Matthias  Schoelch

          Mathias Schoelch, is a native of Germany born in Hesse Darmstadt on the 20th of October, 1831, son of  Peter and Barbara (Braun) Schoelch.   The father was born in the year 1805, married in his native country and died on the Atlantic Ocean in 1854, while on a voyage to the United States.  Mrs. Schoelch was born in 1804, and died in Germany in 1843.  The subject of this biography is the eldest of five children born to the above parents, only two of whom are at this time living.  He enjoyed the advantages of a liberal education in his native country, and in 1852 came to the United States landing in New York, from which city he made his way direct to Shelbyville, where he has since resided.  For a period of fourteen years he worked as a day laborer, and at the end of that time in 1867, engaged in his present business, the manufacture of brick, which he has conducted with success and financial profit to the present date.  He is a Democrat in politics, and a  member of the A. O. U. W., in the deliberations of which order he takes an active part.  On the 8th day of May, 1855, was solemnized his marriage with  Margaret,  daughter of  John Schroeder.  Mrs. Schoelch was born in Germany, November 17, 1829, and was the mother of thirteen children, the following of whom are living, to-wit:  John C.,  George A.,  Conrad,  Robert  and  Valentine, twins,  Mollie,  Maggie  and  Henry.  Mrs. Schoelch died September 20, 1881.
History of Shelby County, Indiana, Chicago: Brant & Fuller, 1887, "Shelbyville Sketches", page 533-34.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

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