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The missing girl in your list of children of Joseph Heitz is Martha Grace Heitz (#17 below.)


Joseph Heitz and Gregor Heitz, about three years apart in age, born in Baden, now a part of Germany, were both bakers and neighbors in Rome, New York, in 1860 and moved to Oshkosh, Wisconsin, around 1867. By 1892 Gregor was in Klickitat County, Washington, where one of Joseph's daughters was living with her husband and family. Joseph and Gregor may have been brothers, but documentary proof has thus far not come to light.


1. JOSEPH HEITZ was born in March of 1826 in the Grand Duchy of Baden and died 21 Feb 1909 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Records of the Catholic church in Appenweier, a village30 miles southwest of Baden-Baden, show that on 7 Jun 1849 one Joseph Heitz, age 23, a shoemaker, married Euphemia Mueller, age 27, of the village of Ebersweier. Joseph was the son of Andreas Heitz, a farmer of Appenweier, and his wife, Maria Anna Benz or Lenz. Euphemia was the daughter of Joseph Mueller and his wife Marianna Lauer or Bauer. They were both from the village of Steinbrunn.

Joseph came to America in this same year of 1849, according to the 1900 census. He may have come over alone and worked to save money to pay for his wife's passage. In 1850 "Josp. Hyatt", a 25-year-old baker from Germany, was boarding with a family in New York City. He may have moved to Rome, New York, by 1860. That year we find Joseph "Hites", 34, occupation baker, with "Bina", age 27, and children Amelia, Charley, Henrietta and Joseph at Rome. In 1870 their surname is entered as "Haite" and in 1880 "Heitz".

If Euphemia Mueller's age in 1849 was correct at 27, she was born around 1822. If 17 was her correct age, she would have been born around 1832. Bina's year of birth, if her age is correctly listed in 1860, would have been around 1833. On the transcribed death record of Joseph's daughter Amelia (Heitz) Yeackel, her mother's name is entered as Rubena Altsfelt. Amelia's sister Elisabeth's transcribed marriage record shows her mother as Jacobina Miller.

Censuses are notorious for recording surnames and ages incorrectly and for taking down individuals' first names on some censuses and middle names on others. In order to determine who the mothers of Joseph's children were, it needs to be learned whether or not, despite name and seeming age differences, Euphemia Mueller, Rubena Altsfelt, Jacobina Miller and Mrs. Bina Heitz were one person or more than one, and if more than one, when he married them.

Page 21 of "Proceedings of the Board of Supervisors of the County of Oneida, New York", shows that in 1866 Joseph's children at that time - Amelia, Charles, Henrietta, Joseph, Elisabeth and Theresa - were being supported temporarily by the Oneida County Superintendent of the Poor. They were admitted to the Utica Orphan Asylum on 20 Oct 1866 and dismissed on the day before Christmas, 24 Dec 1866.

This suggests Joseph's wife, Bina, had died and that for a short period Joseph was not in a position to give them the care they needed. It is highly likely that 1866 or early 1867 was the time of Joseph's marriage in Rome to Ellen Butler (1838-1910). Later known as Helen, she was reported in her obituary to have been born to John and Margaret (McCune) Butler in County Westmeath, Ireland, on May 25, 1838, to have come to the U.S. as a child and lived at Rome until she married Joseph Heitz. They came to Oshkosh, Wisconsin, in 1867.

At that time Joseph was the father of six children. Ellen would present him with three more: Martha Grace, Balthasar (Robert) and Susan.

Starting out in Oshkosh, Joseph was a baker, as he had been in Rome. By 1880 he had become a butcher, and this led him into cattle dealing, which earned him a good reputation throughout Winnebago County. At his death in 1909 at the age of 83, he was well known as "The Old Cattle Buyer".

He died on Sunday, February 21, 1909, after suffering for five months from gangrene of the foot, the result of a plank falling on it. His funeral took place from St. Mary's Church in Oshkosh and he was buried in Riverside Cemetery there.

He was survived by his wife, Helen, six daughters and three sons, 24 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

After Joseph died, Helen said that she had had a dream, and in it she had promised him that she would be with him before a year had passed.

