John Nelson Schappell

2 December 1903–9 October 1995 (Age 91)
Berks, Pennsylvania, United States

The Life of John Nelson

When John Nelson Schappell was born on 2 December 1903, in Berks, Pennsylvania, United States, his father, Jacob Morris Schappel, was 34 and his mother, Sallie Ann Groh, was 31. He had at least 2 sons with Norma Grace Stump. He lived in Windsor Township, Berks, Pennsylvania, United States in 1910 and Longswamp, Longswamp Township, Berks, Pennsylvania, United States in 1920. His occupation is listed as 56 years owner of schappell print shop in Kutztown, Berks, Pennsylvania, United States. He died on 9 October 1995, in Berks, Pennsylvania, United States, at the age of 91.

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John Nelson Schappell
Norma Grace Stump
Harold N. Schappell
J. Maynard Schappell

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    Harold N. Schappell


    J. Maynard Schappell


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World Events (8)


Age 1

St. Louis, Missouri, United States hosts Summer Olympic Games.
1905 · The Movie Theater

Age 2

The world’s first movie theater was located in Pittsburgh. It was referred to as a nickelodeon as at the time it only cost 5 cents to get in. 

Age 24

Charles Lindbergh makes the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight in his plane The Spirit of St. Louis.

Name Meaning

Altered spelling of South German Schappel, an occupational name for a maker of headdresses, from an agent derivative of Middle High German schapel ‘headdress’ (from Old French chapel ‘wreath of leaves or flowers’; compare modern French chapeau ‘hat’).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • John M Schaffel in household of Jacob M Schaffel, "United States Census, 1910"
  • John M Schappell in household of Jacob M Schappell, "United States Census, 1920"
  • John N Schappell in entry for Mrs Norma G Schappell, "United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014"

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