1854—approximate birth of Theresia Loerscher, as calculated from the marriage registration. Her birth may be 1853.10.19 in Aachen, Nordrhein-Westfalen.
1871.06.17—application for emigration by Michael Kohn, as also reported in the Wasserliesch Kirchenbuch. His occupation is reported as "Schreiner" (cabinet maker or carpenter).
1872.11.01—application from Michael Kohn to the Wisconsin Circuit Court for naturalization.
1874.04.21—marriage of Michael Kohn and Theresia Loerscher (spelling uncertain) in La Crosse, La Crosse county, Wisconsin. The date and names of the couple and their parents are documents in a list of Wisconsin marriage registrations from 1851 to 1907.
1875—enumerated in the Kansas State Census of Beloit township, Mitchell county, Kansas.
1876—residence reported for Michael Kohn "on Second Street between King and Jay Streets" in the La Crosse city directory. A lag of up to a year can be expected between the information gathering and publication.
1879.07.22—death in Leavenworth of Francis John Kohn, who was born 1874 in "Omaha, Nebraska." The death index identifies this entry as "line 990" in some primary source. (The name "Francis" and the location seem to be unusual for the family, but the information needs to be checked to eliminate it or contradict my assumptions.)
1880—enumeration of the Michael Kohn family in Beloit city, Mitchell county, Kansas. The U.S. Federal Census enumerates them at that location under the name "Mike Cohen" age 36 born in Prussia with wife "Thressa" age 27, son Theodore age 5 born in Kansas, son Matt age 3 born in Kansas, and son Mike age 2 born in Kansas.
1882—residence reported as "Kohn, Michael, carpenter, r 909 7th" in Green's Leavenworth Directory, p 121.
1883—residence reported as "Kohn, Michael, carpenter, Willcott & Steir, r 909 7th" in Green's Leavenworth Directory, p 138.
1883.05.05—death of John R. Kohn, who was born 1881.01.05. The death index identifies this entry as "line 1278" in its primary source, which reads "[died] Leavenworth 1883.05.05, [cause] measles, [parents] Mcl - Teresa Kohn, [marital status] single, [location] Single Grave, [remarks] German church, [priest] J.F. Cunningham".
1884—residence reported as "Kohn, Michael, carpenter, Willcott & Stier, r 720 Kickapoo" in Green's Leavenworth Directory, p 153.
1884—calculated birth of John Kohn.
1885—enumeration of "Michl" Kohn (carpenter age 40 born in Germany) family in Kansas State Census of Leavenworth county, Leavenworth. Members: wife Teresa age 28 born Germany, son Theodore age 10 born Kansas, son "Mattew" age 8 born Kansas, son "Michl" age 7 born Kansas, and daughter Gertie age 4 born Kansas. A census index in the Leavenworth library cites three entries under Kohn: a Geo numbered 142 on page 469, a Geo numbered 142 on page 473, and a Michl numbered 142 on page 581.
1891.11.22—death of Theresa Kohn age 40 at 720 Kickapoo in Leavenworth. Her burial occurs on the next day at Mount Calvary. The death is caused by "paralysis," and Michael Kohn is identified as the next of kin. The Interment Register has line number 3243 (page 75) "Theresia Kohn, Germany 1852, Leavenworth Kan 21.91, paralysis, Theodore & Gertrude [Donebar or Dauter? inserted above], married, Single grave, German church, J.F. Cunningham".
1895—enumeration of Michael Kohn (carpenter age 50 born in Germany) family in Kansas State Census of Leavenworth county, Leavenworth. Members: Mathias age 17 born Wisconsin occupation cook, and Michael age 15 born Wisconsin (studying to be) carpenter.
