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The SCHNEIDER half of the family hails from "Pennsylvania Dutch Country" in Schuylkill County, the Anthracite Coal Country of Eastern Pennsylvania. Other surnames here include: MAHER/MACHER/MAHAR/MEAGHER, BROWER, HOKE, HOFFNER, HOFFMAN, COY, ALDER, WELKER, JORAY/JURY/SHORA, MESSERSCHMITT, SCHROTT, BELAT, and GUERNE.


These surnames include only our direct line. There are dozens more in other branches of the family!

The extended family now lives in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, North & South Carolina, Florida, Missouri, Arizona, Texas, Minnesota, Colorado, Louisiana & California. Throughout our family history in America, we have also lived in New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Montana & Iowa.

Our roots go to Manheim, Bavaria & Wuerttemberg in Germany - through Ireland to the fascinating Highland and Lowland Clans of Scotland - to Normandy, Lorraine & Resterne in France - to Moutier in Bern, Switzerland - to Mons & Louvain in Belgium - to Heemstede in Holland - to Sweden - and to England, Italy, & Hungary (so far).

Our ancestors came on immigrant ships between the 1600s & the 1800s. They came as children. They came as adults. They came as young married couples. I wonder what they were thinking, hoping, wishing & dreaming (or maybe even running from). They traded the familiar for the unknown, with no turning back.

They loved freedom & without reserve, they are found defending it in the Revolutionary War, as an Andersonville prisoner in the Civil War, wounded in France in World War I, & serving in WWII in the Naval Air Corps (Atlantic), Army (South Pacific) & the Air Force (Pacific).

They've been policemen, nurses, teachers, farmers, carpenters, builders, blacksmiths, sheepherders & "coal crackers" working underground in the Anthracite coal mines of Pennsylvania in the late 1800s & the early 1900s.

Some of the women died in childbirth. Many of these people buried infants and children - one family lost four (of 16!) children in 1871 alone. Yet even more lived well into their 80s & 90s & they often had over 10 children!

While we have one terribly frustrating dead end just three generations back, we have one line that runs through the Royal Stewarts (1300s), Bruces (1300s), Atholls (1000-1300) and Alpins (800s-1000s)of Scotland to King Egbert of England (800s) and through Robert of Normandy (William the Conqueror's father) to Charlemagne (800) and to King Njord of the Swedes in 214 AD!

Through internet genealogy sites and queries, we have "met" our second cousins, who were a part of the crowd at nearly forgotten family reunions where my best recollections are of my parents and sister, my grammy and grampa, a few silly aunts and uncles, my great uncle Bob, & hot dogs! I've discovered that one of my closest friends and I are related through Robert of Normandy (heaven knows how many cousins removed we are!) and I have "met" plenty of cousins - 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th! It's been very amazing and I love finding & meeting my relatives! I hope that there are more to follow!

This is truly OUR tree. I've learned SO much more history in searching my family history than I ever learned in school! On the branches of this tree are leaves of awesome wonder & tragic sadness, health & illness, frustration & fascination. There is a history and a real life in each leaf. Welcome to our family tree!
The Schneider-Cornelius Family History - by Lynn Schneider
Updated July 25, 2011


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  • The Schneider-Cornelius Tree (updated 4/20/2002) (418 KB)
    Our family tree is much more than names. It is more than the history of our family. It has become a teacher of the history of the world as I have discovered and studied the people who make up it's leaves & branches. And as we have discovered our ancestors, we have also found pieces of their personalities, attributes, passions, faults, successes & failures. The time invested in discovering our ancestry has convinced me - more than ever - that each of us has been given this gift of life only by miraculous divine appointment!

