Thursday, July 26, 2012

Treasure Chest Thursday - Blacksmith Michael Schmidt - 1850 St. Louis

Treasure Chest Thursday
Blacksmith Michael Schmidt, Age 21
1850 St. Louis

This document follows the 1845 List of Passengers from New Orleans posted last Wednesday showing my Great-Grandfather Michael Smith (several spelling variants), age 16, arriving in America from France destined for Missouri.

Arrion (my daughter) located an 1850 (dated 14 Aug) U.S. Census record for 5th Ward St. Louis City, St. Louis County, Missouri, with Michael Schmidt, 21, Blacksmith, born in France, in the home of Blacksmith Phillip Langenboker, $2000 Real Estate owned, 28, with his wife, Sophia, 24 (both born Germany), and son, Phillip, born in Missouri. Also in the household in addition to Michael were 3 other 20-something young men (a Blacksmith, a Wagonmaster, a Stone Cutter) from Germany and a 20-year old female, also born in Germany.

Eleven or so years later (5 Sep 1961), Michael enlisted in the Union Army from Davenport, Iowa, as a farrier (blacksmith) and served in that capacity for 3+ years with the 2nd Regiment, Iowa Cavalry.

Families are Forever!  ;-)


  1. Thanks for posting this information and for the work you and Arrion are doing to find this information. It makes the story much richer to learn of these details. I enjoy and appreciate these posts


  2. Thank you, for your comment, Becki. It is for all of us. Glad you find it useful. Richer stories are better, for sure... each bit of detail adds to it! ;-)