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The Dumelle Family of Glogowatz, Austria-Hungary

Updated October 26, 2010

My grandfather was Johann Anton Dumelle born on March 13, 1900 in Glogowatz, Austria-Hungary. The Banat. His parents were Joseph Dumelle (b.1863-d.1926) and Theresia Kraft (b.1866). They had six children; Anna (b.1891), Magdalena (b.1893), Johann (b.1900), Theresia (b.1902), Adam (b.1904) and Josef (b.1906). Like his father, my grandfather was a skilled blacksmith. In the village his father was known as Du'mel'la Schmidt. The family owned a farm in the country and a house in the village (probably inherited through the generations).

After the Treaty of Trianon in 1919, Glogowatz became part of Romania. In June of 1922 my grandfather Johann, left his family and his home behind and set off for the United States of America. Port of departure was Hamburg. Working his way to the United States his passport indicates that he made stops in Brazil, Barbados, Venezuela, and San Juan, Porto Rico. He departed San Juan on October 1, 1923 as a crew member of the New York & Porto Rico's, S.S. Sioux. This ship or freighter was carrying coal and ashes to New York. Arrival was at Pier 35, Atlantic Basin, Brooklyn N.Y. on October 12, 1923 (Columbus Day). He stayed in New York for a short period of time and then came to Chicago, Illinois where he reunited with his older sister Anna (Dumelle) and her husband John Frehr.

Residing in a predominantly german sector of Chicago called Old Town, my grandfather joined the Glogowatz Pleasure Club (later he became president of this organization) where he met my grandmother Eva Schenecker (b. 1907-2001). They married at St. Michael's Catholic Church on Cleveland Ave. in Chicago on January 2, 1926. Their first home was at 616 W. Willow near the church. There they raised three children; Catherine, Eva, and John. A plaque in memory of my grandparents can be found hanging at the gates of the Baptismal Chapel in St. Michael's Church on Cleveland Ave. in Chicago.

The earliest Dumelle ancestor recorded in Glogowatz is Paul Dumelle/Tomule (b.abt.1721-d.12/13/1808) and his wife Maria Anna (geb. Klein b. abt. 1738-d. 8/19/1808). They married on January 10, 1762*. They had five children; Margaretha (b.5/23/1762)**, Anton (b.3/1/1771), Magdalena (b.7/14/1773), Anna Maria (b.2/25/1776), and Stephan (b.11/12/1778-d. 9/16/1813). *This information is located in the roman catholic records of the Arad Cathedral. It is not known whether they went to Arad to marry or, if the priest came to Glogowatz for the ceremony and noted the events in the Arad church records since a church in the village was not established until 1765. **Speculated to exist in the Arad Cathedral records.

Son Anton Dumelle married twice. His first marriage was to Regina Strohoffer (b.5/21/1773-d.11/22/1793), daughter of Wenzel Strohoffer and Katharina. This marriage produced one child, Balthasar (b.11/11/1790). On February, 25, 1794 Anton Dumelle married Clara Doerner/Dorner. They had 13 children. These early Dumelle/Dumele settlers are the genesis of all Dumelles from Glogowatz!

Thank you Erwin Kilzheimer for your input and clarification on these early Dumelle relations!

Thank you Paul Posmayer for information on my grandfather's brother Joseph and his family!

I would be most interested in sharing and exchanging information with those interested.

Deborah Dumelle Kristmann

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  • Dumelle Family Tree (19 KB)
    This tree begins with our earliest ancestors, Paul Dumelle (Tomule) and Anna Maria (Klein) in Glogowatz around 1762. Listed are thier children and four additional gererations to about 1900. Our entire tree contains 300+ individuals however, living relatives have been omitted for privacy.

