Schwiening

 

   

My Schwiening ancestors

I started my research on this family in 1995 with my Dad by sending out letters to some Schwiening families I found listed in phone books.  At the time I didn't know anything about the family other than they were originally from Germany and settled in Texas.  In 1996 I made contact with and received a packet of material from Clara Griffis on many of the Texas Schwiening families and earlier known ancestors which she obtained from her mother.  This material was very valuable in my research on the Schwiening lines.  Since then I have also made contact with Nanette Tacke and Wolfgang Schwiening, both descendants of Christian Heinrich Schwiening (#4) whose families remained in Germany.  Nanette was able to provide for me the first 3 generations of the Schwiening family that are known.  Wolfgang is credited for the research on the early lines who reports that unfortunately about 1740 the Church of Ronnenberg was destroyed by a storm and the valuable papers with ancestral information on them were destroyed under the stones. 

The Schwiening family immigrated to America from Germany and settled in Texas in 1876.  Most of the descendants of this family have remained in Texas while my branch (Ernest Schwiening) moved to Oregon around 1912.

GENERATION 1

Henje Schwiening, the earliest known ancestor of this family married Ragine Hachmann.  He died in Ronnenberg, Germany on September 30, 1740.  The children of Henje and Ragine are:

   01. Hans Dietrich Schwiening (Born Sep 19, 1714, Died May 8, 1789)     (See Generation 2 below) 
   02. Anna Dorothea Schwiening (Born Nov 29, 1716)
   03. Johann Friedrich Schwiening (Born Sep 15, 1720)
   04. Johann Heinrich Schwiening (Born Dec 6, 1722)
   05. Marie Eleonore Schwiening (Born Apr 6, 1725)
 
Source: Wolfgang Schwiening/Nanette Tacke

GENERATION 2

Hans Dietrich Schwiening, son of Henje and Ragine was born on September 19, 1714.  He married Margarete Knost in 1735 in Ronnenberg, Germany.  Hans died on May 8, 1789.  The children of Hans and Margarete are:

   01. Johann Heinrich Schwiening (Born Nov 6, 1754)      (See Generation 3 below) 
   02. Ilse Catarina Schwiening (Born Aug 31, 1739)
   03. Anna Sophia Catarina Schwiening (Born Nov 30, 1741)
   04. Marie Elisabeth Dorothee Schwiening (Born Mar 3, 1748)
   05. Ernst Konrad Schwiening (Born Jan 4, 1757)
   06. Johann Ernst Cristoph Schwiening (Born May 17, 1760)
   07. Johann Ernst Heinrich Schwiening (Born Apr 30, 1765)

Source: Wolfgang Schwiening/Nanette Tacke

GENERATION 3

Johann Heinrich Schwiening, son of Hans was born on November 5, 1754.  He married Blondine Kefel in 1789 in Ronnenberg, Germany.  Blondine was from Empelde, Germany.  The children of Johann and Blondine are:

   01. Christian Heinrich Schwiening (Born Mar 27, 1796, Died Jan 27, 1845)    (See Generation 4 below) 
 
 02. Johann Friedrich Schwiening (Born Jan 17, 1791)
   03. Anna Engel Schwiening (Born Oct 29, 1792)
   04. Heinrich Konrad Schwiening (Born Jul 23, 1799, Died Apr 21, 1858)
   05. Marie Sophie Dorothee Eleonore Schwiening (Born Mar 3, 1804)

Source: Wolfgang Schwiening/Nanette Tacke

GENERATION 4

Christian Heinrich Schwiening, son of Johann was born on March 27, 1796 in Ronnenberg, Germany.  He married Sophie Dorothee Marie Blondine Schild on Nov 18, 1827 in Ronnenberg.  She was born on Aug 2, 1797 in Hanover and died on Aug 29, 1874 in Ronnenberg.  Christian was "keeper of the Church grounds or cemetery".   He died on January 27, 1845 in Ronnenberg.

