Minnie Franzen
First Wife of George Hellbusch
Born 19 DEC 1877
Married George F Hellbusch 22 FEB 1898
Died 19 JUL 1899
(Their Son Died Also)

These homemade grave stones are at St Johns Lutheran Church Cemetery North of Columbus, Nebraska

The following information is from Sherri Brakenhoff




Little is known about the FRANZEN line. Lümke Heyen Franzen was born to Heye Franzen on May 28, 1848 in Jübberde, Ostfriesland, Germany. Names of his mother and any siblings are not known. The church book for Remels (where the family attended church) is awaiting publication. Those records should provide much information on Lümke's family, and I have requested to purchase the set of books when they are available.

Lümke married Seidemina Ubben (Brunken), the daughter of Ubbe Brunken and Zeide (Müller) Ubben from Klein-Sander, on May 8, 1874 in Remels.

Lümke and Zeide were of the Lutheran faith. Three children were born to them in Jübberde:

Heye Lümken, born February 19, 1876
Zeidemina (Minnie), born December 19, 1877
Ubbo (Otto) Lümken, born November 1, 1879
In 1881 the Franzen family left their home from Bremen on the ship Hohenstaufen and arrived in New York on June 22, 1881.

They settled in Nokomis, Montgomery County, Illinois, and there, on December 9, 1881, their son, Franz Lümken Franzen, was born.

Tragedy struck two years later on December 19, 1883, when Lümke died. According to the Montgomery County, Illinois death register, his death was caused by dropsy which he had had for one and a half years, complicated by convulsions. Although we believe he is buried at St. Paul's Cemetery, northwest of Nokomis, neither a headstone nor church records confirm that belief. The death register simply states that he was buried at the "German Lutheran Cem."

According to the Free Press-Gazette of Friday, December 28, 1883: "Died, on Wednesday of last week, Luemke Franzen, a German farmer residing west of Nokomis."

On October 2, 1885, Zeide married Henry VanHeuflen, and approximately two to four years later, the family moved to Platte County, Nebraska.

Heye (Heie) Franzen married Bertha Schlueter on April 14, 1901, at Zion Lutheran Church in Leigh, Nebraska. Their children were: Irene Wilhelmina (m. Carl Hoveling); Minnie Katrina; Edward Henry (m. Leona Mae Linn); Herbert Ludwig (m. Ella Louise Harms); Albert John (m. Hildegard Anna Wurdeman); Esther Adele (m. Ernest Marty); and Elsie Lorinda (m. Norman Meyer). Heie died at a nursing home in Columbus on April 14, 1958.

Leona Mae Linn, born January 22, 1911, was the daughter of Francis Oliver Linn and Inez Zoe Albert. Known siblings are: John, Edward, Millie and Clarence (Pat). It is believed that Inez remarried some time after the death of Francis in 1917, as her headstone reads: Inez Z Powers (1881-1955).

Mina (Minnie) Franzen married George Frederich Hellbusch on February 22, 1898 in Platte County, Nebraska. She died July 19, 1899 following the birth of an infant on March 8, 1899. The infant was either stillborn or died later that day.

Ubbo (Otto) Franzen married Lena Daniels on April 25, 1905. To this union five children were born: two sons, Arthur Louis (m. Elsie Ann Becher) and Melvin Norris (m. Eunice Irene Hunteman); and three daughters, Elaine Helen (m. Clarence Hellbusch); Leona Ruth (m. Edgar Becher); and Lydia Loraine (m. R. W. Korte).

Franz (Frank) Franzen married Adelaid Marie Korfhage on February 24, 1920. They were the parents of two sons: Harold L., who married Evelyn Baker, and Lavern, who married Mary Ann Langevin.


