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Konz, Mathias 1822-1906 with 2 wives & families


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Konz, Mathias 1822-1906 with 2 Wives and Families

This biography was compiled by Wilma J. Vande Berg of the Greater Sioux County Genealogical Society and taken from various identified sources. Purpose was to find as much about the Math Konz family as is available in local sources. When family information is taken from various sources it is often found that the information varies from one source to another. Often birth places and dates are listed differently by various family reports. The information in this biography was stated as found in the source addressed.

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” has historical accounts of the various townships of Sioux County.. Also, the ‘Sioux County Iowa digital archives’ newspapers can be googled as such, and can be searched for your ancestors names that could lead to more items of interest in their daily life.

ST. MARY’S CHURCH BOOK Family History Section has many separate stories the Konz families.
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Math Konz and his family were among the early settlers who came to northwest Iowa in May 1870.
Math Konz was born in Machtum, Luxemburg, in the year 1822. He married Margaret Everling in 1846. Six children were born in the old country; Mary (Mrs. John Noethe); Margaret (Mrs. John St. John); Peter J.; Matt, who died in 1880; Susan (Mrs. Peter Hansen) and John. Mrs. Konz passed away in 1863, and a little more than a year later, Mr. Konz married Susan Hess. One child was born to them in Luxemburg, but that child died. In 1866 the family came to America, and settled first in Jackson County, Iowa.

Four more children were born into the family; James P.; Nicholas; Peter M., and Justine (Mrs. Andrew Noethe) who was born after the family came to northwest Iowa. Math Konz homesteaded the quarter section in Section 24 of Nassau Township, Sioux county, Iowa now owned by Leo Gergen and the Streff Bros.

Matt Konz passed away in Alton on November 26, 1906. At the time of his death, his son, Peter M. Konz lived on the farm. Susan Hess Konz passed away at Alton on January 12, 1920. Children -
Mary Konz Wathier Noethe lived at Alton, Iowa and she and her husband both died there. Margaret Konz St.John lived in the LeMars, Iowa area. Peter J. Konz married Elizabeth Koob and lived in the Alton area. Some of the Peter J. Konz family still reside in this immediate vicinity. Susan Konz married Peter Hansen son of another first settle in East Orange Township, and both she and Mr. Hansen are buried at St. Mary’s cemetery. John Konz married Cecilia Plathe and they farmed in the Granville vicinity. James P. Knoz married Anna Noethe and also farmed in the Alton vicinity. Some of the descendants of that family are members of St. Mary’s Parish today. Nicholas Konz married Mary Plathe and they farmed in the Granville area. Peter M. Konz married Mary Noethe, for a time the family farmed the homestead, and later moved to Elkton South Dakota. Justine Konz married Andrew Noethe, and they farmed in the Sutherland, Iowa area.

RESEARCH NOTES of Math Konz family from a report on ancestry.com public member trees. Information was supplied to the site by other family members and not verified by the compiler of this biography. Some obits from our www.iagenweb.org/Sioux site were added.

Mathias Konz was born 19 Apr 1822 Machtum, Grevenmacher, Luxembourg and died 26 Nov 1906 Alton, Sioux County, IA. He was the son of Gerard Konz 1792-1835 and Barbara Kieffer 1796-1858. He married Margaretha Everling 1822-1863 on 8 Jan 1850 at Wormeldange, Grevenmacher, Luxembourg. Margaretha was the daughter of Peter Mreiges 1789-1836 and Maria Catharina Everling 1798-1848. The report on ancestry.com indicates six children were born to them. Listed below.

Mathias Konz married a second time in 1864 to Susanna F. Hess born 3 May 1832 Junglinster, Canton de Grevenmacher, Luxembourg and died 12 Jan 1922 Sutherland, O’Brien IA buried St. Mary’s cemetery Alton IA. She was the daughter of Charles Hess 1799-1863 and Margaret Trierweller 1800-1857. Susanna married Mathias Konz 1864 at Machtum, Grevenmaher, Luxembourg. They had five children.