Family Photos

  • St. Michael's-Dumelle Family Commemorative Brick (1524 KB)
    Close up of the commemorative brick.
  • Johann Dumelle and Eva Schenecker (80 KB)
    Johann Anton Dumelle (b. 1900-d.1976)and Eva Schenecker (b.1907-d.2001) married January 02, 1926 in Chicago, IL
  • St. Michael's-St. Gerard Chapel Gates (1648 KB)
    In 1990, my father and mother dedicated the newly forged St. Gerard chapel gates in honor of my grandparents, John A. and Eva Dumelle.
  • Glogowatz Singing Group (128 KB)
    Glogowatz Singing Group about 1918. Johann Anton Dumelle (b.1900) front row, first person on left.
  • St. Michael's-St. Gerard Chapel Gates (1526 KB)
    Picture of the St. Gerard Chapel Gates.
  • Johann Anton Dumelle Passport Photo (289 KB)
    Johann Anton Dumelle passport photo, 22 years old. Miscellaneous items related to his journey to the United States of America in 1922-1923; Department of Labor note with departure date from San Juan, Porto Rico, Passage ticket for S.S. Sioux and, pocket change from Germany, Columbia and Venezuela.
  • St. Michael's-Chapel Gates (150 KB)
    Close up of the commemorative plaque.
  • Funeral of Joseph Dumelle (b.1863-d.1926) (254 KB)
    This picture was sent to my grandfather shortly after his father died in 1926. Pictured in the middle is his widow Theresia (Kraft), sons Adam and Joseph are at her side.
  • Gravesite of Joseph Dumele (b.1863-d.1926) (2595 KB)
    Photo taken sometime shortly after Joseph Dumel's death in 1926, Glogowatz. Pictured is Adam Dumele (b.1904).
  • Dumelle and Weber Families (210 KB)
    About 1931. Front row, left to right: Annie Weber, Theresia Weber (geb. Dumelle b. 1902), Theresia Dumelle (geb. Kraft), Magdalena Seiler (geb. Dumelle b. 1893), Katharina Dumelle (geb. Zipf) and baby Johann Dumelle (b.1930). Top row, left to right: Johann Weber (b. 1922), Johann Weber (b. 1896), Adam Dumelle (b. 1904), Johann Seiler (b.1892), and Joseph Dumelle (b.1906).
  • Du'mel'la Schmidt (699 KB)
    John A. Dumelle working as a blacksmith in Chicago.
  • Magdalena Dumelle and Johann Seiler (209 KB)
    My grandfather's sister Magdalena Dumelle (b.1893) and her husband Johann Seiler (b.1892). They inherited the family farm when my grandfather left Glogowatz to come to the United States.
  • John A. Dumelle (b.1900-d.1976) (1626 KB)
    Photo of young John A. Dumelle in the U.S.
  • S.S. Sioux, Passenger information on Johan Dumelle (341 KB)
    Ellis Island has just opened a website that allows us to view passenger records and ship manifest for our immigrant relatives. This site is currently overloaded and difficult to access. This scan is of the passenger record for my grandfather Johan Dumelle. He is listed as a member of the S.S. Sioux' crew. Ethnicity is listed as Roumanian however, this is due to the fact that Glogowatz became part of Romania. He always considered himself german and Glogowatz, was part of Austria-Hungary at the time of his birth.
  • New York & Porto Rico's S.S. Sioux (circa 1917) (55 KB)
    Freighter S.S. Sioux that my grandfather worked on in order to get to the U.S. The Sioux, was a 2048 gross ton "Fredrickstad" type small cargo steamship, was built at Cleveland, Ohio, in 1916. She was acquired by the Navy at the beginning of December 1917 and promply placed in commission as USS Sioux (ID # 1766). Assigned to the Naval Overseas Transportation Service, she was employed as a coal transport, initially in the western Atlantic. At the end of August 1918 she began carrying coal across the ocean, making one voyage to Scotland and another to France by the end of the year. Following repairs, she steamed back to the U.S. in February and March 1919. Decommissioned in April 1919 and returned to her owner, Sioux was used commercially until scrapped in the late 1920s.
  • German Club Kirchweih Festival (abt.1934/1935) (208 KB)
    German Club from St. Michaels parish in Chicago. Little girl is Eva Dumelle, little boy is Joseph Ortman. Couple holding ribbon tree are John and Eva Kaiser. Photo contributed by Eva Lischko (geb. Dumelle) and Susan Kanellis (geb. Lischko).
  • St. Michael's-Dumelle Family Commemorative Brick (2707 KB)
    In May of 2008, my brothers and I surprised my father (John F. Dumelle b.1936) with a commemorative brick in front of the main entrance to St. Michael's Church in Old Town on Cleveland Ave. in Chicago. St. Michael's Parish historically has been a special place for the earliest German immigrants. Likewise, it was a integral part of my father's family when they lived on nearby Willow St. The brick is located near the statue of St. Michael.

Related Files

  • Deborah Dumelle Kristmann-Genealogy Library (1 KB)
    Items contained here are publications that I personally own. I am happy to do look-ups, please provide as much information as possible; name of village, first and last names, surname variations, dates etc. where possible.
  • Dumelle Surname Variations/Place of Origin (4 KB)
    Name variations as seen in Glogowatz church records. Possible surnames variation to consider when searching for place of orgin. Summary of research on Dumelle place of origin.

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