Michael Schwanger born ABT. 1680. in Abreschviller, Dagsburg, Germany. Died, BEF. 1720. Resided: 1717, in Helleringen, Lorraine, Germany. Employment in Helleringen mill (apparently he took over his father-in-law's mill after his death). Occupation: Miller
After Michael Schwanger married in 1701 to Magdelena, daughter of the miller Hans Peter Vautrin, the couple lived initially and until at least 1714 in Elbersweiler (Abreschviller). But not long after the death of her father in 1713, Michael and his family moved to Helleringen where he operated for some time the mill that belonged to his father-in-law together with other member's of his wif's family. Later he operated the mill with the Schwanger family. After his death prior to 1720, he is referred to as the "deaceased miller of Helleringen" upon the occasion of his wife's remarriage.
Michael and Magdelena were Calvinists. Reformed subjects in Abreschviller after 1712 were allowed to retain their religious convictions and were given little special notice. Baptisms were performed by the Catholic priest and the baptismal records were entered into the Catholic records, the Catholic church being the only one close by. The only stipulation being that the parents had to promise to give the child free choice of religion.