About

Hi, my name is Bailey Martin and I’m a Konzen descendant – this sounds a little bit like I’m introducing myself and confessing to an addiction at a group therapy session.  My love of genealogy might be described by some as an addiction, but to me it’s just about enjoying another part of history.  History’s important to me.  I’ve always loved it.

I grew up hanging out with my grandpa Kermit Konzen who was a huge history buff.  His house resembled a museum with wall decorations ranging from Charlie Russell’s prints to hardtack (Basically a really stale cracker that was eaten by soldiers during the 1800s) to American Indian pieces.  My grandpa was such a history buff that he participated in at least one archaelogical dig at the Little Bighorn Battlefield and he used to reenact the Battle of the Little Bighorn for his kids.  Growing up around him, I couldn’t help but love history.

Unfortunately my grandpa died before I was old enough to ask him questions about his family.  With the help of my grandpa’s siblings and genealogy sources and websites, I started doing the genealogy of my grandpa’s family about 10 years ago.  But I kept running into walls.  I was able to find out a lot about my grandpa’s mother’s family, the Kuskes, because my grandpa’s siblings, Kay and Karl, had quite a bit of information about them – and they weren’t as complicated as the Konzens.  However, all that I knew about the Konzens were that my grandpa’s father (my great grandfather) was named John Charles; he was German; he was born in 1870 in Iowa City, Iowa; went to business college in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; he died in Montevideo, Minnesota, in 1942; and his parents were John and Katherine Konzen.

Eventually, I tracked John Charles and his parents back to Chickasaw County, Iowa, all the way to the 1860 census – he wasn’t born in Iowa City by the way (I’m not sure who ever came up with Iowa City, either).  Then through records and looking at other people’s family trees, I started believing that John was the son of Peter and Theresa Konzen.  I hit another roadblock because I was unable to confirm any of my suspicions, but someone wonderful named Michelle contacted me in May of 2011.  Michelle, another Konzen descendant, shared information with me about some books written on our Konzens by Vernon Auderer.  According to Vernon’s books and research John was the son of Peter and Theresa Konzen and the brother of Theodore Konzen, Catherine Konzen Meyer, and Susanna Angela Konzen Hansen.  We later determined that Catherine Konzen Meyer and Susanna Angela Konzen Hansen were not siblings of Theodore and John.  However we did find four more siblings for them, Johan Mathias Konzen, Anton Konzen, Maria Konzen, and Margaretha Konzen Kout.

But, Vernon didn’t know my side of the family’s story because John moved from Dubuque County, Iowa (where the rest of the family settled) to Chickasaw County.  So I was able to provide Vernon (He’s descended from Susanna Angela) and Michelle (She’s descended from Theodore) with information about John’s family and they gave me information about the rest of the siblings.  In the months, Michelle and I have been sharing information and finding new facts, Paula (a descendant of Susanna Angela) has joined us on our hunt for Konzen information and genealogy. Michelle also found Sandy, a descendant of John Konzen and Catherine Pitz, and she is a ton of fun and has done a lot of research on her side of the family.

I’ve created this blog to make the hunt for Konzen genealogy easier for others, to find more family members, to share my family tree, and to share with readers the “search” for the answers to the Konzen questions.

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  1. Bailey, I have a printout of Chickasaw County, Utic Township landowners in 1892. There is a listing for a Sophia Konzen, Section #s 30 and 31. She had 40 acres in #30 and 80 acres in #31/ There is also a listing for a “M. Konzen” in Stapelton Township. This listing is for 40 acres in Section #04. My Great-Grandfather Mathias Kout (Kauth) had a plot of land in Section #04 as well. Could’ve been neighbors back then. He also had land in Section #05. In addtion, he had some land in Utica Towhship. I lived in Chickasaw County until I was 8 yro but I don’t personally remember the Konzen name.

    • Jim, Sophia was married to Mathias Konzen (M. Konzen). We suspect that Mathias was either a child of Peter & Theresa Konzen or a very close relative because he came over on the same ship as Peter & Theresa and their son Theodore. And he also moved from Dubuque to Chickasaw about the same time as Peter & Theresa’s son John. I do think the Konzens and your great grandparents were neighbors in Chickasaw because in at least one census Mathias Konzen, Mathias Kout, and John Konzen were listed next to each other on the census. After we found out that your great grandmother Margaretha was a Konzen that census record made so much sense (I think Mathias Kout’s house was between the two Konzens). Thanks for the info on the Konzen land ownings! I always love finding out more Konzen information.

      I’m not sure that the Konzens were very significant in Chickasaw during your childhood, but I don’t really know anything about the Konzens in Chickasaw except for what I’ve learned from census records and newspaper articles. I don’t think that my grandfather Kermit Konzen’s family was very close with the Konzen side of their family because my great aunt and uncle don’t really have any memories of that family.

  2. Bailey

    Thanks for your efforts. I have been looking for much of the info you have provided. One thing both you and Vernon have mentioned is the ship they arrived on but neither of you have mentioned it’s name nor the port it departed from. I understand from his research it arrived in New Orleans. Do you have any of this information?

    • Hi, Mathias & his future wife Sophia, Theodore & his wife, Theresa, and Peter came on the ship Caroline & Mary Clark from Antwerp to New Orleans. They arrived on 12 Sep 1952. Margaretha & her husband came on the Atlas from Antwerp to New York. They arrived on 22 May 1856. We still don’t know when John, Catherine, or Angela Susanna arrived, but from records we’ve found it appears that John owned land before the others so he probably arrived first.

