Carl Heinrich Schield was born in the Village of Moitzelfitz, Pomerania, Prussia on October 29, 1821. This small farm village is located east of the Bay of Stettin and south of the Baltic Sea. His parents were Master Blacksmith Emanuel Schild and Johanne (Abel) Schild. Like his father, he also received the designation of "Master Blacksmith" with the Hanseatic Guild. His education was probably acquired in the home of a master blacksmith in Moitzelfitz or Petershagan. Petershagen is located only a short distance west of Moitzelfitz. This is where his brother Edward worked toward his master designation but did not complete it because at the age of 18 he migrated with other family members to America. Carl could not go through the process of apprentice, journeyman, and master with his father because this was not allowed under the Guild rules. After Carl received his master designation he probably joined in the trade with his father as the local village blacksmith.
On May 24, 1852 Carl and Johanne Hackbart were married at Rutzenhagen, a village not very far south of Moitzelfitz. Their first son Julius was born on March 22, 1854 at Moitzelfitz. In the year 1856, after completing all the paper work and preparations necessary to migrate to America, the family sailed for a new life in United States of America.
In America their home was made in the 9th ward of the City of Milwaukee. The 1860 census lists the family occupants (address not shown) as Carl Schild, wife Johanne, sons Julius and Carl ages 6 and 2 years. The 1859-60 Milwaukee City Directory lists Carl Schild as operator of a blacksmith shop at North Avenue and Teutonia Road. While living in Milwaukee (1856 to 1865) Carl and Johanne had four children in addition to Julius, who was born in Pomerania. They were: Carl Jr., born in 1858, Albert, born in 1860, and lived only 24 days, Mina, born in 1862, there are no known records of her life, and Herman, born in 1864
At some point in time during the American Civil War Carl received notice from the government that he was being drafted for service with the Union Army for military service in the battle with the Confederate States. Actually he received this kind of notice three times. The first two times he was able to buy a stand-in or replacement at the cost of $300.00 for each person who took his place. At that time $600.00 was quite a lot of money and by the time the third notice came he could no longer afford to pay for a replacement and he answered the call to military service. He entered service on September 21, 1864, serving with Company E of the Sixth Wisconsin Veteran Infantry from Milwaukee, also known as part of the "Iron Brigade". The battles in which he was engaged were: Hatcher's Run, VA; Weldon Railroad Expedition, VA; Hatcher's Run, VA; Gravelly Run, VA; Five Forks, VA; Burkville Road, VA; and the final battle of the war; Appomattox Court House, VA. His final military duty was the participation in the Grand Review (Parade) with the Grand Army Of The Republic in Washington, DC after the victory of the Union Armies. Carl was mustered out of the Union Army on June 16, 1865 near Fort Arlington Virginia. An interesting story was told by Carl, part of which he was told by his fellow soldiers, and has been handed down through the years. While he was with his unit at the battle front he was stricken by small pox. One night while in a state of delirium, due to a high fever, he wondered into the enemy encampment. A confederate office noticed his plight and escorted him back to his own unit. Had this incident not happened as it did this story may never have been told.
After his return to Milwaukee it was decided that the family would move to the Town of Berlin, now the Town of Maine (Marathon County) in north central Wisconsin. The family of Carl's wife Johanne (Hackbart) Schield had moved there to a 120 acre parcel of timbered woodland they had purchased in 1859. Of this 120 acres Carl bought 40 acres from his brother-in-law for $40.00, cleared some of the land and built some log buildings, which included a blacksmith shop. In this shop he continued to practice his trade which consisted of making hardware for the neighborhood pioneers such as door hinges, hasps and other necessary hardware. Probably the most time was spent shoeing oxen (horses were not yet in common use) and making wagon rims. At their home on this location Carl and Johanne had two more children: William (1866) and Bertha (1869). Bertha would later become the wife of J.G Gruber, the second pastor of Zion Lutheran Church of the Town of Main.
In 1870 Johanne's brother Wilhelm bought 240 acres north of where the Hackbart and Schield families were living. Since the general land area was heavily wooded with little land yet cleared Wilhelm said it was lonesome where he had built his log house and asked Carl if he would like to buy 80 acres from him so he would have a close neighbor. Then in 1872 Carl bought the 80 acres from Wilhelm for a price of $80.00, and in 1874 built a log home, barn, and blacksmith shop. In the new shop and location he continued in the line of work he had been doing at the earlier location. The family worked at clearing the land of virgin hardwood trees and making agricultural land out of the woodland. At first planting, cultivating, and harvesting with hand tools the crops grown among the tree stumps,
In the year 1880 son Julius was married to Emily Dummann and after their marriage they took over ownership of what was developing into a profitable farm. Carl continued with his blacksmithing.
Over the years interesting stories were told about Carl and his life with his family on his last earthly home on the Schield family farm in the Town of Scott, Lincoln County, WI. * One day he came into the house and asked "What's for dinner"?, his wife Johanne answered "Dumplings" his reply was "Then I'm going to Hackbart's" (his brother-in-law across the road). When he returned after about an hour Johanne asked " So, what did Hackbart's have"? A slow answer was "Dumplings". * Due to disabilities incurred while he was in the War Carl received a pension from the Veterans Administration. Since the monthly check had to be picked up in the City of Merrill he would ask one of his grandsons to take him there. The boys did not care much about taking grandpa to town with plow horse and a farm wagon. In order to overcome their reluctance he bought a new buggy (which is still in the family) and a fine trotter horse. After that the boys were most happy to take him to Merrill.
The descendants of Carl and Johanne (Hackbart) Schield number into many hundreds. Many of these descendants have been very successful in business, industry, education, etc.
Carl Schield died of natural causes at the age of ninety one years and sixty two days and was buried next to his wife, who had preceded him in death, at what now is Faith Cemetery North in the Town of Scott, Lincoln County, WI
The spelling of "Schield" as used as the family name herein has changed through time. Most documents of church and civil Pomeranian documents in the family files state the spelling as: Schild. The German meaning of this name is: Maker Of Shields. It is believed
that Carl added the "e" so that the sound would be the same in English as in German. One branch of the family changed it to: Shields, and another to Schieldt. Most of the family uses Schield.
This document was prepared by Raymond E. Schield in 1998. Data is from: Pomeranian church and civil records, American civil records, federal and state veterans administration records, and family legend.