He married Kathrina Keil of Kehrig on 2/4/1864. Kathrina was born 3/20/1845, died 3/8/1921 in Gross Point, IL; was buried 3/10/1921 St. Joseph Cemetery, Wilmette, IL. Their headstones in St. Joseph Cemetery, Wilmette, IL, seen here.
Joseph Schneider and Kathrina Keil had 12 children, all born in Gross Point, Cook County, IL:
i. Anton4 Schneider, born 1/14/1865, died 7/22/1945. Anton married Mary Doetsch (b. 5/8/1871 in Chicago, d.9/5/1945) on 11/22/1892, listed as 11/21/1892 in a 45th anniversary newpaper article. Anton and Mary had 8 children according to this article: sons Joseph, Philip, and Anton, Jr., all of Wilmette; Lawrence of Glenview and Adolph of Evanston. The daughters are: Mrs. Lucy Schwind of Wheeling; Mrs. Helen Krier of Niles Center, and Mrs. Marie Hohs of Morton Grove..
Helen Schneider married Valentine Krier and had 5 children: Bob, Ralph, Maryann, Lorraine and Carol. 1
See this page for pictures supplied by Richard Schneider, Buffalo Grove, IL, including a picture on their 50th wedding anniversary.
The newspaper article mentioned above states Anton and Mary had the following 8 children: Sons Joseph, Philip, Anton, Jr., Lawrence, and Adolph; and daughters Lucy, Helen, and Marie.
Philip is father to LeRoy (or Leroy or LeRoy) Schneider. Here is a Chicago newspaper article about Leroy's World War II experience on Wake Island and as a Japanese POW. And here are a couple Glenview Announcements newspaper notices concerning Leroy's war experience.
iv. Mathias4 Schneider, born 3/28/1871, died 12/10/1937. Mathias married Emma Schaefer (b. 11/4/1875, d. 2/14/1927), and Catherine Blesser (b. 8/13/1890, d. 12/27/1984).
+ v. Peter4 Schneider, born 5/17/1873, died 9/6/1947. He married Rose Doetsch. Peter was proprietor of Skokie Valley Farm on 3100 Glenview Road at the corner of Hibbard Road. See this link for an advertisement from 1939. Peter is grandfather to Richard L. Schneider whose notes and research are the foundation of this site. This page shows some pictures of Peter and Rose.
+ vi. Joseph A.4 Schneider, born 9/1/1875, died 2/10/1937.
vii. John Gangolf4 Schneider, born 1/3/1878, died 10/10/1955. John married Susan Borre. Susan was born 4/26/1879 in Gross Point, IL, died 5/5/1950. See their obituaries here. John was the recording secretary for many years for the SS. Peter and Paul court No. 61 Catholic Order of Foresters. See this link to a newspaper article honoring him for 50 years of service. This photo of John and his son Edward and grandson Steve, including some of the Schneider women, appeared in the Wilmette 75th Anniversary paper in 1947.
viii. William J.4 Schneider, born 6/27/1882, died 1/11/1953. William married Mary "Mame" Alles (b. 7/22/1888, d. 6/27/1965) and they had three daughters and two sons: Frances, William F., Robert A., Clare and Dorothy. 2 See their obituaries at this link. Notice the obituary mentions his brother Edward. See this link for their funeral cards. William owned a grocery on Park Avenue in Glencoe. See these links for his advertisements: Ad 1, Ad 2.
Richard Schneider writes: Joseph's biographical record printed in the Wilmette Life for the 75th anniversary (9/18/1947) lists an eleventh child by the name of Katherine, and indicates that a twelfth child died at birth. A check of the baptismal records of St. Joseph Church verifies that Katherine was born on 4/15/1880. Her name also appears in the 1880 Federal census, but no additional records have been found.
The following is taken from a photocopy from the book "Genealogical and Biographical Record of Cook County, Illinois. Lake City Publishing Company, Chicago, Illinois, 1894", pp.592, 593: (See the Notes of Explanation)
"JOSEPH SCHNEIDER, who follows farming on section 31, New Trier Township, Cook County, is one of the worthy citizens that Prussia has furnished this country. He was born March 13, 1841, and is a son of Anton and Gertrude (Huerter) Schneider, who were natives of the same locality, the former born in March 1799, and the latter in the same year. In 1846 they crossed the Atlantic, and after a stormy voyage reached the New World. Making their way to Chicago, Anton Schneider purchased one hundred and thirty-three acres of land on section 31, New Trier Township, buying the farm, its crops and stock for $900. There Mr. Schneider carried on farming during the greater part of his life, although by trade he was a blacksmith. His death occurred in 1875. In the family were eight children, three sons and five daughters, of whom two sons and four daughters are yet living, namely: Martin, a retired farmer, of Detroit, Michigan; Katrina, widow of Anton Carpenter, of Chicago; Anna Maria, wife of William Fackelde, a carpenter of Muscatine, Iowa; Dorothea, widow of Paul Huerter, of Gross Point; Joseph, of this sketch; and Anna, wife of Max Hahn, a shoemaker of Evanston.
"Joseph Schneider acquired his education in the public schools, and has become well informed on all questions of the day. He was only five years of age when he became a resident of Cook County, and since that time he has lived in this community. He now owns and operates fifty-five acres of the old homestead, which he has placed under a high state of cultivation. This is less than one-half of the farm which his father purchased for $900.00, but his tract, at a low estimate, is valued at $10,000. Upon it he has erected a two-story brick residence, a good barn and other outbuildings, which are models of convenience and which attest the enterprising spirit of the owner.
"On the 4th of February, 1864, Mr. Schneider was united in marriage with Kathrina Keil, who was born in Prussia, March 20, 1845, and is a daughter of Mathias Keil, who was born in the same country, and came with his family to America in 1846. In 1862 he took up his residence in New Trier Township. Twelve children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Schneider, of whom eight sons and two daughters are yet living, namely: Anton, who was born January 14, 1865, and is a farmer of this community; Margaretha, who was born November 28, 1866, and is the wife of Joseph Schaefgen, a carpenter, of Gross Point; Maria, born February 12, 1869; Mathias March 28, 1871; Peter, May 17, 1873; Joseph A., September 1, 1875, John G., January 3, 1878; Wilhelm J., June 27, 1882; Frank, January 30, 1885; and Adam, January 11, 1889.
"The parent's and their children are all members of St. Joseph's Catholic Church of Gross Point. Mr. Schneider has been a Democrat since casting his first Presidential vote for Stephen A. Douglas, but has never sought political preferment. He belongs to the Catholic Order of Foresters and to St. Joseph's Library and Sick Benefit Association. He is a prominent citizen of the community, widely and favorably known, and the best interests of town and county receive his hearty support and co-operation."
Joseph owned the Woodland Tavern on West Harrison Street as attested in this newspaper article about a reunion party of his children and their families. (The article is not dated but probably 1920's.)
Richard Schneider provides this undated photo of which includes Katherine Schneider. As Joseph is not included it is assumed this is taken after his death in 1914, but before 1921 when Katherine died.
Katherine Kiel Schneider photo
1 Thanks to David Krier for information concerning Anton & Mary's daughter Helen. He is her grandson, the son of Helen's son Bob. As writtin in an email to me 7/3/10.
2 Thanks to Robert E. Schneider for prompting the inclusion of the names of William and Mame's children in an email to me 5/13/2011. Robert adds "As of today, Clare (age 95) and Dorothy are still alive." Robert's father is Robert A., son of William and Mame.
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