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Wollschlager Genealogy

Traveling from Germany to the United States

Although this family is not directy related to me (other than my *mother married into the family)
I consider this to be more of a family lineage than my own.  I hope it helps someone find their lost relatives.

Descendants of August Weslager
*indicates direct lineage

Generation No. 1

1. *A UGUST1 WESLAGER1 was born 15 Aug 1852 in Gross Kommorsk, West Prussia, Germany. and died 22 Aug 1913 in Pennsylvania. He married CATHARINE  WALTER. She was born Jun 1856 in Germany and died 24 Apr 1908 in Pennsylvania.

Notes for AUGUST WESLAGER:   Found on Ancestry.com Message Board 10-25-2007

(Perhaps this info can help you along in your search:)

I have a 40+ year old letter in my files that talks of a Wollschlager family from West Prussia. The letter was from C.E. Weslager of Hokessin, Delaware and it found it's way to me through a cousin of mine.
Mr. Weslager writes:
    
... " We are descended from the Wollschlaegers (spelled with 'A' umlaut) who lived in the 'Kreis' or district of Schwetz in the province of West Prussia. My grandfather ( August Wollschlaeger) and my great grandfather ( Heinrich Wollschlaeger) were both born in the farm village called Gross Komorsk. They were Lutherans and my grandfather was baptized in the town of Neuenburg. My great-grandfather and my great-great grandfather (Peter Wollschlaeger) were all property owners in West Prussia. My grandfather left home at an early age and came to America in 1881. He lived in the Beltzhoover section of Pittsburgh (PA) and raised a large family. The family name became modified, not by intent, but inadvertently when August's children started school. In the 1900 census, the family was legally recorded under the name Weslager."

I hope this is of some help - As far as I have been able to determine the Wollschlaeger name may have originated in Switzerland. I don't have a good idea of the exact migration patterns but I know that families came to America from both Alsace-Lorrain and from the Rheinland-Pfaltz region of present day Germany and settled in the Pittsburgh, PA area. They also immigrated to West Prussia as indicated by Mr. Weslagers letter.

There were also Hessian soldiers who defected during the Revolution when were named Wollschlaeger. I have found 19 variant spellings of the name just in church records in Eastern PA., including my ancestor whose name became americanized to Woolslayer.

Perhaps you will find some further bit of your puzzle in the Parish records of the Schwetz district of West Prussia. Good luck!

More About A
UGUST WESLAGER:
Christening: 22 Aug 1852, Gross Kommorsk, West Prussia, Germany
Emigration: 1883, Pennsylvania (1900 Census)

Children of AUGUST WESLAGER and CATHARINE WALTER are:

i. WILLIAM2 WESLAGER, b. Jun 1880, Germany.

ii. EDWARD WESLAGER, b. Apr 1882, Pittsburg, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.

iii. FREDERICK H. WESLAGER, b. Feb 1884, Pittsburg, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.

iv. ALBERT J. WESLAGER, b. Dec 1886, Pittsburg, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.

v. ALMA M. WESLAGER, b. Sep 1889, Pittsburg, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.

vi. AUGUST F. WESLAGER, b. Dec 1891, Pittsburg, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.

vii. CLARA H. WESLAGER, b. Jun 1893, Pittsburg, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.

viii. *EMMA M. WESLAGER, b. Jul 1894, Pittsburg, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.

ix. CHARLIE J. WESLAGER, b. Mar 1897, Pittsburg, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.

x. EARNEST J. WESLAGER, b. Feb 1900, Pittsburg, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.

 

Generation No. 2

2. *E MMA M.2 WESLAGER (AUGUST1 WESLAGER)2 was born Jul 1894 in Pittsburg, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. She married (1) GLASS. She married (2) FRED JONES3. He was born 1899.  

