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Yahna, or Jahna?
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The ancestors of Bernard Yahna
The Yahna-Grun descendants
Generation No. 1
1. Kathryn Grun, born December 09, 1868 in Watertown, WI; died July 07,
1954 in Larimore, Grand Forks, ND. She was the daughter of 2. Simon Grun and 3.
Kathina Bok. She married (1) Bernard Edward Yahna March 01, 1892 in St Henry's
Catholic Church, Watertown WI. He was born April 16, 1858 in Landskron, Bohemia, and died
September 09, 1934 in Grand Forks ND. He was the son of Ignatz Jahna and Theresia Langer.
For more about Barney Yahna and Kathryn Grun, see the Descendants
Generation No. 2
2. Simon Grun, born March 29, 1840
in Germany; died September 06, 1931 in Watertown WI. Buried: September 09, 1931, St
Henry's Cemetery, Watertown WI. He was the son of 4. Johann G. Grun and 5.
Elizabeth Marchand. He married 3. Kathina Bok Abt. 1867.
3. Kathina Bok, born September 29, 1846 in Lebanon, WI; died September
16, 1922 in Watertown WI.
The Schaaf papers (1928) say that Simon and his wife were lucky enough to celebrate
their Golden Wedding Anniversary, but a few years after this she died in Watertown, where
they lived. Simon was reported to be 82 years old (born 1846) and living with his daughter
Cecelia and her family.
Here are naturalization and Obit info sent by Scharmal Conley via email 3/10/98...
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA; State of Wisconsin, Circuit Court for the County of
Jefferson; To-Wit: February Term, 1890
Be it Remembered, that at a Term of the Circuit Court, for the County of Jefferson, in
the State of Wisconsin, in the United States of America, held at the Court House, in the
City of Jefferson, on the Tenth day of February in the Year of our Lord one Thousand Eight
Hundred and Ninety, SIMON GRUEN a Native of Germany exhibited a Petition praying to be
admitted a Citizen of the United States, and it appearing to the said Court that he had
declared on oath before the Clerk of the Circuit Court for the County of Dodge and State
of Wisconsin on the first day of November A.D. 1867, that it was bona-fide his intention
to become a Citizen of the United States, and to renounce forever all allegiance of
fidelity to any Foreign, Potentate, State of Sovereignty whatsoever and particularly to
The Emperor of Germany of whom he was then a subject; and the said SIMON GRUEN having
proved by the testimony of FRED BUECKER and HENRY GEBHARDT, Competent Witnesses and
Citizens of the United States, that he had resided One Year in the State of Wisconsin and
within the United States of America upwards of Five years, immediately preceding his
application; and it appearing to the satisfaction of the Court that during that time he
had behaved as a man of good moral character, attached to the principles of the
Constitution of the United States, and well disposed to the good order and happiness of
the same; and having on his solemn oath declared before the said Court, that he would
support the Constitution of the United States, and that he did entirely renounce and
abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any Foreign Prince, Potentate, State of Sovereignty
whatsoever and particularly to the Emperor of Germany of whom he was before a subject:
Whereupon, The Court admitted the said SIMON GRUEN to become a Citizen of the United
States, which was accordingly done. In Witness whereof, I have hereunto Affixed my hand
and the Seal of the said Court, at my office in Jefferson, this tenth day of February in
the Year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Ninety and of the Independence of the
United States, the hundred & fourteenth.
signed: Wm. Bieber clerk Seal: Clerk of Circuit Court of Jefferson County Wisconsin Feb
17 1890 (Vol B, pg 12, Nat Record, Circuit Court, Jefferson, Wisconsin)
Simon Gruen, 90, Taken By Death Here On Sunday (9/6/1931)
Simon Gruen, for nearly 75 years a resident of Watertown, died Sunday morning at his
home, 212 North Fourth street. He was past 90 years of age. Infirmities of old age and a
heart attack caused his death, which came peacefully while he slept. He died shortly
before 8 o'clock.
Mr Gruen was a native of Germany where he was born March 29, 1840. At the age of 16
years he came to the United States with his widowed mother and shortly after they came to
Watertown to make their home. He had since resided here.
