A few months ago at Taylor and Nate‘s wedding, i had a great chat with her Aunt Jill, who asked if i am related to the rather well known Emilia Schaub? I joked about the Schaubs being a long line of avid breeders……so probably, maybe?

Frankly i wouldn’ t even have a clue how to determine if i WAS related to another Schaub and i am frequently asked if we are related to _____ Schaub. Family history isn’t exactly a strong suit on my dad’s side and I can’t blame them….. In the up norths there are 299 Schaubs listed in the Leland phone book and another 124 in the Traverse City.

A few weeks later i asked my dad if we were related to an Emelia, and he thought she was a great-aunt and mentioned that she was one of the first female lawyers in Michigan. So R and i googling a bit and, discovered a video about her, an article in the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame, and that there was a rock in Leelanu with her name on it. We decided to spend the next day hunting for the rock. Turns out a 6 ton boulder is pretty easy to find. ——->

My dad mentioned that Emelia had written a book and thought a copy might be located at the Leland Library but the library was closed.

So a few weeks later, we swung by to see if we could track the book down.

Family Yesterdays is, as it’s title suggests, a family history of the Schaub’s and those settling farmer Germans really knew how to reproduce. Emelia was pretty impressive, she was one of the first female lawyers in Michigan and took the bar in 1925. She was the first female lawyer in the country to successfully defend a person charged with murder. After starting a successful Detroit law firm Emelia moved back to Leland and was elected 5 times to served as the prosecuting attorney for 12 years. In 1942 she became an honorary member of the Ottawa, Chippewa Tribe because she had helped the tribe get the return of their land. Among other things, she lived to be 103 and helped co-found the Leelanau Historical Society which was later established as a museum.

I had missed that last bit of information while skimming the book at the copy machine in the library. A few minutes after leaving the library we walked next door into the museum, the lights were off and there wasn’t anyone at the desk, so we left.

I guess, we will save that for the next visit to Leland.

Tracking down the exact relationship to Emelia resulted in a bit of research (pretty much just reading the book, she was pretty thorough), BUT I’m not really sure how it all sorts out ,but this is a rough draft of the family tree (minus a few hundred relatives)

Andreas Schaub married Barbara Bartoloma in Albersweiler Germany and had a few kids, about 3 of them moved to settle in the US, including Jakob Schaub who married Margret Schaub and his brother Simon Schaub who married Christina Schaub.

The Schaub brothers (and a sister) settled first on North Manitou, as the only settlers on the island during that time. They moved to the main land and settled inland at Provement which is now the very small town of Lake Leelanau obtaining a few hundred acres and having SO many kids.

Jacob and Margret had a few sons, including John A. Schaub who had 11 kids, including Mark Schaub who married Mary Steimel. They had another 12 kids (including twins!) one of those kids was Thomas, who had 4 sons, including Martin, my pops.

Jacob’s brother, Simon, had 11 kids (two Barbaras!!) including a son, Simon Jr who was Emeila’s father.

So, * i think* Emelia’s great grandfather is my great, great, great grandfather. Which,* i think*, means we are distant relations but still share the same bloodline. Either way, i think i will take a cue from Emelia, who says in her book, the key to a long life is… choose your ancestors.

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