"Historical and Biographical Delineation
of the Family of Emanuel Michael Lonsway"
Genealogy of the Family of Emanuel Michael Lonsway
Compiled and written by his son
Austin E. Lonsway
Grandparents and Parents
Grandfather Peter Lonsway Family
Peter Xavier Lonsway, born May 13, 1815, died April 17, 1876; his wife, Amelia Teresa (nee Hendel), born October 2, 1822, died July 25, 1886; married July 14, 1842; both interred in St. Mary Cemetery, Tiffin, Ohio
Emanuel Michael, born January 29, 1846; died December 20, 1925. Julius, John, Ammon, Alfaretta B. Wagner, born May 2, 1851, died August 13, 1914; Zephyrus; Johnas; Sarah B. Kuhn, born 1857, died 1932, Austin, Charles.
Grandfather Isaac Houck Family
Isaac Houck, born May 14, 1819, in Ettlinger, Duchy of Baden, Germany, died August 3, 1893; Mary Hierholzer, his wife, died March 6, 1886; married May 16, 1840; both buried in St. Joseph Cemetery, in Tiffin, Ohio.
John, Mary Zierolf, Magdalena Lonsway, George, Joseph, Jacob, Peter, Isaac, Armena Mary.
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A Short Sketch of Our Oldest
Jean Baptiste Langevin and Theresa Durand Langevin, his wife, came from Paris, France, in the eighteenth century; they settled in the Parish of Northern District of Inspection of Champlain, Three Rivers, Canada, midway between Montreal and Quebec, where they resided until their deaths. They were parents of eight boys and two girls.
The oldest, Joseph Narcisse, was born February 8, 1818, and came to the United Stated in 1836; first to Buffalo, N.Y., and then to Ypsilanti, Michigan, where he remained until 1839, then he moved to Sandusky City, Erie County, Ohio; he was naturalized in 1846; he was soon followed to this Country by his younger brothers, Peter in 1841 and Louis in 1844; the trio becoming pioneers of Seneca County; the two lost no time in becoming naturalized citizens of the United States. The Three Brothers from Three Rivers entered into a contract to build, and keep in repairs for eight years, the railroad from Sandusky to Kenton, then called the Mad River and Lake Erie Railroad, now known as the Big Four Railroad, division of the New York Central System.
Joseph was Foreman of the group who laid the ties and also furnished much of the timber used in the project. Besides helping with the railroad bed Peter was also bookkeeper and paymaster for the All-Brother Contractors.
After fulfillment of the contract the three spent the remainder of their lives in tilling the fertile soil of Seneca County.
While attending the Train Fair in Chicago September 26, 1949, Herman Lonsway, great-grandson of Peter, with his family, noted with keen interest the first engine used on the Mad River and Lake Erie Railroad. It is well preserved and the oldest of its kind still intact. For this special occasion it was fired with wood, became steamed up; the whistle, bell and mechanism are all operative.
An Epitomized Sketch of the Emanuel Michael Lonsway
Father and Mother
Our parents, Emanuel and Magdalena Mary (nee Houck), his wife, began farming on the old homestead now occupied by their son, Amadeus. They started their married lives practically penniless but imbued with the pioneer spirit they were undaunted in the work which they had planned.
Many valuable giant trees were felled and marketed in order to derive revenue and make way for their building program. They did their work the hard way for an easier method was unknown altho Emanuel was not wanting in inventive procedures. The roads were dirt, dust and mud. Oxen were used for hauling and dragging, and uprooting stumps; grain was cut with cradle and bound by hand; the slow oxen were used in tilling the soil.
They had no labor trouble; they worked throughout the day and late hours in the nights. They enjoyed harmonious teamwork; Magdalena, in addition to rearing a large family, found ample time to raise chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys, and care for a large vegetable garden. All necessary buildings were soon erected since Emanuel was also a carpenter and architect. After many years of strenuous labor on the farm Emanuel erected a beauteous house in New Riegel to serve as their new home. They remained there from 1906 until 1909 when they removed to Fostoria, Ohio; several of the younger children still resided with their parents. It was in Fostoria where they spent the sunset of their lives and placidly enjoyed the fruits of their labors. They were privileged to attain advanced age seemingly as a reward for lives well spent.
They resided near St. Wendelin Church which they attended daily giving them to much desired opportunity of offering their thanks and praise to their Creator. Until their last days on earth they were deeply interested in the welfare of all their children, always praying that their sons and daughter would ever cherish the precious religious heritage which carried them safely through life's undulating voyage.
Mother, with the aid of a cane, edged her way wearily to Church until the night she breathed her last; Father, in a wheel chair for three and one-half years, nursed by daughter and sister, Armena, patiently suffered his plight and was prepared for the Divine Call. We pray that Heaven's Gates opened wide to hail them as residents throughout eternity. -- Eugene C. Lonsway.
Features of the Careers of Emanuel's Sons and Daughter
Albert: Refrigeration engineer; gold miner in Cobalt distract, Canada.
Alpheus: Rural school teacher; telegrapher; bicycle racer; mayor of New
Riegel, Ohio; tuba player in New Riegel Band; adept gardener; retired.
Jesse: Macadamized road constructor; dairyman; engineer in gold mines,
Placerville, California; retired.
Herve: Rural pedagogue; scientific agriculturist; muleteer; Postmater, Berwick,
Ohio; naturalist; philomath.
Raphael: Country School Master; brewing master; eminent farmer; Government Farm
Agent; Insurance Agent.
Amadeus: Lover of his fellow men; immutable; the old homestead is visible
George: Tiller of the soil; exceptionally industrious and successful; interested
in politics; progressive; philanthropist; devoted husband and father.
Austin: Parochial school instructor; soil cultivator; grain mill operator;
Eugene: Rustic school tutor; Mastor Printer (self styled); Chiropractor;
Edmund: Another Ichabod Crane disciple; grocery merchants; horticulturist; State
Liquor Store Manager; Poultry Fancier; retiring.
Wilfred: Agriculturist assistant; grocer; lover of mankind; U.S. Army
Armena: Secretary; nurse to parents and several brothers; refined; exemplary
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Sister Armena's contribution: A Family Tree is a device for
tracing yourself back to better people than you are.