As an update, the part of the world you're looking at is Bohemia, which is now mostly Czech Republic. It's considered Eastern Europe. See Niedermuhl, there on the map?
OUR people came from that area, so far mostly the village just below it, Oberschlagles. We're talking about a mile between the two villages.
The parish was Horni Pena which included 7 villages, all within about 10 miles:
Looking for HESCH births in Horni Pena church record books in the years between 1839 and 1855, I kept a list of what families lived in which villages...so if you've googled your way here, and want to see if YOUR folks lived there, e-mail me.
Anyway, we found ten HESCH kids, four of whom were born to Johann Hesch and MARIA SCHLINZ. That's the couple buried in Pierz--our great great grandparents.
We found out that great-grandfather Paul had 3 brothers: Bartholomaus, Mathias and Anton. Bartholomaus was born in August 1843 and died in September 1845, of scarlet fever.
(Mathias and Anton immigrated too, and settled in Waumandee, Wisconsin. We also found Mathias' future wife in Horni Pena--Agnes Trachofsky. They all moved to the Pierz area eventually, and are buried in St Josephs Cemetery in Pierz).
Paul was born the following January (1846) and here's what the book says: _______________________________________
20 January 1846
Catholic, Male, Legitimate
Father:"Johann Hesch, hansler (farmer/hourly laborer), son of Martin Hesch, hansler, of Oberschlagles #2 and Elizabeth born of Thomas Wolf in Diablinz #40"
Mother:"Maria, daughter of Laurenz Schlinz, citizen, and Elizabeth, born in Ratiborwitz"
This is from an absolutely WONDERFUL site called the CESKY ARCHIVY . When you get there, click the "Littera" button to get to the page of parishes. Click H, and then HORNI PENA. You'll find Paul in book 8, image 164. (The Archivy just last week added English and German views to the site, so you'll have a much easier time than we did. However, the books themselves are still in German, Czech and Latin--lol--sorry!)
If you've read to this point, and you actually CARE, let me know, and I'll send you the list of ten kids, ok?
BTW, here's the succession going back from Dad:
Mike, (1913) whose father was Anton, born 1883
whose father was Paul, born 1846
whose father was Johann, born 1818
whose father was Martin, born about 1787
whose father was Paul, born about 1755
Pretty cool, huh?