Cincinnati Hennekes

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Late in May of 2000, I was contacted by Eugene (Gene) Hicks, who had learned of my Hennekes research from this web site.  He told me that he had recently learned that his grandmother, Gesina, had been born a Hennekes, and that her father was Johann Anton, whose father was Lucas Hennekes.  Gene wanted to know if his Hennekes branch was related to mine, but because I know my family genealogy quite well, I informed him that the two families were not related.  Gene is willing to share his genealogical information with everyone.  His email address is

According to Gene, Lucas emigrated from Germany in 1860 when he was 57 years old.  He left Bremen with his wife, Anna Helena Haarman, and their 5 children, Johann Gerhard, Theresa, Christina, Johann Anton and Anna Maria.  They sailed aboard the ROLAND to Baltimore, Maryland and they eventually settled in Cincinnati.   Prior to contacting me, Gene had already discovered that Johann Anton had been a Cincinnati policeman.

I contacted Barbara Salibi, of whom I had previously written about on the "In America" web page.  I knew that she had recently gone to Germany to do some research in Hanover, and knowing that Gene's family had originated from there, I had hoped that Barbara might be able to help.  As it turns out, Barbara had recorded a lot of information in March from the Catholic parish in Freren, Germany, including information for Lucas Hennekes.  Barbara disclosed that Lucas had  been baptized on September 8, 1803 in Freren as Gerhard Lucas Hennekes, and that the names of his siblings were Engel Aleid, Johann Gerhard, Gesina Maria and Bernard Albert.  Her notes also contained information for Lucas' parents and grandparents.

Gene worked incredibly hard to gather all available records of Hennekes in Cincinnati, and as a result, a very large list has now been compiled.  This information was gathered from various sources that spanned a number of years.   Among the sources checked were city directories, census records, cemetery burial slips and newspaper clippings.  Gene also contacted every Hennekes with a telephone and tried to interview as many of them as possible.  He sent me copies of everything that he could find, and he kept me constantly posted.  For my part, I began going through everything that Gene provided, looking for anything that could make a link to his family line, and eventually, I was rewarded.

About a year and a half ago, I had included information on my "In America" web page from a story published by the Cincinnati Post on February 14, 1898, and this story had strangely fascinated me.  The article stated that a Bernard Albert Hennekes had been one of the 260 sailors killed aboard the US battleship Maine.   It was also written that Bernard Albert had been the son of a Cincinnati policeman.  But it wasn't until after going through copies of old newspaper clippings (provided by Gene) that I finally pieced together that Bernard Albert was actually the oldest son of Gene's great-grandfather, Johann Anton, who was also known as John A. Hennekes.  This relationship is verified and agrees with the various records -- I have seen the proof with my own eyes.