Tobias Schall
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  • Born: 24 Aug 1735, Middle Schefflentz, , Rhineland-Palatinate, DEU 1 4 5 6
  • Christened: Middle Schefflentz: Under Shefflentz Evangelical Church, , Rhineland-Palatinate, DEU 1
  • Marriage (1): Catharina Neuhard in 1757 1 2
  • Died: 6 Dec 1802, Pikeville, Berks, PA, United States at age 67 1 5 6
  • Buried: Boyertown: Hill Church Union Cemetery, Berks, PA 5

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  Noted events in his life were:

1. He immigrated on 7 Sep 1748 to Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA. 7 8 Tobias Schall, age 42, arrived in the ship Hampshire, Thomas Cheesman, Captain, from Rotterdam, last from Falmouth. With him was his wife and son George.

2. Book: the book, Rhineland Emigrants, as a sponsor at the baptism of Peter Ehret's son, 26 May 1754. 9
Peter Ehret, of Mittelschefflenz (Kreis Mosbach), was permitted in 1749 to emigrate to "New England" on payment of tithe.

Peter Ehret first appears in Pennsylvania records in the Colebrookdale Township tax list, Berks County, 1752. In the records of Oley Hills Church, Berks County, is the baptism of John George Ehret, May 26, 1754, son of Peter Erred and wife Maria Christina, both Reformed. Sponsors were George Schall, single son of Tobias Schall, and Eva Barbara, single daughter of Stephan Hauck. Tobias Schall (No. 72 above) also from Mittelschefflenz, had emigrated in 1748 and settled in the Dryville, Berks County, area and appears in the Mertz's (Beaver Creek) church register.

3. Military about 1778 in , Berks, PA: 1st Lieutenant in 1st Battalion, commander Col. Daniel Hunter, 5th Company.

4. He signed a will in 1802 in Earl Twp., Berks, PA. 10 An abstract of his will at the Berks County Courthouse reads:

April 7, 1802 - January 5, 1803
To grandson Andrew BACHMAN my watch or £16.
To my 6 daus. viz: Magdalena wife of Andrew BACHMAN, Margaret wife of John WEILER, Maria wife of Charles WAGONHORST, Elizabeth wife of Andrew KNERR, Sally wife of Nicholas KEYSER, and Catharine wife of Jacob HERTZOG £100 each.
After wife's decease all remainder of estate.
Wife not named and no provision for wife.
Exrs: Sons George and son-in-law Jacob HERTZOG.
Also mentions son Tobias.
Wits: William DUNDAS and Henry BETZ.

5. Book: Historical and Biographical Annals of Berks County Pennsylvania, 1909. 11

The Schall family, which was first represented in America by Tobias Schall in 1748, and of which Capt. William A. Schall, his brother, D. Horace Schall, of Philadelphia, and Gen. John W. Schall, of Norristown, are members, is one which belongs to the old nobility of the Rhine country in Germany. Originally the Schalls were an old, noble patrician family of Cologne, later spreading into Bergen and Juliers. At first the name was von Schall, but later, in the fourteenth century, "Bell" was added to it, that being the name of their manor in Gladbach. That the family is very ancient is proved from the ancestral records communicated by Vetter and Fahne. In the sixteenth century members of the family settled in Livonia and obtained the office of hereditary marshal for the family, and in the eighteenth century they also appear in Bavaria. The name Robert Schalls appears as far back as the year 1150, and Johann Schall von Bell was rewarded with the Thurnhof (a manor) at Friesdorf. In the first half of the eighteenth century, the title of Baron was conferred upon the family, and in connection with this Ferdinand, Baron Schall von Bell, was named first, and in 1747 was admitted to the Knighthood of Bergen.

Of the Bavarian branch, Count Carl Theodor, son of Count Ferdinand (above), privy councilor of the Electoral Palatinate, and Ambassador to the Court of Saxony, married, in 1777, Henriette, Countess von Riaucour, heiress of Andreas, Count von Riaucour, Minister of Saxony, etc., who dying without male issue in 1794, and in compliance with his will, his son-in-law, Carl Theodor, Count von Schall, added the name and arms of the deceased to his own, and came into the possession of the Riaucour estate, comprising the following seats: Putzkau, Gansig, Crostau, etc. - the branch now continued under the name of Counts von Schall Riaucour. But recently two Rembrandt paintings have been found, one of which was in the collection of the Count Schall-Riaucour and is supposed to be a fine specimen of his earlier work. It represents the painter's mother with a book.

