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Giesecke/Schwellinger/Brautigam/McLain family of VA

Updated September 5, 2000

We are searching for any info on Joseph Schwellinger, Sr., brother to Jacob & Lena Schwellinger. Joseph married Pauline Brautigam of Germany, they met in night school in Milwaukee attending English class. Joseph & Pauline had 2 children, Catherine and Joseph Jr. (both now deceased). Catherine married Harold W. Giesecke and had 3 daughters (Paula, Mary, & Lisa). I have just begun to try to fill in gaps from old family stories and am asking anyone out there who can help, please contact me. I do know that on the Giesecke side of my family, at one time they sold pharmacy items door to door (the business in Milwaukee was call Giesecke & Son), my great grandmother on the Giesecke side's maiden name was Schmidt. On the Schwellinger side, Pauline Brautigam came to America I believe she was in late teens or early 20's, she had a younger sister named Marie, who now lives out west, I believe in Washington state-I have just learned that as of Christmas 98, she was in a nursing home, but no response this year at Christmas, she may have passed on.

I am also starting to do some research on my husbands family, the McLains from Alabama. My father-in-law's name was J.D. McLain. As I collect more data from my mother-in-law and other family members, I will post.

As for now, I am concentrating on my mother's side of my family. Any help will be greatly appreciated!! Thank you.

Trudy Jae McLain
110 Catawba Ct.
Williamsburg, VA 23185
A-United States

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