The children of Christian and Sophie are:
 
01. Heinrich Friedrich Daniel Schwiening (Born Jul 16, 1828) 
02. Friedrich Carl Otto Schwiening (See Below)    

03. Christian Friedrich Heinrich Schwiening was born Aug 21, 1839 in Ronnenberg, Germany and died on Mar 13, 1915 in Ronnenberg.  He married Elonore Dorothee Sophie Marie Ziesenis on July 26, 1868 in Ronnenberg.  She is the daughter of Friedrich Johann Ziesenis and Christine Rosine Fromling.  Christian was a master shoemaker and peasant. Their children are:

   (1) Caroline Christine Rosine (Lisa) Schwiening (Jul 11, 1870 - )
  
(2) Christian Friedrich Wilhelm Schwiening (Nov 25, 1871 - Jun 3, 1931)
        Married Marie Rosine Dorothee Garbe on Feb 23, 1899 in Ronnenberg, Germany
         
 
  1. Hans Friedrich Wilhelm Schwiening (1900-1974)
             2. Walter Schwiening (1901-1901)
             3. Friedrich (Fritz) Schwiening (1902-1986)
             4. Johanne Margarete (Grete) Schwiening (1904-1986)
             5. Anne Marie Ella Johanne (Anni) Schwiening (1906-1981)
             6. Wilhelm Ernst Christel (Willi) Schwiening (1908-1986) - 1 son, Wolfgang

  
(3) Marie Luise Caroline Schwiening (Sep 13, 1873 - )
  
(4) Anna Rosine Dorothee Schwiening (Oct 11, 1875 - )
  
(5) Johanna Sophie Dorothee Auguste Schwiening (Feb 8, 1877 - )

Source: Wolfgang Schwiening/Nanette Tacke

GENERATION 5

Friedrich Carl Otto Schwiening, son of Christian was born on July 20, 1831 in Ronnenberg, Germany. Friedrich married Sophia Schmull on March 11, 1860 in Holtensen, Germany. Sophia, daughter of Heinrich Schmulle and Dorothea Sophie Caroline Fabrien was born on April 10, 1843 in Bredenbak, Germany and died on October 11, 1933 in Goldwaite, Texas.   Friedrich and his family came to America to New York City on September 02, 1876.  The  ship they were on was named Moser or Moses.  On its return trip to Germany, it was blown up and everyone was lost.  The 1880 Census shows the family in Texas. Friedrich took his citizenship papers in 1881 but papers were burned when the capital at Austin, Texas was destroyed by fire.   He later took second papers.  Friedrich died on January 4, 1908 in Goldwaite, Texas.    Sophia died on Oct 11, 1933.  They had 11 children, many of whose descendants reside in Texas to this day.   Source: Clara Griffis

The 11 children of Friedrich and Sophia are :
 
01. Lena Schwiening (Born Nov 12, 1860 in Germany, Died Aug 19, 1899) : 1880 Census
      Married Henry Martin (1857-1942)
and had 7 children:

       (1) Lillie Ann Martin (Sep 26, 1884 - Feb 8, 1972) : 1900 Census
      (2) Henry Martin (Jun 3, 1886 - Jul 3, 1886)
      (3) Harry Martin (Oct 12, 1887 in TX - Dec 11, 1938) married Zina Taylor : 1900 Census
      (4) George Martin (Apr 6,1889 - Jan 7, 1910)
: 1900 Census
      (5) Willie Martin (Apr 6, 1889 - Oct 13, 1889)
      (6) Fred E. Martin (Sep 19, 1892 in TX - Aug 21, 1958 in TX)
: 1900 Census
           Married Elizabeth A. Stephens (1894-1952)

                1. Vivian Martin
                2. Aileen Martin

      (7) Sophia Martin (Nov 16, 1898 - Dec 20, 1971 in FL) : 1900 Census
           Married Arnold Fillmore Kipp (1895-1971)
          Arnold & Sophia at Hines Ranch on 6-4-62 with "Whizzy"
02. Dora K. Schwiening (Born Mar 26, 1863 in Germany, Died Jul 11, 1945).
      1880 Census
1900 Census , 1930 Census
      Married Emil Zuhlke (1881-1936)
and had 1 child:

      (1) Emil Zuhlke (Jul 26, 1896 in San Antonio, TX - Sep 26, 1918 in Camp Dix, NJ)
: 1930 Census WW1 Draft Card
           He died during WW1 of influenza
03. Frederick Schwiening (Born Aug 8, 1865 in Germany, Died Oct 17, 1953 in Fredericksburg, TX). : 1880 Census
      Married Agnes Eickenloff (1878-1957)
and had 5 children:

