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     This page is largely devoted to the family of Mathias Schleiss and Clara Mayer, whose American descendants mainly live in Akron and Younstown OH, Milwaukee WI, Chicago IL and Sterling Heights MI. This branch of Schleisses belong to the Donauschwaben, a group of Germans who immigrated to Eastern Europe in the 1700s. Read about the history of these people here.
     If you are not of this branch, be sure to look over our North American Schleis Database for other Schleis and Schleiss settlers.

Mathias Schleiss was the first Schleiss to move to Csavoly, Hungary sometime in the 1790s; from where, we do not know. We also know little about his wife Clara Mayer. The pair had at least eight children in Csavoly between 1797 and 1815 before Clara died March 11, 1818 at the age of 43. One month later, on April 30, 1818, Mathias remarried to Elisabetha Uhrmann. Mathias himself died the next year on October 16, 1819 at the age of 49.
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Descendants of Mathias Schleiss and Clara Mayer remained in Csavoly until the late 1800s, at which time several of the families picked up and moved en masse to Gorjani, a small town with new possibilities. Gorjani became home to successive generations of the Schleiss family until the Yugoslavian eviction of Germans in 1944. Today, some of those families have been found living in Milwaukee WI, Chicago IL, Detroit MI and Youngstown OH under the names of Schleis, Schleiss and Schlais.  [SEE PEDIGREE CHART BELOW]
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One branch of the Schleiss family, however, journeyed to the United States much earlier. Martin Schleiss left his family behind in Gorjani and moved to Akron, Ohio in 1912. It was there that Martin met Maria Willig, whom he married on Valentine's Day, 1914. It was also at this point that Martin's last name lost an 's.' The couple had 10 children, and they and their descendants continue to live in the Akron area today.

Click here to read about their lives.
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THE NORTH AMERICAN CONNECTION
 
 
This pedigree chart shows how Schleisses who emigrated from Eastern Europe to North America (the Donauschwabens) are related. I made one educated guess regarding our Youngstown cousins. We know the father of Michael Schleiss (who changed his name to Schlais) was Rudolf Schleiss. The only Rudolf Schleiss I can find in the Gorjani church records is the son of Mathias Schleiss and Rosina Tossenberger. While I cannot prove it is the same Rudolf, I made that leap in judgement for the purposes of this graphic.
 
 
Mathias         Clara
Schleiss  &  Mayer
 1770      .      1775
                .
                .   Anton         Anna Maria 
                . Schleiss  &      Hohn    
                .     1801    .    1799
                .                  .
                .                  .   Johann          Anna
                .                  .  Schleiss  &  Takacs
                .                  .    1835       .    1835
                .                  .                    .
                .                  .                    . Martin           Julianna
                .                  .                    . Schleiss  &   Amman
                .                  .                    .    1857     .    1864
                .                  .                    .                  .
                .                  .                    .                  . Theresia       Michael
                .                  .                    .                  . Schleiss  &   Wink
                .                  .                    .                       1883     . 
                .                  .                    .                                     .
                .                  .                    .                                     . Jacob        Rosina
                .                  .                    .                                     . Wink  &   Buck
                .                  .                    .                                        1904         1905
                .                  .                    .                                        
                .                  .                    .                                                    ----------> MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN AREA
                .                  .                    .
                .                  .                    .   George         Elisabetha
                .                  .                    . Schleiss  &  Wiederman
                .                  .                       1875        .    1884
                .                  .                                        .
                .                  .                                        .    Josef         Katharina
                .                  .                                        . Schleiss  &    Greff   
                .                  .                                        .  1909             1913
                .                  .                                        .
                .                  .                                        .                    ----------> MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN AREA
                .                  .                                        .
                .                  .                                        .  George        Elizabetha
                .                  .                                        . Schleiss  &     Hoog
                .                  .                                              1905              1905
                .                  .                                                             
                .                  .                                                             ----------> MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN AREA
                .                  .
                .                  .   Anton         Katharina
                .                  . Schleiss  &   Straub
                .                  .     1843     .     1847
                .                  .                   .
                .                  .                   .    Jacob          Katharina
                .                  .                   . Schleiss  &    Weiner 
                .                  .                        1875      .
                .                  .                                       .
                .                  .                                       . Martin        Maria
                .                  .                                       . Schleis  &  Willig
                .                  .                                       .  1896            1893
                .                  .                                       .               
                .                  .                                       .                   ----------> AKRON, OHIO AREA
                .                  .                                       .
                .                  .                                       .  Michael             Maria
                .                  .                                       . Schleiss  &  Glasenhardt
                .                  .                                            1904               1906
                .                  .                            
                .                  .                                                        ----------> CHICAGO, ILLINOIS AREA
                .                  .
                .                  .   Mathias           Rosina
                .                  .  Schleiss  &  Tossenberger
                .                       1823      .
                .                                      .
                .                                      .   Rudolf         Theresia
                .                                      .  Schleiss  &  Ringeisz
                .                                          1852        .
                .                                                           .
                .                                                           .  Michael      Elisabetha
                .                                                           .  Schlais  &  Flattinger
                .                                                               1886               1892
                .                                                          
                .                                                                              ----------> YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO AREA
                . Josef           Apolonia
                  Schleiss & Steiner
                     1815      .     1817
                                    .
                                    .   Anton        Anna Maria
                                    . Schleiss  &    Folkman
                                         1837     .    1840
                                                       .
                                                       .   Anton          Maria
                                                       . Schleiss  &  Schaf
                                                           1878     .    1883
                                                                         .
                                                                         .   Anton         Mary
                                                                         . Schleis  &  Merkl
                                                                              1909         1916
 
                                                                                           ----------> STERLING HEIGHTS, MICHIGAN AREA
 
     

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A more detailed chart of all known "Donauschwaben" Schleisses from the late 1700s through the early 1900s.
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