- Florian Lux

Florian Lux Florian Lux
  • Born: 28 Dec 1825, Frankenberg, Silesia, Prussia
  • Died: 18 May 1903, Jordan, MN
  • Parents: Franz Carl Anton and ? Lux, Riegersdorf, Silesia, Prussia
Theresia Elke (or Aulké) - (Wife #1)
  • Born: 27 Dec 1824, Briesnitz, Silesia, Prussia
  • Died: 3 May 1878, Jordan, MN
  • Parents: Carl and ? Alke
Married: 5 Feb 1850, Riegersdorf, Silesia, Prussia

Johanna Knapp John - (Wife #2)

  • Born: 1 Jan 1842, Briesnitz, Silesia, Prussia
  • Died: 19 Jan 1926, Jordan, MN
  • Parents:
Married: 26 July 1881, Jordan, MN

* = just a guess


                     | Theresia             B. 28 NOV 1849      D. 17 JUN 1906, Helena Twp, MN
                     | August               B. 24 DEC 1852      D. 10 OCT 1910, Duluth, MN
                     | Robert               B.  6 MAY 1854      D.  8 AUG 1896, Wadena, MN
Florian Lux     \    | Anna                 B. 25 OCT 1857      D. 
      &          }---| Joseph               B. 13 JUN 1862      D.  3 NOV 1914, Portland OR
Theresia Elke   /    | Sophia               B. 22 FEB 1866      D. 
                     | Ferdinand            B. 18 JAN 1869      D.  5 MAR 1913, Sabula, IA (?)

Brief biographies of the children of Florian and Theresia Lux


Belle Plaine Twp. 1880. Map size = 253K
Florian Lux owned 238 acres according to this map of Belle Plaine Township, Scott County, Minnesota, 1880. It is the blackened area on the right.
Florian and Theresia (sometimes spelled Terese or Trease) Lux were born in Silesia, Prussia, at that time a German speaking region of Eastern Europe. [It is now part of Dolnoslaskie province in southwestern Poland, near the Czech border.]

They were married in Riegersdorf, Silesia, Prussia, on 5 Feb 1850. Their first two children, Theresia and August, were born in Briesnitz. The young family left Prussia for America in about 1852 and arrived in Scott County, Minnesota, in about 1856. Their third child, Robert, was born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1854, so they must have been making their way across the U.S. when he was born.

It is not known what route or mode of transportation the Lux family took to Minnesota. The most likely method at the time was by riverboat, down the Ohio River and up the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers to Shakopee. The 1895 Minnesota census indicates Florian arrived in Minnesota in 1856.

The Lux's were among the earliest white settlers of that region; both Scott County and the town of Jordan were established only a few years before their arrival. The Lux family made their living by farming. The Scott County platte map of 1880 shows Florian owned 238 acres in Belle Plaine Township, south of Jordan. They had seven children, four born in Scott County.

Theresia Lux died on May 3, 1878 at age 54.

Florian married Johanna (Knapp) John in 1881. Her first husband was Richard John, and they lived in the district of Frankenstein, province of Silesia, Prussia.

There is a Johanna Knapp listed as "niece" on the 1880 census, but she is only 20 years old. 21-year-old Johanna Knapp died on 26 Sept. 1881. The Johanna Knapp who married Florian Lux in July of 1881 would have been about 39. Florian and Johanna did not have any children.

Florian Lux family on Federal and Minnesota Census Records.

Descendants of Florian and Theresia Lux

Theresia - Born and baptized on 25 November 1850 in Briesnitz, Silesia, Prussia, according the the record of St. John the Baptist Church. She is also listed on the 1857 census.
     Married to Nicholas Peters on 22 June 1869, whose family owned a farm in Helena Township, adjacent to the Lux farm on the east side. They remained in the Helena Township/St. Benedict area and had twelve children: Anna (b. 1870), John (b. 15 Feb 1872), Ottilia (b. 15 Jan 1874), Catherine (b. 26 Feb 1876), Regina Anna (b. 2 Jan 1878), Joseph (b. July 1880), Neary Maria (b. 20 June 1882), Sophia T. (b. 23 Dec 1885), Henry Leo (b. 10 Oct 1888), Ferdinand (b. Jan 1890), Theresia Katherine (31 July 1892), and Bernard Nicholas (b. 24 Dec 1894). Neary passed away at age 17, Catherine died at age 24.
     Nicholas Peters died on 1 November 1904; Theresia Peters died 17 June 1906. Both are buried in St. Benedict's Cemetery in Helena Township, a few miles south of Jordan.

August - August's bio on a separate page.

Robert - Robert's bio on a separate page.

Anna - Anna was the first of the Lux children born in Minnesota. When the 1857 Minnesota census was taken Anna was only a couple of weeks old and may not have been baptised yet. She is listed on that record as "Louise".
     Anna Lux married Nicholas Knaff in April 1876 [date is smudged on the church record]. Robert Lux and Augusta Schindler were the witnesses. Nicholas' parents were Lambert Knaff (b. 19 July 1809 in Useldange, Cantone de Redange, Luxembourg) and Catherine Frank (b. 1815).
     Anna and Nicholas Knaff had four or five children, believed to be: John (b. 1878), Clara (b. 1880), Marie Theresa (b. 28 Sep 1882), Amanda Sophia (b. 1884) and Augusta (b. 1885).