      Vernon has done some great research, hasn’t he?! He’s a great guy. Which Konzen are you descended from? I still haven’t met anyone else (besides the descendents of my great grandfather John Charles) who is descended from John Konzen.

  3. I am not decended from any of the Konzens. However, the Konzens I call my family are Theodore-Mathew-Peter J. decendants. We took some pictures of tombstones at Holy Cross we could find. Others were available on the Iowa genweb site. Thanks for the ship info. I had gone through a lot of the ship logs but was unable to find that info.

    • I know, it seems ridiculously hard to find some of them in the ship logs. I’ve been looking for John’s record for a while, but I still haven’t been able to find it, yet. I think Peter, Theresa, & Theodore are on the ship’s passenger list as Conzen and Mathias is down as Canzen a little bit farther down the same page. And their names might not even be transcribed on Ancestry with that spelling. Do you have pictures of Peter & Theresa’s headstones or of Theodore’s headstone?

  4. I have a picture of Peter’s headstone. I think I got it off the Iowa Genweb site for Holy Cross Cemetery. There are 10 people listed on the one stone and I understand it is dirty and in bad shape. Names as shown on the website say Peter D-at age 75, Theresia D – at age 85, Maria D – At age 66, Maria D – Oct 14, 1895, Theo B -1821 D 02/24/1905, Elizabeth (Died at age 6),
    Children of Theo & Maria Konzen
    Charley (Died age 6)
    Maria (Died at age 11)
    theodor (Died at age 7)
    Theo M. (Died at age 2)
    It is in Section A, Row #15, Plot #15.

    We did not see the above stone as I only discovered the information after we had returned.

    Mathew and Katherine are Section A, Row 3, Plot #9
    this stone we did see

    • Thanks for the info! I didn’t know that there were cemetery pictures online through the Dubuque County GenWeb site. I live in Montana, so being able to get the picture of their gravestone online is wonderful. Thanks again!

      • wondering if your family has any connection to the chicago Konzens

      • I’m not sure Lynn, but I’d love to find out. We’re always trying to connect all of the Konzens. If you have any genealogical information on those Konzens, let me know and I’ll see if I can make a connection.

  5. I noticed you have my grandpa on here. His name is Gregory Pitz. He was Elmer J Pitz’s brother. I am looking for information on the Pitz side. Did you happen to find anything in regards to the Pitzs that I could possible look at? If it helps, I am originally from New Hampton, Iowa and would be willing to help you with documents from Chickasaw Co if needed.

  6. My name is Mark Konzen and I’m originally from Chicago (b. 1963). My father (Frederick Konzen) was from Chicago (b. 1921) as was my grandfather (Henry A. Konzen). Sorry I don’t have more information for you, but thought it might be helpful

    • Thanks for the info, Mark! I get interested in all different Konzen families and I want to try and trace them to see I can find how at least some of them are related to each other. I’ll check out your Chicago branch and I’ll see what I can find. Thanks again!

  7. I have a brother Mark Konzen. He is living in chicago. Our father is bernard J Konzen(b.1930)
    His father was Bernard Konzen as well. We do have a henry in our family line.
    Lynn Marie Konzen

  8. Hi Lynn, thanks for all your work on this. My grandmother is a Konzen (daughter of Peter J. And Veronica Pins) and both sides of my family are from the Trier / Freiburg areas. I’m in Germany / Luxembourg and will be doing some exploring of Kruchten, Treirweiler, Olingen, Lellig etc. checking out cemeteries etc. please let me know if there’s anything you’d like me to take a look at or photograph and I’ll send the results to you.

    • Hi Jim! I’d love any photos from Kruchten, Trierweiler, Olingen, and Lellig! If you find any family graves or just any Konzen graves I’d appreciate photos of those, too. You can email me at konzengenealogy at hotmail.com. Thank you and I hope you have a great time!

  9. Hi I’m Jody Meister (mclevish) wife of Jeff Meister you have some of our children listed wrong. Here is the correct list 1. Joshua Daniel Meister 2. Elizabeth viola Meister 3. Bryan Lee Meister 4.Jacob Allen Meister 5. Sarah Kay Meister. Also some additional information Joshua is married to Jamie and they have a son named Joel Daniel Meister. Elizabeth has a daughter name Kaiah Lynn Runge. Bryan is married to Rachael and they have a so named Ethan Charles Meister. Jacob is married to Jessica no kids yet. Sarah is married to Andy Cashman no kids yet she is now Sarah Cashman. Here is my email address if you would like more information. Jmeister44@yahoo.com I also am very interested in our family history it so much fun looking into the lives of the people we came from. Hope to hear from you.

    • Hi Connie! konzengenealogy at hotmail.com should be working, but there must be some internet glitch. You can also email me at baileynkonzen at hotmail.com and that should work, too. Thanks, Connie! And I’m sorry again about the email issue.

  10. Hi I have never signed up for a blog before so help!!! I am Susan Konzen of Chicago, IL daughter of Ronald Konzen of Cedar Rapids, IA. I just read your article on Bad Peter who was, unfortunately, the grandfather I never knew. I like finding all this our about the Konzens.
    Thanks for doing all this research. I find it fascinating.

    • Hi Susan! It’s nice to meet you. I’m glad you’ve enjoyed the blog. By signing up for Konzen Genealogy, you’ll get emails when I make posts to the blog. Let me know if you have any questions!
      Bailey

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