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Duclos Family

The earliest known Duclos ancestor was Laurentz Duclos born in Niederschaeffheim, Alsace, France and married March 12, 1793 in Kaltenhausen, St. Rhine, Alsace, to Catherine Scherr. They probably had other children but all that is known is:

– Generation II –

Mathias Duclos was born June 3, 1795 in Kaltenhausen, Alsace. He married February 18, 1818 in Kaltenhausen to Maria Ann Altenberger or Rohri who was born 1798 in Kaltenhausen. After saying goodbye to home and friends, they sailed for America in 1826, (probably later as their son, Joseph was born in Kaltenhausen) landing in Boston, Mass. From Boston they went to New York City, later to Albany, Utica and Buffalo, and then crossed the lake to Cleveland, Ohio and then continued into Canton, Ohio and from there went to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, remaining in that city about 11 years. Their next place of residence was in Franklin County, Indiana, where they spent 12 years. Mathias died there in 1847. His wife Maria Ann survived him by 5 years and die din Cincinnati, Ohio. They had eight children who reached maturity:

  • Lawrence Duclos was born September 4, 1818
  • Mathias Duclos, Jr. was born November 29, 1819 in Kaltenhausen (see below)
  • Maria Anne Duclos was born September 2, 1821 Kaltenhausen
  • Barbara Duclos was born December 21, 1822 Kaltenhausen
  • Madeleina Duclos was born November 16, 1824 Kaltenhausen
  • Catherine Duclos was born October 15, 1826 Kaltenhausen
  • Joseph Duclos was born October 18, 1827 Kaltenhausen
  • Anton Duclos was born 1832 Ohio (Also known as Lorentz)
  • Louis Duclos was born September 20, 1840 Oldenburg, Franklin, Indiana

– Generation III –

Mathias Duclos, Jr. born November 29, 1819 in Kaltenhausen, Bas Rhin, Alsace, France. As a boy of seven years he came to America with his parents in 1826. He was raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Franklin County, Indiana, where he met and married Juliana Stathel on October 20, 1844. She was born January 16, 1825 in Berg, Germany. As a young man, Mathias went south to New Orleans where he worked for seven years. He returned to Indiana for his bride. The couple was living in New Orleans in 1846 at the outbreak of the Mexican War, but Mrs. Duclos, not enjoying the prospects of a home in the midst of the perils of war, persuaded her husband to return to Indiana. In 1850 they moved to a farm near St. Lucas, Iowa. It was Mathias Duclos and his father-in-law Anton Stathel who donated the land on which St. Lucas Catholic Church in St. Lucas, Iowa is built. Mathias died on August 16, 1913 at St. Lucas and Julia died January 13, 1901 at St. Lucas They had 13 children:

  • Mathias Duclos was born April 11, 1847 in Oldenburg, Franklin, Indiana died February 15, 1854 in Auburn Township, Fayette, Indiana.
  • Mary Duclos was born October 6, 1848 in Oldenburg and died May 19, 1867 in Fayette City, Iowa.
  • Juliana Duclos was born July 13, 1850 in Old Mission, Winneshiek, Iowa married Nicholas Buchheit and died December 14, 1912 in Festina, Winneshiek, Iowa.
  • Philomena Duclos was born February 20, 1852 in St. Lucas died Feburary 25, 1859 same place.
  • Anton (Anthony) Duclos was born 1854 Fayette, Iowa, married Barbara Rosenbaum.
  • Louis Duclos was born August 16, 1856 in St. Lucas, married October 29, 1878 in St. Lucas to Carol Zweibohmer and died June 26, 1928 in Atkinson, Iowa
  • Francesca (Frances) Duclos was born August 10, 1859 in St. Lucas married May 15, 1877 to Dominic Bies in St. Lucas and died November 3, 1923 in Salem, McCook, South Dakota.
  • Anna (Hannah) Duclos was born June 16,1861 St. Lucas married John Bies on February 26, 1878 in St. Lucas. She died December 18, 1943 in Huron, McCook, South Dakota.
  • Magdalena Duclos was born March 19, 1863 in St. Lucas married April 28, 1891 in St. Lucas to Thomas Sloan and died February 3, 1940 in St. Lucas.
  • Elizabeth Duclos was born March 19, 1866 and died July 7, 1879 in St. Lucas.
  • Nicholas Duclos was born July 24, 1868 and died 1881 St. Lucas.
  • Barbara Duclos was born June 10, 1870 in St. Lucas, married November 24, 1891 in St. Lucas to Nick Winter and died November 3, 1955 in St. Lucas.

