FC: Schmidt-Roebke Photo Genealogy
1: Introduction | This book was created for Matthew, Andrew, Ellie, and Maggie Schmidt, the youngest generation of the Schmidt family. It contains sample photographs and genealogy information gathered and preserved for over 150 years by multiple Schmidt and Roebke family members. The actual number of photographs and genealogy data I have on file is far more extensive than presented in this book. We are very fortunate to be living in the Information Age, which provides the tools to take, digitize and present photographs in this format. The advent of the Internet and websites like Ancestry.com allow nearly instant access to research, preserve, and globally exchange genealogy data. I hope having a book to view our family history helps you to better understand your roots. I also hope that some day, each of you can share the responsibility of preserving and sharing our family history for future generations. With Love, Dad / Uncle Mike / Michael Thomas Schmidt December, 2013
2: Great Great Grandparents | Great Grandparents | Grandparents
3: Parents / Aunts / Uncles | Children | The Schmidt - Roebke Family Tree
4: Part 1: Schmidt Family Photo Genealogy
5: This page is dedicated to the following Schmidt family members who took it upon themselves to gather and preserve older Schmidt photographs and family history data for future generations of our family: | Paul E. Schmidt 1931 - 1995 | Leon J. Schmidt 1935 - 2009
6: Michael Matthew "Matt" Schmidt Born August 5, 1988 in Rochester Hills, Michigan Graduated Troy High School in 2006 Graduated Michigan Technological University in 2010 with a B.S. in Computer Networking and Systems Administration
7: Andrew Willard Schmidt Born August 19, 1990 in Royal Oak, Michigan Graduated St. Charles North High School in 2008 Graduated Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in 2012 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering
8: Michael Thomas Schmidt Born September 13, 1962 in Royal Oak, Michigan Graduated Birmingham Brother Rice High School in 1980 Graduated Grand Valley State University in 1984 with a B.S. in Computer Science | Mary Ann Willard Born July 28, 1962 in St. Louis Park, Minnesota Graduated Royal Oak Dondero High School in 1980 Attended Grand Valley State University (where she met Mike)
9: Mike and Mary Ann were married on July 20, 1985 in Royal Oak, Michigan
12: Elizabeth "Ellie" Cary Schmidt Born August 1, 2000 in Cleveland, Ohio
13: Margaret "Maggie" Ann Schmidt Born August 9, 2001 in Cleveland, Ohio
14: Thomas Jerome Schmidt Born July 24, 1965 in Akron, Ohio Graduated from Birmingham Brother Rice High School in 1983 Graduated from Ferris State University in 1987 with a B.S. in Sales and Marketing + Applied Science in Plastics Technology | Mary Maureen Conroy Born October 14, in Southfield, Michigan Graduated from xxx High in 198xx
15: Tom and Maureen were married on July 11, 1998 in Detroit, Michigan.
18: Teresa Maria Schmidt was born in Akron, Ohio on September 16, 1966 Graduated from Birmingham Groves High School in 1984 Graduated from Ferris State University in 1988 with a B.S in Sales and Marketing | Teresa with long-time beau Ken Saxon
20: David Alan Schmidt was born in Akron, Ohio on December 23, 1968 Graduated from Birmingham Brother Rice High School in 1987 Graduated from Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Michigan in 1992 with a B.S in Business | Noeleen Suzanne Irvine was born in Detroit, Michican on December 9, 1971 Graduated from xxxxx High School in 1990 Graduated from Central Michigan University in 1994 with a B.A. in Individual and Family Studies
21: David and Noeleen were married on May 29, 1998 in Birmingham, Michigan
24: Michael Anthony Schmidt Born March 1, 1930 in Norwood, Ohio Married Linda Beth Roebke on February 24, 1962 in Bowling Green, Ohio; died March 4, 1988 in Las Vegas, Nevada Graduated from Chaminade High School in Dayton, Ohio in 1947 Graduated General Motors Institute in Flint, Michigan in 1951 with an degree in Industrial Engineering Served as a Corporal the U.S. Army Reserves from 1951-1953 Career spanned 40 years as an Automotive Sales Engineer for companies such as Inland Manufacturing, Enjay Chemical, The Johnson Rubber Company, and Cooper Industrial Products | Mike was the first member of his family to attend and graduate college. A good athlete, Mike played sandlot football & baseball, and in college, ran track. | Mike enjoyed golf, fishing and gin rummy. He loved taking on home improvement projects and built or upgraded 20+ homes he owned with his wife Linda.
