Schaible Immigration Info
How the Schaible’s Got to Lorain County, Ohio
Jacob Schaible, in his day a well-known Lorain county pioneer, was born March 27, 1807, inv Bonlanden, Wurtemberg, Germany, and died February 7, 1874.
When but five or six years old he lost both of his parents by death, leaving him and his only brother, Michael, orphans. After the death of the parents, his grandmother, on the mother’s side, undertook the care of the two little boys, and gave them both a common-school education.
Jacob took up the pursuit of farming (and it was in this career that he grew up to manhood), in which he was eminently successful. In January, 1834, he was united in marriage with Miss Catharine B. Ramsayer, granddaughter of the then eminent physician and surgeon, C. H. von Ottein, who had engaged the best teachers money could procure and gave her a good education. Mr. Schaible, with his young wife, settled on his estates, on which he had made many improvements after his majority, and as they both liked country life their home life was attractive and pleasant. Nothing, in fact, marred their every-day life until in the fall of the year 1846, when Mr. Schaible was suddenly stricken down with an illness so severe that his life hung in the balance for many a day; finally, however, his strong constitution prevailed over the disease, although he did not fully recover his former health. Then his attending physician and several other physicians held a consultation, and their unanimous decision was that Mr. Schaible should take a sea voyage for the restoration of his health.
Accordingly in May, 1848, with his wife and five children, Mr. Schaible wended his way toward the seaport of Havre, took passage there on a sailing ship, and after a tempestuous voyage of seven weeks landed at New York. Their stay there was of short duration, for they soon turned in the direction of Ohio, taking steamer on the Hudson river as far as Albany; from there in a canal boat to Buffalo, thence to Cleveland, whence they came directly to Elyria, arriving there August 1, 1848. The three months’ travel restored Mr. Schaible to his former health. Elyria was then but a mere village, straggling out over several streets of mud and underbrush, and the only approaches at that time were by the way of lake and stage coach.
Mr. Schaible soon after his arrival purchased land one mile west of Elyria, built a small house and settled on his farm, which was nearly all covered with underbrush and forest. He immediately began to clear and imrove his property until he had one of the best farms in the county, also buying more land from time to time until he had some three or four hundred acres of well-improved land at the time of his death. He was honest and industrious, kind and obliging, and his name became the synonym for integrity and uprightness. Being temperate in his habits, he was a rare specimen of the hardy pioneer. He was a faithful member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church from early youth, and for many years was its staunchest supporter. In the family he was a loving husband, a kind and indulgent father. His faithful wife, who had so long shared his joys and sorrows, preceded him but eight weeks in death. His remains were placed beside those of his wife in Murry Ridge Cemetery, in the bosom of mother earth, in full hope of a glorious resurrection.
Mr. Schaible left four sons and five daughters to mourn his loss. viz.: Agnes B. Theiss, of Cleveland; Margaretha M. Limb, of Wooster; J. Frederich Schaible, who died February 12, 1875; C. Henrietta Krieger, of Wooster, Ohio; Jacob E. Schaible, of Elyria; Carrie Schaible, Charles H. Schaible, John G. Schaible and Sophia C. Shaible, all of Elyria.