Adam Schmidt


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Adam Schmidt

  • Born: 3 Jun 1828, Flockenbach, Bergstraße, Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany
  • Marriage: Anna Barbara Schmitt about 1854
  • Died: 23 Apr 1904, Quincy, Adams Co., Illinois at age 75
  • Buried: 26 Apr 1904, St. Boniface Cemetery, Quincy, Adams Co., Illinois

  General Notes:

Many men of this area of Germany (Odenwald) made their living as a "Steinhauer", or stone mason. This dangerous work was most nearly a death-sentence, as most of these workers did not live past the age of 40 due to inhaling the dust of the rock, if not death or injury due to accidents. The prospect of this future could have been the motivation for a young Adam to emigrate to America.

The original Schmidt family home in Quincy, Illinois was on the "west side of 20th street, just north of Vine" (now College). This property is now part of Quincy University. He lived in Quincy for 53 years.

In calculating years in his obituary, Adam would have arrived in 1851, when he was 23 years old. Whether he came straight to Quincy from Germany or from another location in the U.S. is unknown. If 1851 is accurate, and given that he and his wife were born in adjacent small towns in Germany, it stands to reason that they were married there. This being the case, around 1850, means that Adam married Anna Barbara, a woman with an illegitamate son. Given that the son, Johannes, died in Germany in 1853, it is more likely that Adam and his wife came to America after the death of the child, not before. Therefore, the likely date of their coming to the U.S. would be about 1853-54, not 1851 as mentioned in the obituary.

Additionally, it is entirely possible that Adam did not marry Anna Barbara until after the death of her son. The most likely scenario is that the child died, and then Adam and she married (1854), and they came to America shortly thereafter (1854-1855). The oldest child of the two of them was born in 1856.

His obituary lists his date of birth as June 3, 1828 and his tombstone lists it as May 13, 1828. Adam ran a wholesale grocery- delivery wagon business, presumably after his career as a stonemason. The family were members of St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Quincy.

Adam Schmidt died at the home of his daughter, Eva, and her husband Henry Obrock, 1011 Chestnut, Quincy, where he had lived for 12 years.

The town of Flochenbach is just west of Ober-Absteinach, Hesse. Presumably, he met and married his wife there before coming to the U.S.

Adam married Anna Barbara Schmitt, daughter of Johann Adam Schmitt and Anna Margareta Jöst, about 1854. (Anna Barbara Schmitt was born on 13 Mar 1825 in Ober-Absteinach, Bergstraße, Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany, christened in 1825 in St. Bonifatius Church, Ober-Absteinach, Bergstraße, Darmstadt, Hessen, Germany, died on 13 Jun 1890 in Quincy, Adams Co., Illinois and was buried on 16 Jun 1890 in St. Boniface Cemetery, Quincy, Adams Co., Illinois.)

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