26: Michael James Schmidt Born November 26, 1898 in Austria, Hungary (Csatad) Died December 10, 1982 in Dayton, Ohio Arrived in New York, New York from Breman, Germany on February 14, 1902 on the passenger ship Graf Waldersee; returned to Germany in 1906 for eye surgery; returned back to US in 1908 and settled with his family in county of Hamilton, Ohio Married Mary Catherine Kraus in St. Leon, IN on June 6, 1928 Became a naturalized citizen on June 28, 1926 in Cincinnati, OH Resided in Norwood, OH in the 1930s Resided in Dayton, OH the remainder of his life | Michael James Schmidt first arrived in the U.S. in 1902 with his father Michael John Schmidt, mother Anna Willjung, and his older sister Anna. | Mike was a tool maker by trade. Very small in stature, he was a devout Roman Catholic. He enjoyed playing Pinochle with his 3 sons.
27: Mary Catherine Kraus Born June 4, 1907 in St. Leon, Indiana Died May 23, 1974 in Dayton, Ohio Baptized June 9, 1907 in St. Joseph's Catholic Church, St. Leon, IN Had two siblings; a brother, Adolf who died at age 8 in 1914; a sister, Caroline (6/30/1909 - 2/23/1989) who married Harry Robert Andres in 1930; we have many living Andres cousins Resided in St. Leon, Indiana until her marriage in 1928 Married Michael James Schmidt at her parents home in St. Leon on June 6, 1928 Buried with husband Michael In Calvary Cemetery, Dayton, OH | Mike's wife Mary was born in a small German community in southern Indiana called St. Leon. | Mary was a homemaker. She was an amazing baker, and made delicious breads, cookies and pies (of course all from scratch). She loved to garden and was a real green thumb.
28: Clockwise from Upper Left: Mary and Mike's Wedding in St. Leon 1928; Mary holding son Michael A. Schmidt, 1931; Mary and Mike, Christmas 1950; Mary, Mike, and sons Mike, Paul, and Leon 1953; Mike and Mary, Christmas 1959
29: Mike with sons Mike, Leon, and Paul 1976 | Mary holds grandson Joe with Ann and Mary Jean, 1968 | Leon and Paul with Mike and Mary, 1969 | Rosemarie, Leon, Linda, Mike, Betty Lou, & Paul w Dad, 1978 | Mike with all his grandchildren 1978 | Mike's 80th Birthday, 1978
30: Michael John Schmidt Born February 18, 1869 in Austria, Hungary (Csatad) Died May 11, 1943 in Cincinnati, Ohio Married Anna Willjung (date unknown; place likely Austria, Hungary) Parents were John Schmidt and Katherine Haupt Anna Willjung Born November 6, 1870 in Austria, Hungary (Csatad) Died September 7, 1948 in Dayton, Ohio Parents were Ignatius Willjung and Margaretta Giel Both arrived in New York, New York from Hamburg, Hungary on February 14, 1902; returned to Hungary in 1906 for son Michael's eye surgery; returned back to US in 1908 with another daughter (Helen Catherine) and settled with his family in Symmes, county of Hamilton, Ohio in 1910; Resided in Harlan, Warren County, Ohio in 1940 | Michael John Schmidt and his family took a steamship called the Graf Waldersee from Hamburg, Hungary (now Germany) to New York in 1902. | Michael worked as a "Polisher" in a local stamping factory in 1910. Little else is known about him and Anna except that they lived on a farm (based on old photos).
31: Top: Schmidt Family Gathering 1920s, Blanchester, OH; Anna on far left; Michael John on far right; son Michael James and wife Mary center. Bottom: Anna with son Michael, Dayton, OH 1948; family gathering in 1931 (Michael John in hat, Anna in front next to Mary and son Mike
32: Anton Kraus Born August 15, 1864 in St. Leon, Indiana Died April 18, 1920 in St. Leon, Indiana Married Balbina Bruder in St. Leon, Indiana on October 20, 1903 Parents were Charles Kraus (1835-1903) a shoemaker from Germany and Margaret Young (1842-1919) from Germany or Switzerland Siblings included Caroline, Peter, Theresia, Barbara, Joseph, and Charles. Balbina Bruder Born February 28, 1870 in St. Leon, Indiana Died July 12, 1952 in St. Leon, Indiana Parents were Basilius Bruder (1824-1905) from Sasbachwalden, Germany and Theresa Geiser (1829- 1900) from Obersasbach, Germany | Anton Kraus, Mary's Father, lived as a farmer in St. Leon, Indiana his entire life. His father, Charles Kraus, emigrated from Germany to the US in 1854 at age 19. | Anton's wife was Balbina Bruder, was also a life-long resident of St. Leon, IN. Her nickname was "Winnie". She and Anton were the parents of Mary and Carolyn Kraus.
