My mom has an ancestral book on the Schmitt family that goes back a few more generations.Here's what I know from the book:
Margaret Smith (Schatz):Birth date: 17 May 1836, Tuensdorf, Germany, Death date: 19 Apr 1907, Festina, IA
Wedding date: 7 May 1857, St. George Church, Kenosha, WI
John Marrion Smith (Schmitz): Birth date: 2 Dec 1831, Rhennish province, Roehl, Germany, Death date: 8 Mar 1898, Festina, IA
John emigrated to the US in 1854 to Wisconsin, a year after his brother Jacob. After their wedding took an ox team to MN but ended up in Iowa after hearing about the harsh winters there.
John Marrion Smith had 12 children: Peter John Smith, Birth date: 13 Nov 1870, Death date: 18 Mar 1960 purchased land from his father John in 1880. Catherine Nepper Zita Huinker Phillip Smith Fred Smith Anna Gardner Barbara Grimes Mary Smith Frances Schlier John Smith Clement Smith Frank Smith
John Smith's father was Theodore Schmitt:
Birth date: Unknown, presumably the Roehl, Germany area Death Date: Aug 1832
Theodore was an architect and church builder - hurt while building in 1832 - died six months later. Had 8 children.
Theodore married Katherine Lichter 28 Nov 1812
Theodore's 8 children: Margaret Weber, Birth date: 3 Nov 1818 Peter Schmitt, Birth date: 5 Feb 1823, Death date: 12 Feb 1913 emigrated to the US in 1870 - had 7 children, 2 sons who died in infancy. Jacob Schmitt, Birth date: 9 Sep 1826, Death date: 29 Apr 1910 John Marrion Smith (previously mentioned) Maria Catherine Schmitt Theodore Schmitt Catherine Schmitt Johann Schmitt
Theodores father was John Theodore Schmitt:
Birth date: Unknown Death Date: Aug 1812
John married Maria Katherine Streit
John was an architect and church builder - he built churches in Roehl and Sehlem.