The list below includes the names of members of the Ochsner family with whom we have had significant contact, but it is not an inclusive list. There are, in fact, many that I have not personally known or heard about. If there are some who belong on this list, please let me know.
Many – but not all – on this list are linked to individual data sheets with more personal information and, when available, a photograph. Some of those pages are themselves linked to biographical statements, obituaries, news reports, documents and reflections. In a few cases they are linked to photos in the gallery. The list, therefore, provides an interactive index to the rest of this website.
For a general summary of what is known of the history and origins of the Ochsner family, click here.
Ochsner, Albert John (1858 – July 25, 1925), son of Henry and Judith Ochsner, married Marion H. Mitchell, father of Bertha Ochsner and Albert Ochsner and encouraged and helped finance medical education of several students including his cousin’s son, Edward William Alton Ochsner. He was the head of the department of surgery at the Augustana and St. Mary’s Hospitals in Chicago. He published his research in several medical fields and on hospital construction and management. A park is named in his honor in his home town of Baraboo, Wisconsin.
Ochsner, Ava Marie (April 30, 1887 – 19??), daughter of Edward Philip and Clara Leda Shontz Ochsner; married William Akin Kaynor. She was the mother of Dorothy Kaynor Sanchez.
Ochsner, Clara (Clarissa) Leda Shontz (April 16, 1859 – 19??), daughter of John Alexander Shontz; moved with her parents from Crawford County, Pennsylvania to Bear Valley, Wisconsin, and after her marriage to Edward Phillip Ochsner, moved to Brule County, South Dakota where they became ranchers. Mother of seven children, including the famed New Orleans doctor, Alton Ochsner.
Ochsner, Edna Pearl (October 14, 1879 – 1966), daughter of Edward Philip and Clara Leda Shontz Ochsner; married Burton Enos Colby and was the mother of Alton Ochsner Colby and Burton Edward Colby.
Ochsner, Edward Phillip (November 7, 1851 – 1927), son of Joseph Ochsner, the immigrant ancestor, married Clara Leda (Clarissa) Shontz; moved with his parents from Herkimer, New York to Bear Valley, Wisconsin; after his marriage moved to South Dakota where he homesteaded land in Brule County. Father of seven children, including the famed New Orleans doctor, Alton Ochsner.
Ochsner, Edward William Alton (May 4, 1896 – 19??), son of Edward Philip Ochsner, married (1) (2), studied medicine in the U.S. and Europe and became pioneer thoracic surgeon; founded the famed Ochsner Clinic of New Orleans. Credited for identifying tobacco smoking as a principal cause of lung cancer. Father of . Studied the origins of the Ochsner family in Germany and Switzerland.
Ochsner, Fannie Josephine, see Fannie Josephine Ochsner Brace.
Ochsner, Genevieve May (September 5, 1884 – 19??), daughter of Edward Philip and Clara Leda Shontz Ochsner; married Fred Willard Griswold; mother of Mabel Clare Griswold who died shortly after birth, and of Edward Hale who drowned at the age of 15 while swimming.
Ochsner, Hazel (November 1911 – 1929) daughter of William Henry Ochsner and Lola Kathryn Shontz Ochsner; married Ernest Alvin Shenk; born and educated in Brule County, South Dakota; after her marriage moved to Santa Monica, California; mother of George William Shenk, Harry Ernest Shenk, Albert Ochsner Shenk, and David Manz Shenk.
Ochsner, Joseph Phillip (May 5, 1817 – 1893), an immigrant ancestor born in Baden, Blicheim Bentcinger, Germany; married Mary Ann Rothmund; father of eleven children including William Henry Ochsner, Edward Phillip Ochsner, Fannie Josephine Ochsner Brace, Louise Ochsner Brainard and Joseph Ochsner. After arriving in the United States, Joseph lived in Mohawk and Illion, New York and then moved his family to Sextonville, Bear Valley, Wisconsin. Joseph was a blacksmith and miller.