Children of EMMA WESLAGER and GLASS are:

vi. KATHERINE E.3 GLASS, b. 21 Feb 1913, Pittsburg, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania; d. 05 Mar 1994, Springfield, Clark County, Ohio; m. BICKELL.

vii. MARGARET GLASS, b. 01 Aug 1914, Galion, Fulton County, Ohio; d. 05 Dec 1995, Springfield, Clark County, Ohio; m. PAUL LUDLOW

Children of EMMA WESLAGER and *FRED JONES are:

i. DOROTHY C.3 JONES, b. 10 Nov 1919, Pittsburg, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania; d. 19 Aug 1985, Springfield, Clark County, Ohio; m. CRABELL.

ii. PAUL F. JONES, b. 07 Jan 1921, Galion, Fulton County, Ohio; d. 06 Jun 1996, Champaign Co, Ohio.

iii. BEATRICE MAY JONES, b. 09 Aug 1922, Pittsburg, Allegheny, County, Pennsylvania; d. 14 Jun 1988, Springfield, Clark County, Ohio.

iv. *CURTIS GEORGE JONES, b. 18 Jun 1924, Galion, Fulton County, Ohio; d. 01 Jul 1974, Springfield, Clark County, Ohio; m. *FLORENCE IRENE SAYRE, 14 Dec 1966, Springfield, Clark County, Ohio; b. 14 Jan 1924, Detroit, Michigan; d. 10 Jun 2007, Hollywood, Florida - buried in Ferncliff Cemetery - Springfield, Ohio.

Notes for CURTIS GEORGE JONES:
WW II Veteran
Appointed Police Cheif of Lawrenceville, Clark County, Ohio on June 7, 1974
More About CURTIS JONES and FLORENCE SAYRE:

v. ROBERT E. JONES, b. 1929, Galion, Fulton County, Ohio; d. 21 Jan 1984, Springfield, Clark County, Ohio.

 

Generation No. 3

3. B EATRICE MAY3 JONES (EMMA M.2 WESLAGER, AUGUST1 WESLAGER) was born 09 Aug 1922 in Pittsburg, Allegheny, County, Pennsylvania, and died 14 Jun 1988 in Springfield, Clark County, Ohio. She married (1) DENNIS. She married (2) HARRY CLINGERMAN. He was born 23 Dec 1922 in Bellefontaine, Logan Co., Ohio, and died 21 Nov 1991 in Springfield, Clark County, Ohio.

Child of BEATRICE JONES and HARRY CLINGERMAN is:

i. JAZELLE4 CLINGERMAN.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THIS LINE, PLEASE EMAIL ME.

Endnotes

1. 1900 Federal Census for August Weslager, 1900 United States Federal Census about August Weslager Name: August Weslager Home in 1900: Pittsburgh Ward 38, Allegheny, Pennsylvania Age: 47 Estimated birth year: abt 1853 Birthplace: Germany Relationship to head-of-house: Head Spouse's name: Catharine Race: White Immigration Year: 1883 August Weslager 47 Catharine Weslager 43 Wm Weslager 19 Edward Weslager 18 Frederick H Weslager 16 Albert J Weslager 13 Alma M Weslager 10 August F Weslager 8 Clara H Weslager 6 Emma M Weslager 5 Charlie J Weslager 3 Earnest J Weslager 4.12.

2. 1930 Federal Census for Emma M. Jones, 1930 United States Federal Census about Emma M Jones Name: Emma M Jones Home in 1930: Springfield, Clark, Ohio Age: 32 Estimated birth year: abt 1898 Relation to Head of House: Wife Spouse's name: Fred - Household Members: Name Age Fred Jones 31 Emma M Jones 32 Katherine E Glass 17 Margaret E Glass 15 Dorothy C Jones 10 Paul F Jones 9 Beatrice M Jones 7 Curtiss G Jones 5 Robert E Jones 3 5/12 .

3. 1930 Federal Census for Emma M. Jones.

4. Original Christening document on AUGUST WESLAGER dated 22 Aug 1852

All information was collected from: Census Records, Cemetery Readings, Birth Records, Marriage Records, Death Records, Family Bible, Christening Records, Old Pictures, Family Memories and You.

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