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From: DWMIES@aol.com
Date: Wed, 23 Oct 1996 08:42:01 -0400
Subject: MIES X-Status:

While on a recent trip to Iowa, the person managing the desk at the hotel was a woman who spoke with a very Dutch/German accent. She pronounced my name correctly as she handed me my receipt. I visited with her a while and found that she had been raised in Holland and had lived in the USA for the last 20 years.

She told me that the name Mies was a very common first name in Holland. It derives from the name Mary/Maria/Marie of which there are so many that the person becomes known by a nickname of Mia, Miep, or Mies. I had heard the first names of Mia and Miep, but never Mies . Maybe we can have young Jimmy Mies do some first hand investigation on this matter while he is in Holland.


From: "Johan Manneke" neke@concepts.nl
Subject: Our names
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 1997 23:24:15 +0200

Hello over there, just on the internet,a little bored and wondering if there might be someone with the same name. Typed "John Mies" at Yazooh's. Guess who's face popped up ?!. Incredible world. I live in Holland and across the world in Illinois lives a guy with the same name as I have.

Best Regards, now I'm gonna find out about your site Bye Bye ...

From: Mike Mies <trsmies@netrunner.net>
To: "'john@mies.org'"
Subject: Mies Genealogy
Date: Tue, 4 Nov 1997 12:41:54 -0500

Wow! I'm just now realizing that there are many more Mies families than ever imagined. Sparked by a family reunion last July in Decatur, Indiana, I began a slow journey in researching our family history. The response has been great and results rewarding. What started out as just "something to rationalize my time spent on computers and the WWW" has become an incredible journey that has rallied many in our family to see how far we can go with the heritage research. Your site has further fueled our passion. Please direct your browser to:


While the information contained within is incomplete, I will be adding to it as information is assembled. Concerning the family of Peter Josef Mies, a possible tie with my family may be with Joseph (Josef?) A. Mies... Although I have a great resource for additional information concerning Joseph, I have yet had the time to contact this person (retired Judge James Mies of the Detroit, MI area). Please add my link to your page and keep in touch!

Mies World Headquarters? Who would of ever thought...

Date: 8/11/97 9:28 AM
Priority: Normal
TO: Dave Mies at USBLC001
Subject: AW: hello

Well, here I am. My job is assistant to the Manager Manufacturing at the production site in Roosendaal. Roosendaal is in the south west of the Netherlands. About 50 km below Rotterdam port. Around here the name Mies isn't that rare as it is at yours. The name is concentrated in the west of the province Noord-Brabant (which is in south of the Netherlands). Probably there also are Mies' in Austria. It has been nice talking to you I would say keep in touch. Kind regards from Roosendaal, Edwin Mies

Afzender: Mies Dave CCM S-SE US
Onderwerp: hello
Datum: donderdag 7 augustus 1997 15:39
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From: Mies Dave CCM S-SE US
Subject: hello
Date: 1997-08-07 15:39


I just got onto Cc Mail after being on CIBA's Teamlinks for the last 6 months. I had been on CC Mail at St Joseph IL prior to that. When I saw your name on the address file I thought I would say Hi. The name Mies is fairly rare. My ancestors settled in the area around Pontiac IL and I have met relatively few people that have not traced to that group. We have had family reunions for the past 80 years and our next one is this Sunday at Fairbury IL. Where are you at and what do you do? I am a corn breeder currently at Bloomington IL after having worked with Northrup King for 18 years at St Joe. I have had a key role in converting elite inbreds to BT and evaluation of the BT hybrids to insure their performance.

Sincerely, David Mies

From: aol.com
Date: Sun, 8 Feb 1998 17:56:25 EST
Subject: Family Tree

Do you know of any change in spelling back in Germany that could show a connection with our family tree's? My branch of the MEIS family is from Siddenhausen, (Westfallia) Germany. They came to the U.S. in 1850 and settled in Iowa. I have some information that goes back to the 1700's in Germany.

I am also tracing a MEIS that settled in the middle of Kansas in the late 1800's. They are German Russian's that moved to Ellis County, KS. I do not know of any connection yet that would relate these two groups.