CHILDREN of Mathias Konz and Margaretha Everling

1. MARY M. KONZ born 25 Feb 1851 Machtum, Grevenmacher, Luxembourg and died 15 Dec 1917 Alton Iowa. Source: Alton Democrat (12-22-1917) Born: February 25, 1851 Died: December 15, 1917
The community was saddened and shocked of the sudden death of Mrs. John Noethe, one of Alton’s well known and respected citizens. Death was due to a stroke of apoplexy and deceased was but 66 years and nine months at the time of her death. Mrs. Mary M. Noethe was born in Luxemburg, Germany, February 25, 1851 and later lived in France for several years. She was there married to L. Wathier, her first husband and from this union, one child, Miss Louise survives. In 1880 she came , with her husband to the United States and Sioux County and Mr. Wathier died in Alton in 1881. In 1883 she was married to John Noethe, the aged husband who survives her. Mrs. Noethe was the daughter of the late Math Konz, who was well known to Alton people. The funeral was held from St. Mary’s Church Tuesday morning and was largely attended by friends and relatives, who came to pay their last respects to one whom they loved and respected. Interment was made in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Mrs. Noethe was a pious and devout member of St. Mary’s Church, a loving wife and mother and her friends and acquaintances were many. Sincere sympathy and condolence is extended the bereaved ones in their sad hour of affliction. The other children who survive her are: Louis, John, Andrew, and Jacob Noethe, Mrs. Anna Konz, Mrs. P.M. Konz and Mrs. Will Wolf. She is also survived by her brothers Peter and John Konz and her sister, Mrs. P. Hansen.

2. MARGARET KONZ born 4 Jan 1852 Machtum, Grevenmacher, Luxembourg and died 2 Mar 1915 LeMars, Plymouth, Iowa
LeMars Semi Weekly Sentinel Mar 5, 1915 Death of Mrs. St. John
Deceased was a highly respected Pioneer of this City. Mrs. St. John, wife of John St. John, residing on Franklin street, died on Tuesday morning, following a brief illness of bronchial pneumonia. Mrs. St. John was sick only two days, although she had been in different health for a long time. Mrs. St. John was an old resident having lived here over forty years. Her maiden name was Margaret Konz and she was born on January 4, 1852, at Machtum, Grand Duchy of Luxemburg Europe. When she was a child of four years her parents came to America, locating at Tete de Marts, Jackson county, in 1856. In May 1870 with her parents she came to northwestern Iowa. Mr. and Mrs. Konz took up a homestead in Sioux county. Margaret Konz sought employment in Le Mars and after living there a few years was united in marriage at this place with John St. John on Nov 10, 1875. Seven children were born to their union, five of whom with the father, mourn their mother’s death. They are Will St. John and Harry St. John of Minneapolis, Mrs. Reuben Remer of Sioux City, Maude and Bernard St. John at home. One girl, Susie died at the age of eleven years and another daughter in infancy. She is also survived by two brothers and two sisters. John Konz of Granville; Peter Konz, Mrs. John Noethe, Mrs. Peter Hansen of Alton and two half brothers and a half sister, Mrs. Andrew Noethe, of Sutherland, P. M. Konz and Nick Konz of Alton. Mrs. St. John was a devoted mother and wife and toiled unceasingly through many years, her chief interest centered in her children and home. She had many friends and was highly respected in the community where she passed the greater portion of her life. Funeral services were held at St. Jospeh’s church in Le Mars yesterday morning at two o’clock, Rev. Father F. Feuerstien officiating at the requiem mass.

