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Learn the history of the Schmidt Family of the Werra Valley. We originated in the Hessian villages of Nentershausen, Blankenbach, and Machtlos, and many branches migrated to America.
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Are you a Werra Valley Schmidt?
Our Schmidt family descends from Hans Schmidt (1594-1680), the shepherd of the Werra Valley. Hans's descendants populated the Hessian villages of Nentershausen, Blankenbach, and Machtlos. In this region, our family often connects with the Raubs, Lindemanns, Rimbachs, and Körzells.
In the 1800s, some of these Schmidts migrated to the Ruhr Valley, seeking work in larger cities like Essen, Bochum, and Dortmund. Many of our Schmidt ancestors immigrated to America, settling from coast to coast.
The largest branches of our family include: the Schmidt families of West Bend, Iowa, Washington, DC, and Houston, Texas; the Banwart, Eisler, and Zinnel families of West Bend, Iowa; the Schmidt and Schwenker families of Scranton, Pennsylvania; the Lindemann, Gernhardt, Guenther, Hagelgans, Koenig, Koertzel/Kertzel, and Stutzmann families of eastern Pennsylvania; the Raub family of Dysart, Iowa; the Rommann family of Vinton, Iowa; the Bohn family of Saint Paul, Minnesota; and the Koenig family of Dickinson County, Kansas.
If you have such ancestry in any of these areas, you may possibly be a descendant of Hans Schmidt. Explore around and get in touch with us to find out more!
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