The Toenjes Family


Lucas Toenjes was listed in the St. Luke's records as one of the original pioneers of the parish. Very little was found on this family. They may have been in Winneshiek Co. as they do not appear in the 1860 census for St. Lucas. Below is the information I found. I could not connect them to our Lucas Toenjes, but the information is included to assisst anyone researching this family.


H. A. Toenjes Born March 11, 1856


H. A. Toenjes, a farmer and dairyman of Wayne township, was born in Oldenburg, Germany, March 11, 1856, and is a son of John Christopher and Anna (Guelfs) Toenjes. The parents were both natives of Germany, where until his death John Toenjes followed farming. In 1869 his son John came to the United States and five years later Mrs. Toenjes, who was then a widow, H. A., Dietrich and a daughter, Elizabeth, came here, settling in Jones county. After she arrived in Iowa Mrs. Toenjes married again and passed the last years of her life in Ireton, at the home of her daughter. She had reared a family of five children: Rev. John Gerhart, who is the pastor of the German Lutheran church at Quyvrel, Idaho; Mrs. Johanna Ludwig, a widow, who is still living in the old country; H. A., of this sketch; Dietrich, who lives in Chicago; and Elizabeth, who is the wife of H. L. Vonder, a farmer of Ireton, Iowa.

Accompanied by his mother, brother and sister, H. A. Toenjes came to the United States in 1874, settling in Jones county where he has since resided. He had learned the carpenter's trade in the land of his birth, and after coming to this country he followed it for about two years. He then took up farm work by the month, and four years later engaged in farming for himself. He selected Wayne township as the scene for his labors and bought here eighty acres. After he had proved to his satisfaction that he could make a success of this vocation he bought one hundred and twenty acres more, so, that he now has a farm of two hundred acres on section 28. This is especially well improved, the result of his own endeavors, and the buildings are of an exceptionally fine character. In addition to the work of the fields he milks about thirty-five cows, engaging to some extent in the dairy business. He assisted in the organization of the Co-operative Creamery Company of Amber and is now on the board of directors of the concern.

Mr. Toenjes wedded, January 28, 1877, Miss Margaret Zimmerman, who was born near Dixon, Illinois, May 13, 1859, but was only four weeks old when brought to Jones county by her parents, A. G. and Anna (Grumm) Zimmerman, who were born, reared and married in Hanover, Germany. They came to the United States in 1854 and five years later came to Iowa, where Mr. Zimmerman, bought a farm in Wayne township, where he lived until he retired from active life and took up his residence in the village of Amber. There his death occurred in 1904 and there his widow still lives. Mr. and Mrs. Toenjes have had thirteen children; John C., of Ireton, Iowa; Anna E., who is the wife of Warner Heiken, of Cass township; A. G., of Wayne township; Augusta M., who is the wife of Herman Folkers, of Wayne township; Julia, who lives at home; Johannah, who resides in Greeley, Colorado; George, Elizabeth, Clara, Laura and Herman, who are still at home; William, who died in infancy; and Maria, who died at the age of three. The family are members of Zion German Lutheran church of Wayne township, and take an active part in its social and religious life. Since he has become a citizen of this republic Mr. Toenjes has looked to the democratic party for his guidance in political affairs and while he has not been active in public affairs he held the office of township trustee for a period of three years and has ever been interested in the welfare of his fellowman. He is not only a diligent worker but is also imbued with those ideas of progress which make his counsel of real value to other men who are struggling toward success and distinction in the same line of work.
From History of Jones County, Iowa, Past and Present, R. M. Corbitt, S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, 1910, p. 569.



GSCGS Cemetery Index

TOENJES, Baby - Oct 1913 infant of J. C. Toenjes St Johns Luth Cem Ireton IA

TOENJES, D. Lavon - b. 1912 ss Harold C. Pleasant Hill Cem Ireton IA

TOENJES, Harold C. - b. 1907 ss D. Lavon Pleasant Hill Cem Ireton IA

TOENJES, John C. - b. 1877 d. 1962 St Johns Luth Cem Ireton IA

TOENJES, Mary T. - b. 1885 d. 1971 St. Johns Luth Cem Ireton IA

TOENJES, Thelma - b. 1 Sep 1917 d. abt 29 Mar 1983 St Johns Cem Ireton IA

Johann Dietrich Heinrich TOENJES was born 26 May 1847 in Steyerberg, Hannover. He died 13 Dec 1911 in Los Angeles, L A, Ca and was buried on 16 Dec 1911 in Los Angeles, L A, CA. He married Amanda Louise Knoch and they had six known children:

Ottelia Charlotte Toenjes was born 16 January 1886 in St Louis, St Louis, MO. She died on 5 January 1939 in Los Angeles. She married Frank Elmer Bailey who was born on 28 June 1890 in Panama, Shelby Co., Iowa. His parents were Washington Mark Bailey and Maryetta Padden. He died on 25 January 1964 in Duarte, Los Angeles Co., Calivornia.

