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Johann "Joannis" Dewald

#16, Johann "Joannis" Dewald, is the son of Mathias Dewald and Magdalena "Helena" Schutz.

Born 4 Oct 1786, probably near Mitlosheim, Germany and died probably after 1862 at Waterville, Waseca Co., MN at the age of about 76. Mitlosheim is located some miles south of Trier and a few miles southeast of Luxembourg, near the French border.

Johann and his family immigrated to America about 1843 and settled at St. John, Lake Co., IN where he bought a farm. In the Spring of 1855, when he was 69, he moved to Waterville, MN with his sons; there is no evidence either way whether his wife accompanied him, or even whether she came to America.

He married, first, Barbara Muller, daughter of Mathias Muller and Maria Anna Glasser,a bout 1812. It is likely that Barbara died at or shortly after the birth of her fifth child in 1821. Children:

  • Maria Anna Dewald.

  • Mathias Dewald.

  • Susanna Dewald

  • Joannes Dewald.

  • Barbara Dewald

    On 7 Jan 1822, he married, as his second wife, Anna Maria Klein, daughter of Mathias Klein and Anna Putz. She was born about 1792 in Beurig, a small village on the outskirts of Saarburg, Germany, a few miles northwest of Mitlosheim.

    Anna Maria was 36 when she married Johann. Her marriage license describes her as "by profession a maid servent, resident of Beurich," and states that her father, Mathias Klein, was "by profession a farmer, resident of Beurich," and that both of her parents were by that time (1822) deceased. Her age at marriage, 36, suggests she might have been previously married, but no prior record is indicated by the civil marriage record, nor has any record of a prior marriage been located.

    Any event, she undertook the task of rearing Mathias' five children from his first marriage in addition to rearing her own. It is unknown when or where she died, nor is it known whether she immigrated to America. Children:

  • Jacob Dewald.

  • Mathias Dewald.

  • Mathias "Martin" Dewald

  • Maria Dewald, b. 20 Aug 1831 in Niederloseim and died there 29 Feb 1832.
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