Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Cousin Bait: Francis W. Schoffman and Mary Lenertz

I am looking for information on Francis W. Schoffman and Mary Lenertz as well as their children. My genealogical connection is to Mary Lenertz. She was an older sister of my great-great grandfather, John Benjamin Lenertz.

John moved away from Minnesota and his siblings. He died in 1919 and I don't have a lot of information on the other Lenertz brothers and sisters. I do have vital statistics, but I would like to learn more about their lives which is why I wrote this post.

Here's what I do know:

Mary Lenertz
born 12 August 1859 in Dubuque, Dubuque, Iowa
died 9 March 1940 in Mankato, Blue Earth, Minnesota

married in January 1875 in Mankato to:

Francis W. "Frank" Schoffman
born November 1847 in Wisconsin
died 13 July 1936 in Watonwan County, Minnesota

Mary and Frank had the following children:

William Francis Schoffman (17 October 1875-21 November 1918)

George Ambrose Schoffman (15 June 1879-8 January 1924)

John Roland "Rollie" Schoffman (12 February 1882- ?)

Sadie May Schoffman Movius (16 December 1890-15 May 1897)

Rose Katherine Schoffman Heiertz (31 March 1893-17 June 1986)

Like I said, these folks are cousins to me and my connection is through the Lenertz line. I would like to know more about their lives and maybe see a photo or two.

I am hoping someone somewhere does an Internet search for their Schoffman ancestors and lands on this blog post. I am hoping after reading this that they reach out and connect with me.

I do have some information on the other Lenertz siblings, as well as Mary's parents, that I am happy to share.

Thank you for reading this far. Hopefully casting this line will help me reel in some cousins. I'm not a crazy online stalker person, I promise. I'm just trying to bolster this Lenertz / Schoffman branch on my family tree.

October 8, 2012 UPDATE! Blog reader Eric Henderson commented below regarding a video about the Schoffman family. In the video, Eric plays George Schoffman, who is listed above. Very cool!


  1. Hi Amy - I did a quick search on newspapers and came across an obit for Peter Lenertz, son of John Lenertz. Do you have this already? If not - where to email you?
    Debbie V.

    1. Debbie, I would love to see that obit. My email address is in the top right corner of this blog in the "About Me" section. Thank you!

  2. Way to go, Amy. Hope you get a few bites.

  3. I just did a "Historical Cemetery Walk" where my subject was the Schoffman family. Let me know if you are interested in some scans of some obituaries from the local St. James papers.
    Also, here is a link to a youTube video of my portion of the walk:
    the walk is a fundraiser for the local historical society.
    my email address is:
    ehenderson71 at gmail dot com

  4. Have you tried the Minnesota Historical Society site?

    Someone posted about your blog on It is a social site for people that want to become and stay healthy with "teams". This was was on the genealogy team.