Thursday, May 3, 2012

Bernhard and Susan Schweighart

According to the 1900 United States Census for the city of Sandusky in Erie County, Ohio, Bernhard Schweighart (spelled Benhart in the census listing) was born in Germany in 1861, and came to the United States in 1882.(Bernhard's tombstone is inscribed with the birth year of 1862.) He was 38 years of age at this time, and his wife Susan was 46. Living in the household were children: Charles, age 11; Dora, age 9; Edward, age 7; Peter, age 5; and a stepdaughter to Bernhard, a girl named Mertie Comley, age 17. Bernhard's occupation was day laborer. Erie County Probate Records indicate that Bernhard Schweighart married Susan Bruckner on December 27, 1887.

In an emigration document from Germany line number 5 lists a Bernhard Schweikart who was 17 years old when he emigrated in 1881. He was from Münchhof,Germany. The family listed at number 8 was that of Lorenz Yaeger, whose wife's maiden name was Maria Scheikart. Bernhard may have been related to the Yaeger family, whose surname was later spelled Yeager. The spellings of the surnames as well as the ages do not match up perfectly with later census and vital records, but that is not unusual in genealogical research.

Bernhard Schweighart passed away on May 3, 1939, following a cerebral hemorrhage. His interment card from Oakland Cemetery states that he was buried on May 5, 1939. An obituary for Bernhard Schweighart, from the 1939 OBITUARY NOTEBOOK, at the Sandusky Library, stated that Mr. Schweighart had died at the home of his son Ed, in Huron, Ohio. He had been a member of the Maccabees for thirty years. Bernhard Schweighart was buried at Oakland Cemetery, next to his wife, the former Susan Bruckner, who had died in 1932.

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