If you visit Old Salem, don't miss the Winkler bakery! Traditional breads, Moravian sugar cake, and scrumptious cookies are baked daily, and the tantalizing fragrances waft down the street.
Wilhelm Parmenio Winkler took over the bakery business from his father.
Children of William Parmenio Winkler and Paulina Maria Fisher
Charles Augustus Winkler (1838-1893) m. *Alice Warren Nichols Giersh (1840-1930)
Sarah Rebecca Winkler (ca. 1841-?) m. Jesse R. Pinkston
Samuel Thomas Winkler (1843-1845)
John Christian Winkler (ca. 1845-?) m. Sarah ?, moved to Missouri
Caroline (Carrie) Elizabeth Winkler (ca. 1848-?) m. William Swicegood
Mary Alice Winkler (ca. 1850--?)
Peter Alpheus Winkler (ca. 1853-?)
Margaret Anna Winkler (1857-?)
* Alice was the daughter of James Nichols and Ann Leonard of Wilmington NC. Her father died before her birth, and her mother later married Alexander Eugene Giersch; his will names Alice as a daughter, and she is buried as Alice Warren Giersch Winkler. At the time of her marriage to Charles A. Winkler, her family was living in Thomasville NC.
Children of Wilhelm Parmenio Winkler and Sarah Ann Phillips
James Lewis Winkler (1862-1879)
William Henry Winkler (1862-?)
James Lewis Winkler died of "typhoid pneumonia" at age 16, and his mother died only a week later. The surviving twin, William Henry, does not seem to be in Forsyth County in 1880. Does anyone know what happened to him?
Three babies are buried at Salem Moravian, probably sons of either Christian Heinrich or William Parmenio Winkler. Can anyone help us place these?
John Christian Winkler 8 Sep 1842 - 11 Feb 1843
Samuel Thomas Winkler 26 Mar 1843 - 29 Dec 1845
John Henry Winkler 12 Mar 1845 - 4 May 1845
Charles and Alice reportedly had eleven children. The list here is compiled from census records. Who is the missing child?
Charles Augustus Winkler carried on the bakery tradition in this generation. After his death, his widow Alice took over, and expanded the business to include new items. She also added a summer ice cream parlor, and used that space in the winter to sell oysters.
Alice Winkler continued to run the bakery until 1915. In 1921 she deeded the property to her daughter Bessie and husband Robert Spaugh, who sold it in 1927. The next twenty years saw the end of the bakery business, and several changes of ownership of the building. Part of the property was acquired by the newly formed Old Salem corporation in 1950, and the remainder in 1964. The bakery was restored in 1968.
Records of the Moravians in North Carolina, 12 volumes
Forsyth County cemetery, census and wills.
Death Notices from the People's Press (Salem, North Carolina) 1851-1892, An Indexed Abstract, compiled and edited by Robert M. Topkins. Forsyth County Genealogical Society 1997
This page was created on August 3, 2001; revised with minor update July 3, 2003.
Faye Jarvis Moran
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