52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks  topic is Conflict.

In my 2nd great-grandfather, John Desens, probate file, I found what might be a conflict.  It looks like John’s son-in-law, Albert Triebes, put in a claim for $75.00 for attending to the burial of John Desens and traveling from Forest Park, Illinois to Greenwood, Wisconsin and back.  His claimed was denied. [1]

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Albert Triebes then wrote a letter to the administrator.  Here is a transcript of that letter.

Forest Park, Ill

July 17 – 08

Dear Sir,

I have rec’d your registered letters.  You say my claim is not legal, and the heirs do not want to allow me for the claim.  Let the court decide it.  Even if it will be an additional expense, I do not like to see them have their own way.  For my part they can keep it all.

Yours Resp,

Alb. Trebes

91 Marengo St.

Forest Park, Ill [2]



It sounds to me like there was a little conflict here.  My father never mentioned his cousins from this side of his family.  I heard the name Triebes and that they were somehow related to my father’s family, but nobody seemed to know how they were related.  My Godfather, Lou Schultz, gave me a lot of information on my father’s family too, and he never mentioned them either.  This happened many years before my father or Lou were born so they may never have met any of them or even been told about this side of the family.  So it is very likely there was some conflict here.

Why was John’s son-in-law taking care of the burial and not his son, Carl, my great-grandfather?  Maybe there was conflict between Carl and his father John.


[1] Author: Wisconsin. County Court (Clark County); Probate Place: Clark, Wisconsin. Source Information: Wisconsin, Wills and Probate Records, 1800-1987 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc, 2015.Original data: Wisconsin County, District and Probate Courts.

[2] Ibid.

3 thoughts on “Conflict?

  1. Gail, I am a granddaughter of Albert Triebes and his wife Augusta Desens Triebes who, I believe, is a sister of your grandfather, Carl Desens. Thank you for posting all you have managed to find.

  2. Hello Gail. My name is Carl Triebes. Albert Triebes had a brother Frank who is my grandfather. Although Frank was born in Maywood IL, he lived most of his life in Colorado, where I was born. Thank you for your family information as it relates to the Triebes-Desins line. The parents of Albert and Frank came to this country from Prussia in 1868. We have no information as to where they lived while still in Prussia. If you have anything that could shed some light on this mystery, we would appreciate it very much. Again, thank you for your very interesting web site.

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