In early December, 1909, Helen went to visit her daughter Grace, Mrs. Harry Brenneck, at her home in Waterloo, Iowa. There, on January 13, she suffered a paralytic stroke and died a month later, on Sunday morning, February 13, 1910. Her remains were returned to Oshkosh, where her funeral was held on Tuesday, February 15, in St. Mary's Church. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery.

NOTE: In the DESCENDANT NUMBERING SYSTEM used below, the first digit stands for Joseph. The second digit represents one of his children, in order of birth. A third digit indicates a grandchild of Joseph. Number 143 would mean the 3rd child of the 4th child of Joseph, No. 1.

Children of Joseph Heitz:

11. Amelia YEACKEL
12. Charles Heitz
13. Henrietta KITZ
14. Joseph Heitz
15. Elisabeth WEIRICH
18. Balthasar "Robert" Heitz

11 AMELIA HEITZ. Posted obituary states Amelia was born in Rochester NY on 4 Jun 1854. She died at her home in Goldendale WA 21 Dec 1919 and was buried in Centerville Cem, Centerville WA. Married in Swift Co MN 30 Mar 1872 Conrad B. Yeackel, b 3 Jul 1850 Petersburg, Ontario, Canada, d The Dalles OR 28 Jun 1921.

111 Henry Yeackel, b Jan 1873 MN, d 18 Oct 1952, bur Odd Fellows Cem, The Dalles OR

112 Emma Yeackel, b Apr 1874, d 1943, bur Centerville Cem, m Jacob CROCKER

113 Charles T. Yeackel, b 5 May 1876 MN, d 12 Apr 1950; m 27 Jun 1900 Anna Kaidera, b Klickitat Co WA 20 Sep 1879, d 7 Jun 1947, both bur Centerville Cem. Cowboy, rancher, sheep farmer.

114 Conrad Yeackel, b ca 1879

115 Elizabeth Yeackel, 13 Oct 1880 WA, d 20 Apr 1931, m Frank MARQUISS b 3 Jun 1876, d 15 Aug 1917, both bur Centerville Cem.

116 Frederick Yeackel, b 13 Oct 1882, d 4 Nov 1957, bur Centerville Cem; m Iva M. Childers, b 20 Aug 1887, d Nov 1973.

117 Joseph Yeackel, b 12 Jan 1885, d 23 Feb 1963, bur Centerville Cem.

118 Nellie Yeackel, b 5 Oct 1886, d 1 Jul 1945, bur Odd Fellows Cem, Goldendale WA, m Goldendale 22 Aug 1909 Frederick M. Nesbitt.

119 Mabel Kate Yeackel, b 19 Oct 1891, d 31 Mar 1976, m Benjamin F. Allen

12 CHARLES "CHARLEY" HEITZ, b NY probably Mar 1856, d 1 May 1912 Goldendale WA, bur Centerville WA. Single. Worked on the ranch of his sister and brother-in-law, Amelia and Conrad Yeackel.


13 HENRIETTA HEITZ, b NY 18 Apr 1858, d Christmas morning,25 Dec 1936 Oshkosh; m at Oshkosh 26 Nov 1878 Henry Kitz, b ca 1857, d 23 May 1920.

131 Elizabeth Kitz, b ca 1880, possibly in October, d 7 Mar 1957 Oshkosh; m Oshkosh 20 Apr 1909 George Martin Haverty, b 8 Apr 1878, d 19 Sep 1936 Oshkosh, bur Riverside Cem. Appears as Lillian or Lillie in her parents' household in the 1900 and 1905 censuses.

132 Susan Marie Kitz, b 6 Aug 1882, d 20 Jan 1972 Oshkosh; m 14 Jul 1909 Clifford J. Crowell, b Oshkosh 4 Aug 1885, d Oshkosh 18 Feb 1967. Clifford was a brother of Lester Crowell, who married Susan's cousin Lottie Lichtenberger.

133 Robert Frank Kitz, b 11 Oct 1884, d 25 Nov 1953 Oshkosh, bur Riverside Cem; m/1 ca 1908 Bertha Juedes; m/2 Oshkosh 30 Jun 1923 Della (Ringling) Schanrock.