Ochsner, Joseph (April 24, 1849 – 19??), son of Joseph Ochsner and Mary Ann Rothmund Ochsner, the immigrant ancestors; never married; migrated to western United States and was involved in building the Santa Fe and Mexican Central Railroads where his adventures included living with Bat Masterson and a close call with the famed bandit, Pancho Villa. He spent the last years of his life in Bear Valley, Wisconsin.
Ochsner, Josephine (August 19, 1883 – September 24, 1971) daughter of William Henry and Lola Kathryn Shontz Ochsner; married Erastus Corning Stevens; mother of Mary Louise Stevens Clapp and Emily Elizabeth Stevens Dykstra; moved with her parents from Bear Valley, Richland County, Wisconsin to Brule County, South Dakota; after her marriage moved to Graettinger, Emmetsburg and Ayrshire, Iowa, and later to Long Beach, California.
Ochsner, Lola Kathryn Shontz (July 11, 1857 – February 26, 1943), daughter of John Alexander Shontz and Rebecca McFadden; married William Henry Ochsner; was the mother of Una Lenore Ochsner Ausland, Louise Ochsner, Josephine Ochsner Stevens, and Hazel Ochsner Shenk. Born in Bear Valley, Richland County, Wisconsin, she moved with her husband and infant daughter to Brule County, South Dakota, where they developed a ranch and later to Chamberlain, South Dakota, where W.H. Ochsner was postmaster. Eventually they made their home in Emmetsburg, Iowa. Following the death of her husband, she moved to Los Angeles, California, returning to Emmetsburg after suffering a severe stroke. She died at the home of her daughter, Una.
Ochsner, Louise (February 4, 1860 – January 19, 1961), daughter of Joseph and Mary Ann Rothmund Ochsner; married Lenn Ober Brainard. They were the parents of Harry Dion Brainard, Jean Brainard who died at the age of 14, and Harold Brainard.
Ochsner, Margurite Clarissa (July 27, 1889 – 19??), daughter of Edward Philip and Clara Leda Shontz Ochsner; married Frank Herman Huelsmann and later moved to Dubuque, Iowa. She was the mother of Leda Ann Huelsmann Kahn.
Ochsner, Mary Ann (November 17, 1857 – 19??), daughter of Joseph and Mary Ann Rothmund Ochsner, married Ebenezer Louis Drury and moved to Brule County, South Dakota where her husband was an attorney, farm manager and insurance underwriter. He was the first elected school superintendent of Brule County and the first judge of Brule County. They were the parents of Judge Mary Lillian Drury and Joseph H. Drury, both of whom lived in Chamberlin all their lives.
Ochsner, Mary Ann Rothmund (February 21, 1821 – December 26, 1906), an immigrant ancestor born in Geubweiler, Alsace, France; married Joseph Ochsner; mother of eleven children including William Henry Ochsner, Edward Philip Ochsner, Fannie Josephine Ochsner Brace and Louise Ochsner Brainard. Lived in New York state and in Wisconsin.
Ochsner, Nellie Elisabeth (September 12, 1877 – 19??), daughter of Edward and Clara Leda Shontz Ochsner, moved with her parents from Bear Valley, Richland County, Wisconsin to Brule County, South Dakota. She married Walter W. Orcutt and they were the parents of Esther Pearl Orcutt Austin and Clara Mae Orcutt Flamen.
Ochsner, Una Lenore, see Una Lenore Ochsner Ausland.
Ochsner, William Henry, (May 9, 1854 – March 15, 1921), son of Joseph and Mary Ann Rothmund Ochsner; married Lola Kathryn (Kate) Shontz; father of four children, Una Lenore Ochsner Ausland, Louise Ochsner, Josephine Ochsner Stevens, and Hazel Ochsner Shenk; moved with his parents from Illion, Herkimer County, New York to Bear Valley, Richland County, Wisconsin; after his marriage moved to Brule County, South Dakota; was a hardware merchant rancher and later the postmaster of Chamberlain; eventually moved to Emmetsburg, Iowa, where he lived until he died.