33: 1922 - The Kraus farm home in St. Leon, Indiana | 1926 - Sisters Mary and Carolyn Kraus with a new family car | 1927 - Mary C. Kraus 2nd from left; Balbina far right | 1928 - Balbina holding a pumpkin on the farm
34: Basilius Bruder Born June 2, 1824 in Sasbachwalden, Germany Died May 8, 1905 in St. Leon, Indiana Married Theresa Geiser in Sasbachwalden, Germany on Mar 21, 1850 Parents were Benedikt Bruder (1798-1856) and wife Genovefa (1796-1826); both were born and lived in Sasbachwalden Theresa Geiser Born October 4, 1829 in Obersasbach, Germany Died October 5, 1900 in St. Leon, Indiana | Balbina Bruder's parents, Basilius Bruder and wife Theresa Geiser, came to America in 1858 with their daughter Victoria to escape the famine in Germany and start a new life. Basilius was a cooper (a barrel maker) by profession. Once in America, they had 7 more children, including Balbina. Our family archives includes the original ship's record and Basilius' passport from 1858, as well as a number of original Bruder family photos in a green felt photo book. Basilius grandfather was Anton Bruder (1761 - 1810) of Sasbachwalden, Germany.
35: The eight children of Basilius and Theresa Bruder (clockwise from top left): Victoria (1856 - 1888) Elizabeth (1859 - 1934) Mary (1862 - 1899 John (1866 - 190?) Theresa (1868 - 1898) Balbina (1870 - 1952) Basil (1872 - 1945) Stephen 1874 - 1956)
36: Part 2: Roebke Family Photo Genealogy
37: This page is dedicated to the following Roebke family members who took it upon themselves to gather and preserve older Roebke photographs and family history data for future generations of our family: | Mary E. Roebke 1920 - 2012 | Harry G. Roebke 1915 - 2008
38: Linda Beth Roebke Born October 19, 1942 in Bowling Green, Ohio Married Michael A, Schmidt on February 24, 1962 in Bowling Green, Ohio Graduated from St. Mary's Academy in Monroe, Michigan in 1960 Attended the University of Michigan School of Nursing in 1960-1961 Children: Michael, Thomas, Teresa and David Schmidt Graduate from Oakland Community College in 1978 with an Associates Degree in Applied Science in Nursing Passed the State of Michigan Nursing Board Exam in 1978 Work history included an R.N. at Cambridge South Nursing Center; as an office R.N. for various allergy and orthopedic practices; private surgical R.N. for various eye doctors | Lin was born and raised in the small college town of Bowling Green, Ohio with her brother Kurt. Lin likes to be called "Gram" by her grandkids. | Lin has been an active volunteer while living in Las Vegas since 1996, including tutoring kids to read, calling shut-in seniors, and supporting the Sun City Security Patrol.
42: Harry Griffith Roebke Born November 22, 1915 in Bowling Green, Ohio Died March 4, 2008 in Bowling Green, Ohio Graduated Bowling Green Normal College (now BGSU) in 1936 with a B.S. in Education Graduated the University of Michigan Law School in 1942 with a Jurisprudence Doctor degree; passed Ohio and Michigan Bar in 1942 Served in US Army as Master Sergeant stationed at Fort Atterbury, IN Made Partner in the law firm of Bowman, Hanna and Middleton in 1949; practiced law in Bowling Green Ohio until 2007 Member of the Ohio and Wood County Bar Associations | Linda's father, Harry Roebke, lived most of his life in Bowling Green where he practiced law for for over 60 years. Harry converted to Catholicism in 1960 and generously donated to the church and other charities like the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging. | Harry had a sharp mind and a great sense of humor; he loved to recite dirty limericks and off-color jokes. His grandchildren called him "Papoo"; he helped fund their Catholic school education (and while they were in college, he send them a note each week with some spending money).