In 1748 Tobias Schall and his wife Magdaline left their home in Germany, on the French border, and came to America, landing that same year in Charleston, S. C. With them came their son, George Schall, who was born in 1735 in the Pfalz, Middle Shefflentz, Moshbower Ampt, Germany. He was baptized in Under Shefflentz Evangelical Church, but was confirmed in the Reformed Church of Middle Shefflentz. In 1757 he was united in marriage with Catharine Newhard, who was born in Whitehall, Northampton (now Lehigh) Co., Pa. After his marriage he settled in Pike Township, Berks County, where he followed farming until the outbreak of the Revolution. He enlisted and became a lieutenant in Col. Daniel Hunter's regiment, serving faithfully throughout the war. He then returned to his home in Pike Township, Berks County, and followed farming until his death Dec. 5, 1802. His wife survived him five months, dying May 5, 1803, and they both lie buried in the Hill Church graveyard.

Hon. George Schall, son of George, and grandson of the emigrant Tobias, was born in Pike Township, Dec. 26, 1768. He was an agriculturist and blacksmith by occupation, and also operated a grist and saw mill (on the old Schall homestead), which he built in 1796. In his political faith he was a Democrat, and he was elected to represent his district in the State Senate in 1825, and was re-elected for the two succeeding terms, serving from 1825 to 1828. In his trips to Harrisburg he always went on horseback, carrying his food with him. The first day he would ride as far as Lebanon, where he remained over night, and finished his journey to the capital the following day. In religious belief he was an earnest member of the Reformed Church. He married Nov. 10, 1789, Catharine Oyster, who was born Aug. 7, 1768, and died July 10, 1846, in the seventy-eighth year of her age. They were the parents of the following children: David, born June 23, 1790, died Aug. 5, 1792; George, born July 2, 1792, died Sept. 11, 1820; John, born July 24, 1794, died Aug. 7, 1860; Hannah, born March 23, 1797, married Daniel Jacoby, May 11, 1817; Catharine, born May 16, 1799, died Feb. 26, 1875 (married Dr. William Herbst); David, born May 25, 1801, died Jan. 22, 1877; Mary, born April 4, 1803, died Sept. 3, 1815; William, born May 22, 1805, died Sept. 5, 1805; William, born Aug. 7, 1810, married Caroline Trexler and died at the age of seventy-five.

David Schall, son of George and Catharine (Oyster) Schall, was born May 25, 1801, and was reared on the old Schall homestead in Pike Township. In early manhood he engaged in the iron business, and in 1825 began to operate the Dale Forge in Washington Township. He manufactured bar-iron and blooms, and continued in this line of business for over fifty years. In connection with the forge, he owned and operated a large farm, and demonstrated his ability to engage successfully in more than one line of business at the same time. He was an industrious and energetic man, and by careful management he accumulated considerable wealth, retiring from active life in 1870. Like his father he was a Democrat, and he served as associate judge of Berks County from 1856 to 1866, and was county auditor from 1842 to 1845. He was a captain in the old State Militia. He married Catharine Endy, born May 9, 1805, died Aug. 25, 1873, and by her became the father of four daughters and five sons, namely: George, deceased in the sixty-fifth year of his age, was a farmer on the old Dale Forge farm and was steward of the Montgomery County prison for twelve years; Amelia, deceased, was the wife of Col. William Trexler, of Longswamp, Berks County; Emeline lives in Philadelphia; Gen. John W., colonel of the 87th Pa. V. I. during the Civil war, and now general in the State Militia, served four years as postmaster at Norristown, and seven years as recorder of Montgomery County; Hannah died in 1896; Capt. William A.; D. Horace is a customs officer in Philadelphia; Alfred resides in Philadelphia; and Mary L. also resides in Philadelphia. All the children were reared in the faith of the Reformed Church. Mr. Schall, the father, passed away Jan. 22, 1877, at the age of seventy-five.