Family Photos

  • The family of John F. Schneider & Verna Mae Maher (52 KB)
    Taken in the 1940s, this photo includes, in the back row, my aunt Mae (Rebecca) with Bob Krommes in his Air Force uniform, my Aunt Betty, my gramma and grandpa Schneider, and my dad, John R, known to his family as "Rudy" in his Navy blues. In the front row are my Aunt Alma, Aunt Peg (Ruth), Uncle Art (wearing my dad's sailor's hat) and Aunt Joan.
  • Our Schneider immigrant - "JR" Schneider (21 KB)
    "JR" was born in Hirschweiler, Bavaria, Germany November 30, 1822. He emigrated from Germany in 1849 and was naturalized September 12, 1859. He married Louisa Regina Hoffner in Minersville, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania in 1857 and they had 7 children. He died January 2, 1894 in Reinerton, Schuylkill County, PA. He was my gg grandfather.
  • The wedding of Roosevelt Cornelius & Leona Wareham (53 KB)
    This is a photo of my grandparents on their wedding day in 1925. Leona died of blood poisoning in 1937, before the advent of the antibiotics that may have saved her life. They had two children - my mom Rowena and my uncle Ray. Roosevelt eventually re-married and had two more children - Glenn and Hope.
  • John Frederick and Verna Mae Schneider (37 KB)
    This photo of my grammy and grandpa was taken on my parent's wedding day.
  • Louisa Regina Hoffner (49 KB)
    Louisa was born February 27, 1827 in Lebensell, Wurtemberg, Germany. A family legend has her an orphan at a convent in France. We still seek her name on ships passenger lists. She married JR Schneider in Minersville, PA in 1857. She died at 88 years of age on May 30, 1915 in Reinerton, Schuylkill County, PA. She was my gg granmother.
  • Verna and Tommy Maher - circa 1904 (39 KB)
    This is my grandmother, Verna Mae Maher at about 4 years old, with her younger brother Tommy.
  • Razing the Cornelius farm house (97 KB)
    This is a newspaper clipping from about 1944 about the razing of the old Cornelius Farmhouse.
  • John R. & Rowena Schneider (26 KB)
    This is my mom and dad on their wedding day!
  • Rudolph Jacob Schneider (75 KB)
    Rudolph was among the 7 children of JR and Louisa. He was born January 18, 1862 in Ashland, Schuylkill County, PA. He married Sarah Elizabeth Hoke in 1893. They had 5 children. He worked in the Anthracite coal mines and he died at 82 years of age on July 27, 1944.
  • Wareham-Welton Reunion - 1923 (170 KB)
    This is a group photo taken at the 1923 Wareham-Welton reunion. My grandmother, Leona Warham, is standing left of center in white dress with white hat. My great grandfather, Martin Wareham is the balding man with the mustache, standing behind the 6th and 7th children on the front row from the left. My great grandmother, Maggie Rainey Wareham, is 11th from the right and her face is partially covered by the rim of the hat on the woman standing in front of her.
  • My dad at Cherry Hill Marine Base, NC, 1945 (93 KB)
    Bottom: Fess-AMM S1C, Schneider(my dad)-AMM2C, Winburh-Tech Sgt, Orlandella-ACMM, Turner-Tech Sgt, Fraser-AMM2C, Walker-AMM1C Top: Goetz-AMM3C, Stevenson-AMM2C, Palmer-AMMS1C, Gleason-AMM3C, Harrington-AMMS2C, Smith-AMM3C, Kelly-AMM2C, Gobble-AMM1C Not in photo: Stewartz-AMM2C, Smartt-AMM2C, English-AMM2C, Argo-AMMS1C, Stagich-AMM3C (sick bay)
  • Rowena, Roosevelt and Raymond Cornelius (60 KB)
    This is my mom, my grandpa Cornelius and my Uncle Ray. Grandpa ran a farm just outside of Grove City in western Pennsylvania. This photo was taken after the death of my grandmother, Leona Wareham Cornelius, who died of blood poisoning - just before the sulfa and penicillin that probably would have saved her life became available to the public - when my mother was only 9 years old.
  • Anthracite Miner's Certificate (224 KB)
    In 1889, it became law for miners to be certified "competent" in order to "prevent the employment of incompetent persons as Miners in Anthracite coal mines." This is a copy of my great grandpa Rudolph's "Anthracite Miner's Certificate." He worked in coal mines in Schuylkill County, Pa beginning in 1868, at 6 years of age, until 1933, when he was 71.
  • The Warehams (74 KB)
    This photo is of some of the Wareham family outside of the general store. It was taken in either Minnesota or near Grove City, PA. The man standing with hands on hips, third person from the left is my great grandfather Martin Wareham. We believe the first woman on the left is his mother, Nancy McKinley Phipps.
  • John Schneider, Navy photo, 1943 (26 KB)
    This is a photo of my dad just out of the Sampson, NY boot camp in March of 1943
  • Leona Electa Wareham (36 KB)
    This is my grandmother, Leona. She was an elementary school teacher and she died just 3 days before her 34th birthday of blood poisoning. My grandpa used to tell me that she and my mom and I were "three peas in a pod." I guess that means that I look like both of them. What a compliment! I sure do wish I could have known her!
  • The family of John B Hoke and Sarah Hoffman (150 KB)
