Johannes Dietrich Schmidt
(1728-1814)
Anna Maria
(1736-1807)
George Yoh
(1712-1782)
Elisabeth
(-1788)
Peter Schmidt Sr.
(1759-1809)
Eva Yoh
Peter Smith Jr.
(1786-1868)

 

Family Links

Spouses/Children:
1. Catherine Zettelmeyer

Peter Smith Jr. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

  • Born: 30 Sep 1786, Windsor Twp., Berks, PA 2 4 5 6 9
  • Christened: 21 Dec 1786, Windsor Twp.: St. Paul's Lutheran Church (Smoke Church), Berks, PA 9
  • Marriage (1): Catherine Zettelmeyer
  • Died: 9 Aug 1868, West Brunswick Twp., Schuylkill, PA at age 81 4 5 6
  • Buried: Orwigsburg: St. John's Church (White Church), Schuylkill, PA 4 5 6

   Other names for Peter were Johan Peter Schmidt, Johann Peter Schmidt, Peter Schmidt and Johann Peter Schmitt.9

  Noted events in his life were:

1. Baptism on 21 Dec 1786 in Windsor Twp.: St. Paul's Lutheran Church (Smoke Church), Berks, PA. Peter Schmitt and wife Eva, son Johann Peter, born 30 September 1796, baptized 21 December 1786, sponsors Peter Joh and wife

2. Census in 1800 in Brunswick Twp., Berks, PA. 10 The 1800 census recorded Peter Smith's household with:
Free White Persons - Males - Under 10: 2 sons born 1791-1800
Free White Persons - Males -10 thru 15: 2 sons born 1786-1790
Free White Persons - Males - 16 thru 25: 1 son born 1775
Free White Persons - Males - 26 thru 44: 1 father Peter 1756-1774
Free White Persons - Females - Under 10: 1 daughter born 1791-1800
Free White Persons - Females - 26 thru 44: 1 mother Eve born 1756-1774

Listed before Peter are neighbors Cornelius Hoffman, George Bensinger, Jacob Bensinger. Listed after Peter are Aaron Bowers, John Shaffer, and Benjamin Kepner. Nearby on the previous census page is Ernst Fisher, who is a neighbor in 1810 and 1820.

3. appeared in the household of Eva Yoh in a census in 1810 in Brunswick Twp., Berks, PA. 11 11 The 1810 census recorded the widow Catherine Smith living with this household:
Free White Persons - Males - Under 10: 1 son Jacob born 1801-1810
Free White Persons - Males - 16 thru 25: 1 son Peter born 1785-1794
Free White Persons - Females - 26 thru 44: 1 mother Catherine born 1766-1784

Listed before her is Ernst Fisher born before 1766. Listed after her are Frederick Lord born 1766-1784 and Michael Reigle [sic] born 1766-1784.

4. Census in 1820 in Brunswick Twp., Schuylkill, PA. 12 The only Smiths (or alternate spelling) in the 1820 census Brunswick Township are Peter, Jacob, and the widow Eve.

It appears the 1820 census listings for Brunswick are listed in order of who lived next to others, rather than being alphabetized.

On page 6 we find Peter Smith was recorded with this household
Free White Persons - Males - Under 10: 2 sons born 1811-1820
Free White Persons - Males - 26 thru 44: 1 father Peter born 1776-1795
Free White Persons - Females - Under 10: 1 daughter born 1811-1820
Free White Persons - Females - 16 thru 25: 1 mother born 1796-1804

Listed before Peter are Michael Riegel, Ernst Fisher, and Jacob Paul. Listed after Peter are John Shaner and John Paul.

On page 8 of 9 Jacob Smith was recorded with this household:
Free White Persons - Males - Under 10: 1 son born 1811-1820
Free White Persons - Males - 26 thru 44: 1 father Jacob born 1776-1795
Free White Persons - Females - Under 10: 2 daughters born1811-1820
Free White Persons - Females - 16 thru 25: 1 mother born 1796-1804

Listed before Jacob are Michael and Christian Deibert, and after him Daniel Hummel and Magdalena Heiser..