I am also in contact with a MEIS in Illinois that is related to the Meis Department Store chain that was in Ill. and Ind. in the 70's through the early 90's. They seemed to have come from the Frech-German border area. They are in the middle of studying where their heritage is and will be getting back to me much later in the year.

Looks like you have a great project going. Let me know if you see a connection. Also, let me know how you pronounce your name. It seems as if there are two different pronounciations in our heritage. MEIS is Meece in my branch yet I have run into Mice as well.

I am John Meis in Winston Salem, NC (PINGPONG5@aol.com)


X-POP3-Rcpt: jmies@babba.advancenet.net
From: PINGPONG5@aol.com
Date: Wed, 23 Dec 1998 17:16:32 EST
To: john@mies.org
Subject: Genealogy
X-Mailer: AOL 3.0 16-bit for Windows sub 63

My surname is MEIS.  I am trying to find a group of people that were
associated with the MEIS department store chain in the Indiana/Illinois area
(the chain has been bought out for several years).  They came from a region in
Germany on the French/German border.  I came from a region in Germany in the
middle of the state called Siddenhausen.  It is a small rural town.  This
group settled in Iowa.  I have also traced many people with the MEIS name that
were Germans that came from Russian and settled originally in Kansas.

Do you know of the MEIS associated with the department store chain?  Have you
heard of MEIS?  Could we be related.  I would be glad to send you information
about my German heritage if there is a chance that we could be.


X-POP3-Rcpt: jmies@babba.advancenet.net
From: "George Mies" <bsr@alaska.net>
To: <john@mies.org>
Subject: Beer
Date: Wed, 10 Mar 1999 19:29:24 -0000
March 10, 1999

My daughter sent me a copy of your Mies Pils Winter Lager web page and it piqued my interest. Is there any chance that you could sell and ship me a case of your lager? I would enjoy serving it to some friends on my birthday in July. Would appreciate hearing from you even if its not possible to purchase your lager.

Thank you,
George M. Mies


From: "George Mies" <bsr@alaska.net>
To: "<John Mies" <john@mies.org>
Date: Thu, 11 Mar 1999 15:15:11 -0000

March 11, 1999


Thanks for replying to my letter regarding your Mies Pils. Sorry it's not available to share with my friends in Anchorage. I was born in Toledo, Ohio in 1941. My Great-Grandfather Josef came to this country in 1880 from a small town in Northeastern Bavaria named Arnbruck. This town is near the resort of Bodenmais. I visited some relatives in Arnbruck in 1990 (grandchildren of one of my great-grandfather's brothers). During my visit we drove to Stribro in the Czech Republic (formerly part of Bohemia). This town was called Mies at one time in the past and I had been told by my grandfather that our ancestors founded the town. I was able to trace some ancestors into the Czech Republic and will send you the data I have on them. It appears your branch of the family came from the western portion of Germany (Nordhein-Westfalen) which is some distance from Arnbruck.

Will close for now. Again, thanks for your reply.


From: "George Mies" <bsr@alaska.net>
To: "<John Mies" <john@cambert.com>
Subject: Germany
Date: Fri, 12 Mar 1999 13:06:10 -0000

March 12, 1999

Here is some of the information I was able to find regarding my ancestors in Germany and Bohemia.

Johann Mies (day labored in Eisenstein, Bohemia) dates of birth and death unknown.

Ignatz Mies (small holder in Eisenstein, Bohemia) born 1788, died 7-24-1855 in Haberbuhl, Germany. Married Clara Mueller (born 1786) in Arnbruck, Germany on 8-28-1819. Clara died on March 11, 1852 in Unterried, Germany.

Josef Mies (small holder in Haberbuhl, Germany) born 6-3-1820, died 11-22-1896. Married Katharina Geiger (born 7-3-1821 in Ottenzell, Germany, died 4-30-1907) in Arnbruck, Germany on 5-5-1855.

Josef Mies (my great-grandfather) born 7-19-1853 in Oberried, Germany, married Franziska Esterl (born 12-30-1857 in Oberried) on 5-3-1880 in Oberried. Emigrated to Toledo, Ohio in 1880 or 1881. They both died in Toledo prior to my birth on 7-1-1941. Josef left his parents and two brothers-Johann Baptist and Franz, and a sister Katharina in Arnbruck.



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