Updated:  18 January 2016; Published:  18 January 2016



“Grand Hensgens Family Chronicle”

“Each of us has been warmed by fires we did not build.

Each of us has been nourished by wells we did not dig!”  Author Unknown




My mother, Anna ‘Gertrude’ Hensgens-Monlezun, was German on both sides! During the years I lived away from Louisiana, she would send and I would file in a filing cabinet a plethora of informational treasures;  I moved 27 times before age 40 and returning home with my retired military husband and son! During the month of November 1995 we visited with Father Charles Zaunbrecher as he ‘spoke a word’ of his prodigious work tracking and researching the Pioneer German Families of Roberts Cove, LA  while on his annual trips to Germany. This providential visit planted a seed in my ‘heritage memory vineyard!’ My mother had organized the first family reunion for her siblings in 1984 in Lake Arthur, LA for she, as Father Charles,  had a keen sense for family gatherings as well an aforementioned familial instinct for tracking and, as received, stashed it ‘all’ away!


Mom died in November of 2000. Her people have become my people in a different and profound way for I have gratefully moved more fully and humbly into my generational place, as my father died in 1985. (Lee Joseph Monlezun was of French Basque ancestry.www.leadkindlylight.net/familychronicles/monlezunpeterson




I, twelfth generation Hensgens, tract and record a compendium of my German lineage in gratefulness and reverence to:  1) those who have gone before, 2) those who are here today, and 3) for those who will come after who will pray for us until the ‘The Grand Reunion’ commencing eternal life in The Light!



This amassing is dedicated to Reverend Charles Zaunbrecher for in the beginning he gathered it all for us!



Notation:  A Hensgens’ cousin residing in Germany is in the process of digitally publishing the ‘Grand Global  Hensgens Family’ and his numbers as of 13 January 2013 were 4,556 in 17 generations emailed to me on 283 pages of data! We are hovering around 5,600!



Very fluid numbers indeed as we ‘expand’ in the faith, work and joy of our ancestors.





Heinrich Hensgens b. 1600 – d. 1673 Gangelt-Vinteln, Germany

We have been prayed forward since 1600!






Heinrich Hensgens, son of Heinrich Hensgens/Generation One






Conrad Hensgens  b. 1666-

married Maria Ganderheiden, daughter of Wilhelm Ganderheiden and Giertgen Meufels





Johann Conrad Hensgens  b. 24 June 1698 -   Gangelt-Vinteln

m. Gertrud Hockhaus  b.1694 - d.1771 daughter of Joannes Hochhaus and Sophia Fischers





Johann Caspar Hensgens  b. 07 January 1726 – d. 23 March 1806, 6 pm, age 81, Gangelt-Vinteln

m. Anna Maria Ehmen  b. 26 December 1725, Zur Heggen – d. 01 September 1759,

Gangelt-Vinteln daughter of Andreas Ehmen and Gertrudis Mertens




Johann ‘Peter’ Hensgens  b. 06 August 1749, Gangelt-Langbroich – d. 14 December 1813, Gangelt-Hastenrath  m. 1776 in Susteren Maria Elisabeth Dahlmanns b. 08 March 1757 – d. 14 February 1813, Gangelt-Hastenrath  daughter of Gerhard and Anna Catharine Dahlmanns





Johann ‘Conrad’ Hensgens  b. 02 December 1783 – d. 04 October 1844, Gangelt-Hastenrath

m. 29 January 1808 Maria Josepha Herfs  b. 30 January 1789 in Hoengen – d. 24 January 1871 in Gangelt-Hastenrath) daughter of Joannes Christian Herfs and Maria Agnes Geilen.




 Johann Christian Hensgens  b. 31 December 1809 in Kleinwehrhagen – d. 21 March 1895 in Gangelt-Hastenrath m. 19 November 1836 Maria Catharina Dahlmanns  b. 03 November 1808 – d. 24 January 1871 in Gangelt-Hastenrath daughter of Johann Joseph Dahlmanns  b. 23 October 1785 Gangelt and Maria Josepha Lowartz  b. 12 November 1783 Gangelt married ca. 1865

Their children, Generation 9, are four sons: Christian, Conrad, Johann Ludwig and Leonhard and three daughters: Anna, Gertrud and Margaretha. All remained in Germany while eldest son, Christian Joseph, immigrated to Roberts Cove, LA.




Christian Joseph Hensgens  b: 24 December 1839 in Gangelt-Hastenrath - d: 6 July 1919

in Roberts Cove, LA m. 23 May 1871Maria ‘Regina’ Elisabeth Tellers  b: 7 September 1847 in Gangelt-Langbroich – d: 27 November 1908 in Roberts Cove, LA daughter of Johann Wilhelm Tellers and Maria Gertrude Ohlenforst who are the parents of three sons:  Ignatius, Joseph and Herman, and two daughters:  Katharina remained in Germany and Maria ‘Regina’ Elisabeth Tellers-Hensgens who immigrated to Roberts Cove, LA with her brother, Herman Tellers, who founded ‘Tellers Organworks’ (1906-2006) eventually making his home in Erie, PA.