– Generation IV –

Anton Duclos born May 4, 1854 in St. Lucas, Fayette, Iowa, married September 2, 1876 in St. Lucas to Barbara Rosenbaum who was born June 23, 1856 in Marytown, Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin. They farmed in the area around Festina and St. Lucas, Iowa and lived for a time in Winneshiek County, Iowa. Anton and Barbara had 12 children, 9 of whom were born in Iowa. In 1892, the Ducloses and several other relatives moved from Iowa to Wilmont Township, Minnesota near St. Kilian. There, they farmed and had 3 more children. In 1916, Anton and Barbara, along with several of their children and their children’s families moved north to Stearns County, Minnesota. They lived in Freeport, Minnesota until they were eventually residents of St. Joseph’s home in St. Cloud, Minnesota. He died November 29, 1935 in St. Cloud, Stearns, Minnesota and she died February 12, 1937 in St. Cloud. They are both buried at Freeport, Stearns, Minnesota. Their children:

  • Julianna Duclos was born November 15, 1877 in Fayette, Iowa married Henry Kleve on October 16, 1894 and died in 1964. She is buried in Vermillion, Minnesota.
  • Katherine Duclos was born November 13, 1878 in St. Lucas, married February 11, 1896 to Bill Kleve in St. Kilian. She died in 1952 at the Sauk Centre Hospital in Stearns, Minnesota but is buried in Freeport.
  • John Anthony Duclos was born September 6, 1880 in Old Mission, Iowa married to Kate Hoffman and died in May of 1961 He is buried at Freeport, Minnesota.
  • Philomena Juliana Duclos was born April 4,1 882 in Festina, married November 19, 1901 to Joseph Wachman in St. Kilian. She died July 31, 1965 at Melrose, Stearns, Minnesota and is buried in Freeport.
  • Christina Barbara Duclos was born October 15,1883 in Festina, Iowa married Joseph Schissel and died in St. Cloud, Stearns, Minnesota. She is buried in Chicago, Cook, Illinois.
  • Barbara Duclos was born 1886 married Bill Schissel and died in 1975. Buried at Lismore, Nobles, Minnesota.
  • Rose Duclos was born 1888 married Hugo Schissel and is buried at Lismore.
  • Henry Duclos was born April 3, 1890 Festina, Iowa married Agnes Soehner and died June 30, 1918 in Freeport where he is also buried.
  • Elizabeth Duclos was born February 5, 1892 in St. Lucas and died December 24, 1977 and is buried in St. Cloud.
  • Josephine Duclos was born 1894 in St. Kilian became a Domican Nun and later married Alec Vavas. She died in Pittsburgh in a flood and her body was never recovered.
  • Margaret Duclos was born 1896 St. Kilian, married John Schissel in Freeport, Minnesota and is buried in St. Cloud, Stearns, Minnesota.
  • George Anton Duclos was born September 3, 1898 in Wilmont, Nobles, Minnesota and died April 11, 1972 in Seattle, King, Washington. He married in November 1921 to Hannah Stella Pearson. See Pearson family below. They had 4 children:
    • Robert Lester Duclos born July 22, 1923 in St. Cloud, Stearns, Minnesota and died January 31, 2015 in Pine City, Pine, Minnesota. He married on January 19, 1980 in Anoka, Minnesota to Marion Neomi Larson (1928-1999). No children.
    • Norma Jean Duclos born March 8, 1925 in Osseo, Minnesota and died on September 18, 1985 in Anoka, Anoka, Minnesota. She married August 6, 1949 in Anoka, Minnesota to Jacob J. Strouse. They had 3 children.
    • Richard James Duclos was born May 8, 1930 in Osseo, Hennepin, Minnesota and died June 10, 2019 in Anoka, Anoka, Minnesota. He married Roslyn Mary Talbott (1931-2019). They had 5 children.
    • Daughter Duclos, still living.

