Biography of John Schneyer
Miami County, Ohio Biographies

JOHN SCHNEYER, P. 0. Piqua. Among the important features of enterprise in Miami Co., is the extensive furniture manufactory of Cron & Co., of whom Mr. Schneyer is the eldest member; this firm has a capital of upward of $50,000, and is composed of the following members, viz.: John Schneyer and L C. and W. L. Cron; our subject was born in Germany March 22, 1814, and is of German descent, his father being the second son of a family of four children; he was born in 1792, and during his life was prominently engaged in the distillery, brewing and hotel business, in connection with farming; he died in 1872, at the advanced age of 80 years, his wife having died eight years previous; they were the parents of ten children, of whom the following lived to years of maturity, viz.: John, Tobias L., Anna M., Mary. George, Christiana, Caroline and Catharine; Mr. Schneyer, as is customary in Germany, was apprenticed to learn a trade, and. after completing the same, remained in his native country until 1840, when he emigrated to America, landing in Baltimore; after being employed six months as farm laborer in Pennsylvania, hem came to Piqua, and for four years was engaged in the manufacture of wagons; he then engaged in the brewing business, and followed the above branches of business until 1866, when he purchased his present farm of 160 acres, upon which he then located and where he has since lived; in 1869, he associated with his present partners in the furniture business, which has been very successful; a card of the same will be found in the directory of Piqua, in another part of this work. Mr. S. has been twice married, the maiden name of his first wife was Catharine Christ, their marriage being celebrated in Germany in 1834. Upon Jan. 9, 1844, his marriage was celebrated with Elizabeth Roth, a native of Switzerland, born Feb. 15, 1822; her father, Samuel Roth, was born in 1790, and served in the army under Napoleon Bonaparte, for a period of four years; his marriage with Anna M. Howalt, was celebrated in 1811, and by this union had nine children, of whom all save Mrs. Schneyer are deceased, viz., Rosanna, born 1810, died 1852, leaving nine children - A. Barbara, born 1811, died 1859, leaving two children; John, born 1813, died 1860, leaving three children; Mary, horn 1817, died 1853, leaving nine children; Jacob, died in infancy; Elizabeth, now Mrs. S.; Anna, died in infancy; Jacob, born 1825, died 1856; Joseph died in infancy. Mr. and Mrs. Schneyer are the parents of nine children, viz., Lewis, born Nov. 18, 1844, died Oct. 9, 1848; Carlie M., born Sept. 10, 1846, now Mrs. John Beissmann; Carl, born Sept. 10, 1848; Ernest A., Dec. 25, 1850; Lewis J., Feb. 20, 1853; August J., Dec. 15, 1856; Amelia C., Sept. 3, 1858; Herman J., March 12, 1862; Franklin F., April 9, 1865.

History of Miami County, Ohio
Published by: W. H. Beers and Co.
Chicago 1880

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