“Joseph and Anna Gertrude Reiners-Hensgens Family Chronicle”

“Each of us has been warmed by fires we did not build.

Each of us has been nourished by wells we did not dig!”  Author Unknown


My mother, Anna Gertrude Hensgens-Monlezun, was German on both sides! During the years I lived away from Louisiana, she would send and I would file in a filing cabinet a plethora of informational treasures;   I moved 27 times before age 40 returning home with my retired military husband and son! During the month of November 1995 Mom and I visited with Father Charles Zaunbrecher as he ‘spoke a word’ of his prodigious work tracking and researching the Pioneer German Families of Roberts Cove, LA  while on his annual trips to Germany. This providential visit planted a seed in my ‘heritage memory vineyard!’ My mother had organized the first family reunion for her siblings in 1984 in Lake Arthur, LA for she, as Father Charles,  had a keen sense for family gatherings as well an aforementioned familial instinct for tracking and, as she received,  she stashed it ‘all’ away!


Mom died in November of 2000. Her people have become my people in a different and profound way for I have gratefully moved more fully and humbly into my generational place, as my father, Lee Joseph Monlezun (d. 1985) is of French Basque ancestry.


As a twelfth generation Hensgens, I humbly track and record a compendium of my German lineage in gratefulness and reverence to:  1) those who have gone before, 2) those who are here today, and 3) for those who will come after who will pray for us until the ‘The Grand Reunion’ commencing eternal life in The Light!


This amassing is dedicated to Reverend Charles Zaunbrecher for in the beginning he gathered it all for us!


A Critical Mass! ~ A Hensgens’ cousin residing in Germany (dirk.vollmer@freenet.de) is in process of digitally publishing the ‘Grand Global  Hensgens Family!’ His numbers as of 13 January 2013 ~ 4,556 in 17 generations emailed to me 283 pages of data!  As of 28 April 2017 ~ 5,789 in our ancestry!

Fluid numbers indeed as we ‘expand’ in faith, work and gratefulness to our ancestors.



Heinrich Hensgens born 1600 – died 1673 Gangelt-Vinteln, Germany

We have been prayed forward since 1600!



Heinrich Hensgens, son of Heinrich Hensgens, Gen. 1



Conrad Hensgens  b. 1666-

married Maria Ganderheiden, daughter of Wilhelm Ganderheiden and Giertgen Meufels



Johann Conrad Hensgens  b. 24 June 1698 -   Gangelt-Vinteln

m. Gertrud Hockhaus  b.1694 - d.1771 daughter of Joannes Hochhaus and Sophia Fischers



Johann Caspar Hensgens  b. 07 January 1726 – d. 23 March 1806, 6 pm, age 81, Gangelt-Vinteln

m. Anna Maria Ehmen  b. 26 December 1725, Zur Heggen – d. 01 September 1759,

Gangelt-Vinteln daughter of Andreas Ehmen and Gertrudis Mertens


                                                                                         GENERATION 6

Johann ‘Peter’ Hensgens  b. 06 August 1749, Gangelt-Langbroich – d. 14 December 1813, Gangelt-Hastenrath  m. 1776 in Susteren Maria Elisabeth Dahlmanns b. 08 March 1757 – d. 14 February 1813, Gangelt-Hastenrath  daughter of Gerhard and Anna Catharine Dahlmanns


Johann ‘Conrad’ Hensgens  b. 02 December 1783 – d. 04 October 1844, Gangelt-Hastenrath

m. 29 January 1808 Maria Josepha Herfs  b. 30 January 1789 in Hoengen – d. 24 January 1871 in Gangelt-Hastenrath) daughter of Joannes Christian Herfs and Maria Agnes Geilen.



Johann Christian Hensgens  b. 31 December 1809 in Kleinwehrhagen – d. 21 March 1895 in Gangelt-Hastenrath m. 19 November 1836 Maria Catharina Dahlmanns  b. 03 November 1808 – d. 24 January 1871 in Gangelt-Hastenrath daughter of Johann Joseph Dahlmanns  b. 23 October 1785 Gangelt and Maria Josepha Lowartz  b. 12 November 1783 Gangelt married ca. 1865

Their children, Generation 9, are four sons: Christian, Conrad, Johann Ludwig and Leonhard and three daughters: Anna, Gertrud and Margaretha. All remained in Germany while eldest son, Christian Joseph, immigrated to Roberts Cove, LA.


