Francois Joseph Schmitt 17
- Born: 22 Mar 1851, Artolsheim, Alsace, Bas-Rhin, France 18
- Marriage: Amalia Regina Dudenhoeffer on 30 Sep 1873 in Robinson Twp., Posey County, IN 16
- Died: 9 Dec 1933, St. Wendell, IN at age 82 19
FROM BOOK THE HISTORY OF POSEY COUNTY
Joseph Schmitt, a farmer of Posey county, Indiana was born in Germany, his parents, Joseph and Anna Marie (VAN Waltensberger) Schmitt, being natives of Elsas Ardelsheim, where they engaged in farming and where their son, Joseph was born March 18, 1851. The family came to America in 1855, locating at Princeton, Gibson county, Indiana, where the father drove an ox team, hauling logs for one year, after which he removed to a farm in Robinson township, Posey county, the place where Adam Schmitt now lives, and remained here until his death in 1896. The mother died in 1900. Our subject started to school in Princton, and after the removal of his parents to Robinson township, attended school at St. Wendel. He worked on the home place until he was seventeen years of age, when he started learning the carpenter trade, working at this until twenty-one. He then worked on a farm one year, and in the summer of 1873 worked with a threshing crew. He was married in September of that year and in the fall cholera broke out and his wife's sister lost her husband and four children and her husband's father. After his marriage he began farming on the home place of his wife's father, and has continued farming ever since. In 1892 he was elected assessor on the Democratic ticket, and served five years, and since that time has been deputy assesor for the township every time one has been needed. In 1912 he was elected county commissioner, and is now holding that office. Mr. Schmitt is an auctioneer, and since he was twenty-four years of age he has cried over 300 sales. The marriage of Joseph Schmitt and Miss Amalia Dudenhefer occurred in Robinson township, Posey county, where the bride was born and raised, on September 29, 1873. She is the daughter of Jacob and Magdalene Dudenhefer, natives of Rheinprovinz, Hairxheim, Germany, who came to America, locating first in Cincinnatti, where they were married. Mrs. Schmitt was elected in the schools of St. Wendel. Mr. and Mrs. Schmitt became the parents of ten children: Helena, Anna, Alfonso, Amanda, Ollie, Cecelia, Louisa (deceased), Ida (deceased), Olevia, and Elvera. Elvera is a graduate of the St. Wendel school and lives at home with her parents. Helena married Jacob Rothlei, and had three children, Raymond, Daniel, and Elmar, the latter deceased. Anna married William Weyer. They live in Robinson township and have seven children, Urban, Viola, Arthur, Marie, Randolph, Wilmor (deceased) and Norman (deceased). Amanda married George Baehl, and has three children, Leona, Genevieve and Joseph, the latter deceased. Cecilia married William Engbers, and has one child William Joseph. Both Amanda and Cecilia live in Evansville. Olevia married Phillip Muehlbauer, and they live in Poseyville. The family are members of the Catholic church at St. Wendel, where Mr. Schmitt has been trustee of the church three terms, and is now director of the choir.
Noted events in his life were:
• Immigration, 1855, Princton, Gibson County, IN. Family moved to Robinson Twp., Posey Co., IN in 1856.
Francois married Amalia Regina Dudenhoeffer, daughter of Joannes Jacob Dudenhoeffer and Magdelena Mayer, on 30 Sep 1873 in Robinson Twp., Posey County, IN.16 (Amalia Regina Dudenhoeffer was born on 2 Mar 1852 in Robinson Twp., Posey County, IN and died on 13 Mar 1939 in Evansville, IN.)
St. Wendle's Catholic Church, Evansville, IN