Family History

INTRODUCTION

This is a condensation of one branch of the geneological tree of the SCHAAL family from Geradstetten, Miedelbach, Breitenfurst, and Zuffenhausen, Germany and Kellmuenz, Bavaria. Compiled originally in German by Ms. Ottilie (Schaal) Klein over a period of many years, the history was set down on paper in December 1970 by one Gustav Hahn of Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen, and translated into English in March 1973 by Ms. Monika (Krank) Marsh of Minneapolis, herself a native of Germany.

The original 1974 condensation was organized into the most readable possible form at that time by Don S. Schaal, now residing in Willits, California. He is the son of Donald George and Margaret Ellen (Pitts) Schaal, formerly of Anaheim, California; and grandson of Gustav (Doc) and Julia Alice (Kimmich) Schaal, formerly of Potosi, Wisconsin. This condensation is concerned primarily with Georg Friedrich Schaal and his ancestors back thru the year 1550. It then traces Georg Friedrich thru his time of arrival and early beginnings in America to his descendants.

IN THE BEGINNING

The first record of a SCHAAL in the Geradstetten area was a Georg Schaal in 1550, of which little is known. He evidently sired at least two children, however, Georg II and Jakobus. Georg II was a wine gardenter in Geradstetten and married Apollonia Schertlin. They, in turn, had at least one son, Georg III. Jakobus married Barbara Lieblin, and they had one child, of which there is no further record.

GEORG III (1614-1688)

Georg III was a wine gardener in Geradstetten. He was born in 1614 and married Maria Kurz. They had eight children, one born in Geradstetten and the remainder in Kellmuenz, Bavaria. Children of this marriage were Maria, Barbara, Hanns Johann Baptista, Georg, Mattheus, Markus, Haldburg, and Appollonia. This genealogical record concerns itself only with the descendants of Hanns Johann Baptista, the eldest son.

HANNS (1642-1689)

Hanns was also a wine gardener in Geradstetten. He was born at Kellmuenz, Bavaria, and was shot before Heidelberg in 1689. His first wife was Margareta Lederer, the daughter of a judge. The couple had four children that lived beyond the first year, all born in Geradstetten: Margareta, Johannes, Jakob, and Katherina. After his first wife died in 1684, Hanns married Anna Margareta (Voester) von Grunbach, a widow. Hanns and Anna had two children, Michael and Anna. Hanns also had on child out of wedlock with a girl named Christina. This child was also named Johannes. This genealogical record concerns itself only with the descendants of Jakob, third child of the first marriage.

JAKOB (1673-1742)

Jakob carried on the family tradition as wine gardener. He married Anna Barbara Straub, daughter of another wine gardener in 1702. The couple had eight children, all born in Geradstetten: Johann Georg, Magdalena, Maria Katherina, Jakob, Justina, Catharina, Anna Maria, and Michael. This genealogical record concerns itself only with the descendants of the eldest son, Johann Georg.

JOHANN GEORG (1703-1767)

Johann Georg was not only a wine gardenter, but also a butcher, committee helper, and juror. He married Margareta Priz in 1729 and this couple also had eight children, all born in Geradstetten: Georg Jakob, Sabina, Margareta, Georg Michael, Georg Friedrich, Sophia Magdelena, Anna Barbara, and Georg. This genealogical record concerns itself only with the descendants of the second son, Georg Michael.

GEORG MICHAEL (1738-1826)

Georg Michael was a wine gardener at Miedelsbach and was married three times: Anna Catharina Harer in 1764, Barbara Weber in 1786, and Catherine Straus in 1806. The only children born were with second wife Barbara; Joseph, Johannes, Rosina Magdalena, and Johann Georg. This genealogical record concerns itself only with the descendants of eldest son Joseph.

JOSEPH (1786-1849)

Joseph was a wine gardenter and district helper in Miedelsbach. He married Catharina Riedel, daughter of wine gardener Johann Riedel, in 1810. The couple had 10 children who lived beyond their first year, all born in Miedelsbach: Leonhard, Johann Georg, Margaretha, Anna Maria, Joseph, Johannes, Catharina, Rosina, Gottlieb, and Frederike. This genealogical record concerns itself only with the descendants of the eldest son, Leonhard.

LEONHARD (1810-1866)

Leonhard was a farmer in Breitenfurst and married Rosina Weller, daughter of farmer Johann Weller, in 1833. The couple had 13 children, six of whom were born dead, and one of whom died within the first year. The six surviving children, all born in Breitenfurst, were: Georg Friedrich, Katharina, Johann Jakob, Christian, Eva Rosina and Caroline Christine. This genealogical record concerns itself only with the descendants of the eldest son, Georg Friedrich.

GEORG FRIEDRICH (1830-1906)

Georg Friedrich was born at Breitenfurst three years before the marriage of Leonhard and Rosina (Welter) Schaal. He emigrated to America in April of 1853 and landed in New York. He first went to Connecticut, where he worked in a rubber factory for eight months. He then proceeded to Buffalo, New York, and remained there for three months. In the Spring of 1854, he made his way to Galena, Illinois, then went almost immediately to a region a few miles north of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, where he worked for 16 months in the thriving lumber business. From there, he went to a point just north of Wausau, Wisconsin, where he stayed for four years in the lumber business. He then proceeded to the southern part of Grant County, Wisconsin, and worked for a George Geyer before returning to Germany for a brief visit.

Georg returned to Wisconsin just as the Civil War broke out and purchased a farm on Pea Ridge near Potosi, Wisconsin in Grant County. He married Adolphina Kimmich of Wurtemburg, Germany, in December, 1863. Twelve children were born to the couple between 1864 and 1889, eleven of whom lived beyond the first year: George Frederic, August, Rosina, Henry, Albert, William, Edward, Gustav Adolphus, Matilda, Otto and Lydia.

SCHAAL Family Crest

crest

According to the original translation, the SCHAAL family crest, shown here, is described as “having silver shoes on a blue background, with silver spade and shovel with gold handles. The helmet cover is blue and silver, and the cornecopias are blue.”

Reproduced by Gisela Knoblauch of Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen in November 1970, the crest is a gift from Ms. Klein to the descendants of Georg Schaal, wine gardener at Geradstetten from 1614 to 1688, and his wife Maria (Kurz) Schaal.

According to the original translation, the SCHAAL family crest was  described as “having silver shoes on a blue background, with silver spade and shovel with gold handles. The helmet cover is blue and silver, and the cornecopias are blue.”

Reproduced by Gisela Knoblauch of Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen in November 1970, the crest is a gift from Ms. Klein to the descendants of Georg Schaal, wine gardener at Geradstetten from 1614 to 1688, and his wife Maria (Kurz) Schaal.

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