IAGenWeb Project - Clayton co.
updated 02/12/2013


Thein Family Album


Jacob and Margaret Eva Stack Thein
Jacob and Margaret Eva Stack Thein


Jacob and Margaret Eva Stack Thein
Jacob and Margaret Eva Stack Thein
This photo is from the original 16 x 20, from Betty Thein Smith of Waterloo, IA

Jacob was born abt 1812 and Margaret was born abt 1809; both in Bavaria,Germany. They came to America by way of New York in 1839 with sons Peter and Adam. Another son, Michael was born aboard the ship on Sept. 29,1839. They went to Ohio for 7 years where their son Henry was born in 1843. They removed to Wisconsin for 4 years, where only daughter Josephine was born in 1850. They removed to Iowa where son Joseph  was born in 1854. They were farmers in Volga twp. Margaret died April 29, 1895 & Jacob died on January 16,1897 in Elkport, Volga twp., Clayton Co. Iowa.

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Their Children


Peter F. Thein 1896
Peter Francis Thein, 1896

Annie Marie Adams Thein
Annie Marie Adams Thein
2nd wife of Peter F. Thein


Peter Francis Thein was born June 1,1836 in Bavaria, Germany to Jacob and Margaret Stack Thein and died in Carroll, Iowa on November 21,1901. He is buried near Carroll, Iowa . He married Julia McDonald on 03/05/1867 in Volga twp Clayton Co. Julia was born on January 14,1833 in Scotland. She is buried in the Municipal Cemetery, Carroll, IA.

Peter & Julia were the parents of:
1.Maria Josephine, born 05/01/1868

2.Adam John, born 09/27,1869 & died 12/24/1926 Soda Lake District Fallon, Nevada. Had a sister residing in Calexico,CA. Adam married Mary A. (unknown) in 1903 at Seattle,WA. Mary was from Fort Atkinson, IA

3.Peter Ansulem, born 10/29/1871 & died 1912 Carroll co. IA, age 41. He married Anna Stangl (9/25/1904- 5/19/1978). Peter is buried Catholic Cemetery at Templeton, Carroll co. IA

4.Margaretha, born 1874 Clayton Co. IA. That same year her parents moved to Carroll, IA.

Peter Francis Thein married second Annie Marie Adams. They were the parents of 4, all born in Carroll co. IA:
1. Roy Edward Herbert (7/21/1893-3/26/1940 El Reno OK) Cause of death had teeth pulled, gangrene set in and he choked to death. Buried El Reno Cemetery, OK. Father of 7 children

2. Raymond  A. (Aug.1896- 9/26/1918) Killed in World War I in France & Mihiel cemetery, France. Private, Co C 358th Inf.

3. Russell J., born April 1898 & died at a young age in Caddo Co., OK. Accidently killed in a gun accident by his brother Raymond when frog hunting (told to me by a son of Felix Thein).

4. Felix Edgar born August 03,1901 & died Nov. 22, 1978 in Kerman, CA . Burial El Reno Cemetery, El Reno OK. Father of 8 children.


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Adam F. Thein was the second 
child of Jacob and Margaret Stack Thein. He was born 1839 in Bavaria, Germany and died November 01, 1864 while a prisoner of war in Andersonville Prison, Andersonville, Georgia .

He enlisted in the Civil War on May 22,1861 at the age of 21. Residence was listed as Volga City, IA. He enlisted in Company C, 3rd Infantry Regiment Iowa on 08 June 1861.


Adam F. Thein
Adam F. Thein


Adam was wounded severely in the knee on April 6, 1862 at Shiloh, TN

He re-enlisted in Company C, 3rd Infantry Regiment Iowa on February 2, 1864 and was taken POW on February 27, 1864 at Canton, MS.

He transferred on July 8, 1864 from company C to company B.

His brothers Peter and Michael also were in the Civil War.

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Michael William Thein was born on September 29, 1839 off New York, Atlantic ocean & died August 11, 1917 in Garnavillo, IA. He married Katharina Berks on June 12,1875. Katharina was born June 15, 1858 in Prussia & died on August 10, 1951 in Atlantic, Cass co. Iowa. Both are buried in City Cemetery, Garnavillo. Michael was 36 & Katharina was 17 when they got married and they raised 12 children. Remarkable! Katharina was the last widow of a Civil War Veteran to die.

