This is helpful.Thanks.Now I have a better picture of where you are coming from on this.I hope you will accept the following observations in the constructive spirit in which I offer them.... not to prove any PERSON wrong or right, but simply to get at the historical truth.
According to post 907 on the Schell Genforum, Jacob son of Michael Schell was indeed born in 1718.This is confirmed by the amazing treasure trove in Michael's family Bible, a transcript of which you can find on the Schell genealogy web page.(Go tohttp://www.geocities.com/heartland/flats/9054/page3.htmlhttp://www.geocities.com/heartland/flats/9054/page3.html and link from there to the main genealogy page.)This, as indicated in my original message, makes Jacob too young to have been the father of Ann (________) wife of William Sale.At one point, you told me that Jacob born in 1718 was the "wrong Jacob," but there can be no question that Jacob son of Michael was indeed born in 1718.And there's no earlier Jacob Schell recorded anywhere in America that I have been able to find.
Per Genforum post 500, Jacob's son Jacob Jr. was born in 1756.This would be appropriate if Jacob Sr. was born about 1718.However, it's something of a stretch if Ann (_____) Sale, who was having children by the late 1740s and through succeeding decades, were a sibling of Jacob Jr.
On the IGI I find that at least someone posited a birth year about 1719 for Michael Schell Jr. (brother of Jacob), and suggested that he died in 1790 in Catawba County, N. Carolina.(I won't deal here with the fact that others claim, with probably more force) that this Michael stayed in Pennsylvania.)This doesn't quite match the age on the passenger list, which would place Michael Jr. as born around 1712, but it's in the ballpark.
Actually I have a theory to resolve the conflict between the age (26) on the passenger list and the age in the Bible.I believe that the clerk who was jotting down ages took the YEAR of Michael Jr.'s birth ('26) down, rather than his age.The correct birthyear is found in the family Bible, a vastly more reliable source than a passenger list.
As to (Johan) Casper Schell, I found his birth year variously estimated at anywhere from 1722 to 1727.I reject, however, the idea that he was a son of Michael Schell Sr. at all.This concept is very doubtful, because Michael did not include Casper in the account penned in the family Bible, or in his will.
Casper's will was proved in 1804 in Lincoln County, NC, so he didn't die in Missouri (which had only barely become part of the U.S. at that time).Some of his survivors went on to Missouri, though.It is exceedingly unlikely that he was born in North Carolina as you note in your post.
Returning to the Michael Schell family, the 1738 trip represented the return leg on the voyage Michael Schell Sr. allegedly took to Germany to marry a second wife -- Magdalena -- after first wife Veronica died, in Pennsylvania.If Casper awere Michael's son, why wasn't he on that boat?He came four years later, in 1742.I would guess that if he's related to Michael at all, it was as a nephew or cousin of some sort.
Casper didn't live in Berks County (or Montgomery County), apparently.Instead, he appears in Lancaster County for many years prior to his migration west along the Great Valley to Washington County, Maryland.A Peter Schell appears on at least one early tax list of Lancaster County, leading some to conclude that Casper was a son of Peter.You can see the signature of both a Peter Scholl as well as a Johann Peter Scholl (with umlaut, indicating a pronunciation that could have easily evolved to "Schell") on the "signatures" page on the Schell website.
Anna Salome / Saloma may well have been the wife of Jacob Schell of Montgomery County, Va.I don't know.What I do know is that this is a classic female given name popular among German immigrants to America.It is, to my knowledge, completely absent from the descendants of Ann (___) Sale.
More broadly, the early generations of the Schells in America are replete with several other given names common among Germans, notably Christian, Casper, Jacob, Michael, Magdalena, Veronica and Frederick.Not ONE of these appears among the children or known grandchildren of William & Ann Sale.To me, it is inconceivable that Ann (______) Sale would have dishonored her parents and grandparents, if she really was a Schell, by failing to name a single child after any of them.The absence of one of these names from the list of 13 children that we have for William & Ann Sale could be explained by a childhood death ... but not all of them.
Finally, coming back to my original point, Ann (____) Sale simply could not have been the daughter of Jacob Schell, because the latter was only about 30 or 31 years old when Ann (________) Sale started having children.