Seidemina UBBEN (also, Brunken), the daughter of Ubbe Brunken and Zeide (Müller) Ubben from Klein-Sander, was born on May 8, 1874 in Remels. According to church records in Remels, Seide (also spelled Zeide) was born August 29, 1849 in Groß-Sander. She had at least one brother, Eilert Ubben, who was born in 1853 and came to America in 1874, locating in Illinois. Eilert filed his Declaration of Intention to become a citizen on December 23, 1874 and received his citizenship on November 1, 1876. Witnesses to the oath were John B. Schoen and Brunke Wattjes (son of Gerd H. Wattjes and Wubke Brunken). Eilert migrated to Nebraska in 1887 and was united in marriage to Miss Minnie Grotehoff. She died shortly thereafter. Eilert died October 20, 1909 at the Bloomfield hospital. According to his obituary, he was survived by three sisters, Mrs. Henry VanHeufeln, and two sisters in Germany.

On October 2, 1885, Zeide married Henry VanHeuflen, son of Heinrich and Anna (Brakenhoff) VanHeuflen. Henry, who was born in Germany on January 9, 1852, had immigrated to the United States at the age of 18 years, locating in Illinois. Approximately two to four years after their marriage, the family moved to Platte County, Nebraska. Henry was the father of four children, one of whom died in infancy:

Emma Van Heufeln, date of birth unknown
Herman Van Heufeln, born September 26, 1887
Anna Sophia Van Heufeln, born January 30, 1891
Edward Van Heufeln, born June 6, 1892
Anna Sophia died February 3, 1892 and is buried in St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, Grand Prairie township.

Henry was an industrious farmer, a kind and loving husband and father and a good friend and neighbor. He was a faithful member of the Zion Lutheran church in Leigh, and for many years was a trustee in that organization until failing health forced him to resign.

Henry passed away on March 10, 1920 after a brief illness. He had influenza, which developed into pneumonia, bringing about his demise. Zeide also had a severe attack of influenza. In fact, she was so seriously ill at the time of Henry's death that she was not expected to live and was not notified of his death until immediately prior to his funeral.

Zeide passed away at her farm home northwest of Leigh on April 10, 1929. She had been in failing health for nine years as a result of complications following a severe attack of influenza in 1920, and her condition had been rendered more serious by injuries she received in a fall the winter prior to her death. It was mentioned in the sermon delivered at her funeral that she "has for many years been so deaf as not to be able to distinguish even the loudest sound." She is buried at Zion Lutheran cemetery, in Leigh, Nebraska. Surviving her were five sons and one daughter, Heie, Ubbo, and Frank Franzen; Herman, Edward and Miss Emma Van Heufeln (all residing near Leigh); 18 grandchildren and one great grandchild.

According to a ship passenger list found in Germans to America, Brunke Ubben, age 36, his wife, Lena, age 34, and their son, Ubbo (Otto), age 5, arrived in the United States aboard the ship Oder on March 13, 1882, eventually settling in Platte County, Nebraska. Traveling with them was Ubbe Brunken, age 66, presumed to be the father of Brunke. A daughter, Hempe Diene Zeitja Miene (Emma), was born June 29, 1886, baptized at St. John's Lutheran Church in Grand Prairie township, and confirmed March 23, 1902 at Zion Lutheran Church in Leigh, Colfax County, Nebraska.

It appears there is a relationship to Zeide Ubben Franzen Van Heufeln, but I have yet to learn what it is. Brunke Ubben died March 21, 1896 at the age of 52 years, 11 months and 11 days and is buried at St. John's Cemetery in Grand Prairie township next to his father, "Brook" Ubben, who died May 26, 1894 at the age of 77 years and 7 months. At the time of the 1900 census, Lena and her daughter, Emma, were living in Colfax County, Nebraska.

Lena Ubben subsequently moved to the home of her son, Otto, in Peabody, Kansas and died there on January 12, 1926 at the age of 79 years. She, too, is buried at St. John's Cemetery.
Herman H. Van Heufeln married Marie Louise Beckedorf, and had three children: Henry, Myrtle and Maxine. Edward married Olga Pauline Beckedorf, and also had three children: Elmer, Aletta and Lorinda. I have no information on Emma Gesina Van Heufeln other than that she was living at Leigh at the time of her mother's death in 1929.

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