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Schwaegel in St. Clair area, Illinois
Posted by: Pat Woodruff Date: September 06, 2001 at 15:15:04
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The Schwaegel family in Paderborn, Illinois connects to the Schwegel family. Born 19 March 1825 in Niedermohr, Germany, Johann Karl Schwegel's name wound up being changed to Charles Schwaegel after he settled in Illinois. He married Regina L. Reinhardt on 13 April 1857 in Millstadt Township, Saint Clair County, Illinois. Karl's parents were Karl Schwegel and Anna Maria Gross; grandparents were Nicholas Schwegel and Barbara Dilger; great-grandparents were Johann Jacob Schwegel and Maria Magdalena Mueller (or Muller with an umlout over the "u") and his great-great-grandfather was Andreas Schwegel from Kimratshofen in the Allgau Alps.

The following history was written by Marcella Stauder:
The Schwaegel family was one of the many German, so called Latin farmers, emigrating into St. Clair Co. in the 1800ís. Three known brothers, Jacob, Peter and Charles, the sons of Karl and Maria Anna Swegel - Schwegel came from Bavaria in the year of 1845. It is not known if the parents traveled over or whether more children belonged to this family. During that period, records mention George, William, August and a Schwegel grocer, each having various spellings of the name. The Schwegel grocer established his business in Alton, IL and his descendents still manage the Schwegel Grocery Store. Probable relationship to the three brothers were uncles or cousins. Jacob settled in St. Louis and several of his descendents still live in the St. Louis area. His great grandson, Rev. Robert J. Schwegel, director of the Domus Dei Center in Ballwin, Mo. died 31 Jul 1984. This family was known to have attended some of the Schwaegel reunions. Peter, born 12 Jan 1820, was a single gentleman with a disability and served as a farmhand on Charlesí farm until his death in 10 Oct 1909. He was naturalized Nov 1866 as Peter Schwagle. Charles Schwaegel, the subject of this story, received his paper N. 2670 Oct 1864. He settled in the Millstadt Twp., Paderborn area.
Charles, a farmer, was my great grandfather and married Regina Reinhardt on 13 Apr 1857, the eldest living child of Franz and Louisa (Schmidt) Reinhardt, whose family had settled in Paderborn in 1841. It is said that these two families contributed much of their knowledge, hard labor, faith and wealth into the development of the Paderborn Catholic Church. History has it that stone used to build the church was quarried from the Reinhardt farm. Both families are entombed in the parish cemetery of St. Michael.
According to the 1901 map of Smithton Twp. (Sec. 30 and 31) T1S R8W, Charles was the proud owner of 250 plus acres on and near the Smithton Turner Hall Road. Charles was born 19 Mar 1825, died 18 Mar 1912 and Regina was born in Trenfurt, Germany on 8 Sep 1836 and died 6 Dec 1912. they were the parents of 10 living children: Louisa M., Jacob, Mary, Charles, Catherine, Barbara, Frank, August, John and Phillipina. Most of these children continued farming.
Louisa M., my grandmother, was born 21 Oct 1858 and married 3 Feb 1880 in Paderborn to William Baechle, also a farmer. William was born 20 May 1850 in Ober-Wolfach, Baden Germany and died 13 Mar 1928, before my birth. As a child of 6, I vaguely remember my grandmother as a warm and gentle person, devoted to her children and grandchildren. During her last Christmas with us, she gave my sister and me each a Shirley Temple dol which still bring back fond memories of her. Grandmotherís death on the following 17 Mar 1936 brought sadness to many.
William and Louisa had 7 sons and 1 daughter, who was my mother, Louisa M. Becherer. (See Joseph Becherer story) The sons Charles, Jacob, Eugene, Theodore and Oscar lived in the city of Belleville and all had families. The youngest son, Benjamin, was single and died during the draft of World War I at the age of 25 of influenza. William owned a farm near Scott Field, where I remember many summer vacations as a child. Pastime was gazing in the sky at the huge airplanes and searching for different colors of unearthed glass with my cousin, Helena Baechle Beisiegel. Fifty years later, we spend many hours together searching for family photos and data, getting much pleasure visiting almost forgotten relatives. The farm is now consumed by the Scott Air Force Base, and Helena passed away 18 Feb 1985, but not until her dreams were fulfilled.
Jacob Schwegel, a well known farmer, married Louisa Munier and were parents of 7 children, namely, Joseph, Adolf, Otto, Edwin, Theodore, Estelle and Elenore Weissert. I recall their golden wedding anniversary celebration with an outdoor dance, at the age of six. It was a large gathering and it made the St. Louis Post Dispatch News with pictures, 4 Aug 1935. Charles, Jr. married Magdalena Munier, a sister to Jacobís wife, Louisa. Their children included Clarence, Edmund, Olivia, Irma and Arthur. Charles lived 4 households from our farm. Leonard Schneider and Olivia, also close neighbors, were friends more than family, as Leonard was my fatherís best friend, co-worker, fishing and card playing buddy.
Mary was the second wife of Joseph Brielmaier and had a large family of 12 living children: Herman, Augusta Armbruster, Robert Edwin, Cecelia Neff, Adelle, Edna, Victor, Lucinda, and Anna Brielmaier. Clements and Benjamin were twins. Catherine Schwaegel married Ignatius Schaefer and lived in St. Louis, their children being Arthur, Clements, Raymond, Hilda M. and Clara A. Schaefer. Another daughter, Barbara Schwaegel, was the second wife of Frank Bertelsman. Children included Emil, Gertrude Houston, William, Magdelena, Eugene, Regina Hawthorne, Charles, Clarence and Walter. William and Alvina Bertelsman were the parents of Rev. Clarence Bertelsman, OMI, currently a missionary serving in the Phillipines.
Frank married Johanna Keller and they had 11 children. I remember Frank, after his retirement from the Smithton Farm, working in the Schwaegel Grocery Store in Smithton, managed by his sons, Hugo and William. Other children include Oscar, Clara Daab, Caroline Friedrich, Edgar, Irvin, Leo, Selma Mueller, Elmer and Elenor Weyhaupt. Hugo and Edna are the parents of Msgr. Joseph R. Schwaegel, Vice Chancellor of Dioceses of Belleville and secretary to Bishop James P. Keleher. Msgr. is a great grandson of Charles and Regina Schwaegel.
August Schwaegel married Theresa Kaubreck. They had 3 children: Amanda Thouvenot, Alma Darr and Walter. His brother, John Schwaegel, married Cordula Lindner. Their seven children included Emily Wright, Matilda, Rudolf, Raymond, Herbert, Orville and John. The youngest daughter of Charles, Phillipina (Bina) married Nicholas Schaefer. They farmed below Smithton and had 8 living children named: Carl, Mary Gass, Henry, Cecilia, William, Aloysius, Clara Wittenauer and Paul Schaefer.
Many thanks belong to Adelle and Anna Brielmaier, for assuming the monumental task of arranging the annual reunions and dispensing family information to all. Their efforts enticed me into the love of genealogy with encouragement to further delve into the continuing history of the 7th generation of the Schwaegel family.
by Marcella J. Stauder

I would love to gather further information on any descendents. Contact me at patwoodruff@mac.com


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