Arrion discovered an 1845 List of Passengers coming into New Orleans from France, the Ship Raritan, that appears to be members of our family on it:
12 Joseph Schmith 42 m Farmer France Missouri
13 Catharine George 38 f Farmer France Missouri
14 Patrise Schmith 29 m Farmer France Missouri
15 Michel Schmith 16 m Farmer France Missouri
16 Caroline Schmith 13 f Farmer France Missouri
17 Peatrix Schmith 6 m Farmer France Missouri
18 Dorthea Schmith 3 f Farmer France Missouri
Notes: Number on left is a passenger number in order; name; age; sex; Occupation; Country to whom they belong; Country of which they intend to become inhabitants.
For 14, first name is difficult to read; similarly, for 17, first name, first letter matches with P - but it is likely B, based on 1860 census info, as well as female rather than male.
Similar, is 14 actually a convoluted reporting of Beatrix - Joseph's wife? We'll see.
Was Catharine a sister of Joseph or of Beatrix? Always more questions, as some answers are found!
Note: The last name is variously spelled as: Schmith, Schmitt, Schmidt, Smith
P.S. Arrion and her husband will be visiting Europe, later this year, on their annual visit due to his work meetings. She is planning to visit the area where Michael was born, and is investigating the whole family and surroundings in preparation for that trip. Neat, huh?! ;-)
Families are Forever! ;-)