Further down the same page is listed the widow Eve Smith, living alone:
Free White Persons - Females - 45 and over: 1 Eve born before 1775

Listed next after Eve are households Jacob Hoffman born 1776-1795 and Cornelius Hoffman born before 1775. It is very likely the widow Eve Smith is living next to the Hoffmans because the families are related or intermarried.

5. Census in 1830 in Brunswick Twp., Schuylkill, PA. 13 The 1830 census recorded two Smith brothers living as neighbors.

Following the household of Jacob Hoffman is listed Jacob Smith with his household:
Free White Persons - Males - Under 5: 2 sons born 1826-1830
Free White Persons - Males - 5 thru 9: 1 son born 1821-1825
Free White Persons - Males - 10 thru 14: 1 son born 1816-1820
Free White Persons - Males - 40 thru 49: 1 father Jacob born 1781-1790
Free White Persons - Females - 10 thru 14: 1 daughter born 1816-1820
Free White Persons - Females - 30 thru 39: 1 wife born 1791-1800

Next listed is Peter Smith with this household:
Free White Persons - Males - Under 5: 3 sons born 1826-1830
Free White Persons - Males - 5 thru 9: 1 son born 1821-1825
Free White Persons - Males - 10 thru 14: 2 sons born 1816-1820
Free White Persons - Males - 30 thru 39: 1 father Peter born 1791-1800
Free White Persons - Females - 10 thru 14: 1 daughter born 1816-1820
Free White Persons - Females - 30 thru 39: 1 mother Catherine born 1791-1800

Next listed is Arnst Fisher.

6. Census in 1840 in West Brunswick Twp., Schuylkill, PA. 14 In 1834, Brunswick Township was divided into East and West Brunswick. The 1840 census in West Brunswick recorded only 4 Smith households, and they are on the same census page listed near each other...

Following the listing for Daneil Rigle, whose children later married Smiths...

Peter Smith Sr. is listed with this household.
Free White Persons - Males - Under 5: 3 sons born 1836-1840
Free White Persons - Males - 5 thru 9: 2 sons born 1831-1835
Free White Persons - Males - 15 thru 19 2 sons born 1821-1825
Free White Persons - Males - 20 thru 29: 1 son born 1811-1820
Free White Persons - Males - 50 thru 59: 1 father Peter born 1781-1790
Free White Persons - Females - Under 5: 1 daughter born 1836-1840
Free White Persons - Females - 15 thru 19: 1 duaghter born 1821-1825
Free White Persons - Females - 50 thru 59: 1 mother Catherine born 1781-1790

Next listed is Peter Smith Jr. with this household:
Free White Persons - Males - 20 thru 29: 1 father Peter born 1811-1820
Free White Persons - Females - 10 thru 14: 1 daughter born 1826-1830
Free White Persons - Females - 15 thru 19: 1 wife Catherine born 1821-1824
[research note: daughter should be younger considering mother's age.]

Next listed are households for John Shoner Sr., Henry Shoner, Peter Shipe, and Daniel Knittle.

Next listed is Jacob Smith with this household:
Free White Persons - Males - Under 5: 1 son born 1836-1840
Free White Persons - Males - 5 thru 9: 1 son born 1831-1835
Free White Persons - Males - 15 thru 19: 3 sons born 1826-1830
Free White Persons - Males - 40 thru 49: 1 father Jacob born 1791-1800
Free White Persons - Females - Under 5: 2 daugthers born 1836-1840
Free White Persons - Females - 40 thru 49: 1 wife born 1791-1800

Next is William Smith with this household:
Free White Persons - Males - Under 5: 2 sons born 1836-1840
Free White Persons - Males - 5 thru 9: 1 son born 1831--1835
Free White Persons - Males - 30 thru 39: 1 William born 1801-1810
Free White Persons - Females - 5 thru 9: 1 born 1831-1835
Free White Persons - Females - 20 thru 29: 1 wife born 1811-1820

