Mercydorf
in Banat, founded in 1734 & remained a German Banat village until 1988

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Romich/Remich, Wingergon, Schneider, Berg, Yohon 
Families of Mercydorf

Researcher: Helen Remich Dubas

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.

The 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 the town.  

Remich is Americanized and his name was Romich prior to coming to America. She came from Carani and my grandfather came from Gross Jetscha. 

See the excerpt from the 1987 Mercydorf Heimatbuch regarding the 1934 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.

Schneider,Eva Mertidorf, Roumania 1923 23  Passenger Record
Schneider,Eva Mertidorf, Roumania 1923 3  Passenger Record
Schneider,Josef Mertidorf, Roumania 1923 32  Passenger Record
Schneider,Veronica Mertidorf, Roumania 1923 24  Passenger Record

October 12, 1923  Ship: The Berengaria Port of departure: South Hampton

Eva Schneider: age 23 F/S, housekeeper, Father Jacob Schneider in Mertidorf.
Josef 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.

Eva Schneider Passport
I
n the name of His Majesty FERDINAND I King of Romania
PASSPORT
Issued to Eva Schneider
Born in Mertidorf, Timis
Domiciled in Mertidorf
Occupation housewife
Traveling to America
(signed) Eva Schneider
Signature of holder
(same in French)

*Translated by Nick Tullius

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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).

Jacob and Magdalena had remained in Mercidorf/Carani. Jacob died there in 1932.  In 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 Timis Torontal.

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 Remich.

Great Grandfather Peter Stahl & Great Grandmother Elisabeth Bucher Stahl - Center Standing: Grandfather, Adam Stahl with clarinet.  Child: Magdalena (Lena) Stahl, granddaughter.
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.

Peter Stahl - 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: Amerika
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, 1901-1906.                

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 family members.

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. 

Regards, Helen   

 

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