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Anna Moore Schwien

 

Mother

Anna Moore Schwien

1856 - 1946

Come unto me all ye that

labor and are heavy laden,

and I will give you rest.

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Photo Credit:  Rosa G. Gonzales


1. Photograph

Provenance: Library of Congress 

Submitted by: Geraldine McGloin, Nueces County Historical Commission 

2.  Corpus Christi History by Murphy Givens

           Corpus Christi Caller-Times (May 31, 2006).

3.  Corpus Christi History by Murphy Givens

           Corpus Christi Caller-Times (October 24, 2007).

4.  Corpus Christi History by Murphy Givens

           Corpus Christi Caller-Times (January 9, 2008).

5.  "Slavery: An Untold Story," by Ellen Bernstein

        Corpus Christi Caller Times  (February 29, 2000). Available on microfilm.

6. When Corpus Christi was Young: Recollections of Annie Moore Schwien.

7.  Obituary

Aged Former Negro Teacher Dies Here

Anna Moore Schwein of 815 North Staples Street, one of the oldest Negro residents of Corpus Christi, died today at a convalescent home on the eve of her 90th birthday.

She was born in New Braunfels on May 15, the daughter of a one-time slave in Virginia, and moved with her parents to Corpus Christi when she was 4 years old.

Here she was employed for many years as a teacher of primary grades in the Negro schools and later turned to find laundering and sewing for Corpus Christi families.

For the past 10 years she lived in retirement in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Dudley J. Smith, whose husband, prior to his death a few years ago, had been principal of he Solomon Coles School.

Besides the daughter, two sons survive.  They are Harry Franklin Schwein of Oakland, Calif.; and William Ashton Schwein of Baltimore, Md.  Funeral services, directed by Cage-Mills, will be at 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon from the First Congregational Church for Negroes, of which Mrs. Schwein was a charter member, having joined the congregation at the age of 18.

Burial will be in the family plot at Old Bay View Cemetery.  The Rev. Sydney Smith of the Congregation church will officiate.

 

Source: Corpus Christi Times, April 19, 1946, Section A, p. 7, cols. 4-5

 

One of City's Oldest Negro Residents dies

Funeral services for Mrs. Anna Moore Schwein, 815 North Staples Street, who died yesterday at a convalescent home on the eve of her 90th birthday, will be held at 3 o'clock tomorrow afternoon at the First Congregational Church for Negroes, with the Rev. Sydney Smith, pastor, officiating.  Burial will be in the Old Bay View Cemetery.

Mrs. Schwein, one of the oldest Negro residents of this city, was born in New Braunfels, the daughter of a one-time slave in Virginia, and moved to Corpus Christi when she was 4 years old. She was a teacher of primary grades in local Negro schools and later turned to fine laundering and serving for local families.  She was retired the last 10 years.

Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Dudley J. smith; and two sons, Harry Franklin Schwein of Oakland, Calif., and William Ashton Schwein of Baltimore, Md.

Cage-Mills will be in charge of services.

 

Source:  Corpus Christi Caller, April 20, 1946, Section A, p. 5, col. 1

 

 

Anna Moore Schwein

Funeral services will be held at 3 o'clock this afternoon at First congregational Church for Mrs. Anna Moore Schwein, 90, 815 North Staples Street, one of Corpus Christi's oldest Negro residents, who died Friday.  Burial will be in Old Bay View Cemetery under direction of Cage-Mills Funeral Home.

Mrs. Schwein moved with her parents to Corpus Christi when she was four years old. She was a teacher at Negro schools here for many years.  A daughter and two sons survive.

 

Source: Corpus Christi Caller-Times, April 21, 1946, Section A, p. 10, col. 4

Research  by:  Msgr. Michael A. Howell

Transcription by:  Geraldine D. McGloin, Nueces County Historical Commission 

 

8.  News Item

Anna Moore Schwein

Married Against the Law

On the 30th of January a young and good looking white man named C.W. Schweine appeared at the house of county clerk P. McDonough and asked for a license to marry Miss A. E. Crauser. As the application was made after night the clerk suspected that the case was one of elopement, but being assured to the contrary gave no further  tho't to the affair after issue of the license. A day or two ago it transpired that Miss Crauser was no other than a young mulatto woman of this City, about 26 years of age, the mother of two children, and better known as Annie Moore. The ceremony was performed here by R. P. Chamberling, a colored minister, who has since told who the woman was. The young man who applied for the license has for some time been employed as waiter in the St. James Hotel. Friday night he skipped out. Only a day or two since his wife left for the opposite side of the bay, ostensibly for the purpose of taking charge of a school.

 

Source: The Semi-Weekly Ledger April 4, 1881 Page 3 Column 4

Research and Transcription by Allison Brown