Katharina Berks was the daughter of John Berks, born 1806 & Sophia Schornagel, b. 1817 in Prussia. The Berks family came to America in 1867 & established a pioneer farm near Elkport, Clayton Co. Berks children as given in the 1916 Clayton Co. History: 1. Anton Berks (Kossuth, Co.) 2.Henry Berks (deceased) 3.Gerhardt Berks (Wesley, Kossuth Co.) 4. Katharina Berks Thein 5. Annie Berks (deceased).

Children of Michael & Katharina Thein:
1.Annie Margaret (July 1876 -1960), married 1902 to Peter White. They both taught school. No children
2.Josephine (Jan. 18,1878 -July 2, 1926), married Louis Benschneider June 15,1898. Josephine was a school teacher. They had 3 children.
3.Bertha (Nov. 29 1879 -July 15, 1942), married May 30, 1906 to William Larkin Rutledge. They had 6 children.
4.Katherine (Aug. 27,1881-Dec.17,1965), married Feb. 20,1907 to Henry Ortman. They had 4 children.
5.Garfield Michael (Dec. 1883-Nov.1, 1956), married Aug. 21,1907 to Julia McDonald. They had 4 children. He was a doctor.
6.Charles F. (1886-1887 aged 1 yr 6mo’s 27 day)
7.Richard Henry (1888-1902 aged 13 yrs 6mo’s 14 days)
8. Adelaide (Dec. 07,1890 -June 1967) Single. Was a school teacher.
9. Alice (Aug. 08, 1893 -Oct.7, 1978), married in 1916 to Benjamin Henry Bothmer. Alice was a school teacher. They had 3 children.
10. Ethel Myrtle (May 22,1896 - Aug. 29, 1987), married on Sept.03,1924 to Fred Meder. Ethel was a school teacher. They had two children.
11. Lillian Rose (Mar.22, 1899 -Sept.2, 1985), married in 1939 to: Marvin Tow. He worked on the Lock and Dams when they were built in Guttenberg. No children.
12. Arthur (Aug. 22,1901-June 18,1983), married on May 28,1924 to Irene K. Tuecke. Four sons. boys. Arthur was a farmer in Clayton Co.


Michael Thein - civil war
Michael W. Thein

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Ansulem Henry Thein & Elizabeth Stegner
Ansulem Henry Thein & Elizabeth Stegner


Ansulem Henry Thein was the fourth child of Jacob Thein and Marguerite Stack. He was born (estimate) January 04,1843 in Ohio & died on Feb.18,1918. On Sept. 13,1874 he was married to Elizabeth Stegner (9/14/1854 in Baltimore MD - 7/24/1934 in Clayton Co.), daughter of Michael and Sophia Stegner. Both are buried Catholic cemetery Elkport, Clayton co. IA.

Children of Henry and Elizabeth Stegner Thein:

1. Margaret (June 19, 1875-Dec 1932) Married 11/02/1892 to Alvin Townsend. Alvin passed away and she married John J Dotty. 2 children with Alvin Townsend.
2. Joseph Henry (3/18/1877-12/07/1962) Married 12/17/1907 to Emma Berns. They had 2 children.
3. Jacob Carl (7/20/1879-12/16/1959) Married Reka Benschneider. They had 2 children.
4. Peter J. (8/21/1882-5/12/1951) Married Mar.18,1908  to Grace Helena Andrews. They had 3 children.
5. John Peter (6/25/1886-Oct. 1967) Married Dec.14,1910 to Augusta Anna Marie Hildebrant. They had 4 children.
6. Adam Matthias (4/20/1888-1/13/1990) Married Feb.15,1915 to Lucena A. Zittergruen. They had 3 children.
7. Michael Ansulem (1/18/1981-4/21/1962) Single.
8. Caroline "Carrie" Josephine (7/18/1894-10/23/1915) Single.

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Mathias Rothmeyer & Josephine Thein
Mathias Rothmeyer & Josephine Thein

Josephine Thien married Mathias Rothmeyer and they had 6 children:

1. George (April 05, 1872-May 06, 1955) He married Margaret McGee & they had 3 children.
2. Katherine (January 18, 1875-November 15, 1881) She was in the house while parents were picking corn, a spark lit her dress and she ran outside to put it out but she burned to death.
3. Clara (October 07, 1877-August 12, 1968 in Elkader) She married Bernard Muench & they had 3 children.
4. Charles Rudolph (January 20, 1881 in Iowa-Nov.04, 1963) He married Mary Leonard & they had 5 children.
5. Josephine (September 17, 1886-December 27, 1887) She died of  brain fever.
6. Eleanora Eva (December 19, 1887-July 1981 in Papillion, NE) She married John "Pete" Schram & they had 5 children.