Joseph - Born 13 June 1862 and baptized 27 July 1862. He was confirmed on 15 October 1876 (age 16). On 2 June 1886 he married Rosina Brendel.
     Joseph and Rosa Lux were living in the City of St. Paul, Minnesota, when the 1900 Federal census was taken. The census lists five children: Florian (b. Mar 1887), Robert (b. May 1888), Michael (b. Dec 1889), Teresa (b. Mar 1892), and Alfred (b. Sep 1898). Their residence was on Smith Avenue. Joseph's occupation was "butcher".
     The Federal census of 1910 found the family still in St. Paul, but on Douglas Street. Joseph was 47 at the time, his wife "Roseanne" was 46. All five children are listed once again: Florian (age 23), Robert (age 21), Michael (age 20), Theresa (age 18) and Alfred (age 11). Joseph's occupation was still butcher.
     The family moved to Portland, Oregon, some time after 1910. Joseph Lux died there on 3 Nov 1914.

Sophia - Born 22 February 1866, baptized 11 March 1866. Married Michael Hoffmann on 16 December 1889. A brief note on the wedding in the Jordan Independent newspaper says "they make their home in Yellow Medicine County."
     Michael owned 40 acres in Burton Township, Yellow Medicine County, Minnesota, a few miles east of St. Leo. His brother, Christian Hoffmann along with wife Barbara and children Mathias and Susanna, arrived from Germany in 1893 and also settled in Burton Township.
     Michael and Sophia had eight children: Rosa Theresa (b. 12 Nov 1890), Edward Bernard (b. 18 Mar 1892), Ida Agnes (b. 5 April 1896), Florian (b. 28 Feb 1899), Aloysius Hubert (b. 26 March 1901 / d. 7 May 1901), Theresa Katherine (b. 31 Oct 1902), Hubert Mathias (b. 27 Feb 1906) and Philomena [or Phyllis] Sophia (b. 16 Feb 1909).

Ferdinand - Born 18 January 1869, baptized 31 January 1869. Married Catherine Trappen on 27 May 1891.
     They had three children, all born in Minnesota: Bernard [listed as "Barney J" on some records] (b. 26 June 1892), Helen ["Lena" on the birth record in Wadena County, Minnesota, and on the 1900 census] (b. 28 Sep 1894), and Marie (b. abt. 1904).
     Ferdinand is mentioned in Robert Lux's obituary (August 1896) as living in Wadena, Minnesota, and that he and Robert had been in the saloon business together in Staples, Minnesota. Fred and Catherine later lived in Kewaunee, Illinois, according to a couple of references and census records. Fred's occupation on the census records was "Saloon keeper" (1900) and "Store keeper" (1910).
     Ferdinand died 5 March 1913, and is buried in Sabula, Iowa. Catherine appears on the 1920 census married to Martin Leonard in Savanna, Illinois, with stepdaughters Helen Lux and Marie Lux living at the same residence. Mr. Leonard was a Yard Master for the railroad, while Helen is listed as Yard Clerk for the railroad office.

Death and Burial

Florian and both of his wives are buried in St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery in Jordan, Minnesota. There is a headstone only for Florian.

Robert preceeded his father and siblings in death. From the information in the two obituaries below, we know that the remaining progeny of Florian and Theresia died between 1903 and 1926.

Lux family plot, Calvary Cemetery

Obituary for Florian Lux, from the Jordan Independant, Jordan, MN, May 21, 1903 (Pg 8, Col 2):

Florian Lux, one of the oldest settlers of this region-coming here in the 50's, died at his home in Jordan, Monday, aged nearly seventy eight. He had been sick with a chronic kidney disease for some time. Three sons and two daughters survive him. The funeral occured from St. John's Catholic church, yesterday morning, and the interment in the Catholic cemetary.

Obituary for Johanna Lux, from the Jordan Independant, Jordan, MN Jan 21, 1926. Page 1, C5:

Mrs. Johanna Lux Dead
Jordan resident 46 years.
She had recently reached age of 83. Few relatives living.
One of Jordan's oldest people passed to her eternal reward on the 19th inst., when the spirit of Mrs. Johanna Lux quietly departed its earthly cerement of clay. She had been ill for three months, cared for at the home of her brother-in-law and niece, Jos. Rauer and his daughter Anna, who are the nearest relatives, as Mrs. Lux's husband died many years ago. She had no children and even all of her husband's children by a previous marriage are dead. Outside of Miss Rauer, the nearest kin to deceased are fourth cousins. Mrs. Lux attained the ripe old age of 83 years on New Years Day, for she was born Johanna Knapp in Germany on Jan 1, 1842. She came to America after being a woman grown and lived in Jordan 46 years. It was here her marriage occurred in 1880, shortly after coming from Germany. Her funeral is being held this morning from the Catholic church in Jordan.

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