Adolph Ulrich Toenjes
was born 1 June 1888 in Los Angeles, California. He married Emma Wilhelmena Flfschert. He died on 5 January 1973.

Henry Otto Toenjes was born 1April 1890 in Los Angeles. He married Nell Cora Hatfield. He died 12 January 1979.
Aanda Adalyn Toenjes was born 26 May 1892 in Los Angeles. She died 9 July 1948.
Dora Alma Toenjes was born on 16 March 1896 in Los Angeles and died 13 May 1964.

Walter Oscar Toenjes was born 14 June 1894 in Los Angeles, CA He married Venz Leone Anderson. He died 19January 1974.

Josephine Toenjes was born on 8 February 1925 in Saint Augusta, Stearns Co., Minnesota. She married Joseph Bruno Bechtold. She died in October of 1982 in St. Cloud, Stearns Co., Minnesota. Joseph was born 16 July 1907 and died in Feb 1994 in St. Cloud. They had three children: Linda, Debra and Mary Beth.
Clarence Toenjes was born 5 May 1910 in St Paul, Minnesota. He married Marcella and died 9 October 1992 in St. Cloud.
bParents: C Wolters John, Helen


John C Toenjes
Birth: 21 July 1881-- , St Augusta, MN Death:12 January 1948 --
Spouse: Helen
Parents: Kilian Henry, Elizabet


Elizabe Toenjes
Birth: 2 February 1876-- , St Augusta, MN
Death: 28 February 1956 --
Spouse: Toenjes Joseph
Parents: Kilian Henry, Elizabet

John B Toenjes was born 16 December 1878 in St Augusta, MN and died in 1956. Spouse: Toenjes Bertha
Parents: Kieke Bernard, Maria

William Toenjes
Birth: 16 May 1891-- , St Augusta, MN
Spouse: Antonette
Parents: Kieke Bernard, Maria

George Toenjes
Birth: 17 March 1886-- , St Augusta, MN
Death: 30 August 1969 --
Spouse: Toenjes Mathilda
Parents: Kilian Henry, Elizabet

Henry Toenjes
Birth: 3 March 1877-- , St Augusta, MN
Death:10 December 1914 --
Spouse: Toenjes Philome
Parents: Kilian Henry, Elizabet

Theresa Toenjes
Birth: 6 March 1878-- , St Augusta, MN
Death:11 June 1943 --
Spouse: Toenjes Joseph
Parents: Kilian Henry, Elizabet


D. G. TOENJES married Ella BEAMS on 18 August 1886 in Hamilton, Iowa.


David TOENJES Born: 18 Dec 1894 Died: Aug 1966 Waterloo, Black Hawk, Iowa


Henry TOENJES Birth Date: 30 Jan 1898 Death Date: Jul 1972
Hecker, Monroe, Illinois (The Chicago Voter Registrations show a Henry Toejes, born Germany, registered to vote in 1888.


The Illinois Marriage Records, 1855-1900 show Christiana Toenjes married John Hahn on 27 July 1862 in St. Clair Co.

Theodore TOENJES Born: 30 Oct 1892 Death Date: Jun 1964 Actual Death Residence: Iowa

Joseph TOENJES Born: 5 Nov 1826 in Hanover, Germany Died: 4 Jun 1888

Henry TOENJES Born: 29 Sep 1844 Germany Died: 31 Dec 1908 St. Augusta, Minnesota Burial: Jan 1909 Place: St. Augusta, Minnesota

Father: Gerhard Heinrich TOENJES
Mother: unknown Spouse: Elizabeth KILIAN
Marriage: 19 Jan 1875 Place: St. Augusta, Minnesota


Mildred B. Breckenridge Toenjes
7-13-1890 8-11-1983 m. 11-10-1921 Black Hawk County, IA


David B. Toenjes
12-18-1894 to 8-28-1966,
WWI I A 1st Sgt. 309- Repair Unit MTC

1901 News Extracts - Oakland Independent, Oakland, Burt Co., Nebraska. Toenjes, Carl: Jun 28, 1901: p 6: c 4: Fremont
14 yr.old son of Rev. G. Toenjes drown in Platte river

TOENJES, Frank, Born July 25, 1824, died January 19, 1909, aged 84 years 5 months 24 days. The funeral will take place Friday, January 22, 1909, leaving the family residence at 8:30 a.m. Service at Church of Immaculate Conception at 9:30 a.m. Interment in Catholic Cemetery. Columbia, Illinois.

Frank TOENJES Birth Date: 18 Mar 1901 Death Date: Sep 1968 Columbia, Monroe, Illinois

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