134 Sylvia Helena Kitz, b 1 Nov 1887, d Oshkosh 11 Apr 1961; m William F. Killian.

135 Catherine T. Kitz, b 7 Jun 1890 Oshkosh. Transcribed Winnebago death record says "Dassie", born in 1890, daughter of Henry Kitz, d Oshkosh 19 Apr 1894. Possibly this girl's name was "Cassie", a nickname for Catherine.

14 JOSEPH HEITZ, JR., b Rome NY in Sep 1861, according to 1900 census, but a Joseph appears in his father's household as 10 months old on the census dated 23 Jun 1860; d 1944; m March 21st at Oshkosh Mary Strachan, b Oshkosh 20 Aug 1879, d 3 Oct 1965 Green Bay WI. Captain of Combination and Chemical Company No. 7 of the Oshkosh Fire Department.

141 Jeanette Heitz, b 27 Feb 1898, d Feb 1986, m 12 Sep 1921 Reuben M. Ostertag, St. Louis MO

142 Joseph Heitz, b 21 Mar 1901 (per transcribed birth record) or 16 Apr 1901 Oshkosh, d 1 Jul 1983 Fond du Lac WI; m Oshkosh 22 Apr 1922 Eileen G. Schmid, b Oshkosh 27 Sep 1901, d 15 Apr 1997 Fond du Lac, b Riverside Cem, Oshkosh.

143 Henrietta Heitz, b 22 Feb 1906, m Daniel Johnston

144 Ethel Mae Heitz, b 28 Oct 1910, d 27 Mar 1973 Oklahoma City OK; m 26 Sep 1929 Gordon W. Schneider. Both bur Resurrection Memorial Cem, Oklahoma City. Gordon worked for the Ostertag Optical Co.

145 Verna P. Heitz, b ca 1912; m William Messerchmidt. Green Bay WI.

146 Dorothy Heitz, b ca 1918, m Arden Gauger

147 Mary Jean Heitz, b ca 1920, m George Grotelueschen

15 ELISABETH HEITZ, b 4 Mar 1862 Rome NY, d 30 Nov 1942 Sacramento CA, m Oshkosh WI 12 Jun 1883 Adam WEIRICH. Her marriage record (transcribed) gives her parents' names as Joseph Heitz and Jacobina Miller. The 1900 census said Elisabeth was the mother of five children, three living.

151 Henry Weirich, b 1883 or 1884, d 14 Jul 1891 at age 7, according to Trinity Episcopal Church burial records; buried Riverside Cem. In the Oshkosh Daily Northwestern of 15 Jul 1891 Mr and Mrs. Adam Weirich expressed appreciation to the Sisters of Charity for their kindness after the loss of their son.

152 A son of Adam Weirich died of lung fever on 1 Jul 1888 at age three.

153 Edgar Frank Weirich/Wirig, b 16 Jan 1887 Oshkosh WI, d 8 Sep 1961 Milwaukee WI, m Milwaukee 19 Aug 1908 Anna Kreilkamp; m/2 Salome.

154 Helen V. Weirich, b 5 Feb 1894 Winnebago Co WI, m Clyde Elliott.

155 Cora M. Weirich, b 31 Jan 1896 Oshkosh, d 13 Jun 1963 Los Angeles Co CA; m Henry H. SCHIMMING. Both bur Union Cem, Jefferson, Jefferson Co WI.

16 THERESA HEITZ, b Aug 1863 NY, d Jan 1948; m ca 1883 Adolph "Adam" Lichtenberger, b 20 Jul 1856, d 18 Jan 1911 Oshkosh, bur Riverside.

161 Charlotte Grace "Lottie" Lichtenberger, b 9 Sep 1884 Oshkosh, d 14 Sep 1965 Mason City IA; m 27 Jun 1914 Lester M. CROWELL, b 6 Dec 1879, d 1 Jul 1971 Mason City, both bur Memorial Park Cem, Mason City.