Simon Rosenbaum and Catharina Wich were both born in Germany. Family tradition states that they came specifically from Bavaria (Bayern). Simon was born October 1, 1831, while Catharina was born October 2,1820. It can be seen that she was several years his elder. They were married in October of 1854 in Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin. (She may have been a widow and Margaretha Wich may have been her mother-in-law)* On November 2, 1864, the Rosenbaums moved from Marytown, Wisconsin to Iowa making the trip by train and wagon. They located on a farm east of Festina. Her mother, Margaretha Wich had been living with the Rosenbaums at Marytown and also accompanied the family to Festina. Margaretha died September 22, 1873 in Festina, and is buried next to her daughter Catharina and son-in-law Simon. Catharina Rosenbaum died October 19, 1902 in Festina and Simon died June 27, 1914 at Festina.

Their children:

  • Barbara Rosenbaum was born June 23, 1856 Marytown, Wisconsin married Anton Duclos
  • Andrew Rosenbaum was born January 20, 1858 Marytown, Wisconsin
  • John Rosenbaum was born 1860 Marytown, Wisconsin

*Information regarding the wedding date and place was shared by Diane Ring.


Anton Stathel was born May 5, 1802 in Berg Kandel, Bavaria, died September 24, 1882 in St. Lucas, Iowa. He married March 1, 1832 in Roemisch-Katholische, Berg Kandel, Pfalz, Bayern to Francisca Worst. She died in 1881 in St. Lucas. Berg is in Germany just to the northeastern tip of France. The Stathels lived in Franklin County, Indiana and then moved on to St. Lucas in 1849, and and enjoyed the distinction of being the first white family to establish a home in that town. Anton Stathel died at his home in St. Lucas in 1883, and his wife died in St. Lucas in 1881. By 1891 daughter Lena had died and their son, Anthony was living in Auburn township, Fayette County, Iowa. Anton Stathel and his daughter Julia Ann’s husband Mathias Duclos, Jr. each donated 20 acres of land on which was built St. Lucas Catholic Church in St. Lucas, Iowa. Their children:

  • Juliana Worst Stathel born February 15, 1825* Barickberg, Berg, Germany, died January 13, 1901 in St. Lucas, Iowa. She married October 20, 1844 in Franklin County, Indiana to Mathias Duclos*.
  • Anthony Stathel was born in 1833 in Berg. He appears in the 1860 census in Auburn Twp. Anthony married Maria Kommeda. Maria was born in 1836. They had three children. The 1860 census shows them living in Auburn.
  • Anna Stathel was born in 1857 in St. Lucas.
  • Barbara Stathel was born in 1858 in St. Lucas.
  • Joseph C. Stathel was born in 1867 in Iowa. Joseph married Mary Triska, daughter of John J. Triska and Mary Suchan. Mary was born in 1881 in Spillville. They had one son: Ervin. In 1925 census, he was recorded as Joseph C. Stadle, age 58.
    • Ervin Stathel was born in 1913.
  • Franziska Stathel was born in 1837 in Oldenburg, Franklin Co., Indiana, died on 3 Aug 1914 in St. Lucas at age 77, and was buried in St. Lucas Cemetery. Franziska married Sigmund (Sig) Schaufenbuel. Sigmund was born in 1836 in Switzerland, died on 26 Jun 1918 in St. Lucas at age 82, and was buried in St. Lucas Cemetery.
  • Magdalyn Stathel was born in 1842 in Oldenburg, Franklin Co., Indiana and died in 1874 at age 32. She probably died from childbirth. Magdalyn married Sigmund (Sig) Schaufenbuel. Sigmund was born in 1836 in Switzerland, died on 26 Jun 1918 in St. Lucas at age 82, and was buried in St. Lucas Cemetery. They had seven children: Franziska, Rosalia, Anton, Josephine, Anthony, Joseph, and John. They moved to St. Lucas in 1849. He donated 20 acres of land to build St. Lucas Catholic Church. In the 1880 census the name is spelled “Scumfenhull”!

