|Birth: ||Nov. 16, 1800|
|Death: ||Jul. 24, 1853|
Johannes Schmitz was born On Nov 16, 1800 in Oberwennerscheid, Prussia (present day Germany), to Anna Veronika née Peters and Johannes Schmitz. On May 6, 1828, he married Eva Maria Horbach and on April 4, 1829, their first child, a son, Johannes Wilhelm was born. However, their happiness was short lived as the son died on April 12th, and his wife died the next day on April 13th. Johannes remarried again at St. Margaretha's Catholic Church in Neunkirchen, on November 18, 1829 to Anna Margaretha "Margaret" Henscheid. Margaretha was the daughter of Anna Veronika née Eischeid and Theodor Henscheid. Johannes and his wife's first home was in Hasenbach, a small village near Neunkirchen, but in November of 1835 they moved to Hülscheid* a neighboring village. In 1843, they moved back to Hasenbach and in 1846 moved into a new home there. In all, the couple would have 11 children, only 5 of whom would live to adulthood. In 1852, Johannes and Anna Margaretha decided to emigrate to America with three of their children (Maria Veronica, Heinrich Wilhelm, and Anna Christina), leaving two behind who would come later (Heinrich Joseph and Maria Josepha). They landed in New Orleans, Louisiana in July of 1852. However, about a year after their arrival, on July 24,1853, Johannes died from consumption a.k.a. tuberculosis. Alone in a strange new country his family would remain for a short while in New Orleans, but would later move upriver to Peru, Illinois. Anna Margaretha would later marry again to Dietrich Wortmann. She passed away in 1880 in Peru, IL.
*Note: As Johannes died during the height of the Great Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1853, for many years his descendants thought that he had died of yellow fever. However records of that time, including church records show that he died of consumption. He was buried at Lafayette Cemetery Number 1, under the Anglicized form of his name, John Smith. His death record can be found in the book "The Epidemic Summer," a detailed record of those who died during the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1853, in which over 8000 people died. St. Mary's Assumption Catholic Church of New Orleans, where his family attended church, also shows the record of his death.
Child with Eva Maria Horbach:
• Johannes Wilhelm Schmitz (1829-1829)
Children with Anna Margaretha Henscheid:
• Anna Veronika Schmitz (1830-1831) [-]
• Heinrich Joseph Schmitz (1832-1911) [-]
• Johann Adolph Schmitz (1833-1836) [-]
⇑--(born in Hasenbach)
• Gertrude Schmitz (1835-1836) [-]
• Anna Marie Schmitz (1837-1839) [-]
• Maria Veronica Schmitz (1839-1924) [John M. Kaiser]
• Maria Josepha Schmitz (1841-1907) [Peter Junkersfeld]
• Heinrich Wilhelm Schmitz (1843-1913) [Helena Huelzer]
⇑--(born in Hülscheid)
• Anna Maria Schmitz (1844-1845) [-]
• Anna Catherina Schmitz (1846-1847) [-]
• Anna Christina Schmitz (1849-1898) [John Elias Amsler]
⇑--(born in Hasenbach)
Children who emigrated to America:
• Heinrich Joseph "Henry Joseph" Schmitz. He emigrated in 1867 and lived south of Mendota, IL. He is buried in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Bureau County, IL.
• Maria Veronica "Mary V." Schmitz. She emigrated in 1853 with her parents and two siblings. She married John M. Kaiser and they moved to Dixon, IL. They had two children. She is buried in Oakwood Cemetery in Dixon, IL
• William Henry Schmitz. He emigrated in 1853 with his parents and two siblings. He married Helena Huelzer. They had 8 children. They couple first lived in Peru, IL, but moved to Mendota, IL, in 1887. They are buried in Restland Cemetery in Mendota.
• Maria Josepha "Josephine" Schmitz. She emigrated in 1867 with her brother Heinrich Joseph. She married Peter Joseph Junkersfeld and they lived in Champaign, IL. They had 10 children, 6 of whom lived to adulthood. They are buried at St. Mary's Cemetery in Champaign, IL.
• Anna Christina "Christine" Schmitz. She emigrated in 1853 with her parents and two siblings. She married John Elias Amsler and they remained in Peru, IL. They had 8 children. He remarried after her death to a widow by the name of Pauline née Koehler Brueckner. They are buried in Peru City Cemetery.
*Note: Hülscheid is a small village near Neunkirchen in the Neunkirchen-Seelscheid municipality (which is near Cologne [Köln]), not to be confused with the Hülscheid that is almost due east of Düsseldorf. To see this Hülscheid and Hasenbach one might need to zoom in on a Google map of the Neunkirchen-Seelscheid area. Hülscheid and Hasenbach are close to each other and are ENE of Neunkirchen-Seelscheid. Hülscheid had a 2011 population of 410 and Hasenbach 315. Oberwennerscheid is NW of Hülscheid (2011 population 432).
Anna Margaretha Henscheid Schmitz Wortmann (1811 - 1880)
Heinrich Joseph Schmitz (1832 - 1911)*
Maria Veronica Schmitz Kaiser (1839 - 1924)*
Maria Josepha Schmitz Junkersfeld (1841 - 1907)*
William Henry Schmitz (1843 - 1913)*
Anna Christina Schmitz Amsler (1849 - 1898)*
Lafayette Cemetery Number 1
Created by: Bonni Kaiser
Record added: Oct 28, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 79470273