Romich/Remich, Wingergon, Schneider,
Families of Mercydorf
My great grandfather
was Jacob Schneider (1864-1932) of Mercidorf. He was married to
Elisabeta G. Yohon (1869-1898), and had three children, Elizabeth,
Joseph, and Rose (1898-1998). Shortly after Rose was born, Elisabeta died.
With two children to raise, Jacob remarried Magdalena Berg
(1876-1961) shortly after Elisabeta's death.
Magdalena is my great grandmother.
She and Jacob had
two children together, one of which was my grandmother,
Eva Schenider (1900-1991) and a son Jacob.
only thing that I know about their life in Mercidorf is what my
grandmother told me that my great grandmother Magdalena was noted for
her stenciling work, and that she, Eva, was the official dog catcher of
Remich is Americanized and his name was Romich prior to
coming to America. She came from Carani and my
grandfather came from Gross Jetscha.
the excerpt from the 1987 Mercydorf Heimatbuch regarding the
village businessmen -
it list Magdalena Schneider.
Eva made her way to
America via Hamburg according to her passport, dated October 1923.
I have yet to find her passenger information, and I find the
passport confusing since the top of the book reads Hamburg-Amerika Line,
but the name under the seal reads Cunard Line. Ultimately though, she
wound up in living Philadelphia, PA.
Eva ’s half-sister Rose also came to the Philadelphia area,
while brother Jacob settled in the Long Island, New York area.
I do not know where the other siblings settled in America.
1923 Ship: The Berengaria Port
of departure: South Hampton
Eva Schneider: age 23 F/S, housekeeper, Father Jacob Schneider in
Schneider: age 32 M/M, labour, Father Jacob Schneider in Mertidorf.
Veronik Schneider: age 24, F/M, housewife, father in law - above
Eva Schneider: age 3 F/S - grandfather - above
All born in Mertidorf, Roumania
They were joining Brother in Law 'N. Simoni' - 2038 Federal St, Phil Pa.
the name of His Majesty FERDINAND I King of
Issued to Eva Schneider
Born in Mertidorf, Timis
Domiciled in Mertidorf
Traveling to America
(signed) Eva Schneider
Signature of holder
(same in French)
*Translated by Nick Tullius
While living in
Philadelphia, Eva met my grandfather, Philip Remich/Romich. He was
originally from Gross Jetscha and his trade was that of tinsmith. He was
the son of Franz Romich and Magdalena Wingeron/Vingero and had one
brother, Johann Romich. Philip had arrived in Philadelphia in July of
1923, just a few months prior to Eva’s arrival (he traveled on the
Mongolia). They were
married in 1924. Philip and Eva went on to have two sons, my father
Philip (1925-1988), and his
brother Joseph, (1927-1998).
Magdalena had remained in Mercidorf/Carani. Jacob died there in 1932.
1934, Magdalena left to join her daughter Eva in Philadelphia.
pre 1950: My Grandfather Philip Remich, given
name Filip Romich. His passport gives his residence as
pre 1935: Grandmother Eva Schneider, daughter of
Magdelena (Berg) & Jacob Schneider.
pre 1932: My Great Grandparents Jacob Schneider &
Magdalena Berg Schneider. Residence was Carani.
Magdalena was his second wife
abt 1932-33: My
Grandmother Magdalena Berg Schneider, standing by
the grave of her husband, Jacob Schneider. I used a magnifying glass to read the
information on the headstones. Jacob's dates read
1864-1932. Next to Jacob's tombstone is the
tombstone of what I believe to be of his first wife
Elizabeth Yohon, 1869-1898 with whom he had three
children, Elizabeth, Joseph, Rose. After Jacob died in
1932, my Grandmother came to America in 1934 to live
with her daughter Eva Schneider Remich in Philadelphia.
Magdalena also had another son with Jacob who came to
America and lived in New York.
abt 1950: My
grandmother Eva (Schneider) and grandfather Philip
Great Grandfather Peter Stahl & Great Grandmother
Elisabeth Bucher Stahl - Center Standing: Grandfather,
Adam Stahl with clarinet. Child: Magdalena (Lena)
Note: Lena is the daughter of Peter Stahl, the leader of
the Stahl Band. Their son Jacob Stahl went on to
play violin in the Philadelphia Orchestra. They
were all from Bogarosch
Adam Stahl was also
an accomplished musician, and played the saxophone,
tuba, and clarinet. Along with his brothers, he played
in the Stahl Marching Band in Philadelphia, PA.
When his daughter Elizabeth died at the age of eighteen,
the marching band followed the horse-drawn hearse in a
procession along the neighborhood streets of Fishtown in
Philadelphia. He also had another music group
which was called Cappelle (Brothers Three).
Peter Stahl sits
with hands folded left of the drum. My grandfather,
Adam Stahl sits at his feet. Adam
was an accomplished musician, and played the
saxophone, tuba, and clarinet. Along with his
brothers, he was
part of the
established Stahl Marching Band in
Philadelphia, PA. When his daughter Elizabeth died
at the age of eighteen, the marching band followed
the horse-drawn hearse in a procession along the
neighborhood streets of Fishtown in Philadelphia.
He also had another music group which was called
Cappelle (Brothers Three).
Family members still have 75rpm recordings.
- Stahl Marching Band in Philadelphia, PA
Peter was also well
known for his photography studio, Stahl Studio,
located at 2nd and Girard in Philadelphia. My
mother, Agnes Stahl, did all the oil based coloring
for the photos.
STAHL Peter Age: 25 - From: Bogarosch
12 Jun 1909 - To: Pottstown, PA -Via: Ham/NY -Ship:
Accompanied by wife, Catharine 25, both born in
Bogarosch. Father, Peter Stahl, lives in Bogarosch.
Going to join father-in-law, Michael Lang.
Previously lived in Philadelphia,
In my family tree notes, I have: Also noted on the
1910 US census was that Peter came into this country
originally in 1898, which puts him at about 14 years
of age. Havenít found the 1898 manifest.
That notation further makes me believe that he is
the same Peter Stahl listed on the 1900 census.
Besides being known for the Stahl Marching Band in
Philadelphia (family members still have 75 rpmís) ,
he was best known in Philadelphia for Stahlís
Photography Studio at 2nd & Girard Ave.
My mother was the colorist for his photos.
Fortunately for me, I have lots of photos of Stahl
Thanks to Jody McKim for
all the hours of work that she has donated as mistress of the website.
Thanks to her, my Mercydorf Family Web Page is up and she found the passengers
lists which have eluded me for so long, not to mention the gift of information
about my great grandmother that she provided me from the Mercydorf Heimatbuch.