|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.
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:
Schwiening (Born Sep 19, 1714, Died May 8, 1789) (See Generation 2 below)
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:
Schwiening (Born Nov 6, 1754) (See Generation 3 below)
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:
Source: Wolfgang Schwiening/Nanette Tacke
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:
Source: Wolfgang Schwiening/Nanette Tacke
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 :
The Schwiening Family around 1908
Schwiening sisters Alma, Sophie, Donie, Minnie, Mary & Dora around 1908
Ernest August Schwiening, son of Frederick and Sophia was born on October 10, 1873 in Celle, 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."
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.
|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|
|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
|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
|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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