The Schaney (Schoene) Family of Alsace, Beaver and Butler Co., Pennsylvania and Trumbull Co., Ohio
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Jakob and Salome (Pflug) Schoene
Jean Schini/Johannes Schöni (About 1792 - Aft 1828), was born July 1782 in Zutzendorf, Bas-Rhin, Alsace, France. He married Anna Catharina Jacob October 22, Zutzendorf, Bas-Rhin, Alsace, France. She was born December 22, 1783 in Menchenhofen, Unterelsass.
The Alsace Emigration Book, by Cornelia Schrader-Muggenthaler, has the following listing for a Jean Schini:
Lastname: SCHINI (Father of 7), Firstname: JEAN, Birthplace: ZUTZENDORF, Emigration: 01/01/1828, Destination: America, Source: Film.
I believe this to be our ancestor and will need to do some additional research to document this. Until I found this reference I was under the impression that his son Jacob along with brother George were the original emigreees of the family (See references for Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1985 Supplement). What has caused me to change my mind is recent evidence that Catharina (Jacob) Schini died here in the United States.
Death records from St. John's United Evangelical Protestant (Burry's) Church, New Sewickley Township, Beaver County, PA, Page 14-15, Record 59, read by W. Martin Ruckert, show that a Catharina Schoeni died in 1848. This church is within walking distance, just down the street and around the corner from the residences of Jacob and George, and both men were early members of the congregation.
Name: Catharina Schoeni; Birthdate: 22 December 1783; Birthplace: Menchenhofen Unterelsass (Menchhoffen, Lower Alsace); Parents: born Jacob; Deathdate: 13 December 1848; Deathplace: New Sewickley twp, Beaver Co.; ??: Formerly married to Johannes Schöni; Pastor: E. F. Winter.
Jean Schini (Johannes Schöni) was born in Zutzendorf about July 1782, His wife was born December 22, 1783 in Menchenhofen, Unterelsass and she died December 13, 1848 in New Sewickley Twp., Beaver Co., PA. (This is just a little north of Pittsburgh in Western Pennsylvania, I'm not sure where or when he died, I can find no record.)
Known children of Jean/Johannes and Anna Catherine are :
Jakob Schoene (1813-1886) , was born January 25, 1813 in Zutzendorff, Elsass, son of Jean "Johannes" and Catharina (Jacob) Schini. Jakob married July 30, 1833 Margaretha Salome "Sarah" Pflug daughter of Georges Jacques "Jacob" Dorothea (Marzolpf) Pflug. They celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary in 1883 in Zelienople.
Jacob came to the United States sometime between 1828-33 and settled sometime before he appeared on the 1840 Federal Census on what is now Pine Run Road, in Marion Township, Beaver County, Pennsylvania. The first property transaction I find for him in Beaver County is in deed Book P. Page 573, dated October 13, 1837, and lists Benjamin Chew the younger as the Grantor and Jacob Scheine (Shaney or Schoney) of Pittsburgh as the Grantee.
Jacob was listed as an Engineer, in the 1850 Federal census in Marion Township, living next door to Philip Brandenberger, on the other side of that property lived his brother George Shaney, his wife Catherine, and his family.
Jacob moved into the Borough of Zelienople, Butler County, Pennsylvania, and was an Innkeeper there in 1859 when an Article of Agreement was filed between he and his son John regarding the property in Marion Township, Beaver, Co., PA. He at one time ran a distillery in Zelienople which he sold to George Stahl.
The first hotel in Harmony, Butler County, Pennsylvania, was built by the Harmonists in 1806. It was a frame building, and stood on the site where Sapienza's Market currently stands. Samuel Beam, in 1835, purchased it from Mr. Ziegler on the following terms: 75 cents per day for ten years. Mr. Beam's heirs sold the property, and the house was torn down. The present hotel was built by Jacob Schoene in 1862. The third story has since been added. The house is of brick, and is a large structure.
