|John and Mary Bose Wensing|
(Source: Photo courtesy of Jim and Sharon Bose Smith. Copyright 2012. All Rights Reserved.)
|Partial 1887 Map of Somers Township|
Section 7, Wm. Bose 160 acre parcels shows J. Wensing renting 58 acres along railroad.
John Wensing was born December 1840 in Westfalen, Germany. He was the son of Gerhard and Maria Anna Elizabeth (known as Elizabeth on all census records) Huning Wensing. John's parents, Gerhard and Elizabeth were married in Westfalen November 15, 1846. Gerhard and Elizabeth departed Antwerp, Belgium August 1856 with their five children, arrived at the Port of New York, and proceeded to Wisconsin.
Gerhard and Elizabeth Wensing family
Departed Antwerp, Belgium August 1856 with five children. They arrived at the Port of New York September 29, 1856 and settled in Waterford, Racine County, Wisconsin.
Gerhard, age 42, born about 1814
Elizabeth, age 35, born about 1822
Sophia, age 10
Johannes, age 7
Wilhelm, age 5
Adelhaide, age 3
Joseph, 8 months
Also departing from Antwerp, Belgium August 1856 on the same ship were additional Wensing family members listed below. Gerhard (born about 1814), Theodore (born about 1808), and Johannes (born about 1806) appear to be brothers.
Johannes (John), age 50, born about 1806.
Alieda, age 40
Theodore, age 48
William, age 7
Benjamin, age 6
Gerhard, age 3
Johanna (Anna), 3 months
1860 U.S. Federal Census/Home was Waterford, Racine County, Wisconsin
Garret Wensing, age 45 born about 1815. Gerhard died June 12, 1895 in Waterford, Racine County.
Elizabeth Wensing, age 38 born about 1822.
Sophia Wensing, age 15 born about 1846
John Wensing, age 12 born about 1848.
Joseph Wensing, age 6 born about 1845
Anna Wensing, age 2 born in Wisconsin about 1858. Anna died Nov. 26, 1886 in Racine County.
1900 U.S. Federal Census/Home was Somers, Kenosha County, Wisconsin
John Wensing, age 59
Mary Wensing, age 41 (died Sept. 25, 1901)
Emma Wensing, age 16 (married Samuel Hansche)
William Wensing, age 11
Frederick Wensing, age 6 (WWI Draft Card noted he resided in Detroit, Michigan)
Ada Wensing, age 4 (The 1920 Census states she was single, living in Racine with the Mickelson family)
On December 2, 1905, Mr. Samuel H. Hansche married Miss Emma Wensing, a daughter of John Wensing, one of the earliest settlers of
Catherine Wensing Obituary
"Mrs. Catherine Wensing, aged 68 years, died early this morning at her late home, 713 Park Avenue. She was born and reared in Berryville and later moved to Racine. She is survived by six children, William Wensing, Mrs. Fred Sauer, of Racine; Charles Wensing, of Milwaukee; Mrs. E. Erdley of Lyons, Wis.; Mrs. B. Nelson of Los Angeles, Calif.; and J. Wensing, Marshfield, Wis.; seven grandchildren, four brothers, Tom Braid, Savanna, Ill.; George Braid of Portland, Ore.; J. Braid, Milwaukee; William Braid, Racine, and three sisters, Mrs. Bose, Berryville; Mrs. Barrows, Genoa Junction. Burial will be in Mound Cemetery.
(Source: Racine Journal January 5, 1921)
Angla Wensing Obituary
Mrs. Angela Wensing, one of the pioneer residents of this city and county, widow of the late John Wensing, died on Saturday, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. John Schuster in the Town of Mt. Pleasant at the rip old age of 89. Deceased was well and favorably known and highly esteemed by a large concourse of friends. She was a member of the Holy Name Church and of the Mothers Christian Society. Two children survive, Mrs. John Schuster and John Wensing of Mt. Pleasant and they will have the sympathy of all in their bereavement. The funeral will take place from the house and from the Holy Name Church."
(Source: Racine Daily June 15, 1908)
"It is not often that $10,000 is kicked about a street, but such an occurrence is reported from Franklin Street. When the Barnum & Bailey circus exhibited here John Wensing, a farmer from Central Park, Somers Township, Kenosha County, was robbed of $10,000 in Certificates of Deposit on the three local banks and also a Kenosha bank. Besides he lost $55 in cash. The robbery took place on an interurban car.
This morning, James R. Smith of 1776 Franklin Street reported to the officers of the Manufacturers National Bank, his little daughter had found a package of papers laying on DeKoven Avenue near Franklin. Besides there were other papers laying scattered about. Gathering them up she carried them home and her father discovered that they were certificates of deposit. Mr. Wensing was notified and went to the Smith home. Mr. Wensing was at the police office this afternoon and he will pay the Smith girl the $10 reward.
(Source: Racine Journal Aug. 20, 1907)
"Nicholas Olle was administrator of John Wensing's estate."
(Source: Racine Daily Sept. 12, 1900)