        Frederick & Agnes
 
      
(1) Otto Schwiening (Mar 29, 1903 in TX - Mar 12, 1985 in Kerr, TX)
           1910 Census , 1920 Census , 1940 Census

           Married Myrtle Renfro (1901-1981)

           Myrtle
      (2) Ruby S Schwiening (Mar 27, 1905 in TX - Jan 20, 1998 in Laredo, TX)
           1910 Census , 1920 Census , 1930 Census
           Married William Joseph Lemoine (1897-1976).
           Ruby & William
                   1. Marilyn Jean Lemoine - married George Robert Mapus (1922-2003)

                   2. William Joseph Lemoine - married Jane (1942-2008)


      (3) William Fritz Schwiening (Jan 19, 1907 - Nov 29, 1994 in TX)

            1910 Census , 1920 Census , 1930 Census , 1940 Census

            Married Julia E. Baumann (1910-1999)

                   1. Garrett William Schwiening (Dec 11, 1929 in San Antonio, TX - May 31, 2011) : 1930 Census , 1940 Census
                   2. Corinne Elizabeth Schwiening - 1940 Census

      (4) Erna D. Schwiening (Oct 6, 1909 in TX - Mar 23, 1980)
           
1910 Census , 1920 Census , 1930 Census

            Married Joseph A Gentry (Feb 29, 1904 - Dec 19, 1978)

      (5) Frederick Schwiening (Jul 8, 1911 in TX - Mar 15, 1972 in TX)

           1920 Census , 1940 Census

           Married Lovella Tweedle (1914-1950)

           Lovella
                   1. Rita Faye Schwiening
                   2. Fred Schwiening
                   3. James Dewey Schwiening

04. Maria (Mary) Schwiening (Born April 2, 1869 in Germany, Died Oct 26, 1953 in Bexar, TX)
      1880 Census , 1900 Census , 1910 Census , 1920 Census

      Married Theodore Adolph Lange and had 3 children:

        
(1) Ernest Adolph Lange (Dec, 1890 in Mason, TX - Nov 17, 1936 in Bexar, TX)
           1900 Census
, 1910 Census
, 1930 Census
           Married Talitha Anderson (1895-1929) 

               
   1. Mary Juanita Lange - Married a Carter : 1930 Census
                   2. Ernest Adolph Lange (Apr 25, 1922 - Mar 18, 2003)
 : 1930 Census
                   3. Mildred Ernestine Lange (1920-1950)
: 1930 Census
                       Married J. P. Sarvis, Jr.


      (2) Emil F Lange (May 21, 1894 in Texas - Mar 31, 1937 in Texas)

           1900 Census , 1910 Census  ,1930 Census

           Married Ona Reinartz (1900-1989)

                   1. William Lange (Abt. 1919 - ) : 1930 Census
                   2. Lenor Fred Lange (May 8, 1921 - ) : 1930 Census
                   3. Miriam Lange (Abt. 1926 - ) : 1930 Census

        (3) Sophia Lena Lange (Abt. 1896 in Texas - )
            1900 Census 1910 Census


        (4) Alma Lange (Abt. 1904 in Texas - )
            1910 Census , 1920 Census

       (5) Lucile Lange (Abt. 1908 in Texas - )
            1910 Census
, 1920 Census , 1930 Census

05. George Henry Schwiening (Born Feb 27, 1871 in Hanover, Germany, Died Oct 6, 1948 in Anthera, OK).
      1880 Census , 1900 Census , 1930 Census
      Married Lillian Emma Gutzmann on Feb 10, 1897 and had 8 children:

       (1) Lee George Schwiening (Nov 4, 1898 in Ft. Worth, TX - May, 1981 in San Mateo, CA)
           1910 Census
           Married Frances Helen Henkel on Mar 25, 1925 in San Francisco, CA

      (2) George Henry Schwiening (May 23, 1900 in Sulphur Springs, OK - Jan 7, 1964 in Abilene, TX)
           1900 Census , 1910 Census
           Married Bertie Evans. 2 children.