“A French missionary priest who had worked with the Indianas in Iowa, visited a friend, John Gaertner in Cincinnati, Ohio. Gaertner then learned of the potentially good farming land to be had in Iowa. In October of 1848, Gaertner and two men from Oldenburg, Indiana–Anton Stathel and George Bechel–visited the area of the abandoned Indian Reservation surrounding Fort Atkinson, Iowa. Apparently pleased with what they saw, they returned to Indiana, sold their farms, and in the spring of 1849 journeyed on horsedrawn caravans to Cincinnati, following the Ohio River westward to the Mississippi, then north to McGregor, and finally to Old Mission, Iowa. When they arrived, the families lived in block houses which had been abandoned by the Indians. Later they moved into other homes which they built.”

*Juliana Worst was born illegitimately six years before Anton and Francisca married.


The Pearson family name has at least two other spellings — Pehrson and Person. The first ancestor in America was Isaak Pearson who was born January 8, 1848 in Kristinastads, län, Sweden and died August 30, 1919 in Donaldson, Kittson, Minnesota.

He was married in 1885 in Vasa, Goodhue, Minnesota to Ellen (Elna) Swanson (also two other spellings-Swenson, Svenson). She was born April 28, 1858 in Wanneberga, Kristianstade, Sweden and died December 9, 1909 in Donaldson, Kittson, Minnesota.

The couple came to the U.S. in 1889 according to the records of Maria Lutheran Church in in Kennedy, Kittson, Minnesota. The U.S. Census of June 1905 stated that Ellen Pearson had resided in Minnesota for 17 years and 2 months. This would calculate to immigration in April 1888. At that time Ellen Pearson was 29 years old. Note that their son Axel was born in Sweden in 1886 while daughter Anna was born in Minnesota in 1890. It was said that Isaak Pearson was a stablemaster to the King of Sweden. The Pearsons spent some time in Omaha, Nebraska before moving to Minnesota.

Their children:

  • Axel George Pearson was born January 1, 1886 in Sweden and died January 13, 1963 in Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota. He was married to Laura A. Sundquist who was born May 17, 1892 in Michigan and died April 30, 1967 in Minnesota. She was the daughter of John P. Sundquist and Augusta A. Nelson. They had a son, George Lyman Pearson (1918-2006).
  • Anna Ingeborg Pearson was born March 4, 1890 at Kennedy, Kittson, Minnesota and died January 1967 at Duluth, St. Louis, Minnesota. She married William S. Johnston on November 21, 1914.
  • Walter Charles Pearson was born August 26, 1893 in Kennedy, Kittson, Minnesota and died June 29, 1963 in Hennepin County, Minnesota. Not married.
  • Laura Ellen Pearson was born April 4, 1894 in Donaldson, Kittson, Minnesota and died January 9, 1978 in Clarksville, Howard, Maryland. She was married to William M. Halvorseth (1897-1971) and had no children.
  • Hannah “Stella” Pearson was born August 24, 1898 at Donaldson, Kittson, Minnesota and died August 19,1992 in Anoka, Anoka, Minnesota. She married November 3, 1921 in St. Cloud, Stearns, Minnesota to George A. Duclos. (See more about this family above.) Pictures of Stella below.

Last Updated on May 29, 2021 by rootie

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