7. Estate: Settlement of Martin Zettlemeyer, 6 Apr 1849, , Berks, PA. 3 On 6 Apr 1849 Peter Kline filed an account of the estate of Martin Zettlemeyer, who died in 1844 in Berks County, that indicated a value of $362.08. Shortly thereafter he filed a list of disbursements to these heirs:
John Zettlemoyer, grandson
Christina Zettlemoyer, wife of John Frey
John Zettlemoyer (son of Martin Zettlemoyer)
John Riegle, son of Magdalena, daughter of Martin Zettlemoyer
Michael Riegle, son of Magdalena, daughter of Martin Zettlemoyer
Daniel Riegle, son of Magdalena, daughter of Martin Zettlemoyer
Jacob Riegle, son of Magdalena, daughter of Martin Zettlemoyer
George Riegle, son of Magdalena, daughter of Martin Zettlemoyer
Magdalena Riegle, daughter of Magdalena, daughter of Martin Zettlemoyer
Rebecca Riegle, daughter of Magdalena, daughter of Martin Zettlemoyer
Elizabeth Riegle, daughter of Magdalena, daughter of Martin Zettlemoyer
Peter and Catherine, intermarried with P. Smith

8. Peter is not found in Schuylkill County will indexes online at https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1999196.

9. Census in 1850 in West Brunswick Twp., Schuylkill, PA. 15 The 1850 Census recorded household #32: Peter Smith Sr, farmer, age 60, living with his wife Catherine, 60; Wm., 15; and Hannah, 13.

Next door is Peter Smith Jr., laborer, 34, with wife Catharine, 26; James, 6; and Lewis, 6, twins.

The previous household to Peter Sr. is his son William Smith, 46 [error, should be 26], laborer, with wife Fietta, 23, Emeline, 5; Syletta, 3; and an unamed infant, 3 months.

On the same census page, household 38 is Jacob Smith, laborer, 58, with wife Sarah, 46; Jacob, 26; Emanuel, 23; Henry, 17; Susannah, 15; Amanda, 13; and Matilda, 9. [He is Peter Sr.'s brother?]

Household 40 is John Smith, 35, laborer, with wife Matilda, 26; David, 8; Rebecca, 5; Dianna, 2; and Sarah, 4 months old when the census was recorded on 26 Sep 1850.

Everyone was born in Pennsylvania.

10. Census in 1860 in West Brunswick Twp., Schuylkill, PA. 16 The 1860 census recorded related Smith and Riegel families living as neighbors.

Household 306 is Elijah Smith [sic, should be Elias], black smith, age 28. His wife Catherine is 18 [she is the sister of his first wife Pasella Riegel who died in 1857]; and daughters Lizzie 3 [by Elias' first wife] and Priscilla 1. His real estate was valued at $350 and personal estate $150.

Household 310 is William Smith, farmer, 36, with wife Fietta, 34; Emaline, 14; Celetta, 12; Alfred, 9; Thomas, 5; Messura, 3; and Elixander, 11 months when the census was recorded on 18 Jun 1850. Also in the home is farm laborer Peter Spence, 61. William's real estate value is $5700 and personal estate $352.

Household 312 is farmer Daniel Riegel [father of the girls who married Elias Smith], 56, with wife Mary, 56; Lewis, 16; Susannah, 14; Elizabeth, 11. Also in home is servant Elizabeth Sholler, 18, and Joseph Shoppell, 11. Daniel's real estate value is $5000 and personal estate $400.

Household 313 is Joseph Smith, famer, 39, with wife Catherine, 21, and son Francis, 9 months. His real estate is $1200 and personal $152.

Household 314 is Peter Smith Sr., occupation gentleman, 75, with wife Catherine, 65; son Henry, farmer, 30; William, farm laborer, 25; and Hannah, 20. Peter's real estate was $1200, personal $100, and Henry's $3000 and $712.

