Descendants of Joseph & Lucy Lentz
of Washington Township, Clinton County, Iowa

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photo circa 1895

Joseph Lentz b: September 18, 1817 in Baden, GERMANY

d: January 25, 1902 in Washington Twsp. Clinton Co. IA

Joseph a.k.a. Josef Lentz emigrated from Baden, Germany in 1832

He was naturalized in 1839 or 1840 in Allegany County, Maryland

*1st Wife of Joseph Lentz:
+married Catherine Morrison Jan. 12, 1841 in Maryland

b: Unknown

d: August 11, 1841 in Cumberland, Allegany Co. MD
*2nd Wife of Joseph Lentz:
+married Lucinda Agnes Mattingly June 18, 1844 in St. Patrick’s Catholic Ch. Cumberland, MD

b: December 13, 1827 Cumberland, Allegany Co. MD

d: April 14, 1911 De Witt (city), Clinton Co. IA

1........ Francis George Lentz b: December 15, 1849 in Cumberland, Allegany Co. MD

Ordained Catholic Priest on July 5, 1877

d: November 13, 1917 in Bloomington, IL
2......... Mary Ann Lentz b: October 01, 1851 in Cumberland, Allegany Co. MD

d: Aft. 1910 in Clinton (city), Clinton Co. IA

m. circa 1879 in Clinton Co. IA
.....................+(husband) Michael McDermott b: 1844 in IRELAND

d: bet. 1888 -1900 in Clinton Co. IA

3........ (Louis) Aloysius Gonzaga Lentz b: November 20, 1855 in Cedar Rapids, IA

d: February 1935 in Stuttgart, AR

m. April 21, 1884 in Tipton IN

Marriage performed by Father Frank Lentz, brother of Louis
………......... +(wife) Margaret Frances Rothgery b: March 12, 1860 in Gary, IN

d: December 05, 1937 in Stuttgart, AR
4........ Charles N. Lentz b: April 10, 1857 in De Witt (city) Clinton Co. IA

d: February 08, 1944 in Greene Co. IA

m. circa 1884
..................... +(wife) Frances Adeline Crocker b. December 1, 1854 in Chicago, IL

d. April 4, 1929 in Boone, Boone Co. IA
5........ John Alphonsus Lentz b: March 27, 1860 in De Witt (city) Clinton Co. IA

d: Bef. 1870 in Clinton Co. IA (died as a young child)
6........ Bernard R. Lentz b: October 02, 1862 in De Witt (city), Clinton Co. IA

d: March 01, 1948 in North Washington, Chickasaw Co. IA
...................+(wife) Margaret Faye/Fay b: December 1869 in New York City, NY

(Orphan Train Rider, reared by Mr. & Mrs. William Spain of Clinton Co. IA)

d: May 19, 1931 in North Washington, Chickasaw Co. IA
7........ Lawrence Lentz b: September 05, 1865 in Washington Twsp. Clinton Co. IA

d: January 19, 1951 in Elma, Howard Co. IA
................... +(wife) Bridget Donahue b: December 19, 1885

d: April 25, 1971 in Elma, IA
8........ Lucy Lentz b: November 28, 1868 in Washington Twsp. Clinton Co. IA

d: March 22, 1940 in Elma, Howard Co. IA (was single all her life)

Note: Joseph & Lucinda Lentz took in an Orphan Train Rider named Ida Kelley (according to the 1900 Federal Census of Clinton County where she was listed as a servant). She was born in New York city in June of 1885. In the 1910 Federal Census of Clinton County she is listed as the wife of a man named Ed Burnett.

Transcribed Obituary from the 1911 DeWitt, Iowa newspaper:

Mrs. Joseph Lentz, who passed away yesterday morning at 4 o’clock at her home in this city after years of patient suffering, was born December 13, 1826 at Cumberland, Maryland. Her maiden name was Lucy Mattingly. She was united in marriage at the place of her birth to Joseph Lentz June 18, 1844. In March, 1854 she came with her husband to Cedar Rapids where they resided one year. In 1855 they moved to (the town of) DeWitt where they lived for ten years and in 1865 went to their farm at Deep Creek, where they lived a great many years and where Mr. Lentz answered his final summons in January, 1902.

Mrs. Lentz left the home farm in March of this year and came to DeWitt to reside, being called to join her husband only a short time after coming here.

Mrs. Lentz was a true Christian woman and held the high esteem of all who knew her. She will be greatly missed. She was the mother of nine children, two having died in infancy. The seven living are Rev. F.G. Lentz (a Catholic Priest) of Piper City, Illinois; Mrs. M. McDermott, Clinton; L.G. Lentz of Stugart, Arkansas; C.N. Lentz of Grand Junction, Iowa; B.R. Lentz of Ogden, Iowa; Lawrence and Lucy at home.

The funeral services will be held Monday forenoon at the Catholic Church, Petersville, followed by Internment at St. Mary’s Cemetery at Deep Creek (a.k.a. Petersville).

More information (for the above family) may be obtained from:

Audrey Staples-Nation


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