Capt. William A. Schall received his intellectual training in the Elmwood Institute at Norristown, and also at a private school in Reading. When the call for troops was made at the beginning of the Civil war, he organized and was made captain of Company G, 167th Pa. V. I., which was mustered in for nine months' service, Oct. 20, 1862. The regiment was first attached to the 8th Corps, Army of the Potomac, and later to the 1st Corps, seeing hard service. They were first sent to Washington, thence to Suffolk, taking part in the Suffolk siege, and the battle of Black River, where Colonel Knoderer was shot. After the siege of Norfolk the regiment was sent to Yorktown, Richmond, Williamsport, and Chickahominy river, and was then ordered to Gettysburg and finally to South Mountain, where they camped one night, then receiving word that Lee was retreating. They joined the Army of the Potomac at Boonesboro, crossing the Potomac at Berlin, and followed Lee as far as Rappahannock, where the nine months' men, whose service had expired, were mustered out in August, 1863. Captain Schall was a faithful soldier, and bears a record of which he may well be proud.

After receiving his discharge Captain Schall returned home and for some years was employed as a clerk in a store. In 1872 he began farming the Dale Forge farm, and he also dealt in lime for about two years. He then removed to Pennsburg, where he conducted a coal and lumber yard for some years. He next engaged in the same line of business at Barto, and in connection with coal and lumber handled grain. This was his home until 1900, when he retired and removed to his present delightful home at Brookside.

In 1881 Captain Schall married Mary B. High, daughter of Ezra High, a farmer of Cumru Township, and they have one daughter, Emily May. In politics he is a Democrat, and he has been honored with several local offices. With his family be belongs to the Reformed Church. His fraternal connection is with Gen. William H. Keim Post, No. 76, G. A. R., of Reading. Captain Schall is one of the leading citizens of his community, and is respected and esteemed by a large number of friends.

6. Book: Anniversary History of Lehigh County, Volume III, 1914. 1
This was originally an old patrician family of Cologne, Germany, later spreading into Bergen and Juliers. At first the name was von Schall, but in the Fourteenth Century, Bell was added to it, that being the name of their manor in Gladbach. Later the family spread into Bavaria.

Tobias Schall and his wife, Magdalena, left their home on the French border and immigrated to America, arriving there Sept. 7, 1748. Tobias Schall was then forty two years of age and settled in Pike Township, Berks County, where he was a farmer.

George Schall, his son, was born in Middle Schefflentz, in the Palatinate, Aug. 24, 1735. He was baptized in Under Shefflentz Evangelical Church, but was confirmed in the Reformed Church of Middle Schefflentz.

He came to American with his parents and became a farmer and blacksmith in Pike and Earl Townships, Berks County. He served as a lieutenant in Col. Daniel Hunter's regiment in the revolution. He died Dec. 6, 1802, and with his wife is buried at the Hill church.

He married, in 1757, Catharine Newhard, daughter of Michael Newhard, of Whitehall township. She was born July 25, 1740, and died May 3, 1803. They had nine children: Magdalena, born May 4, 1760, married Andrew Buchman; Margaret, born Feb. 24, 1762, died Oct. 29, 1851, married John Weiler; Elizabeth, born March 4, 1764, died April 30, 1850, married, in 1781, Andrew Knerr; Catharine, married Jacob Hertzog; George, born Dec. 26, 1768; Tobias, born Dec. 15, 1771; Maria, married Charles Wagonhorst; Salome, married Nicholas Keyser, and Jacob, born Aug. 29, 1779, died young.

George married Catharina Neuhard, daughter of Johann Michael Neuhard and Maria Barbara Jacky, in 1757.1 2 (Catharina Neuhard was born on 25 Jul 1740 in Whitehall Twp., Lehigh, PA,1 2 6 12 died on 3 May 1803 in , Berks, PA 1 2 6 12 and was buried in Boyertown: Hill Church Union Cemetery, Berks, PA 1 12.)


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Editions: First and Second Series Volume I, Notes and Queries - XIX. Volume 2.), Tombstone Record of Hill Church: Page 171.

7 Rupp, Daniel, A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants in Pennsylvania From 1727 - 1776 (I. G. Kohler, Philadelphia, 1876).

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9 Yoder, Don. Editor., Rhineland Emigrants, Lists of German Settlers in Colonial America (Excerpted and reprinted from Pennsylvania Folklife by arrangement with the Pennsylvania Folklife Society.
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11 Montgomery, Morton L., Historical and Biographical Annals of Berks County Pennsylvania (Chicago: J. H. Beers & Co., 1909. Online at:, Page 785.

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