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OCONTO COUNTY
Wisconsin
FAMILIES and BIOGRAPHIES

 .SCHAAL.

Researched and contributed by descendant: Herb Dower

.SCHAAL

The large Schaal family came to the United States from Germany in 1848. They settled in Wisconsin, and many members of the family grew up on a farm just west of Oconto Falls, including my mother and her three brothers, along with my grandmother and grandfather, and my great-grandmother, many of whom are buried in the Oconto Falls Cemetery. My great-grandmother lived to be 103 years old. I have stories about my mother's early days on the farm, in addition to information from other family members, particularly Emory Temple of Green Bay, who also grew up near Oconto Falls and has written (along with his wife, Jean) several poems and short books on this period. I also have a first-hand account of the arduous trip the Schaal family made from Germany to the United States, and the hardships they faced once they arrived in the United States and Wisconsin.

I am a direct descendant of the Schaal family that came to the United States from Germany in 1848 and settled in Wisconsin.

I have just read the information about Gertrude Lanette Schaal and wish to make some important corrections so that future researchers get the correct information.

Her grandfather (Johan Friedrich Schaal) ) first married Loisa Franke in 1831, and the couple was married for eight years before her death in 1839, after which he married Caroline Wilhemina Franke, her sister.

Loisa and Johan had five children before her death, and then  Wilhemina and Johan had eight more children, the last being born in Wisconsin in 1849 and dying in 1852),

Here is  the passenger list on the Herschel when they came to America:

BELOW IS THE PASSENGER LIST FROM THE HERSCHEL IN 1848 COMPARED WITH THE LIST COMPILED BY THE SCHAAL FAMILY AT A LATER DATE.
IT SHOULD BE NOTED THAT THE FATHER WAS FIRST MARRIED TO LOISA FRANKE AND HAD SEVERAL CHILDREN, AND THEN, AFTER SHE DIED, HE MARRIED HER SISTER, WILHELMINA, AND HAD SEVERAL MORE CHILDREN.

This is from Ancestry.com web site
The column headings are:
Passenger name; Age (years); Age (months); Gender; Occupation; Country of Citizenship; Destination (I went back to page 1 to find the column headings.)
    You will see on the Passenger List that little Ernst Schaal, who died shortly after arrival in "Amerika" was only 2 MONTHS old.  He must have been born shortly before, or during the voyage.  What a tragic way for the family to begin their new life in a new country. This passenger list had many Germans who were headed to Wisconsin.
As near as I can make out this list, it says:
(Passenger list is in bold face; genealogy notes in lite face)

    Friedrich Schaal, age 43, Male; Blacksmith; Citizen of Prussia; Destination Wisconsin
Johan Friedrich Schaal (1806-1851) Buried in Mayville, WI

    Wilhelmina Schaal, age 32, Female; Prussia; to Wisconsin
Caroline Wilhemina Franke Schaal (1816-1851) Buried in Mayville, WI
 

    Charlotte Schaal, age 15, Female; Prussia; to Wisconsin
1. Charlotte F. Schaal (1832-1923) (Mother was Loisa Franke)
Married: Gottleib A. Albert (1821-1914)

    Friedrich Schaal, age 13, Male; Prussia; to Wisconsin
2. Frederick Ferdinand Schaal (1834-1911) (Mother was Loisa Franke)
Married: Laura St. Ores (1848-1908)

    Louise Schaal, age 11; Female; Prussia; to Wisconsin
3. Louise Emilie (1836-1923) (Mother was Loisa Franke)
Married: Adam Tillman (1826-1908)
 

    Elenora Schaal, age 10; Female; Prussia; to Wisconsin
4. Elenore Wilhelmina (1837-1888) (Mother was Loisa Franke)
Married: August Daue (1828-1901)

    Maria Schaal, age 9; Female; Prussia; to Wisconsin
5. Antonie Marie (1838-1925) (Mother was Loisa Franke)
Married: August Johns (1929-1915)

    Charlotte Schaal, age 8, Female; Prussia; to Wisconsin
                     (Note: there were TWO female children named Charlotte)
6. Charlotte Emilie (1840-1912) (Mother was  Wilhelmina Franke)
Married: Ferdinand Theodore Yahr  (1834-1910)

     Johan Schaal, age 7, Male, Prussia; to Wisconsin
7. Johan Gottfried (1841-1923) (Mother was  Wilhelmina Franke)
Married: Augusta Johanna Kroesing  (1844-1917)

     Auguste Schaal, age 6, Female, Prussia; to Wisconsin
8. Augusta Sophia (1842-1931) (Mother was  Wilhelmina Franke)
Married: Henry Smith

     August Schaal, age 5, Male, Prussia; to Wisconsin
9. August Wilhelm (1843-1880/90?)  (Mother was  Wilhelmina Franke)
Married: Unknown

     Bertha Schaal, age 3, Female; Prussia; to Wisconsin
10. Bertha (1845-1931)  (Mother was  Wilhelmina Franke)
Married: William Luedke
Married: Charles Pierce

     Julius  Schaal, age 1, Male; Prussia; to Wisconsin
11. Julius Ernst (1846-1848)  (Mother was  Wilhelmina Franke)
Died en route, buried in Buffalo, New York

     Ernst Schaal, age 2 months; Male; Prussia; to Wisconsin
12. Ernest Henry (1847-1942) (Mother was  Wilhelmina Franke)
Married: Hannah Maria Volk (1850-1915

Born in Wisconsin
13. Helena (1849-1852) (Mother was  Wilhelmina Franke)
Born in Mayville, died in infancy
 

ANTONIA MARIE (MARY) SCHAAL
• Fifth child of Johan Frederick Schaal and his first wife, Louisa Franke.
• Born Nov. 30, 1838, probably in Wuschewier, Brandenberg, Germany, (near Berlin).
• Came to the United States in 1848, arriving on July 1 in New York with her father, Johan; his second wife, Wilhelmina Franke; and 11 brothers and sisters.
• Originally settled in Mayville, WI, a German settlement on the Rock River.
• Orphaned (with rest of family) when mother and father died in 1851.
• Married August Johns, who fought for the North in the Civil War.
• Had five children — Helen (b. 1857), the eldest daughter mentioned in the story, who died in 1869 at about age 12; Ada (b. 1859); Luella (b. 1861); Flora (b. 1863 while father was away at war); and Alice (b. 1872).
• Died in Minnesota in 1925.
     



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