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My Great Grandfather, August C. Tietz came to America from Germany around 1872. His wife, Wilhelminia Werth came around 1873 with her parents (Michael and Maria). The town listed on Wilhelminia's immigration record is Schlawe, Koeslin County, Germany. It became a part of Poland in 1945. Immigration records show August and Wilhelminia were married in Germany. My Grandfather, August W. Tietz was one of six. Two brothers, Ewald, and Leonard, and three sisters, Emma, Louise, and Minnie. I have very little information on August's brothers and sisters. All I'm presuming, they lived in or near Watertown, WI and born between 1879 and 1890.

I am looking for almost everything, birth, death, marriage dates, children if they were married, and had them. Any information about them would be greatly appreciated, I will be happy to share the information I have to anyone who is interested.

August was married to a Rosa Kube on March 25, 1914. They had one child, Gilbert Tietz. Rosa passed away on October 2, 1934. August remarried a Irma Anna Adela Heine on February 5, 1938. They had one child LeRoy Allen Tietz, my Father. Irma was married to a Clarence Cox previously, and had one son, David Cox. The four of them farmed in Richwood, WI until the death of August on November 22, 1959.

Irma Tietz (Heine) was the daughter of William Conrad August Heine and Martha Schildbach. Both parents were born in the United States. She was born on October 30, 1906. She was one of 5 children. The other siblings were, Meta, Leona, Edwin, and Oscar, who was the youngest. The family farmed most of their lives in Helenville, WI. Irma died March 23, 1979 in a Watertown Hospital. Below, you will find a family photo, Oscar wasn't born at time of this picture, and is assumed to be abt. 1917.

The Brighenti side, my Mother's, I have more information on. Three Brighenti sisters came over to the U.S. in the teens of the 1900's. They were Rosina, my great grandmother, Lucia, and Genoneffa. Rosina and Genoneffa were both married before sailing. Rosina married Luigi Nicoli, and had six children, two of which died at birth. The ones living after birth were Isabell, Caroline, Perena (Lawrence Joseph Zardus)and Mary (Philip Gleason). The two that died, were Marie, and Angelina. All were born near what is known today as Ishpeming, MI in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

Rosina married John Fortini in 1927, and had one son, Anthony, who lived one month, and past away, and Josephine (Edwin Neal Cory II).

Luigi Nicoli, was shot in New York City around 1942. The information I have on this side, is substantial, with pictures, and dates. What I don't have too much on is Luigi Nicoli. Anything and everything about him would be greatly appreciated. The family has some clues as to what happened to Luigi in New York, and if there is something someone knows, email me, I'm not going to give details out, unless someone contacts me directly with hard facts.

Anything on both sides of the family will be greatly appreciated especially birth, death, marriage, and/or land records. Please feel free to email me, and I'm willing to share the information I have with someone who is equally interested. Thanks.

Tietz and Brighenti Family Page
Updated July 22, 2003

Derek Michael Tietz
4409 School Road
Madison, WI 53704-1311
United States
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