Descendants of Heinrich Wiese
of Schleswig-Holstein

Grand Duchy of Schleswig-Holstein

Generation #1

Heinrich Wiese of Schleswig-Holstein

Heinrich Wiese was born in about 1700 in Probstei, Duchy of Holstein, a vassal state of the Holy Roman Empire [HRE]. And in about 1725, Heinrich married Antje Puck b. c. 1705 Probstei, Duchy of Holstein.

By the 15th Century, the Duchy of Schleswig was bound by marriages and alliances to the Duchy of Holstein, a vassal state of the Holy Roman Empire. And in 1460, the two Duchies were formally united by the Treaty of Ribe wherein the two duchies were declared Up Ewig Ungedeelt, or "Forever Undivided." However, the King of Denmark was always the Duke of Schleswig but not always the Duke of Holstein. And when he was the Duke of Holstein, he was a vassal of the Holy Roman Empire [HRE]. Thus in more modern times, the military boundary shifted south across Holstein to the Elbe River and then back north over and over again depending on which principality ruled Holstein.

As an ethnic German in a state, ruled by a Danish King, Hinrich and his descendants would have watched the Danish Army march south to the boarder of the HRE and then retreat back north with the change of Dukes. And as armies pass through your homeland, they conscript resources, including young men for service in the army. Divisions between the German peoples of Holstein and the Danish Crown would eventually erupt into two wars. [The 48ers and Social Revolution]

Heinrich and Antje lived the remainder of their lives in Ratjendorf, Duchy of Holstein. Their dates of death are not known.

Heinrich is important to this research; as he is the progenitor of the Wiese family of Davenport IA. His descendants married into the Kruezfelds who married into the Arps who married into the Lafrenzes. The Wieses, the Arps, and the Lafrenzes all immigrated to America and settled in Scott Co IA.


    1. Heinrich Wiese b. c. 1727 Ratjendorf, Duchy of Holstein

    2. Gretje Wiese

Generation #2


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