Welcome to this website. Here you will learn what I know about the John R. Smith family history. As of this date there are nine generations known.
Our history dates back to the year of 1675. The orginal family surname then was SCHMID. There have been two name changes from that name. From SCHMID it became SCHMIDT and then SMITH.
Prior to 1870, the first five generations of SCHMIDS lived in a small village in southwestern Germany close to the Rhine River.
One of them, my great-grandfather, immigrated to America in 1870. He was Andreas Schmid who changed his name to Andrew Schmidt when he boarded the ship Deutchland. That ship left Bremen, Germany in the spring of 1870 and arrived in New York weeks later. That event shaped the future of the SMITH family living in America today. My grandfather Christian Schmidt (third son of Andreas) changed his name in 1914 to SMITH. Today we all go by that name. Today the John R. Smith family lives in Orange County, California. Those who came before us lived in Illinois and Ohio. Their stories, photographs and more can be viewed using this website.
Other family names I have researhed are:
SWEETWOOD - STAHLHEBER - BARTHEL