“Genealogical and Personal History of Western Pennsylvania” Vol. 3
Author: Jordan, John W., 1840 – 1941
MICHEL – The MICHEL family were for many generations natives of Bavaria, a kingdom of South Germany, and next to Prussia the largest state of the German Empire, with six votes in the Federal council, since 1871, when the kingdom became one of the states of the new German Empire. The history of Bavaria as a duchy extends almost to the beginning of the middle ages. In 788 it was part of Charlemagne's realm and was one of the great duchies of the old Germany Empire. In 1806 the Imperial Elector, who had been an ally of Napoleon in the War of 1805, was allowed to assume the royal dignity. From this country with its varied manufacturers, three universities and fertile soil, came GEORGE F. MICHEL, with his family, including STEPHEN MICHEL, then an infant of twelve months. GEORGE F. MICHEL married, in Germany, MARY ANN SCHULTZ, and after coming to Pennsylvania engaged as a farmer in Butler County. Children: EVA, married JOSEPH DEPPMAR; ANNA; STEPHEN; FRANK I., CHRISTIAN, married ELIZABETH WILLS; ELIZABETH, married (first) JAMES SHANEY, (second) PETER LANDGRAF; GEORGE F., died young. The family were members of the Roman Catholic church.
STEPHEN MICHEL was born in Bavaria, Germany, Dec. 2, 1846, died on his farm near Wexford, Allegheny County, Pa., March 31, (pg. 1694) 1910. He was the founder of the family in Wexford, going from Butler County, Pa., whither he was brought by his parents in 1847. He attended school in Butler County, and later learned the trade of shoemaker, which occupation he followed for three years. About the year 1872 he purchased a farm of 50 acres at Wexford, Allegheny County, later add 66 acres, but prior to his death sold 44 acres. He built the house in which his widow now resides, erected barns and was quite prosperous. He was reared, lived and died in the faith of the Roman Catholic church.
He married, August 31, 1869, CATHERINE T. HEINZER, born in Pittsburgh East End, September 30, 1852, daughter of JOSEPH M. and ANNA MARY (SAILER) HEINZER, who were the parents of twelve children: CATHERINE; MARY; BARBARA; JOSEPH, died in infancy; JOSEPH (2); ELIZABETH, died in infancy; ELIZABETH (2); ANNIE; MAGDALENE; FRANCIS ANDREW, deceased; MARTIN. Children of STEPHEN and CATHERINE T. MICHEL: 1. An infant son, born September 7, 1871, died unnamed. 2. MARY A., born October 13, 1873; married FERDINAND SHALLER. 3. BERTHA C., born June 7, 1874; married PHILIP J. RICHARD. 4. GEORGE FRANCIS, born December 23, 1875. 5. CLARA T., born December 24, 1875; married JOHN RICHARDS. 6. ELIZABETH J., born December 24, 1875. The three were triplets, all lived and grew to healthful manhood and womanhood. 7. BARBARA L., born September 16, 1876. 8. THERESA P., born February 23, 1878; married PETER MILBERT. 9. STEPHEN H., born October 10, 1884. 10. JOSEPH H., born October 9, 1886. 11. MARY MAGDALENE, born September 30, 1888. 12. MARTIN ANTHONY, born April 10, 1890. 13. CATHERINE F., born July 14, 1892. 14. CECELIA ANNA, born July 23, 1894. 15. FRANCIS JOSEPH, born July 19, 1897. Since being left a widow, MRS. MICHEL has managed the home farm, her sons cultivating its fertile acres.
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