      (3) Lillian Elizabeth Schwiening (Mar 15, 1902 in Sulphur Springs, OK - May 15, 1945)

           1910 Census

           Married Julius La Croix

      (4) Elsie Sophia Schwiening (May 17, 1905 in Rosser, TX - 1932 in Antlers, OK) - died in a horse accident
           1910 Census

      (5) Fred Arskin Schwiening (Sep 13, 1906 in Rosser, TX - Jul 19, 1939 in Ferdinanda Beach, FL)
           1910 Census
           Married Evelyn Davis. 3 children.  Fred died in a plane crash.

      (6) Milton Alfred Schweining (Dec 11, 1910 in San Angelo, TX - Sep 29, 2003 in Antlers, OK)

               1930 Census

               Married Mollie Estelle Taylor (1911-2000)

               Milton had a spelling error on his birth certificate and kept the name Schweining for his descendants. 
               1. Kay Elaine Schweining (Jan 1, 1938 in Lamar, TX - Mar 7, 2013 in Antlers, OK)

               2. Barry Edward Schweining

      (7) Louis Phillip Schwiening (Dec 16, 1913 in Antlers, OK - Mar 5, 1997 in Hartwell, GA)
           1930 Census
           Married Aileen Amend
           1.  Aileen Schwiening (Oct 27, 1937 - ) Birth record
           2.  3 other children

      (8) Edwin Samuel Schwiening (Jul 27, 1916 in Antlers, OK - )
           1930 Census
           Married Esther Forster. 3 children.

06. Ernest August Schwiening (See Below)

07. Wilhermina (Minnie) Schwiening (Born May 28, 1875 in TX, Died Aug 5, 1953 in Dallas, TX).
      1880 Census , 1910 Census
      Married Wiliam Frederick Hiller (July 10, 1875 - Apr 12, 1954) on Sep 7, 1894 and had 1 son:

        (1) Christopher Ernest Hiller (Aug 2, 1899 in Hamilton, TX - May 30, 1974 in Dallas, TX)
            1910 Census
            Married Olga Bosse (Nov 26, 1902 - Jan 21, 1988)
            1. C.E. Hiller (Jun 11, 1930 in Shive, Hamilton, TX - Jul 21, 1993 in Salt Lake City, UT)
            2. Joyce Emily Hiller (Oct 5, 1941 in Dallas TX - ) Birth Notice


08. Donie (Donia) Schwiening (Born Jan 20, 1877 in Austin, TX, Died Sep 19, 1953 in Goldthwaite, TX).   : 1880 Census
      Married Henry Martin (1857-1942)


09. Sophia Schwiening (Born Feb 15, 1880 in Austin, TX, Died in 1957 in Sonora, TX). : 1880 Census
     1930 Census , 1940 Census
      Married Otto F. Thiers (Aug 25, 1879 - Mar 1965) on Aug 12, 1900 and had 6 children:

      (1) Lillie Thiers  
 

      (2) Tillie P Thiers (Abt. 1904) : 1930 Census

       (3) Alfred Mat Thiers (Oct 1, 1907 in Texas - May 25, 1985 in San Antonio, TX)
           Married Ruby C. Hearn. 3 children (2 living and Ruby)

      (4) Donie Thiers (Abt. 1912) married Dennis D. Fischer (1906-1989) : 1930 Census

      (5) Otto Alfred Thiers, Jr. (May 28, 1923 in Texas - Nov 8, 2005 in Texas)

           1940 Census

           Married Bertha Lillian "Polly" Miller (Aug 3, 1923 - Mar 3, 2002)
 on Aug 12, 1941. 4 children.

      (6) J.R. Thiers (Abt. 1925 - )
: 1930 Census  

10. Alma L. Schwiening (Born Mar 13, 1882 in Mason County, TX, Died Aug 1, 1975 in Fredericksburg, TX).
      Married Otto Julius Brockman (1859-1956).

