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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Treasure Chest Thursday - Joseph Schmidt family in St. Louis

Treasure Chest Thursday - Joseph Schmidt family in St. Louis

Following on yesterday's find from New Orleans, Arrion realized the Schmidt family was destined for Missouri, rather than the Quad Cities, where we knew they lived later.

She found the following in the 1850 U.S. Census in a township just outside the then St. Louis City.
[5 years after their 1845 Ship arrival - the ages match (except for apparent error in Joseph)]

This 1850 U.S. Census record for Carondelet Township (I found a great map of Carondelt Twp - see below), St. Louis County, Missouri: Joseph Schmidt family, he age 58 (we believe this is 10 years off, based on further analysis), Birth Year, about 1792, Germany, with family:

Beatrice Schmidt, 45; Michael Schmidt, 21; Caroline Schmidt, 15; Beatrice Schmidt, 11; Dorothea Schmidt, 9; Valentine Schmidt, 4, born in Missouri (a key factor in identifying the family through the years, it turns out). These match up nicely with the List of Passengers shared yesterday.

Families are Forever!  ;-)


  1. It's really cool how she's been able to follow a trail from the mid-1800s across several documents. .

  2. She learns real fast! Good job. I appreciate the comment! ;-)

  3. Just saw this post today. Do you know the year of the map of the St Louis area and where it came from? I do lots of St Louis research and hadn't seen this before, at least that I remember.