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Adam&Caroline Westerlich Schwegel-1840
Posted by: Patricia Woodruff Date: July 22, 2000 at 13:31:18
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We are gathering a list of all Schwegels, so if you have names to contribute, please contact me at There are branches of Schwegels in Ohio, California, Illinois, Missouri, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. We keep seeing the same names coming up over and over again. There are many different Adam Schwegels and Jacob Schwegel, etc. and we are trying to sort them all out. We think they may all be related, but we need your family information. Thanks.

Here is one line that we have managed to clearly identify, starting with family recolection and verifying it through various public documents.

1 Adam Schwegel Sr

Birth: app 1840, Germany
Father: ?

Spouse: Caroline Westerlich 
Birth: app 1840, Germany
[NOTE: We know Adam and Caroline are Adam Schwegel, Jr's parents from the wedding certificate of Adam and Magdalena.]

Children: Adam (1862-1920)
Michael (1868-)
Jacob (1859-1933)
Eva (Eve) (~1852-)
Otto (~1860-)

1.1 Adam Schwegel Jr

Birth: 4 Sep 1862, Rheinfalls am Bryne - Germany
Death: 5 Dec 1920
Burial: Holy Sepulchre Cemetary - Cheltenham Ave. and Ivy Hill Road, Philadelphia, PA 19150
Occ: worked at Beer Gardens in Atlantic City, NJ when he first immigrated (so around 1884/1885.)
Occ: Owned a bar in Patterson, NJ. [NOTE: in the 1890-93 Patterson, NJ Directories there is a listing for Adam Schwegel, saloon, 10 West, City:Patterson, NJ 1891,1892,1893]
Occ: Owned a small hotel in Cape May.
Occ: Owned a bar/saloon at 6th & Tioga Streets in Philadelphia, PA named "Schwegel's"
Occ: They moved to 8th & Caimbridge Sts. Phila, PA around 1918, where I think they owned a different bar.
Occ: Painted frescos in churches along with his son Albert.

The ship Hasburg from the Port of Breman arrived 27 Oct. 1884 with Adam aged 21 years Laborer and Michael age 16 years Laborer from the Province of Prussia, village of Wisconsin.

Adam and Magdelina lived in Millville, NJ/ Patterson, NJ/ Elizabeth, NJ/ Cape May, NJ/ Philadelphia, PA.

Owned a bar in Patterson, NJ where the famous boxer, John L. Sullivan used to come to drink.

Adam owned a bar at 6th & Tioga Streets, then moved to 8th & Cambridge Streets in Philadelphia, PA. They moved from Saint Veronicas Parish (an Irish church) to Saint Bonaventures Parish (a German church.) They lived right across the street from Geltrude Fisher (Francis future wife) but they moved when she was around 4 or 5. Adams son Otto had a daughter Edna who was scalded to death at Adams bar, when she was very young. Adams bar was called simply "Schwegel's." In the saloon, during prohibition they hid the alcohol behind the wooden window frames, where the sash weights would go. Adam was strict with the bar. He wouldnt let in anyone under age and he would kick out customers if they had too much to drink. Hed go Rouss schmitt! (go fast/now)
Adam for a while painted church frescos and convention halls and his son Albert helped him. They mixed the paints themselves using pigments and powdered white lead from Dutch Boy (Dutch Boy later went into selling premixed paint cans.) They traveled to different cities to paint.

Adam and his brothers came to America because they refused to join the army. According to his son Francis, they believed in talking things out. Adam could never go back to Germany because of his reasons for leaving but he always wanted to take his son Francis there someday.

Adam was a tall, big man.

They may have lived in Hazelton, PA before Millville, NJ.

Francis had some photo postcards from possible relatives, they are labled as being from Neuenkirchen.

Francis Harry Schwegel (Adam's son) recalled that Adam had 2 brothers Jacob and Michael and a sister Eve.

Spouse: Magdalena (Mary Magdalen) Welsh
Birth: 3 Oct 1865, Gelsenkirchen - Germany
Death: 24 May 1959
Father: Henry Welsh Sr. (~1833-<1897)
Mother: Catherine (Katie/Kate) Kayser (1833-1920)
Marr: 16 Dec 1886, Saint Mary Magdalen Church - Millville, NJ

Children: Mary Magdalena (Lena) (Twin) (1887-1958)
Adam (Twin) (1887-died soon after birth, possibly stillborn.)
Albert (1889-1964)
Otto Michael (1900-1982)
Francis Harry (1908-)

1.1.1 Mary Magdalena (Lena) Schwegel

Birth: 7 Jun 1887, Millville, NJ
Death: 12 Nov 1958
Burial: Greenmount Cemetary - Philadelphia, PA

Spouse: Thomas Adams
Birth: abt 1887

1.1.2 Adam Schwegel

Birth: 7 Jun 1887 died soon after birth, possibly stillborn.

1.1.3 Albert Schwegel

Birth: 25 May 1889, NJ
Death: 1 May 1964
Burial: Holy Sepulchre Cemetary - Cheltenham Ave. and Ivy Hill Road, Philadelphia, PA 19150
Occ: Helped his father paint frescos in churches.