      1910 Census

11. Alfred George Schwiening (Born Oct 4, 1887 in Mason County, TX, Died Aug 5, 1977 in Senora, TX).
      1920 Census , 1930 Census
      Married Margaret Callie Allison (1895-1977)
on Dec 30, 1910 in Sonora, TX.  They had 7 children:

      (1) Mary Alma Schwiening (Oct 3, 1911 - Jun 7, 1976 in Texas) married Jim Ralph Jones  : 1930 Census
     
(2) Harold Alfred Schwiening (Dec 28, 1913 in Sonora, TX - Jan 19, 1975 in Sonora, TX)  : 1930 Census
           Married Elsie Kimble Martin on Aug 25, 1933. 1 child.

      (3) Curt Allison Schwiening (Jul 6, 1916 in Middle Valley, TX - Nov 16, 1992 in Sonora, TX)
  : 1930 Census
           Married Betty Jean Barton. 2 children.

      (4) Alfred George Schwiening (Nov 19, 1919 in Middle Valley, TX - Dec 24, 1988 in San Angelo, TX) : 1930 Census
           Married Sarah Kathryn Atterberry. 3 children.

      (5) Margaret Louise Schwiening (Abt. 1921) : 1930 Census
      (6) George Sutton Schwiening (Mar 3, 1926 in Sonora, TX - Dec 7, 1985 in Sonora, TX) : 1930 Census
           Married Anita Lee Storms on Apr 17, 1944. 2 children.

      (7) Kathleen Schwiening (Abt 1928) married Hut Moore : 1930 Census

The Schwiening Family around 1908


Schwiening sisters Alma, Sophie, Donie, Minnie, Mary & Dora around 1908


 

GENERATION 6

 Ernest August Schwiening, son of Frederick and Sophia was born on October 10, 1873 in Celle, heads/earnest.gif (12942 bytes)Germany.  He came with his parents to the United States from Germany in 1876, eventually settling in Texas.  He is on the 1880 Census, age 6.  By the time of the 1900 Census he was 27 and living in Texas in the household of Henry Martin, his brother-in-law's family along with his other sister Donie.   Shortly afterwards Ernest left Texas and went to Portales, Territory of New Mexico where he met and married Grace Myrtle Hawk on August 5, 1903.  Son Walter was born in 1904 and Irene in 1908.  The 1910 Census shows 36 year old Ernest and family had moved to the Salem, Oregon area.  In 1917 records show that he registered for the draft.  He is 46 on the 1920 Census .  Daughter Betty was born in 1922.  The 1930 Census shows him age 57 with Grace and 7 year old daughter Betty.  By the 1940 Census Ernest was 67.  Ernest died on September 15, 1944 in Port Orchard, WA. at age 70.

Visit the Ernest Schwiening memorial page here.

Obituary of Ernest Schwiening as published in a local newspaper:

"Ernest A Schwiening, a recent resident of 1727 SE Umatilla street passed away Friday, September 15, at the home of his daughter Mrs. Irene Marshall of Port Orchard, Wash. from coronary thrombosis, his illness dating back for more than a year. He was born in Germany April 10, 1873, and came to America with his parents at the age of two and a half years. They settled in Austin, Texas and there he grew to manhood. He was married August 4, 1903, to Miss Grace Hawk in New Mexico. They came to Oregon in 1910 and the following year moved to Corvallis where he engaged in the sheet metal business for himself. For 31 years they made that city their home and they still own residence property there. Two years ago they moved to Portland and he worked in a shipyard until forced to quit due to ill health. Some time ago Mr. Schwiening was removed to the home of his daughter at Port Orchard in the hope of benefit to his health, but his condition steadily become worse. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Grace Schwiening; a son, Walter H. of tacoma; two daughters, Mrs. irene Marshall of Port Orchard and Miss Betty Schwiening of Sellwood; and three grandchildren, Billy and Janet Marshall and Margaret Schwiening. All the children and the families were present at the funeral service which was held Monday afternoon at three o'clock from the chapel of McGlinnis and Wilhelm with concluding rites at Park Hill cemetery, Vancouver. His pastor, Rev. Ralph Walker, officiated the service. Mr. Schwiening was a former member of the Corvallis Christian church, but had later united with the First Baptist church of Portland. He was a man who was well liked by all who knew him and his dath is regretted by a wide circle of friends. Mrs. Schwiening has rented her Sellwood property and after a rest plans to engage in some line of work for which she is fitted."

