Updated 8 April 2015
1857– Joseph Schneider is born in Algers Dorf, Austria on 2 July 1857 to parents Frank and Theresa Schneider.
1881-At age 23 Joseph leaves Austria for the United States of America. He arrives in New York City, New York on 4 June 1881.
1881-Just fifteen days later, on 19 June 1881, Joseph is in Quincy, Massachusetts, marrying Johanna (Spelling of Johanna’s last name varies on records, appearing as Moser, Measar, Mearsee, Marcy, Maher). Johanna, also 23, is the daughter of Florian and Theresa. Joseph’s occupation is listed as stone cutter.
Joseph and Johanna’s marriage record and the birth records for their first four children states they were both born in Germany. The record for their 5th and 6th child states they were both born in Austria. The record for their 7th child states father born in Austria and mother born in Germany. Birth record for their 8th is not yet obtained.
Joseph and Johanna settle in Quincy, Massachusetts and go on to have eight children (spelling of children’s names is taken for birth records).
1882– Joseph and Johanna’s first child Minnie Sneider is born 6 January 1882 in Quincy, Massachusetts. Joseph’s occupation is granite cutter.
1883– Joseph and Johanna’s second child Annie Sneider is born 18 March, 1883 in Quincy, Massachusetts. (Birth record lists father as Charles?). Father listed as granite cutter.
1884– Joseph and Johanna’s third child Emma Sneider is born 29 November, 1884 in Quincy, Massachusetts. Father listed as granite cutter.
1886– Joseph and Johanna’s fourth child (first son) Frank Snyder is born 14 December 1886 in Quincy, Massachusetts. Father listed as stone cutter.
1893– Joseph and Johanna’s fifth child Joseph Adolph Schneider is born 13 June 1893 in Quincy, Massachusetts. (52 West St. Quincy, MA)
1896– Joseph and Johanna’s sixth child Bertha Johanna Schneider is born 22 September 1896 in Quincy, Massachusetts. Joseph’s occupation is stone cutter (52 West St. Quincy, MA).
1897– Joseph and Johanna’s seventh child Rudolph Schneider is born 5 August 1896 in Quincy, Massachusetts
1889-On 24 October 1889 Joseph is naturalized as a United States citizen in Quincy, Massachusetts. In it, he renounces allegiance to Francis Joseph, Emperor of Austria and lists his birthplace as “Algers Dorf, Austria”. His occupation continues to be listed as stone cutter on the children’s birth records, on census records and on his naturalization form.
1899– Joseph and Johanna’s eighth and final child Albert J Schneider is born 25 May 1899 in Quincy, Massachusetts.
1900– Joseph (42) and Johanna (41) are enumerated in the U.S. Federal Census. They are living at 52 West St. Quincy, Massachusetts with all eight of their children. Minnie M. (18), Annie G. (17), Emma (15), Frank (13), Joseph A. (6), Bertha J. (4), Rudolph (2) and Albert (1). Joseph is working as stonecutter.
1906– Joseph and Johanna’s daughter Wilhelmina (Minnie) Schneider (24) marries Dennis Murphy (25) on 28 November 1906 in Quincy, Massachusetts. He was born in Ireland to parents Timothy Murphy and Ellen Fitzpatrick. Dennis’ occupation is stone cutter, Minnie’s is a dressmaker.
1910– Joseph (52) and Johanna (52) are enumerated in the U.S. Federal Census. Six of their children are still living at home. Annie (26), Emma (24), Joseph (16), Bertha (14), Rudolph (12), Albert (10). Annie, Emma and Joseph are all working at a shoe shop. Annie is a stitcher, Emma is a packer and Joseph is a cutter. Joseph is working as a granite cutter.
1910– Joseph and Johanna’s daughter Minnie M. is enumerated in the U.S. Federal Census at 12 Willard St. Quincy. Minnie (28) is living with her husband Dennis Murphy (29). Dennis was born in Ireland and immigrated in 1896. They have been married three years and have two sons; Timothy (2) and Joseph (1). Dennis’ occupation is a granite stone cutter.
1914– WWI begins.
1918– Joseph and Johanna’s son Rudolph L. Schneider completes the WWI Draft Registration Card on 24 August 1918. He is living at 25 Buckly St. Quincy, Massachusetts with his wife Esther. Rudolph lists his father as from “Austria-Hungary”.
1918– Joseph and Johanna’s son Albert Joseph Schneider completes the WWI Draft Registration Card on 12 September 1918. He is living at 156 West St. Quincy, Massachusetts. He is working as a stone cutter (Bethlehem Shop). He has blue eyes and brown hair.
1920– Joseph (63) and Johanna (62) are enumerated in the U.S. Federal Census. They are living at 156 West St. Quincy, Massachusetts with their son Albert who is 20. Albert is single and working as a pipe fitter in the shipyard. They speak English and can read and write. Joseph is working as a “Park Laborer”. They own their home, free of mortgage.
1920– Joseph and Johanna’s son Rudolph is enumerated in the U.S. Federal Census on 10 January 1920 at 25 Buckly St. Quincy, Massachusetts where he rents. He is 22 and works as a stitcher at a shoe factory. His wife Esther is 21 and was born in Massachusetts. They have a 13 month old son named Roy. Curiously, they both list their parents as Swedish.
1920– WWI ends
1921– Joseph and Johanna’s son Albert Joseph Schneider marries Irene Louise Gaynor in Quincy, Massachusetts.
1923– Joseph Schneider dies in Quincy, Massachusetts.
1930– Johanna (72) is enumerated at 227 West Street Quincy, Massachusetts. She is living with her daughter Minnie M. Murphy (48) who is a widow, working as a coat maker in a factory. Also living in the house is Johanna’s grandson (Minnie’s son) Timothy Murphy (22) working as a shoe worker in a shoe shop and his wife Gertrude (19) and their daughter Mary F. who is three months old. Also present are Joseph (21) working as a stage builder at Fore River and Dennis (18) working as a barber, Anna (17), John (14), Frank (10), and Leo (9).
- Where is Algers Dorf?
- On what ship did Joseph travel to America?
- Did Johanna travel to America with Joseph? The arrival of their first child so soon after marriage may indicate that they came to America together.
- How did Joseph obtain a job of stone cutter so quickly? Did he have connections or family already in Quincy?
- Was Johanna naturalized?
- Visit- Quincy museum, quarry, stone cutters monument
- Quincy Quarry Museum: http://www.quincyquarrymuseum.org/virtual-museum.html
- Obtain death record and obituary for Joseph (Obtain Death Record; NEHGS Vital Indexes 1923 Vol 69, pg 389).
- Obtain birth record for 8th son Albert Schneider
- Obtain death record and obituary for Johanna
- U.S. Naturalization Records
- Massachusetts Vital Records (Marriage, Birth)
- US Federal Census Records (1900, 1910, 1920 and 1930)