Genealogy has become a hobby for me over the last 10 years. For me, it's like a puzzle, I love fitting the pieces together. But over the years, I've researched a lot that does not pertain to our family lines. Some for extended family, some for close friends, and some because I was trying to rule out lines to figure out where our line went exactly. I do not want these notes on my Heather's Genealogy Notes blog - because they are not our lines. But I do like to share all of my research, in case it benefits others. That is what this blog is for - research I have done that does not apply to our own family lines, but may be helpful for someone else.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Lorentz Schmidt 1722-

This was shared with me by researcher Mel Clark  - they are his notes and comments.  Not yet connected to my research, but I keep hoping someone will read something and say "aha!  I know where the link is!"  :-)

I have kept the information (below) in case it ever proves to be relevant. There has been a 'family legend' passed down through the generations to my wife that the Schmitt/Schmidt ancestors who came from Germany came from the Heidelberg region. I was in contact with a Smith descendant some 8 or 9 years ago who had the same exact 'family legend' passed down to him. 

In a volume of The Pennsylvaina Genealogical Magazine, Volumes 1-39,1650s-1900s, Vol. XX V  "German Emigrants from the Palatinate Parishes" I (Mel) came across (on May 11, 2003) the following Schmitt family (on pp. 261-262), who came to America from Zeiskam, Germany (south west of Heidelburg) - my comments are in < >:
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Lorentz Schmitt, citizen, surgeon and barber at Billigheim baptized at Billigheim 31 January 1722, son of Matthes Schmitt, citizen and town-councilor at Billigheim, and his wife Anna Maria Heckman; married at Zeiskam on14 May 1748 to Maria Helena (Magdalena) Guth, daughter of Johannes Guth of Zeiskam. After their marriage he settled in Zeiskam . According to the Germersheim records, Lorentz Schmitt's wife , because she wanted to go to the New Land with her husband and two small sons, had her inheritance paid back in 1751 . In an official document dated 4 February 1757, it is said of Helen Schmitt, nee Guth, that she "went away to America about 6 years ago." Lorentz Schmitt's wife's name appears as both Maria Magdalena and as Maria Helena. In the baptismal register of Zeiskam is found only the baptism of Maria Magdalena. At the marriage entry, "Magdalena" is stricken out and "Helena" written above. At the entry of the birth of the first child, the mother appears as "Maria Magdalena," at the second child's birth as "Maria Helena."

Children b. at Zeiskam:
1. Johann Jacob Schmitt, b. 23 March 1749, "has gone to the New Land."
2. Philipp Peter Schmitt, b. 22 September 1750

Lorentz Schmitt arrived at Philadelphia 25 September 1751 in the ship "Phoenix."  For addition al information see "The Pennsylvania Dutchman”, Summer 1956, Vol. 59. The passenger list includes a Johannes Schmitt.
End of the above record…

NOTE: Nellie Smith Beatty said that the Guth name is also related to the Henningers . I did find a Peter Guth married to Eva Catherine Troxell (1769-1851), but this Eva Catherine was only a second cousin to the Eva Troxell who married John Stofflet.

Name:  Lorentz Schmitt
Year:  1751  Place: Philadelphia
Family Members: Wife Maria Helena Guth; Child Johann Jacob; Child Philipp Peter
Primary Immigrant: Schmitt, Lorentz
Annotation: "Eighteenth Century Immigrants to America from South Palatine Parishes." Date and port of arrival, a few are date and place of first mention of residence in the New World . A re-publication of materials which first appeared in a series on Palatine emigration history: Mitteilungen zur Wanderungsgeschichte der Pfaelzer, supplement to the periodical, Pfaelzische Familien- und Wappenkunde, Folge 5 (1956), pp.29-36; Folge 6 (1956), pp. 37-44; Folgen 11-12 (1957), pp. 83-84.English translation appears as "German Emigrants from Palatinate Parishes," in The Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine, vol. 25:4 or "Pennsylvania Dutch Pioneers from South Palatine Parishes," in The Pennsylvania Dutchman, vol. 8:3.
Source Bibliography:
BRAUN, FRITZ, AND FRIEDRICH KREBS. "Amerika- Auswanderer des 18.Jahrhunderts aus suedpfaelzischen Gemeinden." In Schriften zurWanderungsgeschichte der Pfaelzer, Part 2." Ludwigshafen a m Rhein [Germany]: Richard Louis Verlag, 1956. 20p.   Page:19
See also "Pennsylvania German Pioneers" (Vol. 1-2) by Ralph Beaver Strassburger, Norristown , PA, Pennsylvania German Society, 1934.
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I further searched the site for Lorentz Schmitt in America, and found a Lorentz Schmitt as taking communion at the Millbach Reformed Congregation of Heidelberg, Lancaster County, PA in 1782 &1783, so if this is the same one he was apparently still alive at that time. So far I have found nothing else. Using I found a Lorentz Schmitt recorded as taking communion in 1782 & 1783 at the Salem Lutheran and Reformed Congregation, Moore Twp., Northampton County, PA. A Maria Magdalena Schmitt took communion Oct. 15, 1807, according to "Church records from Washington Township, Northumberland County, PA" available This record was from the registry of the Schwaben Creek (Himmel Lutheran & Reformed ) Church of Washington Twp.,Northumberland County, PA 1774-1846.
There was also a Lorentz Schmidt who was a communicant at the Salem Union Church in Moore Twp ., Northampton County, PA between 1776 and 1783.

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