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Anton Geyerstanger  Schultz

Anton Geyerstanger Schultz

Male 1854 - 1891  (36 years)

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  • Name Anton Geyerstanger Schultz 
    Nickname Anthony 
    Born 17 Jul 1854  Saltzburg, Austria Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Passenger List 23 Jan 1857  New York City, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gertride Marie and her son, Anton, arrived in New York City from Bremen, Germany. 
    Age: 2 
    Passenger List with Gertrude and Anton Geyerstange on board.
    Passenger List with Gertrude and Anton Geyerstange on board.
    Died Apr 1891  Denver, Arapahoe County, Colorado Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    History 2003  [1
    Who was Anton? This was the question asked my many generations of my family for the pat 125 years since the 1850's, and it was the secret my great grandparents carried to their graves. But guess what! As an amateur genealogist, I was able to find out the answer to this question. Well, sort of.

    I first heard the story of Anton from my mother with more details supplied by her cousins years later, and the story is this:

    My great grandmother was a blonde, blue-eyed beauty when she immigrated to America from Salzburg, Austria. She brought with her a little boy named Anton. Anton was the son of royalty, and Gertrude Geyerstanger, my great grandmother, had been asked to take him to America to protect his life. There was much political intrigue in Austria at the time, and it was believed his life might be endangered. The plan ws that she would take Anton to hicago to her brother who was the editor of a German newspaper there. He would raise Anton as his own. On her way to hicago, Gertrude decided to stop off in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, to visit another brother, Father Charles Geyerstanger, who was a Benedictine priest at St. Vincent's Abby, and the first Benedictine priest ordained in America. While in Latrobe, she met Karl Schultz, who was destined to become my great grandfather, and her plans changed. She married Karl, he adopted Anton, and together they had one daughter and five sons, and live went on. I don't know if she ever did go to Chicago.

    Years later, Anton Geyerstanger (Schultz) now a young man, went to the Denver, Colorado, area to work and while there he contacted pneumonia and died at the age of 37. Karl made arrangements for Anton"s body to be returned to Latrobe but he needed a suit in which to buy him so he went up to the attic and looked for one in Gertrude's trunk. When he opened the trunk, he found, much to his surprise, and as the story goes, money attached to the inside of the lid. It was the exact amount of money to the penny needed to have Anton's body transported from Denver to Latrobe. It seems Gertrude was looking after Anton even in death, for she had died twelve years before.

    So here it is, 125 years later, and I decided to find out more about Anton. I wrote a letter to the department in alzburg that stores all past vital statistics and asked for a copy of Anton's birth certificate. As I dropped the letter into the mail slot, the answer came to me: Anton was Gertrude's own son! Until that time, it had never occurred to me. And when the answer to my request returned to me from Salzburg, there it was: Antonwas Gertrude's illicit son, with father unknown.

    Why was the father "unknown?" Surely Gertrude knew who the father was. Or did she? Perhaps she had been the victim of violence and truly did not know: or perhaps she had been having an affair with a married man and chose not to have his identity revealed; and the third possibility is that Anton truly was a son of royalty, and his birth would have caused a great scandal in that day of political intrigue.

    Realistically, now, it is next to impossible to learn who the father might have been. Sometimes, though, what seems impossible gets answered in surprising ways. So with this in mind, I decided to try an esoteric solution. I took Anton's picture to a psychic to see if she could tell me anything. She couldn't. She said the picture was too old to contain any vibrations.

    I'll have to try a more genealogical solutiion. Maybe hidden in some dark corner of a Salzburg attic there is a journal with mention of Gertrude. I could hire an Austrian genealogist to conduct a reseasrch, or advertise in a Salzburg newspaper for any information someone might have found in that old dusty attic.

    At this point, though, I am content to have learned at least part of the truth of Anton's identity and the beautiful secret that Karl and Gertrude kept all the years of their lives together.....but I'm still wondering.


    Posted 11 May 2013 by bandj21 on Ancestry.com 
    Buried Saint Marys Cemetery, Latrobe, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Gravestone of Anthony Schultz
    Gravestone of Anthony Schultz
    Person ID I12039  Roy Family Genealogy
    Last Modified 6 Dec 2016 

    Father Karl Rudolph Schultz,   b. 8 Sep 1828, Meissen, Sachsen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Oct 1898, Latrobe, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Relationship Adopted 
    Mother Gertrude Mary Geyerstanger,   b. 2 Jul 1827, Riedenburg, Saltzburg, Austria Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jan 1879, Latrobe, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 51 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Married say 1849  [1
    Family ID F7361  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 17 Jul 1854 - Saltzburg, Austria Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsPassenger List - Gertride Marie and her son, Anton, arrived in New York City from Bremen, Germany. - 23 Jan 1857 - New York City, New York Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Apr 1891 - Denver, Arapahoe County, Colorado Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Saint Marys Cemetery, Latrobe, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S110] Ancestry Family Trees.

    2. [S312] New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957, (Provo, Utah: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010).
      Arrival Date 23 January 1857 from Bremen. Name of ship illegible.

    3. [S14] Find-a-Grave website, (http://www.findagrave.com).
      Find A Grave Memorial# 118888485