                                                                                          GENERATION 9

Christian Joseph Hensgens  b: 24 December 1839 in Gangelt-Hastenrath - d: 6 July 1919

in Roberts Cove, LA m. 23 May 1871 Maria ‘Regina’ Elisabeth Tellers  b: 7 September 1847 in Gangelt-Langbroich – d: 27 November 1908 in Roberts Cove, LA daughter of Johann Wilhelm Tellers and Maria Gertrude Ohlenforst who are the parents of three sons:  Ignatius, Joseph and Herman, and two daughters:  Katharina remained in Germany and Maria ‘Regina’ Elisabeth Tellers-Hensgens who immigrated to Roberts Cove, LA with her brother, Herman Tellers, who founded ‘Tellers Organworks’ (1906-2006) eventually making his home in Erie, PA.


Wonderful Notations:  “Ship records of the S.S. Mississippi, a freighter that sailed from the port of Antwerp, Belgium, by way of Liverpool, England and Havana, Cuba indicate that Christian Joseph was 41and Regina 33 arrived in New Orleans on November 17, 1881 with five boxes and two bags as their ship luggage! They had been married for ten years and had five children born in Hastenrath, Germany:  1- Katharina age 9,  2- Gertrude age 7, 3- Barbara age 5,  4-  Regina age 2  and 5- Conrad an infant; three children were born in Roberts Cove, LA  6- Johanna, 7- Joseph, 8- Nicholas.”  



CHILDREN of Christian Joseph and Maria ‘Regina’ Elisabeth Tellers-Hensgens

1. Joseph Dischler (1866-1921) and MARIA KATHARINA HENSGENS (1872-1955)                     

2. Lorenz Zaunbrecher (1870-1954) and MARIA GERTRUD HENSGENS (1874-1954)

3. William Michael Heinen (1872-1940) and BARBARA HENSGENS (1876-1947)

4. William Joseph Bollich, Sr. (1877-1966) and REGINA HENSGENS (1878-1949)

5. CONRAD JOSEF HENSGENS (1880-1956) and Francesca Margaret Schatzle (1887-1975)

6. Joseph G. Klauser (1880-1947) and JOHANNA MARIA HENSGENS (1882-1930)

7. JOSEPH HENSGENS  b. 24 February 1885 – d. 06 October 1959) m. 27 November 27, 1906 in Roberts Cove, LA  Anna Gertrude Reiners  b. 07 April 1885 – d. 16 January 1969 daughter of Franz Anton Reiners (1846 – 1907) and Maria Veronika Knoben (1847 – 1928)

8. WILLIAM NICHOLAS HENSGENS (1887-1955) and Maria Agnes Leonards (1890-1926)



Children of Joseph and Anna Gertrude Reiners-Hensgens:

15 June 2015 to 15 March 2017 ~ TOTALS   

Updated every two years post-reunion (Next, April 2019)

  1. CHRISTIAN JOSEPH HENSGENS (1908-1972) and Mary Elizabeth Thevis (1909-1985)

Living Family Members:    148 +

Deceased:                           14 =

Total Family Members:      162

Direct Descendants:           115 


  1. JOSEPHA REGINA HENSGENS (1909-1909, lived 2 ½ months)


  1. Pirmin Hubert Habetz (1911-1970) and CATHERINE FRANCES HENSGENS (1916-1997)

Living Family Members:    111        

Deceased:                          14=

Total:                                 125

Direct Descendants:            91           


  1. CONRAD LEO HENSGENS (1920-1987) and Mary Catherine Theunissen (1922-2012)

Living Family Members:    07

Deceased:                         02=   

Total:                                  09

Direct Descendants:           06


  1. Lee Joseph Monlezun (1917-1985) and ANNA GERTRUDE HENSGENS (1921-2000)

Living Family Members:    81

Deceased:                         04=

Total:                                  85

Direct Descendants:          56  


  1. Herman Lawrence Berken (1921-1996) and BARBARA LEONA HENSGENS (1924-2016)

Living Family Members:    99

Deceased:                            08=

Total:                                107

Direct Descendants:          68


  1. NICHOLAS ANTHONY HENSGENS (1925-1999) Gloria Theresa Deshotels (1927-1995)

Living Family Members:    22

Deceased:                         02=

Total:                                  24

Direct Descendants:          15


  1. Guy Gregoire Gauthreaux (1926-2014) and CLARICE JEANETTE HENSGENS (1929)

Living Family Members:    38

Deceased:                         01=

Total:                                  39

Direct Descendants:          29




GRAND TOTAL:                               554

DIRECT DESCENDANTS:                 383

GENERATIONS:                                    15








Joseph and Anna Gertrude Reiners-Hensgens Family Reunions ~

“Whose Turn Is It Anyway?”

Hosted every other year by descendants of one of six families:

Christian Joseph, Catherine Frances, Anna Gertrude, Barbara Leona, Nicholas Anthony and Clarice Jeanette

1st Reunion June 1984 ~                     Anna Gertrude Hensgens-Monlezun, Lake Arthur, LA!

