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Jacob Argle b ca 1803. Wuerttemberg > Detroit MI ca 1846
Posted by: Andy (ID *****0702) Date: February 23, 2012 at 21:45:47
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[Argle is sometimes spelled Ergel in Germany. It is a variant of German Ergele, a pet form of Erko, a short form of Ergenbrecht, composed of the elements erkan ‘pure’, ‘perfect’ + berht ‘bright’, ‘famous’. An anglicized form of Ergenbrecht is Argenbright.]

Jacob Argle, born around 1803 in Germany, immigrated evidently from Stuttgart, Wuerttemberg, to the United States in 1846 or 1847 and settled in Detroit, Michigan, where he is found in the 1850 census*, listed as a laborer. With him were his wife, Christina, born around 1804, two daughters and four sons.

The 1860 census doesn't give a clear picture of the family, but it would seem that by that time Jacob Sr.'s wife, Christina, had died, that the girls were married and in their own households and the teenage boys were farmed out.

The 1870 census of Manguagon, Wayne Co MI, shows Jacob as an apparent widower. In his household are his son Jacob and his family.

It was not uncommon in some German families to give children the same first name -- often Anna for the girls and Johann for the boys. The daughters apparently were both recorded as Christina. Two of the boys were both given the second name Charles and each was sometimes recorded as Charles.

*1850 federal census, Wayne Co MI, p. 200/101, Family No. 1416/1397, Detroit, 27th Dist.


1. ELIZABETH ARGLE. The 1850 census shows Elizabeth as 16 years old, or born around 1834.

The family of Mrs. CHRISTINA E. SCHRINER of Marine City, St. Clair Co MI, records Mrs. Schriner's year of birth as 1828 and her maiden name as Argle. She was born in Wuerttemberg and was from Detroit. She has the middle initial E, which might stand for Elizabeth. Her own death certificate shows her father's name as Jacob "Argo", but her daughter Catherine's shows her mother's maiden name as Christina Argle. Her granddaughter married a grandson of Jacob b 1803. It seems reasonable to assume she is Jacob's daughter despite the name and age data for Elizabeth on the 1850 census.

CHRISTINA E. ARGLE, b 28 Dec 1828 Wuerttemberg, Germany; d 22 Mar 1907 Marine City, St. Clair Co MI, bur Woodlawn Cem; m in Detroit around 1851 FREDERICK SCHRINER, b Jun 1825 Germany. Christina was the mother of 13 children, six of whom survived her. Known names of children: Catherine b ca 1852; Christian 1853, Elizabeth 1855, Theobald 1858, Michael 1859, Margaret 1860, Louisa 1861, Frederick J. 1863, Sarah 1867, Anna Schriner 1872. A public family tree submission at shows a photo of Christina and Frederick Schriner.

2. ANNA CHRISTINA ARGLE, b 11 May 1838 Wuerttemberg; d 17 Dec 1909 St. Clair MI, bur Hillside Cem; married first before 1860 in Detroit to LUZIAN ZINK, b ca 1827 Wuerttemberg. She is listed as Christina in the 1850 census, "Chris." Zink in 1860, and thereafter as Anna or Annie. The Zinks lived in Detroit. Children: Mary (Anna Maria?) b 1860, John G. 1862, Luzian 1864, Carolina 1866 and Henry B. Zink b 20 Oct 1872. Luzian Sr. apparently died by 1880, and Anna Christina married second in Detroit on 28 Sep 1885 CASPER SPIELBERGER, b ca 1833. They are found in the 1900 census of St. Clair Co MI.

3. JACOB ARGLE, b ca 1841 Stuttgart, Wuerttemberg, Germany; m Detroit MI 19 Dec 1867 Agnes C. Murdoch. William Argle witnessed the marriage. Jacob served in the Civil War from 1862-1865 in Co D, 2nd Michigan Infantry, Co K, 17th Michigan Infantry, and Co A, 24th Regt, Veteran Reserve Corps. Received Civil War pension. Lived in Detroit until moving to Canada around 1878. The 1883 "List of Pensioners on the [U.S.] Roll" says Jacob Argle of Cook's Creek, Manitoba, was paid $4 a month due to a gunshot wound in the right foot and thigh. His family appears in the 1881 Canadian census at Springfield, Manitoba. Some children: Christina, Marion, Agnes, Catherine, Jacob, George Murdoch Argle (Canadian Army in WWI).

4. CHRISTOPHER CHARLES ARGLE, b ca 1843 Germany. Civil War soldier, sergeant in Co B, 2nd Michigan Infantry, 1862-1865. Died at Detroit 13 Dec 1882. Listed as Christopher on the 1850 census and in military records, and as Charles in his children's birth records. Married 22 Jan 1874 as her second husband Charlotte E. "Lottie" (Stringer) Steers, b 24 Oct 1845 MI, d Jul 1926. The census lists her as the mother of 7 children, 4 living in 1900. By her first husband Lottie had at least one child, Anna Steers. Detroit birth and death records show "Charles" and Lottie had at least three children: Carrie Argle, b 18 Jun 1874; Charles Argle, b ca 1876, died August 9 of that year; and Emma Frances Argle, b 23 Jul 1878 Detroit, died of tuberculosis in Dallas TX on 19 Jul 1903.

An item in the Washington DC "National Tribune" of 28 Dec 1882 says "Christopher C. Argle, who served in the 2nd Michigan until the close of the war and was known as an intrepid and gallant soldier, died on the 13th inst. at Detroit. He was a member of Fairbanks Post No. 17, and his comrades attended the funeral in a body."

Lottie received a Civil War widow's pension and Emma a minor's pension. Lottie married a third time, to James D. Kaniff, and had a daughter Mable (Kaniff) Knowlton.

