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Herman Johann "Johann" Giesken
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Birth: Oct. 11, 1805, Germany
Death: Jun. 29, 1892
Putnam County
Ohio, USA

Johann Giesken was also known as Herman Johann Giesken. He was born in Hannover, Niedersachsen, Germany on 11 October 1805. He was the son of Bernard J Giesken.

On Tuesday, 1 October 1839 in St. John the Baptist in Glandorf, Ohio, USA, at age 33, Johann Giesken married Clementine Rieman, age 18, daughter of John Rieman and Mary Schoene. Herman John Gusken and Clementina Rieman.

On 4 April 1840 in Greensburg Township, Putnam, Ohio, USA, he bought land. First Principal Deed # 9318 Township 1N 6E (Greensburg) in Putnam County section 26.

Johann is the head of a family on the 3 September 1850 Census in Greensburg Township, Ohio. John 44 and Catherine 30 are living with their children: John 9, Elizabeth 7, Clara 6 and Henry 1. Parents were born in Germany and all the childen were born in Ohio. John is a farmer with property worth $600.3

Johann is the head of a family on the 26 July 1860 Census in Greensburg Township, Ohio. John 55 and his wife Clementina 39 are living with their children: John 20, Elizabeth 18, Clara 16, Henry 12, Catharine 6, Joseph 3. Value of their real estate is $2800, value of their personal property is $700. They are living next door to Bernard 51 and Catherine Giesken 49. Clementina Giesken 9 is listed with the Smiedenbushes, neighbors of the Gieskens.

Johann is the head of a family on the 18 July 1870 Census in Greensburg Township, Ohio. John 65 and Clementine 49 are living with their children, Clara 25, Francis H. 21, Catharine 18, Clementine 16, Joseph 12, Frank 9 and Barney 6. Value of real estate is $4800, value of personal property is $1436.5

He became Clara Johanna Giesken's godparent at her baptism in Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Ottoville, Ohio, USA on 21 October 1875.

Johann is the head of a family on the 9 June 1880 Census in Greensburg Township, Ohio. John Giesken 74 and his wife Clementine Rieman Giesken 60 are living with their sons, Frank 19 and Barney 16.7

Johann died on 29 June 1892 in Glandorf, Ohio, USA at age 86.8 He was buried on 30 June 1892 in St. John the Baptist Cemetery in Glandorf, Ohio, USA.

Children of Johann Giesken and Clementine Rieman

John Giesken+ b. 4 Oct 1840
Mary Elizabeth Giesken+ b. 22 Jun 1842, d. 13 Jun 1917
Clara Giesken b. 9 Nov 1844
Maria Christina Giesken b. 11 May 1847, d. 5 Feb 1848
Henry Giesken+ b. 21 Feb 1849, d. 23 Dec 1927
Mary Catherine Giesken b. 19 Nov 1851
Clementine Giesken+ b. 20 Apr 1854
Joseph Giesken b. 11 May 1858, d. 29 Nov 1889
Frank Giesken+ b. 26 Dec 1860, d. 1 Mar 1936
Bernard Giesken+ b. 26 Apr 1864

Excerpts from biography of Frank Giesken contained in "History of Putnam County, Ohio - Its People, Industries and Institutions; 1915; by George D. Kinder":

Frank Giesken was born on December 26, 1860, in the southeastern part of Greensburg township, where he now lives. He is the son of John and Clementine (Rieman) Giesken, the former born in Hanover, Germany, in 1805.

John Giesken came to America in 1835 and worked two months in Buffalo, after which he came to Toledo and there cut cord wood on the site of what is now Summer street. It was then covered with timber. Mr. Giesken could have purchased the land for two dollars and fifty cents an acre at that time, but decided to come on to Glandorf, Putnam County, which was as good a town or better than Toledo. After one winter in Toledo, he came on to Glandorf in the spring of 1836, walking from Toledo. In Putnam county he purchased eighty acres in the southeast part of Greensburg township. All of this land was covered with timber and Mr. Giesken passed through the toil and hardships necessary to the pioneer life of this community. Here he made his permanent home and in time purchased eighty acres more. He was a life-long farmer.

He married Clementine Rieman, who was born in Oldenburg, Germany in 1819, and came to America in 1830 with her parents. They landed in Baltimore and traveled from Baltimore to Pittsburgh with a four-mule team to haul their baggage. Clementine Rieman walked all the way from Baltimore to Pittsburgh with her parents. From
Pittsburgh they came by boat to Cincinnati, where she lived until seventeen years old, attending school there. From Cincinnati the fainily moved to Putnam county on foot, from which place it required a week to walk to Glandorf, and after arriving in Putnam county, the family located along the west line of Ottawa township, where her parents made their permanent home.

Frank Giesken is one of five sons and five daughters born to his parents, John, deceased, who made his home in Missouri ; Elizabeth, the widow of Joseph Lemkuhle, of Kalida; Clara, deceased, who was the wife of Henrjr Frede and lived in Missouri; Henry, of Monterey township; Maiy, whodied at the age of two and one-half years ; Catherine, deceased, who was the wife of Joseph Frede and hved in Missouri ; Clementine, deceased, who was the wife of Charles Eickhoh and lived in Alissouri; Joseph, deceased, who lived in Monterey township; Frank, of Greensburg township; and Barney, of Shepherd, Michigan.

The father of these children died on June 29, 1892, and the mother followed him on December 17, 1905. The father was eighty-seven years old and the mother about the same age at the time of their deaths. She was well preserved and had her second eyesight at the time of her death. She was also able to use a needle. Both the father and mother were unusually well educated and especially well versed in the Bible. Both had wonderful memories.

Family links: 
  Bernardus Albertus Giesken (1785 - 1856)
  Maria Aleidis Giesken (____ - 1859)
  Clementine Johanna Rieman Giesken (1821 - 1905)
  Mary Elizabeth Giesken Lehmkuhle (1842 - 1917)*
  Clementina Giesken Eickholt (1854 - 1889)*
  Herman Johann Giesken (1805 - 1892)
  John Bernard Giesken (1809 - 1885)*
*Calculated relationship
Saint John's Pioneer Cemetery
Putnam County
Ohio, USA
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