He was married to Miss Catherine Buck. She preceded him in death nine years ago. Four
daughters survive, Mrs. B Yahna of Grand Forks, N. Dak.; Mrs. Paul Hofer of Valley City,
N. Dak.; Mrs. C.S. Stacy of Chicago; Mrs. Edward S. Engelhart of this city. There are 14
grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
Mr. Gruen was for over a half a century a carpenter here. He was widely known in the
community and highly respected. He was one of he oldest members of St. Henry's Catholic
church and was, until three weeks ago, a regular attendant at services. For a man of his
age he was keenly alert and interested in affairs. He enjoyed the friendship of a host of
The funeral will be held from the residence Wednesday morning with services in St.
Henry's church at 9:30 o'clock. Interment will be in the parish cemetery. The Rev. Dean
F.X. Schwinn will officiate. Friends may call at the home this evening and Wednesday
morning up to the time of the funeral to pay their respects.
(Watertown Daily Times, Watertown, Wisconsin, 8 Sep 1931)
1880 WI census (v13, ed181, sheet 61, line 21) for Cole Street, Watertown, Jefferson
County WI, lists Simon Green, age 39, born in Prussia, along with wife Katherine 35 (born
WI), and daughters: Katherine 12, Juliana 10, Rosa 5, and Anna 2 (all born WI).
1872 Dodge County Gazetteer lists:
Green Simeon carpenter Emerald St. 6th Ward Watertown.
The Nov 1998 issue of "Out On a Limb", the newsletter of the Dodge/Jefferson
Counties Gen Soc, mentions Ernest Bock in a list of unrecorded Jefferson County Deaths for
the year 1885. The reporter, Roberta Fosdal, indicates that these death reports were
submitted annually by the Board of Trustees of the Jeff County Asylum for Chronic Insane
and Poor House, to the Jeff County Board. The annual report with Bock on it was dated
11/10/1885. It says he died on 4/19/1885 at age 60, and was from Jefferson. Perhaps a
related to Kathina?
Most likely married in Wisconsin, since Schaaf papers say he immigrated in 1861. They
celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary a few years before she died.
Children of Simon Grun and Kathina Bok are:
1 i. Kathryn Grun, born December 09, 1868
in Watertown, WI; died July 07, 1954 in Larimore, Grand Forks, ND; married Bernard Edward
Yahna March 01, 1892 in St Henry's Catholic Church, Watertown WI.
ii. Juliana Grun, born 1870 in WI probably Watertown.
Born between 5/1869 and 7/1870. Conley email from 3/10/98 says that one of Simon's
daughters was married to a C. S. Stacy of Chicago.
iii. "Infant son" Grun, born Abt. 1875.
iv. Rosa Grun, born 1875 in WI probably Watertown; married Paul Hofer; born Abt. 1875.
Schaaf papers say she lived in Grand Forks ND in 1928. But her father Simon's obit says
she was living in Valley City ND 9/8/1931. - Conley email 3/10/98. Years of Catholicism in
Larimore mentions that the Paul Hofer family was a "pioneer family of St.
Scharmal Triesch Conley says in her email 2/9/98 that the "Hoffer"s lived in
Valley City ND.
v. Anna Grun, born 1878 in WI probably Watertown.
Conley email from 3/10/98 says that one of Simon's daughters was married to a C. S.
Stacy of Chicago.
vi. Ciliss Grun, born May 14, 1881 in Watertown, Jefferson County, WI; died July 09,
1971 in Watertown, Jefferson County, WI; Burial/Cremation: July 12, 1971, St Henry's
Cemetery, Watertown WI; married Edward S. Engelhart October 27, 1909; born October 22,
1881; died May 17, 1941; Burial/Cremation: St Henry's, Watertown, Jefferson County, WI.
Schaaf papers (1928) say that her father Simon was living with her and her family in
Watertown, at 212 North 4th Street.
Here is obit, from Scharmal Conley email 3/10/1998:
Mrs. Cecilia Engelhart Dies at 90 Rites are Monday
Mrs. Cecilia Engelhart, 90. who resides at St. Joseph's Home, died at 4:15 p.m. Friday.
Funeral services will be held Monday at 9:30 a.m. at the Schmutzler Funeral Home and at 10
a.m. at St. Henry's Catholic Church with Father Donald J. Bechius officiating. Burial will
be in the parish cemetery.
