|Death: ||Jan. 18, 1756|
John George Smith father was Hans Jurig Schmidt.
John arrived in American on 5 Sep 1738 on the Winter Galley along with his wife, Catherine Barbara Schaeffer and her father, Adam Schaeffer,
At the age of 21, George settled on a farm located near Walnutport, Lehigh Township, Northampton County, near his friend Wilhelm Best. Wilhelm along with his wife, Anna Sussana Schaffer (Schaeffer), migrated in 1737, also on the "Winter Galley. George later married Anna Sussana Schaffer's (Schaeffer's) sister Catherine Barbara Schaffer (Schaeffer). Adam Schaffer (Schaeffer), father of these two girls. had come too and bought land in Northampton County in January 1732.
It is believed that Hans Jurig Schmidt was killed by Indians along with 10 other German settlers in early 1756. The "Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin" includes an incident when Benjamin Franklin was a Major in the Pennsylvania Militia and traveled into Northampton County in late 1755 to early 1756 to build a fort. "Eleven German farmers came to Franklin in Bethlehem, and asked that he give them firearms, that they might go back to their plantations (farms) and retrieve their livestock. (They had fled from raiding Indians). Franklin gave them guns and ammunition, and the 11 Germans left. The next day (in the rain) on the trail past now Walnutport, which trail ran through Lehigh Gap to Genadenhutten, Franklin found on the trail, the lone survivor of the 11 Germans, the other 10 having been killed by Indians."
Franklin's route must have crossed or went near the lands of Wilhelm Best, which Best had settled in 1748. The obituary of Best states, "He was badly wounded in the French and Indian Wars, and never fully recovered from his wounds".
The Northampton County Court Records show only one George Smith estate prior to 1800. In this estate, Wilhelm Best is one of the appraisers. Later, John Dorn was co-administrator along with Widow, Barbara Smith, nee Schaffer (Schaeffer), now intermarried with John Dorn of Walnutport, Pennsylvania.
On 22 June 1774, Catherine Smith, the daughter of George Smith, petitioned the court to appoint Wilhelm Best as her guardian. The request was granted six months before the final settlement of her father's estate. The court records the assets of the estate but does not show any division of these assets to anyone.
Catherine Barbara Schaeffer Schmidt (1719 - 1769)*
Anna Barbary Schmidt Loudenslager (1740 - 1811)*
Philip Smith (1748 - 1824)*
John George Schmidt (1756 - 1826)*
Saint Pauls United Church of Christ of Indianland
Created by: Bob McCabe
Record added: Sep 17, 2013
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