George Schoeffel was born 13 August 1854 in Aschbach, Bas-Rhin, Alsace, France to François Martin Schöffel (1807-1897) and Marguerite Fischer (1812-1855) and died 17 January 1940 in 1335 W. 112th St., Lakewood, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States of unspecified causes. He married Marie Anna Andres (1860-1900) 7 May 1878 in St. Mary's Church, Millersville, Sandusky County, Ohio, United States.

In 14 Feb 1873,19-year old George Schoeffel came from Aschbach, Bas Rhin, Seltz State, Alsace, France/Germany via Buffalo, New York and moved to Fremont, Sandusky, OH. The name of the ship on which he came was the QUEEN, which hailed from London and le Havre. The captain of the ship was Charles Anthony Andrews.

The predecessors of this Schoeffel family in America came from villages such as Stundwiller, Oberroedern, Trimbach, and specifically that of Aschbach. These hamlets lie in a region that is in northern Alsace, northeast of Strasbourg, about 7.5 miles west of the Rhine River and are about the same distance south of what is now the German border. For many centuries the area was under German rule. By 1639, France had gained control over most of Alsace in the Thirty-Years War. In 1648, under the Peace of Westphalia, most of Alsace was given to France. Nevertheless, the people of Alsace kept their German dialect. Today, many of the younger people speak French instead of German.

George grew up Catholic and became a revivalist (long story). He was a man of diminutive stature but mighty dreams, speaking four languages (German, French, Polish, and Hungarian) when he immigrated to America. The ship's log (QUEEN) indicated that George was 19 years of age and a laborer from Germany. Although he may have come with or joined his brothers, no other passengers on the ship were named Schoeffel. The family lore is that George's father sent George to America on the same day as men from Kaiser Wilhelm's army came to the door of their home seeking George for conscription. In actuality, young George was still in the house when it was searched. He was not discovered because he was hiding in the chimney!

"BE IT REMEMBERED: That on the 11th day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred seventy-five came George Schoeffel, an alien native of Germany, a free white person, and proved to the satisfaction of the Court, that he has made the requisite declaration of his intention to be NATURALIZED and become a Citizen of The United States: that he was 21-years of age on the 13 day of August last past, that he first arrived in the United States in the month of September A?D., 1875; that at the time, he so arrived he had not attained the eighteenth year of his age and also at the same time came Paul Reiff, and being duly sworn, did depose and say that the said George Schoeffel has resided for five (5) years last past in the United States, that he has resided one year last past in the United States, that he has resided one year last past in the State of Ohio, and that during all that time that he has behaved as a man of good moral character, attached to the principles of the Constitution of the United States, and well-disposed to the good order and happiness of the same. AND whereupon the said George Schoeffel made solemn oath that he will support the Constitution of the United States, and that he doth absolutely and Entirely Renounce and Abjure all allegiance and fidelity to every Foreign Prince, Potentate, State, or Sovereignty, whatsoever, and particularly all allegiance and fidelity to the German Emperor whose subject he was.


Offspring of George Schoeffel and Marie Anna Andres (1860-1900)  ¢
Name Birth Death Joined with
Frank Martin Schoeffel (1879-1949) 16 April 1879 Millersville, Ohio, United States 12 August 1949 Lakewood, Ohio, United States Charlotte A. Walkowiak (1885-1956)

George Fridolin Schoeffel (1882-1900)
Anna Maria Schoeffel (1883-1971)
Clara Magdalena Schoeffel (1884-1974)
Rose Cecelia Schoeffel (1887-1962)
Odelia Theresia Schoeffel (1890-1902)
Joseph Louis Schoeffel (1892-1958)
Clarence Schoeffel (1894-1956)
Florence Schoeffel (1894-1964)
Lucy Irene Schoeffel (1898-1961)
  1. Frank Martin Schoeffel; spouse: Ladisla Charlotte A. Walkowiak/"Lottie" Walker
  2. Joseph Louis Clarence Schoeffel (died as toddler)
  3. Georgie Fridolin "Fred" Schoeffel (died 18/typhoid)
  4. Anna Marie Schoeffel; spouse: William Albert "Will" Reamer
  5. Clara Magdalena Schoeffel; spouse: Florian Leo Hummer
  6. Rose Cecelia Schoeffel; spouse: Edmund Angel Abel, Sr.
  7. Maria Catherina "Mary" Schoeffel (died just after birth)
  8. Odelia/Otilla/Odilia Theresia Schoeffel (died at 12)
  9. Joseph Louis "Joe" Schoeffel; spouse: Agnes Winifred Joyce
  10. Florence (twin) Schoeffel; spouse: Frank F. Petrie
  11. Clarence (twin) Schoeffel; spouse: Esther E. Giese
  12. Lucy Irene Schoeffel; spouse: Walter Lewis Cleveland


Footnotes (including sources)

‡ General
Ω Birth
  • About 1903, there was a newspaper notice:

"A birthday party was held at the residence of George Schoeffel, South Front Street, Monday night, the fiftieth anniversary of his birth. The Maccabee Band, of which he is a member, was present and rendered music. At midnight, light refreshments were served. Mr. Schoeffel says that if he and the band are on earth fifty years hence, they will have another blow-out. All of Mr. Schoeffel's children were present at Monday evening's pleasant affair."

  • Microfiche references and a newspaper obituary for George Schoeffel taken from the Hayes' Presidential Library, Fremont, OH are as follow:

News-Messenger, Fremont, January 18, 1940, page 1, column 5. FC, 2/13/1890, page 4, column 2 DM, 2/13/1890, page 3, column 3

₪ Wedding
  • Wife: Marie Anna Andres/"Mary Ann" Andrews -- died 1900 just after son from typhoid fever.
  • Church records
¢ Children
  • family documents
¶ Death

"George Schoeffel, 86, Former Fremont Resident, Succumbed:

Cleveland real estate dealer and former Fremont resident, GEORGE SCHOEFFEL, died Wednesday at his home, 1335 West 112th Street, Lakewood. The deceased moved from Fremont in 1912 after gaining recognition there as a music teacher, photographer and barber. Mr. Schoeffel, a native of Alsace-Lorraine, came to Buffalo in 1872 and four years later moved to Fremont. He organized twelve bands in Fremont, including the Fremont Light Guard Band, which won international honors at the St. Louis World's Fair of 1904. He conducted the band in Fremont at the funeral of ex-President Rutherford B. Hayes, who died January 17, 1903. Mr. Schoeffel also organized the Modern Woodman Band, still in existence today.

Mr. Schoeffel's wife, Mary A. (nee Andres) Schoeffel, died in Fremont in 1900. He never remarried and reared their 12 children, eight of whom survive. They are: Frank M., Joseph L., Clarence, Mrs. Anna Reamer, Mrs. Clara Hummer, Mrs., Rose Abel, Mrs. Florence Petrie, all of Cleveland, and Mrs. Lucy Cleveland, of Huron, Ohio.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Klanke Funeral Home, Detroit Avenue, Lakewood. Reverend Paul B. Van Horn, pastor of Highland Congregational Church, will officiate."

  • Microfiche references and a newspaper obituary for George Schoeffel taken from the Hayes' Presidential Library, Fremont, OH are as follow:

News-Messenger, Fremont, January 18, 1940, page 1, column 5. FC, 2/13/1890, page 4, column 2 DM, 2/13/1890, page 3, column 3

Grave #3, Lot #175, Section #4, Lakewood Park Cemetery, Rocky River, Cuyahoga, Ohio (located at 19035 Detroit Road, two miles south of Lakewood in Rocky River, OH)


  Hberry, Robin Patterson