Wonderful Notations:  Ship records of the S.S. Mississippi, a freighter that sailed from the port of Antwerp, Belgium, by way of Liverpool, England and Havana, Cuba indicate that Christian Joseph was 41and Regina33 arrived in New Orleans on November 17, 1881 with five boxes and two bags as their ship luggage! They had been married for ten years and had five children born in Hastenrath, Germany: 1- Katharina age 9,  2- Gertrude age 7, 3- Barbara age 5,  4-  Regina age 2  and 5- Conrad an infant; three children were born in Roberts Cove, LA  6- Johanna, 7- Joseph, 8- Nicholas  






CHILDREN of Christian Joseph and Maria ‘Regina’ Elisabeth Tellers

1. Joseph Dischler (1866-1921) and MARIA KATHARINA HENSGENS (1872-1955)                     

2. Lorenz Zaunbrecher (1870-1954)  and MARIA GERTRUD HENSGENS (1874-1954)

3. William Michael Heinen (1872-1940) and BARBARA HENSGENS (1876-1947)

4. William Joseph Bollich, Sr. (1877-1966) and REGINA HENSGENS (1878-1949)

5. CONRAD JOSEF HENSGENS (1880-1956) and Francesca Margaret Schatzle (1887-1975)

6. Joseph G. Klauser (1880-1947) and JOHANNA MARIA HENSGENS (1882-1930)

7. JOSEPH HENSGENS  b. 24 February 1885 – d. 06 October 1959) m. 27 November 27, 1906 in Roberts Cove, LA  Anna Gertrude Reiners  b. 07 April 1885 – d. 16 January 1969 daughter of Franz Anton Reiners (1846 – 1907) and Maria Veronika Knoben (1847 – 1928)

8. WILLIAM NICHOLAS HENSGENS (1887-1955) and Maria Agnes Leonards (1890-1926)




CHILDREN of Joseph and Anna Gertrude Reiners-Hensgens:


Updated every two years post-reunions!

Families of:

1. CHRISTIAN JOSEPH HENSGENS (1908-1972) and Mary Elizabeth Thevis (1909-1985)

Total:                                      149

Deceased:                            12

Living Family Members:    137

Direct Descendants:          106



2. Pirmin Hubert Habetz (1911-1970) and CATHERINE ‘FRANCES’ HENSGENS (1916-1997)

Total:                                      120

Deceased:                            11

Living Family Members:    109

Direct Descendants:           87 


3. JOSEPHA REGINA HENSGENS (1909-1909, lived 2 ½ months)



4. CONRAD LEO HENSGENS (1920-1987) and Mary Catherine Theunissen (1922-2012)

Total:                                      09

Deceased:                            02

Living Family Members:    07

Direct Descendants:           06



5. Lee Joseph Monlezun (1917-1985) and ANNA ‘GERTRUDE’ HENSGENS (1921-2000)

Total:                                      80

Deceased:                            04

Living Family Members:    76

Direct Descendants:           51



6. Herman Lawrence Berken (1921-1996) and BARBARA ‘LEONA’ HENSGENS (1924-)

Total:                                  88

Deceased:                            07

Living Family Members:    81

Direct Descendants:           60




7. NICHOLAS ANTHONY HENSGENS (1925-1999) Gloria Theresa Deshotels (1927-1995)

Total:                                      23

Deceased:                            02

Living Family Members:    21

Direct Descendants:           15


8. Guy Gregoire Gauthreaux (1926-2014) and CLARICE JEANETTE HENSGENS (1929-)

Total:                                      39

Deceased:                            01

Living Family Members:    38

Direct Descendants:           29



GRAND TOTAL:                    511 (includes Josepha Regina, Joseph, Anna Gertrude Reiners-Hensgens)

DECEASED FAMILY MEMBERS:   42 (includes Josepha Regina, Joseph, Anna Gertrude Reiners



DIRECT DESCENDANTS:                357 (includes Josepha Regina, Joseph, Anna Gertrude Reiners-Hensgens)

GENERATIONS:                                15





Joseph and Anna Gertrude Reiners-Hensgens Family Reunion

Next one to be held in 2017!

Host:  Family of Nicholas Anthony and Gloria Theresa Deshotels-Hensgens 

…births and marriages are steadily flowing in…!!



GERMANFEST in Roberts Cove, LA




Very interesting reading, profound and beautiful conceptual writing…

 “All cultures have some concept similar to the saints. It is most likely part of the human psyche and

imagination to recognize in certain peoplesome special quality that singles them out from others, some

blessing of divine power and gracethat connects them to the realm of spirit. People everywhere have created

ritual and ceremony to honor the memory of those special human beings in the belief that they have not faded into oblivion.

The ancestral past is still alive in the present age. Our ancestors are still with us.

The Christian saints are our ancestors in several ways. Many lived in the same regions that our families are from, so there

conceivably could be, unbeknownst to us, actual bloodlines with some of them. As members of a culture heavily influenced by Christianity,

we can recognize and appreciate the saints’ efforts to put into practice the values, beliefs, and attitudes that Jesus taught

two thousand years ago and that have continued to make sense over the years, even as the times changed and continue to change. Our heritage,

whether familial or cultural, includes these men and women.”