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Joseph L Thein & Wilhelmina Elizabeth Jauert
Joseph L. Thein & Wilhelmina Elizabeth 'Minnie' Jauert

Joseph Lavern Thein
Joseph Lavern Thein

Joseph L. Thein and Wilhelmina Elizabeth Jauert were married May 23,1878. Joseph was born Sept. 5,1854 & died July 20, 1922 in Clayton Co. Both are buried at Mt. Harmony Cemetery, Elk twp. Garber, Clayton Co. He was the fifth child of Jacob Thein and Marguerite Stack. Minnie was born Oct.29, 1860 in Mecklenburg, Germany. She died. Jan.29, 1910 in Clayton Co. She was the first child of 10 born to Christian Jauert and Marie C Possehl, who came from Hamburg, Germany to America on Nov. 4, 1868 on the ship Cambria. She was Jauert’s adopted daughter; her father being Christian Johann Wilhelm Awe of Stubbendorf, Germany. Minnie's Funeral Card

Joseph Thein home
Home where they raised their children.
They were getting ready to build a new home when Minnie got pneumonia and died.

Children of Joseph L. & Minnie Thein:

1. Gertrude Catherine 'Gert' (March 23, 1879-April 21,1928) She married Marshall Hansel.

Gertrude Thein Hansel
Gertrude Thein Hansel

2. Frank Michael (Jan.13, 1881-Aug.26, 1951) He married Bessie Hansel on Jan 14,1903 They were the parents of 4 boys: Dail, Albert, Maynard and Howard. (see also Hansel family album)

Frank Thein & Bessie Hansel
Frank Michael Thein & Bessie Hansel

3. Mathis Martin 'Mark' (Feb.27 1883-July 24,1942) He married Melinda Winch. They had one son, LaVern.

Mark Thein & Melinda Winch
Mark Thein & Melinda Winch

Mark, Melinda & LaVern Thein
Mark, Melinda & LaVern Thein


4. George William (Jan.26, 1885-April 2, 1941) He married Selma Winch.

George W. Thein & Selma Winch
George W. Thein & Selma Winch

George W. Thein
George W. Thein


5. Joseph Rudolph (March 7,1887-Nov.15, 1968) Single.

Joseph R. Thein
Joseph Rudolph Thein

6. Fredrick Benjamin 'Fred' (Jan. 14,1889-May 18,1953). He married Emma Barton.

Fred & Emma (Barton) Thein
Fred & Emma (Barton) Thein

7. Josephine Rebecca 'Beck' (Aug.3,1891-July 12, 1982) She married Ernest Winch.

Ernest Winch & Josephine Rebecca Thein
Ernest Winch & Josephine Rebecca Thein

8. Charles Michael (Jan.13, 1894 -July 25, 1951) He married Rosanna Maser.

Charles M. Thein & Rose Maser
Charles M. Thein & Rose Maser

9. Elsie Mae (Dec.2, 1896-June 14, 1917) Single.

Elsie M. Thein
Elsie M. Thein

10. Peter O. (Jan.1, 1899- Nov.1, 1964) He married Sarilla Pins.

Peter O. Thein & Sarilla Pins
Peter O. Thein & Sarilla Pins

11. Marie Lizzie (April 19,1901-Dec.13, 1991) She married Arthur Jennings. (see also Jennings album)

Arthur Jennings & Marie L. Thein
Arthur Jennings & Marie L. Thein

Marie L. Thein Jennings
Marie L. Thein Jennings


12. Pearl Minnie (June 22, 1904-Dec.30, 1952) She married Theodore Smock.

Pearl Minnie Thein
Pearl Minnie Thein

Pearl M. Thein Smock
Pearl M. Thein Smock

 

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~ the photos and information were contributed by Helen Jennings from her personal photo collection & research
~ if you have any additional information on the daughters of Peter F. Thein, please contact Helen (see surname registry - Thein - for her email address)

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