162 ELIZABETH M. "BESSIE" LICHTENBERGER, b 8 Dec 1885 Oshkosh, m 27 or 30 Jul 1910 George SCHERCK.

163 ADA BELL LICHTENBERGER, b 2 Dec 1887 Oshkosh, d 16 Apr 1891 Oshkosh of membranous croup.

164 FLORENCE B. LICHTENBERGER, b 16 Jun 1891 Oshkosh, d May 1916, bur Riverside Cem, Oshkosh; m Oshkosh Sep 1914 Vernon P. Van Slyke; Taught school two years in Campbellsport before marriage.

165 MYRNA RUTH LICHTENBERGER, b 28 Mar 1895 Oshkosh, d Feb 1978 Milwaukee WI; m at Waterloo IA 25 Jan 1920 Louis D. McCUDDEN.

166 ARTHUR CARL LICHTENBERGER, b 8 Jan 1900 Oshkosh, d 3 Sep 1968 VT; m Florence E. Tate. Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church in the U.S. 1958-1964.

17 MARTHA GRACE HEITZ, b Aug 1870 Oshkosh WI, d 29 Jan 1917 San Antonio TX; m Milwaukee WI 31 Jul 1892 Abraham WESTVEER, b 4 Apr 1870 Holland MI, d 15 Oct 1907 Waterloo IA; m/2 Oshkosh WI 8 Nov 1908 Harry H. BRENNECK. Westveer and Brenneck had been partners in a pharmacy at Waterloo.

171 A child WESTVEER died in infancy.

18 BALTHASAR "BALZER" "BOLLY" or ROBERT HEITZ, b Sep 1871 Chicago IL, d 22 Sep 1930 Duluth MN, bur Duluth. Laborer, apparently unmarried. Born Balthasar, died as Robert.


19 SUSAN MARGARET "SUSIE" HEITZ, b 14 Mar 1873, d 16 Aug 1955 Duluth MN; m/1 Reinhold M. GERTH, b Apr 1877 Germany, d 9 Jun 1901 Oshkosh, m/2 by 1910 George John SHATTO.

191 HERBERT RAYMOND GERTH, b 30 Aug 1900 Oshkosh, d Aug 1967 Duluth MN.


2 Gregor Heitz, b in March of 1827 or 1829 in Baden, d 22 Mar 1898, bur Centerville Cem, Klickitat Co WA; m Rome NY 12 Sep 1859 Caroline Susan Oldfield, b ca 1841, d 9 Sep 1925 OR, bur Multnomah Park Cem, Portland OR.

Gregor "Hites" is listed on the same page of the 1860 census as Joseph "Hites" in Rome, Oneida County, New York. Both were bakers there and again around 1867 when they moved to Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Exactly when Gregor took his family from Wisconsin to Washington is not known, but it may have been around 1888. Their last child was born in Wisconsin in December of 1883. The 1892 Washington state census roll lists Gregor and Caroline in Klickitat County immediately following the family of Conrad Yeackel, who married Joseph Heitz' daughter Amelia and came to the county in 1877. Gregor's oldest daughter, Susan Amelia (Heitz) Walther, and her husband came to the Centerville area in 1888, and his son Gregor Joseph Heitz appears there in the state census of 1889. None of the older Gregor's living children remained in Wisconsin.

Children of Gregor and Caroline (Oldfield) Heitz:

21 John Gregor Heitz
22 Susan Amelia WALTHER
23 Gregor Joseph Heitz
24 Aloisia "Louise" SPEICHINGER
25 Tiney Elizabeth Heitz
26 Tiney Ann TAPP
27 Adelaide MILLER
28 George Henry Heitz

21 JOHN GREGOR HEITZ, b 27 Nov 1861


22 SUSAN AMELIA HEITZ, b Jul 1864 NY, d 29 Nov 1922 Wasco Co OR, m Winnebago Co WI 11 Sep 1883 William E. WALTHER.

221 Harry Ernest Walther, b 28 Apr 1888 Oshkosh WI, d 8 Apr 1958 Wasco Co OR. Garage manager at The Dalles in 1940. Wife Bessie.

