|Fashionable women ~ 1850|
New clues show themselves frequently, but most often they come accompanied by more questions.
- My 3rd great-grandfather, Nicolas Schmitt, was born in 1813 in Hellimer, Moselle, Lorraine, France.
- His parents were Francois Schmitt and Elisabeth Grosse.
- His wife was Marie-Anne Gury, born in 1818 in Francaltroff, Hellimer, Lorraine, France.
- Nicolas had at least two siblings, younger sisters Elisabeth and Barbe.
- He traveled to America with his eldest son Jules in April 1854.
- Nicolas and his family settled in Cincinnati Ohio.
- Several children, including my 2nd great-grandmother emmigrated to Chicago where they raised their children.
- When did the remaining family members arrive in America?
- What happened to Francois, the last child born in France?
- What happened to Joseph, the first child born in Ohio?
- Did Jules really die in Ohio, or did he relocate to Chicago leaving his wife and children behind?
- Was Nicolas the first, one of several, or the only Schmitt that left France?
- Where is the elusive marriage record of Nicolas and Marie-Anne?
- and so many more unknowns; far too many to list.
- Order microfilm for 1792-1810 birth, marriage, death records for Hellimer.
- Continue checking the mailbox for the will that will tell if the French-born Ohio-residing Emile Schmitt who married Mary Kauffman is "my" Emile.
- Translate Barbe's birth record; it includes her parents' ages.
- Search passenger lists for my 2nd great-grandmother and her siblings.
- Determine whether the brother mentioned as co-owner of John Schmitt's restaurant in Chicago is Jules.