Katharina Julia Stahler, the sister of my great-grandmother Clara M. Stahler Tillotson, was the daughter of Jacob Stahler and Catharine Turk. Katharina Julia was born May 22, 1845 in Friedhofen nerz, Nassau, Prussia. She immigrated to the United States with her parents in 1846.
Katharina Julia Stahler married Mathias Josef Theisen (pronounced "tie-sun") on February 16, 1863 in St. Michaels, Wisconsin. Father John Reindl performed the marriage ceremony. Johannes Beudel and Nicolaus Theusch acted as witnesses. Mathias was born in Strohn, Prussia on February 19, 1835. Mathias immigrated to the United States via the port of New York in June, 1854. He was naturalized on March 25, 1862 in Washington County, Wisconsin.
Katharina Stahler and Mathias Theisen had at least ten children.
Jacob Theisen was born December 8, 1863 and died September 21, 1948. He married Caroline T. Strahl. They had at least six children.
Walter Theisen was born in 1893.
Andrew Theisen was born in 1895.
Andrew Theisen riding his motorcycle.
The passenger is probably one of his brothers.
John A. Theisen was born in 1896.
Julia Evangeline Theisen was born in 1897. She married William Arthur Schmidt. William was born August 22, 1890 in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois to Edward W. Schmidt and Catherine Borie. Julia and William had six children. William died in December 1969. Julia died in December 1970.
Irene Elizabeth Theisen was born January 23,1899. She married Matthew M. Schmit. They had four children.
Mathew M. Schmit died in 1968. Irene Theisen Schmit died December 9, 1991.
Wedding photo of Irene E. Theisen and Matthew M. Schmit.
Wedding photo of Irene E. Theisen.
Irene E. Theisen.
Aloysius Theisen was born in 1903.
Jacob appears as a witness for the delayed birth certificate of his cousin, my grandmother Eva Josephine Tillotson. Eva was the daughter of Katharina's sister Clara M, Stahler and James Francis Tillotson.
Caroline Strahl Theisen on the left.
Jacob Theisen on the right.
Irene Theisen Schmit and five children appear in between.
Theresa Theisen was born June 18, 1866. She probably died young.
John Theisen was born in June, 1868. He probably died young.
Christina Theisen was born October 19, 1870. She died December 18, 1926.
Nicholas Theisen was born May 27, 1873. He died March 2, 1944.
Mathias J. Theisen was born December 19, 1877. He died September 11, 1941.
John Joseph Theisen was born May 12, 1880. He died June 16, 1929.
Elizabeth Theisen was born July 7, 1882. She married Joseph Roskopf. See their page for more details.
Mike Theisen was born December 11, 1884. He died January 28, 1967.
Frank Theisen was born April 4, 1888 and died March 17, 1958.
There may have been one other child who died young.
Mathias was drafted into Civil War service on January 27, 1865. He was discharged on July 18, 1865. Mathias was a farmer.
In 1901 Mathias sold most of his property to his son Math J. Theisen. Mathias Josef Theisen died February 18, 1908. Katharina Julia Stahler Theisen died December 5, 1920 at the home of her son Math J. Theisen. Katharina is buried in St. Michaels Cemetery in St. Michaels, Wisconsin.
My thanks to Bob Theisen and Marie Roskopf Webber for information about Katharina Stahler Theisen.
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