5. WILLIAM H. ARGLE, b June 1847 at sea on way to US, according to marriage record. He died 24 Feb 1917 at the Grand Rapids Veterans Home and was buried in their cemetery. A military marker was placed on the grave. Image of marker is at William married in Bay Co MI 14 Feb 1874 Amelia "Emma" Krause, b ca 1855 Germany, d 8 May 1890 Bay City MI, daughter of John and Ella Krause. William was a blacksmith and a wagon and carriage maker. He enlisted in Co C, 8th Michigan Cavalry on 10 Apr 1865 and was discharged 22 Sep 1865. Received a pension, which can be obtained from the National Archives. A picture of William and Amelia and their children taken around 1889 is online at

6. CHARLES FREDRICK ARGLE, born April 1850 Michigan. Listed as Fredrick, 4 months old, in 1850; as Charles in 1900. Wife's listing in the Dallas TX city directory shows him as "Charles F." Dallas 1900 census gives his occupation as railroad foreman. He is presumably the Charles Argle who died in Dallas 20 Jul 1900, as his wife appears as a widow in the 1902 Dallas city directory. Around 1899 Charles (i.e., Fredrick) married Anna Leonie Steers, daughter of his brother Christopher's wife by her first marriage. Anna was born 21 Jan 1869 in Michigan. In Fredrick's 1900 household is Emma Argle (1878-1903). Although the census lists her as his daughter, she is evidently his brother Christopher's daughter and his wife's half-sister. Anna and her half-sister Mable Kaniff were living with their mother, Lottie, in Dallas in 1910.


The exact number of his children is not known. Records were found for Charles W., Sarah, Frank F., Edith S., Alice, Emma and Willis.

With their mother dying when Charles was 16 and Alice only 5, the children were said to have gone to live in an orphanage run by family friends. At the time of the 1900 census, Alice, then 16, was living at the Bay City Children's Home.

1. CHARLES WILLIAM ARGLE, b 14 Jul 1874 probably in Bay City MI. He died after the 1930 census of Snohomish County, Washington. A stone in Marysville Cem there bears his name, but no dates are shown in the cemetery's online transcription. An online newspaper article states a descendant has placed a new headstone on Charles' and his wife's graves. Snohomish Co censuses list Charles as a blacksmith, sawmill laborer, shingle mill laborer. He married in King Co WA in 1907 Elizabeth Pfromm, b ca 1875 MI, d 24 Feb 1943 Snohomish WA. CHILDREN: Anna Alice Argle (1911-2000) m Thomas Tipton Doan (1907-1986); Charles W. Argle (1909-1979); Robert H. Argle (1913-1984); Ward F. Argle (1916-1956. )

Elizabeth (Pfromm) Argle was the daughter of Catherine (Schriner) Pfromm and granddaughter of Christina (Argle) Schriner. She had a sister and brother living close by her in Marysville in 1910, both also buried in Marysville Cem: Anna K. Pfromm (1872-1922) and Henry F. Pfromm, b 27 Apr 1889 Marine City, St. Clair Co MI, d 1960. Henry served as city clerk of Marysville. Their parents were Jacob Pfromm, b ca 1848 in Hesse Cassel, Germany, d 8 Mar 1896, and Catherine Schriner, b ca 1852, d 26 May 1898 in Marine City. Jacob and Catherine were married in Detroit on 24 Dec 1871. After Jacob and Catherine died, their younger children lived with Catherine's parents, Frederick and Christina Schriner, at Marine City MI.

2. SARAH ARGLE, b ca 1876. Only record found of her thus far is the 1880 census.

3. FRANK FREDRICK ARGLE, b 9 Oct 1880, d 11 or 7 Feb 1936, buried Beaver Township Cemetery, Auburn MI. Married 25 Sep 1904 Mary Lederer, b 19 Jul 1882, d 8 Mar 1959. In 1905 he was a cigar maker, living with father at 815 Saginaw St., Bay City, in 1905. He was the stage manager in a theater in 1920, and in 1930 he operated a movie theater. CHILDREN: Mildred A. Argle (1905-1989) m Lee O. AKIN (1907-1980); Norman Argle (1909-1970).

4. EDITH S. ARGLE, b ca 1883, m Bay City MI 19 Nov 1901 Charles Simon SMITH, b 16 Jun 1881. They lived in Flint, Michigan. CHILDREN: Marion A. Smith (1904-1983) m Carl F. DeCOU (1903-1983), Willard J. Smith (1906-1993), Sidney C. Smith, b ca 1910.

5. ALICE ARGLE, b Aug 1885, m Bay City 27 Feb 1906 George FREDETTE. In 1900 Alice was an "inmate" of the Bay City Children's Home. 1905 Bay City directory shows her as a domestic at the New Clifton Hotel. Family lived at River Rouge, Wayne Co MI. CHILDREN: Frank Fredette, Veronica Fredette, Bernard Fredette, (daughter, name not recorded, b & d 7 Aug 1916), Edith Fredette (ca 1918-2011) m August YOPS, Madeline and Donald Fredette.

6. EMMA ARGLE, b 12 Aug 1887 Bay City. Twin to Willis; both died young.

7. WILLIS ARGLE, b 12 Aug 1887 Bay City. Twin to Emma; both died young. He may be the "Willie" Argle who d 11 Mar 1892 and was buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Saginaw MI. Saginaw County borders Bay County. There are several Krause burials in this cemetery. Willis' mother was Amelia Krause.

A Jacob Argle was buried in Green Ridge Cemetery, Bay County, Michigan, on 21 Mar 1879. This may have been a son of William or possibly his father. A child of William Argle was buried in Green Ridge Cem on 21 May 1880.

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