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Seigel and Gredler Families of Erie, Pennsylvania

Updated March 12, 2004

Lucinda Seigel

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We are researching the family trees of the Seigel and Gredler families of Erie, Pennsylvania as well as related families. As of this update, the complete tree contains over 3,700 individuals. Prominent locations are western Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio with earlier dates in southwestern Germany and northeastern France. The Seigels and Gredlers became related by the marriage of Lawrence Seigel and Lucille Gredler on October 25, 1941 in Erie, Pennsylvania.

The Seigel lineage in America begins with the 1881 arrival of Blasius Seigel, his wife Margaretha Heisler Seigel and their children: Vicktor and Wendelin. They emigrated to America from Stadelhofen, Oberkirch, Baden, Germany. We have no earlier information.

Lawrence Seigel's mother was Bertha Brinig. The Brinig family can be traced to Theobold Brinig who emigrated from Alsace in 1824. This edition of our tree has expanded information on the Brinig line.

The Gredler family begins in Erie with the 1834 arrival of Joseph Gredler, his wife Ursula Bosch and their five children, all born in Biengen, Baden, Germany. The Gredler lineage itself goes back in Baden, Germany, through the Escher and Bosch families to Michael Escher, b. 1662. From 1834 through 1837, other Baden families came to the Erie area as well. Four additional families were especially significant: the Bleiles (Joseph's sister Magdalen married Sebastian Bleile); the Wick family; the Bihlmann family and the Rinderles. Our tree contains information about all of these families, including their inter-marriages and relationships with the Gredlers.

The Bleile lineage is well researched separately, including interesting letters about the decision by families in Krozingen (near Biengen, Germany) to come to America. You can read a personal story of the Bleile emigration in the letter of Charles A. Bliley/Bleile in the Second Generation section of or use the link below.

Lucille Gredler's mother was Minnie Bartel. The Bartels (Barthel) can be traced back to Antoine Barthel, b. about 1785 in France. His son, also Anthoine Barthel, came to America and (before or after) married a Mary Madeleine Rantz from Moselle, France (b. 1809). We can find other Rantz names in the Volmunster area of Moselle France, but are looking for better information. We do have more recent history of the Bartels in both Pennsylvania and Ohio.

Lucille Gredler Seigel's maternal grandmother was Catherine Depinet who, with her parents, brother Michael and cousin Stephen, came to America in 1852 from Ruelzheim, Germany. This edition of our tree contains expanded information about the Depinets, inlcuding information on the Ohio Depinets.


Family members: Here's a few tips on viewing our genealogy. You need your username and password. For general browing use the link to the surname list; it will guide you to specific individuals from whom you can link to others. To view our Book, look in the Table of Contents or index for chapters and names that interest you. The Book contains many of the 3,700 individuals in the tree; see index for specific names.

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