Household 316 is Peter Smith Jr., farmer, 44, with Catherine, 38; and twin sons Lewis and James, farm laborers, 16. Peter's real estate value is $1200 and personal $165.

Household 324 is John Smith, farm laborer, 45; with wife Matilda, 37; David, 18; Susannah, 14; Sarah, 12; Charles, 6; George, 5; Mary 3; and Franklin, 8 months. John's real estate is $600 and personal $100.

Everyone was born in Pennsylvania. The post office was Orwigsburg.


Peter married Catherine Zettelmeyer, daughter of Johann Martin Zettelmeyer and Margaretha. (Catherine Zettelmeyer was born on 17 Nov 1793 in Greenwich Twp., Berks, PA 17 18, christened on 27 Apr 1794 in Lenhartsville: Dunkel's Reformed Church, Berks, PA, died on 28 Dec 1864 in West Brunswick Twp., Schuylkill, PA 17 18 and was buried in Orwigsburg: St. John's Church (White Church), Schuylkill, PA 17 18.)


Sources


1 Pennsylvania Church and Town Records, 1708-1985 (http://www.Ancestry.com. Original from Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Historic Pennsylvania Church and Town Records.), Schuylkill, Pine Grove, Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church, Image 147 of 206.

2 1860 United States Census, Pennsylvania, Schuylkill County, Roll 1180 Book 1, Page 407.

3 Berks County Courthouse, Berks Co PA Orphans Court Records, Vol. 16, pp. 244, 325.

4 St. Johns Church (White Church), Orwigsburg, Schyulkill County, Pennsylvania, http://files.usgwarchives.net/pa/schuylkill/cemeteries/stjohn1.txt.

5 St. Johns Church (White Church), Orwigsburg, Schyulkill County, Pennsylvania, http://files.usgwarchives.net/pa/schuylkill/church/stjburia.txt (death of Peter Smith in 1868.).

6 Find A Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=120287650.

7 Ancestry.com, Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1966 (Original data: Pennsylvania (State). Death certificates, 1906–1966. Series 11.90 (1,905 cartons). Records of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Record Group 11. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.), Certificate 116150. Mrs. Samuel D. Front. Father: Peter Smith. Mother: Catharine Zettlemoyer.

8 Berks County Register of Wills (Berks County, Pennsylvania. http://rwills.co.berks.pa.us/geneology), Will book 5 page 228. Will of Peter Schmidt 1809.

9 FHL Microfilm 22079 (Family History Library Micro Film 22079 Item 1).

10 1800 United States Census, Pennsylvania, Berks County, Brunswick Township, Roll M32_35, Page 575, Image 159.

11 1810 United States Census, https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XH2B-8VC widow Catharine Smith, Brunswig, Berks, Pennsylvania, United States; citing p. 737.

12 1820 United States Census, https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XHGX-G9M Peter Smith and https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XHGX-LY3 Jacob Smith.

13 1830 United States Census, https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XHP7-BTD Peter Smith, Jacob Smith, Brunswick, Schuylkill, Pennsylvania, United States; citing page 92.

14 1840 United States Census, https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XHTZ-VZ9 Peter Smith, West Brunswig, Schuylkill, Pennsylvania, United States; citing p. 158.

15 1850 United States Census, Pennsylvania, Schuylkill County, West Brunswick Township, Series: M432 Roll: 828, Page: 159. https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M4CT-SJS Peter Smith, West Brunswick, Schuylkill, Pennsylvania, United States; citing family 33.

16 1860 United States Census, https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MXR9-T2R West Brunswick, Schuylkill, PA, Pages 38-40, Dwelling Houses 306 to 324.

17 St. Johns Church (White Church), Orwigsburg, Schyulkill County, Pennsylvania, http://files.usgwarchives.net/pa/schuylkill/church/stjburia.txt (death of Catherine Schmidt.).

18 Find A Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=120287682.



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