Children of Jakob and Salome are:
Johannes "John" Schaney (1836-1917) the eldest son of Jakob and Saloma "Sarah" (Pflug) Schöene took over the farm in Marion Township, Beaver County, Pennsylvania when his father moved to Zelienople. He married in 1856, Caroline Brandenberger, daughter of Philip and Dorothea Brandenberger, who lived next door.
According to the Obituary Notice of Phillip Martin Schaney (1867-1917), John's son, "up until he (Phillip) was fourteen, much of his life was spent on the Ohio river packet plying between Pittsburgh and Cincinnati; his father being the captain of the vessel") I have found no evidence to indicate that John Schaney was anything other than a farmer. Intriguingly, there is a listing for a John Schaney under the heading for Engineer Licenses issued during the year ending December 31, 1897 for the Local District of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in R. L. Polk and Co's. Marine Register of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers and Tributaries - Local District of Pittsburgh, PA. (If I have a chance to go to the Inland Rivers library in Cincinnati, Ohio, where they have the R.L. Polk register, I will research this further.)
In the 1900 Federal Census Marion Township, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, Caroline (Brandenberger) Schaney states that she had 13 children 11 of whom are living in 1900, and that she had been married for 44 years. I have only been able to identify 12 of the 13 children.
Children of John and Caroline are:
Phillip Martin Schaney (1867-1917) , was a son of John "Johannes" and Caroline (Brandenberger) Schaney. He married October 20, 1892 at New Brighton, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, Laura Ethel Humes daughter of Martin and Rhoda A. (Burns) Humes.
They resided in New Brighton, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, while he was employed at the Standard Sanitary Manufacturing Company in the New Brighton plant, as a Bathtub Enameler.
In 1901 he moved his family to Warren, Trumbull County, Ohio and went to work in the Day-Ward plant. He was employed there until his health broke (he came down with lead poisoning), and he was forced to give up the work. He then became a barber and was employed in the shops of Z. F. Craver and William T. Horner.
Fraternally he was a member of the Mahoning Lodge, I. O. O. F., Western Reserve Council, Royal Arcanum, and the American Insurance Union. He was also a member of the Baptist church.
Children of Phillip and Laura are:
Ross Martin (Ross Sr.) Schaney (1897-1954) was the son of Phillip Martin and Laura Ethel (Humes) Schaney. He married 1st, February 04, 1919, Anna Aldine Harne, daughter of Addie and Margaret (Acklin) Harne, of Zollarsville, Washington Co., PA, they were divorced January 20, 1921, in Warren, Trumbull Co., Ohio, there were no children from this marriage. He married 2nd November 06, 1922, at Warren, Trumbull County, Ohio, Margaret Katherine Smurthwaite, the only daughter of William Edward and Anna Katherine (Thorn) Smurthwaite.
Ross Schaney Sr. from 1937 to 1954, owned and operated Schaney's Tavern, now known as Track's Inn on Route. 5 in Cortland, Trumbull County, Ohio.
Child of Ross and Margaret is:
Ross David (Junior) Schaney (1924-1983) , was the only son of Ross Martin (Ross Sr.) and Margaret Katherine (Smurthwaite) Schaney. He married May 18, 1943 at Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio, Gloria Joy Hitchcock, daughter of Marcus Hanna and Olga Varie (Brobst) Hitchcock, they were divorced in 1969.
George Schini (1811-1891) was born in Germany and emigrated to the United States about 1831-33. In 1838 "George Schenie of the City of Pittsburg" purchased from George Jacob Ketterer, lot No. 56 in "Bradens district of Depreciation lands," now Marion Twp., Beaver County, PA.
In the 1850 Federal Census Marion Twp, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, living next door to Philip Brandenberger, on the other side of that property lived Jacob Schaney. I have yet to make a definite connection between the two families but it my belief that there was a relation, possibly John and George were brothers.
He married sometime before 1836 Catharine Zimeler (? daughter of Conrad Zimeler, who was living in the household in 1850-1870 census)
Children of George and Catharine are:
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