1900.06.08—enumerated Michael Kohn as a widowed carpenter born June 1843 in Germany in the U.S. Federal Census of Leavenworth, with a location of North First Street in Ward 4. Family members include: son Michael born Dec. 1877 in Wisconsin, daughter Gertrude born Aug. 1880 in Kansas, son John R. born June 1884 Kansas, and son Peter born May 1877 in Wisconsin. Problematic is the statement that Michael Jr. and Peter were born seven months apart. Perhaps Peter is not a son, but the nephew Peter, the son of John M. Kohn who was born 1877.07.17?
1900.11.22—marriage of Gertrude Kohn to Arthur N. Wales, as listed in the marriage index in the Leavenworth library, which cites an entry in book K, page 164.
1901 to 1917—divorce proceedings between Gertrude Kohn and Arthur N. Wales, as listed in the divorce index in the Leavenworth library, which cites an entry 146-78.
1905—family of Michael Kohn (carpenter age 60 born in Germany) enumerated in Kansas State Census of Leavenworth county, Leavenworth. Members: son Michael Jr. age 27 born Kansas occupation carpenter, son John age 20 born Kansas occupation Bookbinder, son Leo age 17 born Kansas occupation R. Road Fireman, and daughter Annie age 15 born Germany. This information was reported by another researcher, and some of the assertions are now suspect (particularly concerning Leo and Annie).
1905.07.24—death of John Kohn at St. John Hospital of consumption at age 21. Burial is at Mount Calvary with Haas & Brown undertakers and A.J. Smith as certifying physician. The death index identifies this entry as line 4422. The Interment Register has line number 4422 (page 124) "John Kohn, 11worth 1884, 11worth Kan, July 24/05, consumption, Michael & Teresa, single, single grave, St. Joseph's, John Ward".
1905.09.04—death of Michael Kohn, Jr. at St. John Hospital of consumption at age 28. Burial is at Mount Calvary with Haas & Brown undertakers and Risdon as certifying physician. The death index identifies this entry as line 4440. The Interment Register has line number 4440 (page 125) "Michael Kohn, Leavenworth 1878, 11worth [Leavenworth] Sept 4/05, consumption, Michael & Teresa, single, single grave, St. Joseph's, John Ward".
1907.08.26—death of Michael Kohn, Sr. at 784 Osage Street of tuberculosis at age 62. Burial is at Mount Calvary with O'Donnell undertakers and Darrah as certifying physician. The death index identifies this entry as line 4555. The Interment Register has line number 4555 (page 132) "Michael Kohn, Germany 1845, 11worth Aug. 26/07, Consumption, [no entry], married, single grave, St. Joseph's, P.R. McNamoran[?]".
1915.09.04—death of Arthur N Wales with no corroborative information.
1924.09.29—death of Theodore Kohn at age 49. Burial is at the Ft. Leavenworth National Cemetery, location 2266-B. He was a Technical Sergeant in the U.S.Army and a veteran of the Spanish-American War.
Difficulties EncounteredAt least one other Kohn family of Leavenworth in this period is unrelated. The family is likely Jewish. Their residences or businesses are likely at these addresses:
612 Cherokee (Charles Kohn and George Kohn, 1879, 1882)
North Shawnee (Charles Kohn and George Kohn, 1879)
111 N. Broadway (Charles Kohn and George Kohn, 1882)
407 N. 3rd
518 S. Esplanade
Gertrude Kohn-Wales is unaccounted for after her marriage in 1900.
Matthew Kohn is unaccounted for after the 1895 census.
The son Peter Kohn of 1900 is unreliable, but reported in the transcribed census index available from the LDS website.
Uncorroborated AssertionsIn the 1900 census Theodore Kohn is found serving in the U.S. Army in the Phillipines.
The 1905 Kansas State Census of Leavenworth, Leavenworth Co. includes these members of the Michael Kohn family:
- John Kohn age 20 born Kansas occupation Bookbinder (there is a John Kohn 1884-Jul. 24, 1905 buried in Mt. Calvary Cemetery)
- Leo Kohn age 17 born Kansas occupation R. Road Fireman
- Annie Kohn age 15 born Germany