sioux County Iowa died 18 Apr 1941 Alton IA. He married Maria Louise Langenhorst born 8 Jun 1882 Hospers IA died 12 Oct 1978 Alton IA. See above report from the St. Mary’s book page 217 for names of children.

OBITUARY of John P. Steichen 1843-1916
Source: Alton Democrat (12-2-1916) Born: September 26, 1843 Died: November 30, 1916 John P. Steichen died at his home in Alton yesterday morning at the age of 73 years after a long illness. Mr. Steichen was born September 26, 1843 at Kinzig, Luxemberg and came to America in 1856, working for some years near Bellevue. In August, 1868 he was married to Miss Margaret Trinckes and the two came to Sioux County in March, 1872, thus being among the very first pioneers in the county. They settled on a homestead southeast of town, removing to Alton in October of that year. Six children survive: John T., Nicolaus, Theodore and Joseph of Alton, Sister Innocence at Bancroft, Iowa and Sister Nathalie of the orphanage at Sioux City. Two boys, Theodore and Aloys died while young. Three sisters survive also, Mrs. Frantzen and Mrs. Forrette of Dubuque and Mrs. De Frank of Minnesota. Mrs. Steichen, although quite aged, is in good health except for some feebleness and rather weak eyes. The funeral will be preached by Very Reverend F.J. Brune from St. Mary’s Church at 9 A.M. tomorrow. Thus passes away one of the sturdy and respected pioneers who carved a mighty commonwealth out of the wildness.

OBITUARY of Margaret Trinckes Mrs. John Steichen
Source: Alton Democrat (4-20-1928) Born: January 30, 1845 Died: April 16, 1928
Mrs. John Steichen, Sr. passed away Monday morning, April 16, at the home of her son Ted southeast of Alton. Mrs. Steichen was 83 years old and had lived in Sioux County nearly 56 years, having settled on a farm near Alton with her husband and two little sons in the spring of 1872. Although somewhat feeble for the past few years, she was able to be up and retained all her faculties until but a few days before her passing.
Margaret Trinckes was born in Hinsdorf, Luxemburg, January 30, 1845. She came to the United States in 1868 and was married the same year at Bellevue to John Steichen. In 1872 the little family came to Sioux County, settling southeast of town and living there until 1893, when they moved to Alton. Mr. Steichen died on April 14th, 1916 and since that time Mrs. Steichen has made her home with her children on the farm. Surviving Mrs. Steichen are four sons and two daughters namely: John and Nick of Alton; Sister Innocence, Pomeroy; Sister Nathalie, Sioux City; Ted and Joe of Alton; also 28 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. The family have the sympathy of the community in the passing of a noble pioneer mother. Funeral services Wednesday morning were in charge of Very Reverend Bune.

FAMILY RESEARCH and OBITUARY of Jean ‘John’ Steichen Sr. born 1807 or 1797 died 11 Apr 1882 Alton IA.
Since this gentleman came to America with his four children in 1852, found it appropriate to include his family history along with that of his son’s family, John P. Steichen 1843.

From an obit posting on web page www.iagenweb.org/sioux :
Steichen, John died 10 Apr 1882 age 85 on same head stone as Peter buried St. Mary’s cemetery Alton IA
Find a Grave lists John Steichen born 24 Oct 1807 Schouweiler Canton Luxembourg died 11 Apr 1882 Sioux County IA buried in St. Mary’s Alton IA. His wife was Margaret and Children listed were John P. Steichen 1843, Catherine born 1853 Mrs. Peter Frantzen, Margaret Forrett, and Margaretha Muller.
Sioux County Iowa death record states -John Steichen born abt 1797 died 11 Apr 1882 age 85 Alton IA buried in St. Mary’s cemetery Alton IA.

From a family report on ancestry.com public member trees which was posted by other family member and not verified by this compiler.
Jean ‘John’ Steichen born 24 Oct 1807 (1797?) Capellen, Luxembourg died 11 Apr 1883 Alton IA. He was the son of Nicolas Steichen 1762-1814 and Marie Francoise Weyman 1785-1814. He married Margaret Schouweiler born 27 Feb 1809 Clemency, Capellen, Luxembourg She died in Luxembourg before he came to US with four children. Her parents were Jeam Baptisite Schouweiler and Anne Wagner.
They had a large family of 12 children, including John born 1843 subject of this BIOS. Many of their children died at young ages.

There is a picture of the John Steichen 1843 family that came from the St. Mary’s Church book page 218.


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