3. PETER J. KONZ born 4 Oct 1854 Machtum Canton de Grevenmacher, Luxembourg and died 22 Dec 1921. He married Elizabeth Koob 1867-1957. Fourteen children were listed.
LeMars Semi-Weekly Sentinel December 27, 1921 NORTHWEST IOWA PIONEER Peter Konz Arrived in Le Mars in 1870 With Ox Team Peter Konz, one of Sioux county’s first settlers, died at his home in Alton on Thursday afternoon at the age of 67 years, after a three weeks illness caused by diabetes from which he suffered for a long time. Peter Konz was born in the duchy of Luxemburg on October 4, 1854, and came with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Math Konz, to America when he was 12 years old. He was the eldest child.(?​) The family lived in Jackson county four years and then moved westward, accompanying Sioux county’s first pioneer overland with ox teams to LeMars in 1870, arriving here in May. Mr. Konz homesteaded on the farm which P. M. Konz now owns, 4 ½ miles southeast of Alton. In later years the deceased acquired a farm just across the road from that homesteaded by his father. The family experienced all the rigors of pioneer life, the grasshopper scourge and the counties other difficulties which beset the pioneers in the vast prairie land. LeMars was their nearest town for many years. Peter Konz was married on October 10, 1883, to Miss Lizzie Koob in the prairie church south of town. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Nick Koob, who were also early settlers. Thirteen children survive their father, one other son dying at the age of two years about 15 years ago. The children: Nic, Wadena, Minn.; Math, Alton; Mrs. Anna Probst, Alton; Mrs. Mary Mousel, Alton; John and Joe, Alton; Mrs. Susan Probst, Alton; Clara, Celia, Violet, Christina, Margaret, and Bernard, at home. He is also survived by two full sisters and one full brother: Mrs. Peter Hansen, Alton; Mrs. St. John, LeMars, and John Konz, Granville. One sister, Mrs. Mary Noethe, died four years ago. There are two step-brothers and one step sister, who survive him: Nic, of Granville; P. M., of Elkton, S.D.; and Mrs. A. H. Noethe, of Sutherland. One step brother, James, died in 1913. The funeral was held on Saturday at St. Mary’s church in Alton.

4. MATHIAS ‘MATT’ KONZ born 2 Jan 1857 Machtum, Grevenmacher, Luxembourg and died after 17 Jun 1880 Alton IA. It was noted in the obit of his father that he died in 1880. There is no head stone for him, there is no death record, and upon searching the Alton Democrat of 1880 no reference to his death. So his death can not be verified. In the 1880 census living in East Orange Township Mathias Konts (Konz) was 22 yrs born Luxembourg and a farm laborer. That was enumerated the 17th Day of June 1880. He was possibly a victim of consumption or diseases like diphtheria or thyphoid fever, which were so prevalent among young people in that time.

5. SUSAN KONZ born 26 Jul 1859 Machtum, Grevenmacher, Luxembourg and died 29 Nov 1946 Alton, IA. Obit Source: Alton Democrat (12-5-1946) Born: July 28, 1859 Died: 1946
MRS. FERDINAND MOUSEL--- PIONEER SETTLER OF ALTON PASSES--- CAME BY COVERED WAGON AND OX TEAM IN 1870. Mrs. Susan Hnsen Mousel nee Susan Konz, the last survivor of a group of 42 pioneers who came to this vicinity by covered wagon in 1870, passed on at St. Bernard’s Hospital in Council Bluffs at four o’clock Friday afternoon following a brief illness. She was 87 years, 4 months and 5 days of age. Mrs. Mousel was born in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, Europe July 26, 1859, and came to this country with her parents in 1865. The family settled in Jackson County, Iowa where they lived for five years. In the spring of 1870 at the age of 11 she accompanied her parents to Sioux County to make a home on the prairie, the party traveling to the southeastern part of the county by covered wagon and teams of oxen. February 18, 1879 Miss Konz was married to Peter Hansen whose family came in the same caravan. The wedding took place in a small Catholic Church in Hospers. Father Meis of Le Mars driving there from Le Mars to perform the ceremony. After their marriage the couple located on a farm three miles east of Alton where they lived until they moved to Alton 13 years before Mr. Hansen’s death in October, 1928. September 9, she was married to Ferdinand Mousel and resided at Alton until his death. Mrs. Hansen was the devoted mother of 14 children, of whom 11 survive, residing in this vicinity and at Dell Rapids, South Dakota. They are Frances (Mrs. John Klein), Nicholas, John, Leo, Mike, Anna (Mrs. Guckenberger), Peter J., Bernard, George, Mathilda (Mrs. Schuver) and Clara (Mrs. Victor Schneider). She was preceded in death by her husband and 3 children: Mathew, 13, Helen, in infancy and Odilo who died in the service of his country in World War I. She was a Gold Star Mother of this war. Also surviving are 63 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Mousel was a charter member of the Rosary Society of St. Mary’s Church and long active in church and community work. Her passing closes the notable career of perhaps the last of the pioneer mothers in the county, for as far as we know she was the earliest living pioneer settler, most of the pioneers having come a year or two later. Funeral services were held Monday morning in charge of Very Reverend Neppel, with interment in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Six grandsons were pallbearers. Many long time friends from neighboring towns were present besides those from Anton.

