Re: William m. Barbara Martin then Pauline Bruestle
I have some information on this family.My wife will take over from here--Hi, my name is Lynn Threnhauser Kean, and I am the granddaughter of Rose Schmieder Threnhauser.First of all, the spelling of the name is definitely SCHMIEDER, with a long "e" sound.Wilhelm (aka William) married Barbara Martin in Germany.She had been born in Strasbourg, Alsace-Lorraine, a long-disputed area on the French-German border, hence the French last name. When they arrived in the U.S., they settled on a farm in the Overbrook neighborhood in the South Hills of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pa.My grandmother, Rose Katherine, was born on 17 Oct. 1884.She married John Edward "Ed" Threnhauser, from the prominent Threnhauser family of Carrick and Baldwin Township, also in the South Hills.They resided on Merritt Ave., Carrick and had three children: William Edward "Edward," Dorothea and Herbert (my father).After Rose's sister, Mary "May" Owen, was committed to Mayview subsequent to the birth of her fifth child, the children were placed with family members to raise.The baby, Anna, was legally adopted by my grandparents and raised as a Threnhauser.Ed Threnhauser died in 1946, but Rose lived to 87 and died in Sept. 1971. William Edward was killed in action in Aug. 1944 and is buried in the Rhone American Cemetery near Cannes, France. He had been married, but did not have children.Dorothea married William Powers, and they had four children.My father, Herbert, married Jean Ciardi, and they had one child, me.Anna nevered married and resided with Rose until Rose went into the hospital shortly before her death. I read with interest the follow-up mentioning the "Schmieder toes."My grandmother and my father both had severe bunions.My grandmother always mentioned that it had been a family curse.Please follow up with any additional family info.Thanks.