The three children of Ernest and Grace are:
 

    01. Walter H. Schwiening (Born Sep 13, 1904 in Portales, NM, Died Aug 18, 1982 in Hemet, CA)
          Married Blanche Marshall (Jul 13, 1905 - Oct 22, 1981)
          1910 Census, 1920 Census, 1930 Census, 1940 Census  
 
          1. Kenneth Schwiening
(March, 1929 - November, 1934 in Salem, OR) : 1930 Census
          2. Grace Margaret Schwiening
(Jan 23, 1928 - Mar 7, 1988 in Marin Co., CA) : 1930 Census
         
    02. Irene Sophia Schwiening (See Below)  
    03. Betty Pauline Schwiening (Born Sep 6, 1922 in Corvallis, OR,
          Died Jul 27, 2006 in Portland, OR) Married Wiley Powell Bowers.
          Betty is listed on the 1930 Census  age 7 and the 1940 Census age 17.

           1. Daniel Bowers
          
2. Janice Bowers
          
3. Pamela Bowers
 
GENERATION 7

Irene Sophia Schwiening, daughter of Ernest and Grace was born on July 15, 1908 in Portales, Territory of New Mexico.  By 1910 the family had moved to Salem, Oregon.  The 1910 Census shows she was 18 months old.  The 1920 Census shows her at age 11.  By the early 1930's she was taking nursing education at a local hospital that offered it.  She is listed as a lodger in the 1930 Census , age 21.  It was there that William Edward Marshall met her and they married on October 14, 1930 in Corvallis, OR.  She became a registered nurse but never practiced.  Their 2 children, William and Janet were born over the next few years. The 1940 Census shows she was 31 and living in Portland by that time.  The same year the family moved to Port Orchard, WA where they lived until the mid 1970's. The couple retired to Salem in 1974 and for several years also traveled to Mesa, Arizona where they spent the Winter months.  William died on January 29, 1981 and Irene died on June 8, 1992 in Clarkston, WA. 

I descend from Irene and William's son William Marshall.
Visit the Irene Schwiening Marshall memorial page here.

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Migration pattern of my Schwiening family

Frederick Schwiening settled in Texas with his family.  Ernest Schwiening later moved to New Mexico where he wed his wife Grace.   They later moved to Oregon.

Germany -- TX -- NM -- OR

   

Surnames that married into my Schwiening family
HACHMANN HAWK KEFEL KNOST
MARSHALL SCHILD SCHMULL

 

 

Research Sites

This German site shows Genealogical family research / History or Biography of ancestral families.  Marriages and proclamation listed in the church books of the church parish Ronnenberg 1713 to 1852.  Marriages/proclamations are indexed by surname of the husbands.

 

Schwiening Researchers and Contacts

If you are a Schwiening researcher and would like to be noted on this page, please contact me.

GEORGE HENRY SCHWIENING   &   LILLIAN GUTZMANN

Judith Steele Schweining

 Her husband Barry Schweining descends from George through son Milton (1910-2003).  Milton had a spelling error on his birth certificate but it was not discovered until his 20's. Judy notes that descendants of Milton kept that spelling variation.

 

Schwiening Annual Reunion

A Schwiening reunion was held on the 2nd Saturday of June in Camp Allison, Texas.  The above photo was taken at the 61st annual reunion in 2009.  This photo was published in The Junction Eagle on June 24, 2009.  I don't know if they had any recent reunions and have been unsuccessful in contacting anyone that is in charge of planning for the event.

 

My Descent From The Schwiening Line

Generation Father Mother
9 Henje Schwiening (1680-1740) Regine Hachmann
8 Hans Deitrich Schwiening (1714-1789) Margarete Knost
7 Johann Heinrich Schwiening (1754-) Blondine Kefel
6 Christian Heinrich Schwiening (1796-1845) Sophia Schild (1797-1874)
5 Friedrich Schwiening (1831-1908) Sophia Schmull (1843-1933)
4 Ernest August Schwiening (1873-1944) Grace Myrtle Hawk (1885-1984)
3 William Edward Marshall (1901-1981) Irene Sophia Schwiening (1908-1992)
2 William Edward Marshall
1 Tod Howard Marshall

This page was last updated on 09/24/16

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