I have been searching and searching for info re my father's family. The family name was Schmitz but later changed to Smith. His parents divorced when he was about 5 yrs old and he was an only child. He had some contact with his father but they were never close. My father passed away about 15 yrs ago, well before I started genealogy and my mother only has sketchy information. I feel as though I am constantly banging my head against a wall because I have found information that might possibly be a link but I do not have enough information to substantiate anything.
I'll outline what I do know in hope that someone out there may have additional information or can offer me some help. G-Grandfather: John Schmitz, all I have for him is a Naturalization Certificate dated March 24, 1890 from the Probate Court Mahoning County, OH the city is Youngstown. It states he was from Germany.
My grandfather was Joseph Henry Smith. I know from his WWI Draft Registration, found on Ancestry that he was born 13 Mar 1884 in Ohio. He and his wife, Hazel Thompson Smith (b. 1893 OH) and my father were living in Philadelphia, PA at the time of the draft registration. My father's parents divorced probably about 1920. Grandpa Smith had remarried at some point but don't know when that was. His wife's name was Pauline and I can recall visiting them in Philadelphia in the 50's.I don't know when he died because my father wasn't notified until well after his father's death. We lived on the other side of the country and hadn't seen Grandpa Smith for about five years.I believe he was living in Philadelphia at the time of his death but I haven't been able to turn up any information. I haven't been able to locate any birth certificates, marriage certificates or death certificates to verify information for this branch of the family.
All I have for my g-grandmother are a couple of old photos - one I am pretty certain must be of her. The back is inscribed: To my son Joe, Love Mama It is one of the post card type photos and was taken in Cleveland, OH. I have posted a copy of the photo to deadfred.com I don't even know her name for certain. There is a second photograph that I believe to be the same person although nothing is noted - it would be at a younger age.
I have found a 1900 Census, Allegheny, PA that may be the family and this is my hope for possibly making a connection. It shows a son Joseph Schmitz b. Mar 1884 in Ohio. The father John Schmitz b May 1850, Germany, immigration 1874 (although he also states he has lived in the US 20 years which would make the date 1880, perhaps he came to the US in 1874 and then went back to Germany before returning here again?), naturalized, employed as a Machinist. The wife is Anna b Oct. 1853, Germany, immigrat. 1881.
The interesting part is that there are two daughters so if this is the right family I had some great aunts and I would so like to learn more. The oldest daughter raises more questions - particularly with regard to John's immigration date - if she is John's child and was born in 1881 as stated then he would have had to been in Germany the year before. Mary A. b Aug 1881, Germany, immig 1881, working as a dress maker. Then the youngest Francis b Mar 1892, Ohio.
Well, I've put all I know out there so hopefully some day someone may stumble across this message and will be able to help add to the information. If the census information above is someone else's family and there is no connection to mine I would appreciate knowing that as well.