Posted By:Gordon Seyffert
Subject:Johannes Schneider of Pittsburgh, PA circa 1840
Post Date:June 16, 2010 at 14:09:27
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Johannes Schneider was born at Heinhof near Laasphe in the Principality of Wittgenstein, later Kreis Berleburg in the Prussian Province of Westphalia. His last residence prior to emigrating in 1835 was at the Füllenhäuser Mills in the Grand Duchy of Hesse-Darmstadt, and he came to Pittsburgh where he died between 1835 and 1845. On 28 February 1845 his brother Johann Christian Schneider died in Germany. This brother was a weaver, born in the same village, who had accumulated some property of note. He made a will three days prior to his death in which he named his brother's children -- if living -- to be his sole heirs, but it was thought these children might now be residents of either a poorhouse or an orphan asylum. An American diplomat was enlisted to try to determine if these children could be found. The correspondence may be viewed on Roll 4 of "Despatches From United States Ministers to the German States and Germany, 1799-1801 & 1835-1906" in National Archives Record Group 59 (General Records of the Department of State).

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