2nd - September 1, 1985 ~                   Catherine Frances Hensgens-Habetz, Raymond, LA 

3rd- September 27, 1987 ~                   Christian Joseph Hensgens, Mowata, LA

4th- July 9, 1989 ~                                Clarice Jeanette Hensgens-Gauthreaux, Thibodaux, LA

5th- July 14, 1991 ~                              Barbara Leona Hensgens-Berken, Lake Arthur, LA

6th- July 11, 1993 ~                              Nicholas Anthony Hensgens, Rayne, LA 

7th- July 15, 1995 ~                              Anna Gertrude Hensgens-Monlezun, Lake Arthur, LA

8th- June 22, 1997 ~                             Catherine Frances Hensgens-Habetz, Raymond, LA

9th- June 13, 1999 ~                             Christian Joseph Hensgens, Mowata, LA

 10th- August 19, 2001~                       Clarice Jeanette Hensgens-Gauthreaux, Thibodaux, LA

 11th- July 20, 2003 ~                           Barbara Leona Hensgens-Berken, Welsh, LA

 12th- July 24, 2005 ~                           Nicholas Anthony Hensgens, Rayne, LA

13th- April 22, 2007 ~                          Anna Gertrude Hensgens-Monlezun, Lake Arthur, LA

 14th- June 28, 2009 ~                          Catherine Frances Hensgens-Habetz, Raymond, LA

 15th- April 17, 2011 ~                         Christian Joseph Hensgens, Roberts Cove, LA

 16th- April 21, 2013 ~                         Clarice Jeanette Hensgens-Gauthreaux, Roberts Cove, LA

17th – June 14, 2015 ~                          Barbara Leona Hensgens-Berken-Smaihall, Welsh, LA

18th – 30 April 2017 ~                          Nicholas Anthony Hensgens, Roberts Cove, LA

19th - April  2019 ~                               Anna Gertrude Hensgens-Monlezun, Lake Arthur, LA

20th - 2021 ~                                         Catherine Frances Hensgens-Habetz

21st - 2023 ~                                          Christian Joseph Hensgens

22nd - 2025 ~                                         Clarice Jeanette Hensgens-Gauthreaux

 23rd - 2027 ~                                         Barbara Leona Hensgens-Berken-Smaihall

24th - 2029 ~                                         Nicholas Anthony Hensgens

25th - 2031 ~                                         Anna Gertrude Hensgens-Monlezun


God of our ancestors, help us cling to You!



01 May 2017

Thank you ‘Hensgens/Deshotels Family All’ for a meaningful 18th Joseph Hensgens Family Reunion in Roberts Cove, LA. Danke! Danke!


118 souls braved the ominous and full clouds finding their way to the holy ground of Roberts Cove, LA. Our ancestors were in charge of weather and they eventually cleared a path with light!


Holy Mass at St. Leo IV Church was a holistic way commencing the reunion with praise, songs and remembrances offered up for so many good and right intentions. Two Hensgens young men were on the altar, two Hensgens young ladies were Readers and the little ones of next generation brought up The Gifts! Conversation, delicious and plentiful food, the awesome family slideshow was perfect, the essential labeled sign-in binders were in order, heritage trifolds were at attention on easels, a stroll through the German Heritage Museum was a delightful learning experience where displays reveal the core of original pioneer families, i.e., the iron for stamping and the baking of Mass hosts for income by the LA Blessed Sacrament Sisters, pics of ancestral homes and the Book of Louisiana brands were especially studied. Wonderful wooden blocks with the ‘Joseph Hensgens Cattle Brand’ was a generous gift and appreciated by all.


Meandering through the Cemetery is always a solemn pilgrimage finding those special graves especially the grave of our Josepha Regina Hensgens (1901) which will soon be made new again as she rest in peace directly under the left outstretched stone white hand of Our Lord on His cross!  


Attachments Three For You:  ‘Heinrich Hensgens Family Chronicle’ Main Page w/ 2017 Family Totals, Updated Data 2017 and Necrology 1909-2017.


The family reunion picture on the Germanfest stage was a treat with all those present and smiling faces. The reunion folder was handed off to the co-coordinator of the 19th Joseph Hensgens Family Reunion which will be on Arthur Avenue 2019!! Wonderful!


Lead, Kindly Light! Anna Bernadette, Chronicler


P.S. Danke schon, Anthony and Pam, for the large digital portrait of the family reunion picture on canvas which is on the family wall in the ‘Hensgens-Reiners Room’ on Arthur Avenue. You have kind and grateful hearts indeed!