222 May Walther, b 22 Oct 1890, d Feb 1970 Boise ID; m/1 Wasco Co OR 20 Jan 1912 Henry Hand Robert, b 8 Sep 1882, d 1 Sep 1917 Vancouver Barracks WA. Maj. Robert was a 1904 West Point graduate. When he and May were married he was a captain with the Army Corps of Engineers "in local charge of the construction of the Dalles-Celilo Canal and the improvement of the Columbia River channel at Three-Mile Rapids". May m/2 ca 1930 Edward Garrett Harlan, b 1 May 1889 Marion, Iowa, d Apr 1972 Boise. Harlan was assistant manager of the Chamber of Commerce at Portland OR in 1940 and manager of the Boise ID Chamber of Commerce in 1945. May and Edward are buried in Dry Creek Cem, Boise.

223 Gertrude Susan Walther, b 13 Sep 1893, d 29 Aug 1961 Los Angeles Co CA. Appears to have married first a Mr. Sanderson, and later Louis L. Worski, b 10 Apr 1894 Budapest, Hungary, d 24 Sep 1971 Los Angeles Co CA.

23 GREGOR JOSEPH HEITZ, b 1867 NY, d 16 Jul 1954 Tacoma, bur Oakwood Hill Cem, Tacoma; m 16 May 1909 Hattie Viola Thompson, b 9 Feb 1883, d 2 Sep 1960 Tacoma. Lived at Centerville, Spokane, Seattle and Tacoma. Made trunks, as had his brother-in-law William Walther in Oshkosh and Oregon and, possibly coincidentally, Robert F. Kitz (Desc. No. 133) in Oshkosh, a grandson of Joseph Heitz. Gregor J. Heitz had four sons and two daughters.


24 ALOISIA "LOUISE" HEITZ, b May 1869 WI, d 15 Mar 1951 Portland, m Michael Speichinger, b 1870, d 3 Jul 1935 The Dalles OR. Louise is found recorded as Alleusia, Allawisa, Allousia, and Alouisa.

241 Florence Speichinger, b May 1894, d Nov 1975 Goldendale WA; m Don Bridgefarmer

242 Appolonia Isabell "Lona" Speichinger, b 2 Dec 1896, d 5 Feb 1989 Multnomah Co OR; m Benjamin Harrison "Ben" Gabel, b 16 Nov 1889 The Dalles OR, d 20 Aug 1958.

243 Christina Speichinger, b 10 Aug 1901. Christena Monica Speichinger Allen, b 10 Aug 1901, filled out a delayed birth certificate with the Oregon Health Department, date not stated.

244 Cecelia Speichinger, b ca 1905

245 Harold Frederick Speichinger, b 15 Dec 1910, d 24 Sep 1991 Clackamas OR

25 Tiney Elizabeth Heitz, b 15 May 1872


26 Tiney Ann Heitz, b 16 Oct 1874 WI, d 22 Nov 1930 Portland OR, m Vincent B. Tapp (1867-1941).

261 Robert George Tapp, b 22 Feb 1893 Wapinitia OR

262 Vincent Gregor Tapp, b 2 Jan 1895, d 27 May 1967 Portland OR; m Golda Vinson

263 Winifred Jane Tapp, b 8 Mar 1897, m Sidney H. Wilson

264 Hallie Archie Tapp, b 22 May 1899, m Deborah, lived Los Angeles CA 1940.

265 Sophia A. Tapp, b ca 1904, m Byron W. Thomas, 1900-1976. Living in The Dalles OR 1940.

266 John H. Tapp, b ca 1906 OR. One John H. Tapp, b 1905 OR, married Helen Knapp and died in Seattle WA on 17 Dec 1993.

267 Angela Caroline Tapp, b 5 Oct 1908, d 17 Jul 2001; m Clark Co WA 29 Sep 1930 Fred Nordstrom.

27 Adelaide Heitz, b 10 Aug 1879 WI, d 1 Jul 1898; m at Goldendale 11 Feb 1896 Eli F. Miller, 1873-1924, both bur IOOF Cem, Goldendale.

28 George Henry Heitz, b 19 Dec 1883 WI, d 19 Jan 1957 Longview WA; m Wasco Co OR 19 Jan 1916 Sarah Elizabeth Boen, d 14 Jan 1974 Longview WA. Two sons and two daughters.

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