 6. JOHN PETER KONZ born 7 Jul 1861 Machtum, Grevenacher, Luxembourg and died 11 Dec 1938 Granville Iowa. Source: Alton Democrat (12-23-1938) Born: July 7, 1861 Died: December 10, 1938 JOHN KONZ, PIONEER SETTLER, PASSES ON John Konz, pioneer resident of Granville died at his home Saturday, December 10th. He had been in poor health for a year following a stroke. Mr. Konz was born in Luxemburg, July 7, 1861 and came to the United States with his parents at the age of four years. His parents, Mathias and Margareth (Everling) Konz , were one of the eighteen families that traveled three weeks in a caravan of covered wagons drawn by oxen to reach Sioux County, where they established homes in May 1870. Mr. Konz was married in 1880 to Anna Traelvaler, who died in June 1890. On January 20th, 1901 he married Celia Plathe of Granville. Eleven children were born to the union. Surviving are his wife and ten children: Mrs. Cornelius Wolf (Anna); Mrs. Joe Holten (Rose); Mrs. Lloyd Krieze (Martha) of Remsen; Mrs. Pat Their (Elizabeth) of Sleepy Eye, Minnesota; Peter, Bernard, Sylvester, Robert and Raymond, all at home. Albert died five years at the age of ten years. He is also survived by two sisters, Mrs. Susan Hansen of Alton and Mrs. Andy Noethe of Sutherland, one brother, Nic Konz and ten grandchildren. Funeral services were held at St. Joseph’s Church Tuesday, the Reverend Gerleman officiating. Pallbearers were Peter Klein, Felix Streff, William Rohlke, Nic Haupert, Severt Raveling, Ray Pertz. Family history from the Granville St. Joseph’s Church Book pg.129. He married Cecilia Plathe on Janary 29, 1900 Cecilia was born Apr 30, 1880 at New Vienna, IA. John died on Dec 11, 1938 and Cecilia died Mar 2, 1963 at Granville. Eleven children were born: Anna born Aug 7, 1901, Mrs. Cornelius Wolf; Peter was born Feb 22, 1903 Granville married Callista Schiltz; Rose born Apr 4, 1905 married Joseph Holton; Martha was born Feb 18, 1907 married Lloyd Kriege; Elisabeth was born Feb 26, 1909 married Patrick Thier; Bernard was born Mar 22, 1911 and married Mary Wilhelmi; George was born Jul 25, 1911 and married Mary Gasper; Sylvester was born oct 26, 1916 and died Nov 15, 1957 Granville; Robert was born Apr 6, 1921 and married Dorothy Delperdang; and Raymond was born Feb 23, 1924 and married Monica Bode;

7. INFANT KONZ born 1861-1862 died Machtum, Luxembourg

CHILDREN of Mathias Konz and Susanna Hess Note in the family history from the Alton St. Mary’s church book it stated – The first Mrs. Konz passed away in 1863, and a little more than a year later, Mr. Konz married Susan Hess.

8. INFANT KONZ born and died about 1864 or 1865. Mathias Konz’s obit indicates that an infant born and died after marriage to Susan Hess in Luxembourg before coming to the USA.

9. JAMES PETER KONZ born 28 Dec 1866 St. Donatus, Jackson, IA and died 31 Aug 1913 Alton IA. Find a Grave list John P. Konz born 1866 died 1913 buried St. Mary’s Cemetery Alton IA John P. married Anna Noethe, children – Gertrude Louisa Arens, Mildred Mousel, John J. Kontz, Jacob M. Kontz, Albert Michael Kontz, Julius Andrew Kontz, Leo H. Kontz and Lillian Wolf.

