I need some guidance and assistance in trying to learn the ancestry of my great-great-grandparents Theodore Schuck and his wife Elizabeth Krauth.I would be grateful for any help in my search.
Theodore Schuck was born in 1802 in Germany — I believe in or near the village of Medard near Meisenheim.He married in about 1825 Elizabeth Krauth, who was also, I believe, born in or near Medard — in about 1805.A nephew of Theodore and Elizabeth Schuck stated in a published history of Franklin County, Indiana in 1915 that the families were 'of Medard in Germany.'
They emigrated to America in 1846 with their six children and settled near South Gate in Franklin County, Indiana.In his application for US Citizenship, Theodore Schuck signed an affidavit stating that he “doth reject and abjure all allegiance to the Grand Duke of Hesse-Homburg.”
Medard is a village of 658 inhabitants (per a 1938 almanac) located 4 or 5 miles from Meisenheim (which was under the rule of the Duchy of Hessen-Homberg in the mid-nineteenth century). The duchy (or 'landgraviate') of Hessen-Homburg existed as an independent state from 1622 until 1866, except for ten years (1806-1815), when it came under the rule of Hessen-Darmstadt. The Schuck family was Roman Catholic, and the nearest Catholic church was probably at Lauterecken, just a mile and a half up the Glan River from Medard.
Elizabeth (Krauth) Schuck died before 1847, just a short time after the family's arrival in America. The 1860 US Federal Census of Franklin County, Indiana lists Theodore Schuck, without a wife, age 57, born in 'Hamburg' (later censuses –1870 & 1880 – list his birthplace as Hessen-Homburg).The first US census on which they would have appeared (1850) just has 'Germany' as the birthplace of Theodore and all the children.