The birthdate for Albert is also confirmed at the Millville NJ Historical Society.
"Albert born to Adam and Maltlina Schwegel May 25, 1889"

Spouse: Katherine
Birth: abt 1889

1.1.4 Otto Michael Schwegel

Birth: 6 Aug 1900, Philadelphia, PA
Death: 26 May 1982

Lived in Eddington, Bucks Co., PA 19020.

Spouse: Edna Hess
Birth: 8 Jul 1902
Death: 23 Apr 1991

1.1.5a Francis Harry Schwegel*

Birth: 8 Jan 1908, Philadelphia, PA
Occ: Teacher at Spring Garden Institute at night.
Reli: Roman Catholic
Occ: Retired from Western Electric.

When Francis was young, they had real candles on their Christmas tree. They had little clothes pin clips to put them on the branches. They hung apples and oranges on the tree and lots of glass blown ornaments, since they were very cheap at the time. Under the live tree they had electric trains and a cardboard Nativity.

Frank would help out at his fathers bar by making crab cakes. He started helping out on weekends when he was 7 years old (1915). He would grind the breadcrumbs topping and other chores.

Francis Schwegel recalled that the saloon was a 3 story house. Otto was in charge of running it. During Prohibition, the police came in with a search warrant. Frans was only a kid but recognized that the search warrant was made out for the wrong location. He told Otto. Otto told the police that they were searching the wrong place, they were the NE corner and the search warrant was for the NW corner.

Frank and his brother would gather the coal off of the railroad tracks.

Francis didnt finish high school. The high school was filled and he went to the High School annex for his first year then at Broad & Vine he did his second year. Then in his junior year they didnt have the science course anymore. Se he went to Broad & Spring Garden Institute for Vo-Tech. He graduated there when he was 18 years old. Francis went into the electrical field and he decided that in grade school. After he graduated, he got a job and assigned Francis to a man up on the second floor and they were putting in outlet boxes. The bossess boss came in and asked Frank why he was using a hand drill instead of an electric tool. Then they needed additional outlets on the first floor and had Pop-pop hand chisel a cement pillar to put in another box. The guy spit chewing tobacco where he had to add the box. Frank decided that night, he was going to get a good education. He was 18. A guy called him up when he was 20 and saked him to teach nights at Spring Garden Institute of 2 nights a week, he taught for 21 years.

When Francis and Geltrude were first married they lived at 4104 Hellerman Street. The trolly on Frankford Ave. had regular railroad ties.

In 1964, Francis, Geltrude and Raymond moved to Apache Lane in Norristown. The Western Electric plant where Francis worked had moved to King of Prussia, PA. He wanted a location that was not too close to the plant and close to the church.

Francis and Geltrude were very involved with the 55 Club (a retirees club) at their church Epiphany of Our Lord Catholic Church - Norristown, PA. They made crafts to sell as fund raisers at the church.

Spouse: Geltruda Theresa Fisher
Birth: 9 Mar 1913, Philadelphia, PA
Death: 12 Oct 1990, Sacred Heart Hospital
Father: Abram Buckis (Abraham Bernard) Fisher (1862-1914)
Mother: Ellen Helen (Ellie or Ella) Sullivan (?1867-1945)
Marr: 26 Jan 1938, Saint Veronicas Church, Philadelphia, PA

Children: Raymond Francis

Other spouses: Catherine Wigfall

Raymond Francis Schwegel married Margaret Louise Kennedy.
Children: Patricia

1.1.5b Francis Harry Schwegel* (See above)

Spouse: Catherine Wigfall
Birth: app 1910
Death: 1936, Frankford Hospital - Philadelphia, PA
Marr: 1934, All Saints Catholic Church - Bridesburg, PA

Children: un-named male child (1936-)

Other spouses: Geltruda Theresa Fisher

1.1.5b.1 un-named male child Schwegel

Birth: 1936, Frankford Hospital - Philadelphia, PA
Burial: Cedar Hill Cemetary - Philadelphia, PA

1.2 Michael Schwegel

Birth: 1868, Germany

Lived with Henry Welsh at 1010 Archer Street in Millville, NJ when he was naturalized in 1898. Henry Welsh was his sponsor.

1.3 Jacob Schwegel Sr

Birth: 1859, Germany
Death: 4 Oct 1933, Millville NJ
Occ: farmer

His homestead was 200 Sharp Street in Millville, NJ which he built around 1900.

There are family connections to Coaldale, Lansford, Tamaqua and Summit Hill, PA. They are all close together in Schulykill County. And Hazelton in Carbon County, PA.

Spouse: Catherine Welsh (sister to Magdelena)
Birth: 1857, Germany
Death: 25 Dec 1916
Father: Henry Welsh Sr. (~1833-<1897)
Mother: Catherine (Katie/Kate) Kayser (1833-1920)
Marr: bef 1881, Germany

1.4 Eva (Eve) Schwegel

Birth: abt 1852, Germany

1.5 Otto Schwegel

Birth: app 1860


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