Friends and relatives may call to pay their respects at the funeral home from 3 to 9
p.m. Sunday and Monday up to the time of services. A Christian Mother and Altar
Confraternity rosary will be recited at 3 p.m. followed by a parish rosary at 8 p.m. on
The former Cecilia Gruen was born in Watertown May 14, 1881, daughter of the late Mr.
and Mrs. Simon Gruen. On Oct 27, 1909, she married Edward Engelhart who died in 1941. She
lived in Watertown most of her life.
Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Sylvester Richter of Watertown, on son, Fredrick of
Watertown and three grandchildren.
She was a member of St. Henry's Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus and Christian
Mother and Altar Confraternity.
(Watertown Daily Times, Watertown, Wisconsin, 10 July 1971)
vii. "Woman" Grun, born January 1885 in WI.
Conley email from 3/10/98 says that one of Simon's daughters was married to a C. S.
Stacy of Chicago.
Generation No. 3
4. Johann G. Grun, born Abt. 1815; died Bef. 1867. He married 5.
Elizabeth Marchand Abt. 1833 in Germany.
5. Elizabeth Marchand, born September 1814 in Germany; died December 17,
1901 in Watertown WI. Burial: December 20, 1901, St. Henry's Catholic, Watertown WI.
She was the daughter of 10. Carl Sebastian Marchand and 11. Anna S.
Schaaf papers say she was thought to be the oldest child of her family.
In 2/9/98 email Scharmal Treisch Conley quotes from the Watertown Daily Times
12/19/1901 pg3, obituary for Eliz: Funeral will take place tomorrow from the home (son
Simon's home, where she was said to have died?) at 109 North 9th Street at 9 o'clock, to
St. Henry's Church. She was 87 and is survived by her son, "Simon Gruen." Also
in this email, Scharmal says that she was listed as a member of the Catholic Church of
Buffalo City WI.
Children of Johann Grun and Elizabeth Marchand are:
i. "Infant" Grun, born Abt.
1835; died Abt. 1836.
ii. Maria Grun, born August 15, 1838 in Oeberich, Germany; died March 22, 1905 in
Colton, Whitman County, WA; Burial/Cremation: Colton WA; married (1) Peter Triesch 1858 in
Germany; born Abt. 1830 in Germany; died of brain fever in 1876 in Greimerath, Germany,
where he is buried; married (2) Franz Theodore Schaaf June 26, 1877 in Catholic Church,
Buffalo City, Buffalo County, WI; born July 24, 1806 in Trier Coblenz, Nierendorf,
Germany; died December 24, 1882 in Buffalo City, Buffalo County, WI.
The Schaaf papers say: Upon her husband's death, she was left "in very difficult
circumstances. She sold what little she had and went to America to her mother and 2
brothers who had emigrated to Wisconsin earlier (1861). She hoped for assistance from them
until the children could help themselves. But this was a delusion."
Her husband (Schaaf) died about 1883, when she and her boys ran the farm for a year,
but from then on leased it and moved to Fountain City, where the boys attended high school
and Kate the Sister's school. They lived there until 1891, when they moved to Washington,
where the oldest daughter and brother, Elizabeth (and husband H.J. Schaaf) and Simon, had
Immigration: Aft. 1874
Schaaf papers say Peter Triesch was the oldest son, all of whom were coal and iron
miners who did not live very old. There were 6 children in this marriage, although 2 died
Occupation: Coal minor or Iron worker
2 iii. Simon Grun, born March 29, 1840 in Germany; died September 06, 1931 in Watertown
WI; married Kathina Bok Abt. 1867.
iv. Martin Grun, born Abt. 1843 in Germany; died 1871 in Arkansas in Indian wars.
According to the Schaaf papers, Martin was a volunteer soldier, an infantryman in the
Civil War. He returned to WI when his enlistment period ended, and with a partner was in
the saloon business in Chicago. But before long he became a cavalry soldier, and in 1871
was killed in an Indian war in Arkansas.
Generation No. 4
10. Carl Sebastian Marchand, born Abt. 1785 in Germany. He married 11.
Anna S. Wegner.
11. Anna S. Wegner, born Abt. 1785 in Germany.
Child of Carl Marchand and Anna Wegner is:
5 i. Elizabeth Marchand, born September
1814 in Germany; died December 17, 1901 in Watertown WI; married (1) Johann G. Grun Abt.
1833 in Germany; married (2) Michael Hopfenmueller June 13, 1867 in Watertown WI.