C.P. Schambra 1831 Wheeling WVA
I am searching for information about ancestors, descendents, and relatives of C.P. Schambra of Wheeling, West Virginia, described in this excerpt from Brant and Fuller's History of the Upper Ohio Valley (1890):
C. P. Schambra, a prominent merchant tailor of Center Wheeling, whose establishment is at No. 2105 Main street, was born in Hesse-Darmstadt Germany, April 16, 1831.He was educated in his native land and there acquired the trade of tailor.He came to America in 1851 and proceeded directly to Wheeling, where he had relatives who had preceded him.For one of these, D.Schambra, one of the pioneer tailors of Wheeling, he worked until 1865, when he opened rooms of his own on Main street, in Center Wheeling, a part of the city in which he always did business.He did business without a partner until the spring of 1885, when he took his son, William A., as a partner, and they are doing a prosperous business under the name of C. P. Schambra & Son. Mr. Schambra came to this country quite poor, except in the possession of a well-learned trade and genius and capacity for work, and by continued application he has so well succeeded that he is now well-known as a business man, and one of the substantial and influential men of Center Wheeling.He is a member of St. John's Lutheran church, and of the Turner society, the A. O. U. W., and the Order of Red Men.In 1856 he was married to Mary E. Renner, sister of William Renner, formerly a leading confectioner of Wheeling, now of Columbus, Ohio.By this union eight children have been born, of whom the following survive: William A., Louisa, Hermann, Christian, Eva and Philip.