1838 — 1911
Adam Schneider, stock and grain dealer, of Giard Township, was born in Churhesian, Germany, 1 July 20, 1838, and emigrated with his parents to this county in 1847. He received his education in the common schools and attending one term at the Upper Iowa University, at Fayette. In 1862 he married Mary Etta Sutter, who was born in Indiana in 1842. Mr. and Mrs. Schneider have been blessed with seven children—John H., Charles J., Alonzo A., Lizzie, Lydia, Cathrine and Herman. Mrs. Schneider died May 19, 1878, leaving a large family to mourn her loss. Mr. Schneider owns 155 acres of land, valued at $40 per acre. His brother William was born in Giard Township, March 4, 1852, and married Martha Bomke, who was born in Germany, Dec. 29, 1850. Four children have blessed this union, viz.: Esther, Benjamin, Samuel and Daniel. Mr. Schneider is engaged in the mercantile business at Bismarck, and the only merchant in the place. He is the recipient of a lucrative and steadily increasing trade, and is a man well respected in the community in which he lives.
Source: History of Clayton County, Iowa; Together with Sketches of its Cities, Villages and Townships, Educational, Religious, Civil, Military, and Political History; Portraits of Prominent Persons, and Biographies of Representative Citizens. History of Iowa, Embracing Accounts of the Pre-historic Races, Aborigines, French, English and American Conquests, and a General Review of its Civil, Political and Military History (Chicago, Illinois: Inter-state Publishing Company, 1882); page 823.
Transcribed by Sally Scarff and Marlene Chaney. Borrowed with permission from the Clayton County IAGenWeb web site at <http://www.sharylscabin.com/Clayton/biographies/schneider_a.htm>.
I believe the phrase "Churhesian" is a reference to Kurhessen, an abbreviated term for Kurfürstentum Hessen (English: Electorate of Hesse; French: L'électorat de Hesse ), a state created by Napoleon in 1803 from the Landgrafschaft Hessen-Kassel (English: Landgraviate of Hesse-Kassel ). Between 1807 and 1814 it was annexed by the French to the Royaume de Westphalie (German: Königreich Westphalen; English: Kingdom of Westphalia ) and was ruled by Napoleon's brother, Jérôme Bonaparte. It was restored in 1814. In 1866, it was again annexed and became Provinz Hessen-Nassau in the Königreich Preußen (English: Kingdom of Prussia ).
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