“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! 30 October 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 as an aforementioned familial instinct for tracking and, as she received, she stashed it ‘all’ away!
Mom died in November of 2000. Their people have become my people in a different and profound way for I have gratefully moved more fully and humbly into my generational place on both sides, 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! ~ firstname.lastname@example.org, Hensgens of Germany descent, tabulates generations of Hensgens, globally! Danke Schoen! Thank you! Merci beaucoup! Mil gracias!
02 March 2019 ~ 5,837 in our ancestry! (To be updated by Germanfest 2019!)
Fluid numbers indeed as we grow 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
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.
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. Notation:
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 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)
NOTABLE: On the Knoben side: “Heinrich Oidtmann, M.D. in Linnich, Rheinland, founded the Oidtmann Workshop in 1857. Our family business has been involved with the manufacture, care and research of artistic glazing for over fine generations.” (Googled ‘Oidtmann Stained-Glass Workshop!’) This Family Company made the 12 stained-glass windows for St. Louis Cathedral, New Orleans, LA!
Patriarch Joseph (1885-1959) and
Matriarch Anna Gertrude Reiners-Hensgens (1885-1969):
15 March 2017 to 21 February 2019 ~
TOTALS of the extended families of their eight children, Generation 11
Updated every two years; next reunion June 2021
Total Family Members: 166
Total Living Family Members: 151
Direct Descendants: 123
Total Family Members: 138
Total Living Family Members: 121
Direct Descendants: 103
Total Family Members: 12
Total Living Family Members: 10
Direct Descendants: 8
Total Family Members: 92
Total Living Family Members: 88
Direct Descendants: 62
Total Family Members: 111
Total Living Family Members: 103
Direct Descendants: 70
Total Family Members: 27
Total Living Family Members: 24
Direct Descendants: 17
Total Family Members: 44
Total Living Family Members: 43
Direct Descendants: 30
TOTAL FAMILY MEMBERS: 593 (inclusive of Hensgens Grandparents & Josepha)
DECEASED FAMILY MEMBERS: 53
TOTAL LIVING FAMILY MEMBERS: 540
DIRECT DESCENDANTS: 413
TOTAL LIVING FIRST COUSINS: 27
‘HENSGENS-REINERS FAMILY NECROLOGY!’ (1909 – CURRENT YEAR)
‘SO! YOU WANT TO ORGANIZE A FAMILY REUNION!’
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 – 07 April 2019 ~ Anna Gertrude Hensgens-Monlezun, Lake Arthur, LA
(Anna Gertrude Reiners-Hensgens 134th birthday this day!)
20th – June 2021 ~ Catherine Frances Hensgens-Habetz, Raymond, LA
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!