Johann Adam Schmitt
- Born: 31 Dec 1792, Ober-Absteinach, Bergstraße, Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany
- Marriage: Anna Margareta Jöst
- Died: 23 Feb 1862, Ober-Absteinach, Bergstraße, Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany at age 69
Another name for Johann was Johann Adam Schmitt II.
Johann Adam Schmitt was also known as Adam Schmitt II, due to the fact that there were so many Adam Schmitt's in the village of Ober-Absteinach. The designation "II" had nothing to do with his father's name or if he was the second of that name. It was merely a way for the community to designate which Adam Schmitt was being referenced.
At the time of his marriage in 1824 he is listed as being a farmer "Bauer", but in 1834 is listed as a day to day worker, "Taglöhner". At the time of his death he was again listed as a farmer. Local people remember hearing of a large fire from about this time, so it is possible that his home was lost in the early 1830's, and he had to work and live at another place(s), before he could re-build and become a farmer at his own property again. A Taglöhner is the lowest level worker. Being a Bauer implies he owned his own property and farmed it, so to go from being an owner to a low-level worker and then back to an owner is a bit unusual.
Adam was apparently among the better educated in the village, as he was able to read and write, as he signed his name on the marriage certificate. It is likely that Adam's father, being a soldier of some prominence, was able to secure more education for his son.
Johann married Anna Margareta Jöst, daughter of Peter Jöst and Catherinae Hütter. (Anna Margareta Jöst was born in Feb 1795 in Großsteinhausen, Südwestpfalz, French Republic and was christened on 15 Feb 1795 in Großsteinhausen, Südwestpfalz, French Republic.)