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Catherine (Lesseg) Kuehne Arnold
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Birth: Mar. 25, 1839
Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Death: Feb. 13, 1884
Calhoun County
Illinois, USA

The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Kuehne, Catherine's first husband was Hermann Friedrich Lesseg, Sr. [There are some records that say Catherine's maiden name was Catharina Christ or Crist. Catherine's replacement stone at St. Mary's Cemetery has her maiden name recorded as Kuehne.]

Catherine and Hermann's first child was born in Pennsylvania in 1856 before the family arrived in Calhoun County, Illinois.

Hermann bought land in Point Precinct and established a farm there. They were the parents of a daughter by the time the Civil War broke out. A third child, Herman, was born during the war.

Hermann volunteered to fight in the Union Army. He came down with a serious case of pneumonia during the Battle of Vicksburg in the summer of 1863 and was sent home to recover. He died a week after his arrival home at the age of 28.

After Hermann's death, their children were raised in 3 separate homes.

Children from first marriage: 2 sons, 1 daughter.

Catherine Lesseg married Xavier Arnold (1833-1887) on 03 May 1864 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Brussels, Calhoun County, Illinois.

They were the parents of at least 8 children. Click here for additional information regarding the possibility that they had one more child.

Catherine's father lived with the Arnolds until his death in 1875.

Children from second marriage: 6 sons, 2 daughters.

At the time of her death, Catherine was 44 years, 10 months and 19 days old. She was survived by her husband, Xavier, who passed away in 1887.

Mother of:
Fredrick Henry George "Fred" Lesseg
Catherina Louisa Lesseg Sagez
Herman Lesseg
Joseph Arnold
Herman Arnold
Francis Xavier Arnold
Willie Arnold
August Arnold
John Arnold
Marie Catherine Arnold Halwe
Katherine "Katie" Arnold Dougherty



Arnold, Catherine (Lessic/Sessig) wife of Xavior Arnold, died Feb. 14, 1884. They were married May 3, 1864. They lived in the Point Precinct, Ill. Father Winterhalter gave services at St. Mary's Church and burial was in the Church Cemetery, Brussels, Ill.

(Unknown Calhoun County newspaper; 1864)
Note: All spelling, capitalization and punctuation marks in obituary are exactly as they appeared in the original text.


It is very important to note here that while Catherine Lesseg was married to Xavier Arnold (1830-1887), there were two other Xavier Arnolds in Calhoun County at about the same time.

One was an Xavier Arnold, Sr., born in 1817 in Switzerland. He and was most likely a related to Catherine's husband. Xavier Arnold, Sr. had a son named Xavier, Jr. who was born in Calhoun County in 1867.
Family links: 
  Stephen Kuehne (1799 - 1874)
  Hermann Friedrich Lesseg (1834 - 1863)
  Xavier Arnold (1830 - 1887)
  Fredrick Henry George Lesseg (1856 - 1929)*
  Catherina Louisa Lesseg Sagez (1858 - 1935)*
  Herman Lesseg (1862 - 1935)*
  Joseph Arnold (1867 - 1931)*
  Francis Xavier Arnold (1869 - 1945)*
  William Arnold (1872 - 1880)*
  August Arnold (1874 - 1944)*
  John A. Arnold (1876 - 1958)*
  Marie Catherine Arnold Halwe (1879 - 1965)*
*Calculated relationship
Saint Marys Catholic Cemetery
Calhoun County
Illinois, USA
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Record added: Jul 30, 2009
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Catherine (Lesseg) <i>Kuehne</i> Arnold
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Catherine (Lesseg) <i>Kuehne</i> Arnold
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