10. NICHOLAS KONZ born 2 Feb 1868 St. Donatus, Jackson, IA and died 24 feb 1946 Granville, IA. Family report taken from Granville St. Joseph’s Church book page 130. Nicholas Konz was born Feb 2, 1868 at St. Donatus Iowa. He married Mary Plathe on Jan 19, 1897. Nicholas died on Feb 24, 1946 at Granville, Iowa. Mary was born Feb 21, 1878 at New Vienna, Iowa and died Mar 5, 1966 at Granville. There were seven children born to them. Emma born 4, 1899 married Bernard Minten; Aloysius born May 2, 1901 died Sep 8, 1972 Granville; Hilary born May 20, 1901 married Olga Minten; Lawrence born Mar 31, 1905 died Nov 9, 1922 Granville; Mary and Martha twins born and died July 23, 1907 at Alton; Regina born July 9, 1908 and died Feb 3, 1971 Granville,
Nicholas and Mary Konz lived on the farm all of their lives first at Alton and then later at Granville.

11. PETER M. KONZ born Feb 1870 St. Donatus, Jackson, IA and died 4 Jul 1938 Elkton, Clay, MN Find a Grave lists Peter Kontz born 1870 died 4 Jul 1838 Drammen, Lincoln, MN wife Mary Ann Noethe Kontz 1874-1961, Children Liliian, 1892-1893, Clara 1893-1935, Louis 1895-1908, Carl John 1897-1976, Edward 1899-1930, Arnold 1901-1982, Raymond 1903-1997, Barbara 1905-1975, Clarence 1908-2003, Arthur 1910-1986.

12. JUSTINE SUSAN KONZ born 15 Dec 1873 Alton Iowa died 16 Sep 1945 Sutherland, O’Brien Co. Iowa. Husband Andrew Henry Noethe 1868-1961, children John Joseph 1891-1971, Mathias 1894-1984, Lorene 1898-1977, Viola 1900-1984, Ida 1901-1991, Lewis 1903-1983.

OBITUARY OF MATH KONZ Alton Democrat of Dec 1, 1906 At his home in Alton Monday morning at about eleven o'clock occurred the death of Math Kouz, For a number of years he had not been a well man but only a few weeks ago he took to his bed with his final sickness, Deceased was born in Machtum Luxemburg in the year 1822. He was married in Machtum in 1846 to Miss Margaret Everling.To them six children were born in the old country. They are Mrs John Noethe of Alton, Mrs. St. John of LeMars, Peter Kouz of Alton, Matt Konz who died in I880, Mrs. Peter Hansen of Alton, John Konz of Granville.
Mrs. Konz passed to her reward in 1863 and a little more than a year later Mr. Konz married Miss Susan Hess who survives him. To them was born one child in the old country which died. In 1866 the family came to America. Of Mr. Konz union with his second wife there were born five children. The living ones are James and Nicholas and Peter all of Alton and Mrs. Andrew Noethe of Sutherland. One child of the five died in infancy. The family first settled in Jackson county Iowa and in 1870 came to Sioux county here they have since lived. They homesteaded the quarter section now occupied by Peter M. Konz southeast of Alton four miles. Here they lived until some years ago when the parents came to town to spend their declining days.
Deceased was a kind husband and indulgent father and leaves a family of stalwart men and true women whose presence at his bedside might well fill his last hours with joy. The funeral was held Wednesday from St. Mary's church. Persons in attendance from out of the county were John Reiter of Sioux Falls and the following from LeMars : C D . Hoffman, Herman Groethen, Nic Tritz, Mrs. Engeldinger and Mrs. Frank Hansen.

OBITUARY of SUSAN MRS. MATH KONZ Source Alton Democrat of Jan 17, 1920 The obit in the digital article is of very poor quality. An attempt was made to decipher it.
Pioneer Settler Passes away - Grandmother Konz an old and respected lady of this community passed away on Monday evening at the home of her daughter. Mrs. A. Noethe, near Sutherland IA. She was 87 years and 8 months old at the time of her death and had been suffering from infirmities due to old age the past few months. Susan Hess was born in Luxemburg Europe in 1832. In 1864 she was united in marriage to Math Konz in her native country. Two years later they came to this country and settle in St. Donatus IA. In May 1870 they with many others came to Sioux County IA Many of these old pioneers preceded her to the grave, among them her husband who died Nov 26, 1906. Grandmother Konz was a staunch Catholic and a devout member of St. Mary’s church for nearly fifty years. Funeral services were held at St. Mary’s church on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m at….. the rest of the article...caught a few words..she is mourned by twenty eight grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. The children are further named but illegible.

This picture of Mathias Konz was taken from a public member tree on ancesty.com.


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