Re: Maria Anna Maier Schuele
Professor Doctor Schiele and others searching about her:
I was fortunate to live in Europe for two years in 1974-76 and be able to research my family history then and in a short trip in 1979.I found information going back to about 1820 on my father's (Ernst Fredrick Schuele) Schuele (his father's) side from Stuehlingen Germany, and on his mother's (Katherine Pabst) side from Sarnen, Switzerland going back to about 1720.I have been negligent in sharing it with others, such as this posting tree.
My aunt, Helena Schuele (died about 6 years or more ago in Atlantic City NJ) had done a lot of checking in the US, especially at the Library of Congress and at the Mormon geneological records center in Salt Lake City UT.But when I was able to find and go to the proper sites in person, speaking German I learned in college, I found the correct places and got that data.The "Dettighofen, Baden" data was not exact.Schaffhausen is the largest city near this small farming village of Stuehlingen.The city clerk in Sarnen was very helpful, even inviting me to stay one night with his family.And the pastor of the Catholic church in Stuehlingen was very helpful too, typing out a geneology for me there.These Schueles were and are Catholic, at least to my generation.
I was born in 1945 in St. Joseph MO, where my father lived from 1928 to his death in 1992 (born 1898 in Wayside NE where his father had gone to help build the Burlington railroad across Nebraska).Two of my brothers are still Catholic priests, and I was one from 1971-81 (since married and have two sons).My two sisters each have three children and they kept their maiden names when married. One more brother lives near Boston and never married.
Thank you for your information on the origin of our name, Dr. Schiele (it looks like you teach at a university medical school in Jena, from your e-mail address).I suspected it was from a diminutive form of Schuh, as many I spoke with guessed.Since Stuehlingen is only about 8 miles north of Switzerland in south central Germany and my grandfather married a woman whose family was from Switzerland (in Missouri), I thought the name might be "Schwyzerdeutsch" or the Swiss dialect of German which is very nonstandard German).
Stuehlingen is in rolling farm hills not far northwest of Lake Constance and Schaffhausen is the rail center southwest of that village.The hills are very much like the hills about 20 miles northeast of Kansas City MO (where I live in a KS side suburb) on I-35 toward Cameron MO (where my father lived on a farm before moving to St. Joseph), and that is maybe why the Schueles settled in small towns near Cameron.Uncle Max Schuele lived in Sidney NE and died probably 20 years ago.
I have the family trees data from those two villages up until they moved to the US. That was about 1870 for the Schueles, and I found information in German books that led me to believe they emigrated because they were opposed to the militant Prussians who led Germany into the Franco-Prussian war then.The Pabsts moved from near Luzern probably because there was no land available to their generation, and that may have been a factor in the Schuele emigration also.Sarnen is where a shrine to a hero of Swiss national liberation is, since he lived there (I cannot remember his name right now).
Sarnen is between Luzern and Bern, on the rail line, in the Alps lower area.I was fortunate to find the Pabst family home up the foothill slope there and take a picture with the last direct descendant outside that 300 year old farmhouse.Exciting!
I don't have the family trees here at work, but I'll try to post them in a week or two on this geneology website, as a reply posting.