    John B. Hoke was born June 20, 1835 in Lykens, Dauphin County, PA. Sarah Hoffman was born to Henry C. Hoffman and Sarah Welker January 4, 1841 in Loyalton, Dauphin County, PA. They married October 17, 1858 and had 16 children, including 2 sets of twins. Four of the five children who died in childhood died in 1871. John died in 1900. Sarah died in 1915.
  • Bessie Brower and Michael Maher's Wedding Day (73 KB)
    The seated couple are my great grandparents. We believe that they were married in late 1899. Michael died mysteriously about 4 years later while on a trip to West Virginia and we know very little about him. Bessie died in 1918 on my grandmother's 18th birthday. Until now, we have had no photos of either of them, and that makes this a very special photo!
  • Ray & Rowena Cornelius, 1931 (27 KB)
    This is a photo of my mom and my Uncle Ray in 1931. Adorable then, adorable now.... Gotta love them both!
  • The Wareham Children (40 KB)
    This is a photo of my grandmother Leona Wareham Cornelius as a child, with her brothers Alvin and Raymond.
  • Sarah Elizabeth Hoke (64 KB)
    Sarah was the 6th of 16 children born to John B. Hoke and Sarah Hoffman. She was born April 30, 1860 in Lykens, Dauphin County, PA. She married Rudolph Schneider in 1893 at Pottsville, Schuylkill County, PA. They had 5 children. She died January 18, 1941 in Tremont, Schuylkill County, PA.
  • Wareham-Rainey Marriage Certificate (105 KB)
    This is the Marriage certificate from the wedding of Martin VanBuren Wareham and Margaret (Maggie) Rainey dated February 7, 1900.
  • Martin VanBuren Wareham (34 KB)
    This is my great grandfather, Martin V. Wareham. He was a sheep herder and lived and worked in Montana and Minnesota as well as Pennsylvania.
  • The children of Rudolph Schneider and Sarah Hoke (89 KB)
    This photo is from about 1910. The oldest son of the couple, Rudolph Joseph died at age 11 in 1905. Here we have John Frederick, my grandpa, born in 1897, standing behind Sarah Louise, born 1908. Sarah would later die of Scarlet Fever in 1912. The other boys are Robert Otto, born 1901, and Charles Samuel, born 1904.
  • The family of Roosevelt Cornelius (18 KB)
    This is a photo of my grandfather, Roosevelt, front and center with my mom on his right and my Uncle Ray on his left. Behind him are, in row 2: Howard & Lucille Cornelius Miller, Edna & Clyde Cornelius. In row 3: Floyd Shorts, Paul Cornelius, Ora Cornelius, Lilliam Cornelius Shorts, Isaac Cornelius, Floyd Shorts' mother and in the back of the pack, Floyd Shorts' father.
  • Margaret Rainey Wareham (31 KB)
    This is my great grandmother, Margaret "Maggie" Rainey. She was also a school teacher and some of her school books survive to this day. She was one of a family of seven girls.
  • John Frederick Schneider, WWI (53 KB)
    My grandpa was born April 11, 1897 in Pottsville, Schuylkill County, PA. During his service in WWI, he was exposed to mustard gas, severly damaging his lungs. After the war, he returned to work in the Anthracite coal mines of eastern Pennsylvania. It was the WWI gas and black lung disease that ultimately took him from us, far too young compared to the lifespan of his parents and grandparents, and before I really had the chance to know him, on December 12, 1960.
  • John "Rudy" Schneider circa 1934 (29 KB)
    This is a photo of my dad when he was 9 years old. What a cutie-pie!
  • Mary Jane Galloway Rainey (26 KB)
    This is my great great grandmother, Mary Jane Galloway Rainey. She was born of Irish immigrants John and Margaret Galloway and she married James Rainey. They had seven daughters - my great grandmother, Margaret and sisters Carrie, Nancy, Rachel, Elizabeth, Martha and Mary Emma.
  • Verna Mae Maher (20 KB)
    My gramma Schneider, Verna Mae Maher, was born on October 14, 1900 in Joliett, Schuylkill County, PA to Michael Maher and Bessie Matilda Brower. This photo was taken in 1917. She married John F. Schneider in 1919 and they had 7 children. She died on November 19, 1980.
  • My dad in the Navy in 1944 (28 KB)
    This is my dad in 1944 in the US Navy. He served as an Aircraft Machinist Mate, Petty Officer 2nd Class in the Naval Air Corps in the European/Atlantic Theater.
  • John Wareham in Civil War Uniform (80 KB)
    John Wareham was my great great grandfather. He fought for the Union in the Civil War. Here he is in uniform. Take note that the image is reversed by looking at the "K" on the hat. The original was on tin and no mirrors were used in photography at the time, so the final image was backwards, or reversed. Once considered, we determined that "Big John" might have been left handed by the manner in which his pistol was placed in his belt and that his wedding band no longer fit his ring finger, so he wore it on his pinky!
  • Uncle Bob & Aunt Mae Krommes (14 KB)
    This is my Uncle Bob and my Aunt Mae circa WWII. Uncle Bob was a B-29 pilot in the Pacific - based at Guam in the Marianas Islands - in the 20th Air Force. Aunt Mae worked as a civilian at an aircraft facility in Maryland. They are my godparents, taught me how to swim, showed me the finer points of eating Maryland crabs and were often like second parents to me! Uncle Bob used to wink at me with alternating eyes. Silly then, silly still! Love them much!

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