Surname Origins

According to the Internet Surname Database, the Schneider surname has its origins in Germany, but can also be found in Austria, Belgium, and France.  It derives from the word “snidden” … meaning ‘one who sews’ (a tailor).

Surname in My Tree

My closest Schneider ancestor is Mary Alice Schneider, my great grandmother, who was born in Bon Homme County, South Dakota in 1892.  Her parents are Louis Schneider (b. 1851 in Washington, Iowa) and Mary Alice Egan (b. 1859 in Maryland/Washington D.C.).  Louis’s parents are Eugene Schneider (b. 1819 in France) and Marguerite Curie (b. 1827 in France).  I have not yet determined the identities of Eugene’s parents.  Eugene died in Washington, Iowa on December 22, 1897, and is buried at the Elm Grove Cemetery there.

Eugene Schneider naturalizationMigration

I have not located a Declaration of Intention for Eugene yet, but there are rumors that he immigrated from France around 1835, arriving in New York.  He married Marguerite  around 1850, but I don’t know where.  He was naturalized on September 17, 1879 in Washington County, Iowa.

Future Research

I need to nail down his arrival here in the U.S. so I can determine whether he actually came from France.  My suspicion is that he originated in the Alsace region, but it will take some work to prove that.  I also need to find a marriage record for Eugene and Marguerite.  There are a lot of blanks that need filling.  I really have my work cut out for me here.


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