43: Marian Elizabeth Pratt Born August 11, 1916 in Toledo, Ohio Died March 17, 1955 in Bowling Green, Ohio Married Harry Roebke on March 4, 1937 in Monroe, Michigan Children: Linda Beth and William Kurt Roebke Graduated Villa Maria Academy, an all girls Catholic boarding school In Frontenac, Minnesota Served as Chairwoman of the Next-to-New Shop in support of St. Aloysius Catholic Parish in Bowling Green, Ohio | Linda's mother, Marian Pratt, had a difficult childhood. Marian's parents divorced while she was a very young. Marian was raised by her mother Helen Hamilton's wealthy family in Perrysburg, Ohio, as Helen took ill and died from TB. Marian also converted to Catholicism in 1960. | Marian worked as executive secretary in a prestigious law firm Toledo, Ohio when she married Harry in 1937 (they eloped). She worked until her daughter Lin was born in 1942. Marian enjoyed traveling with Harry; they visited Mexico and Europe on many occasions.
46: William "Butch" Paul Rheinhold Gorman Roebke Born March 13, 1885 in Rummelsburg, Germany Died October 30, 1965 in Bowling Green, Ohio Parents were August Paul Gorman and Theresa Mischnick Adopted by Christ Roebke, who married Theresa Mischnick Married Bessie Mary Griffith May 6, 1911 in Archbold, Ohio Bessie Mary Griffith Born September 10, 1889 in Bryan, Ohio Died January 2, 1979 in Bowling Green, Ohio Parents were John W. Griffith and Mary E. Aller Children: Rosalie, Harry, and Mary Roebke Siblings were Esther, Sarah, Helen, John, William and Beulah Griffith | Harry's father, William Roebke came to the U.S. from Germany in 1889 with mother Theresa Mischnick via the steamship "S.S. Rhein" | Harry's mother, Bessie Griffith, came from a large family from the northwest Ohio region. She worked in the local Heinz factory, processing and canning the local tomato crop. Both Bessie and Butch were members of the Methodist Church. | He worked most of his life as a butcher, hence his nickname "Butch"
48: William George Pratt Born November 8, 1889 in Weston, Ohio Died January 25, 1952 in Toledo, Ohio Parents: George H. Pratt (1861 - 1890) and Elizabeth Bailey (1861 - 1931) Helen Bryant Hamilton Born 1889 in Toledo, Ohio; died March 7, 1931 in St. Louis, Minnesota Parents: Charles M. Hamilton (1866 - 1926) and Anna M. Bryant (1868 - 1955) Children: William, Janet and Marian Pratt | Marian's father, William Pratt, was a traveling salesman who was married four times before he ultimately took his own life in 1952. William's Pratt's line traces back 10 generations to a Joshua Pratt (1590 - 1655); Joshua was born in London, England and died in Dartmouth, Massachusetts. Helen Hamilton's line can be traced back 9 generations to a John Hamilton (1634 - 1680), who was born in Udston, Scotland and died in Concord, Massachusetts. | Marian Pratt's mother, Helen Hamilton, became ill with Tuberculosis and eventually died in a sanitarium in Minnesota when she was about age 42.
49: John Wesley Griffith Born November 30, 1846 in Camden, Michigan Died arch 4, 1926 in Bowling Green, Ohio Married Mary E. Aller on November 29, 1879 in Edon, Ohio Parents: Benjamin Griffith (1825 - ?) and Adeline Coslet (1826 - ?) Mary Elizabeth Aller Born August 21, 1856 in Carrollton, Ohio Died September, 2, 1926 in Bowling Green, Ohio Parents: John S. Aller (1830 - 1925) and Sarah Harsh (1836 - 1880?) Children: Esther, Sarah, Helen, John, Bessie, William and Beulah Griffith | Bessie Griffith's mother, Mary Aller, was a life- long member of the Methodist Church. She had a total of 7 children with husband John. | Bessie's father, John W. Griffith, served in the U.S. Civil War, first as a drummer boy, and later as a Private in the U.S. Calvary. As a civilian, he worked as boat engineer in Muskegon, Michigan and later as an engineer in a grist mill in Archbold, Ohio
51: Bessie and Butch Page | The Aller line can be traced back to Conrad Oller (1751 - 1837), who fought in the American Revolutionary War. Still to figure out is the Griffith line past Benjamin Griffith, b. abut 1825 in New Jersey.