m. ABT 1815
Facts and Events
Leonard's origins remain a "brick wall". All we know is that he was born in 1818 in "Baden."
First record of him is the 1848 marriage to Elisabetha Betz; he is also deeded land by his father-in-law, Heinrich Betz. He may have had a sister, Maria, who shows up as godmother to his daughter.
Another clue is that in 1846, Henry Betz was the grantor and Frederick Schmidt & Catherine, his wife, as the grantee. The date of record was Mar. 20, 1846 and the date of instrument was Mar. 20, 1846. Possible relation to Leonhard?
Passenger lists possibilities for him include:
TO DO: -- Look at naturalization records -- Check land deeds -- Check the following NARA films for possible immigration/passenger lists:
1. Passenger and Immigration Lists: New York, 1820-1850 Age: 24 Gender: M Port of Departure: Antwerp Country of Origin: Deutschland Family Identification: 567251 Ship Name: New Hampshire Port of Arrival: New York Date of Arrival: Apr 21, 1847 Microfilm Serial Number: M237 Microfilm Roll Number: 66
2. Passenger and Immigration Lists: New York, 1820-1850 Age: 15 Gender: M Port of Departure: Bremen Country of Origin: Germany Country of Destination: United States of America Ship Name: Barque Charlotte Caroline Port of Arrival: New York Date of Arrival: Feb 6, 1837 Microfilm Serial Number: M237 Microfilm Roll Number: 32 List Number: 53
Life in Buffalo, NY
1840 census: Found a Leon. Smith in Eden, Erie County NY (image 13 in ancestry.com) 2 males under 5 1 male 20-30 (must be the head of household; therefore too old for ours) 1 female under 5 1 female 20-30
1850 Census, Buffalo, NY Black Rock, Erie Co., p. 187 (ancestry.com image 355): Smith, Leonard
1851/1852: Grantee Index (FHL#812737): Leonard Smith & wife Elisabeth, grantor; Henry Betz, Sr., grantee, Liber 132; FHL 390074, p. 48, Date of Instument 18 Nov 1851; date of record: 31 May 1852. S.211-21-11/8.
1860 Census, Buffalo, NY, 6th ward, 3 July 1860, page 160, line 17: Schmitt, Leonhard, age 41, laborer; $450 real estate; $25 personal estate; of Baden Schmitt, Elizabeth, 39, of Bavaria Schmitt, Catherine, 11, of New York Schmitt, Philip, 10, of New York Schmitt, Henry, 5, of New York Schmitt, Mary, 1, of New York
1870 Census, Buffalo, NY, 26th district, 6th ward, July 20, 1870, page 233, line 36: Schmidt, Leonhard, age 52, stonemason; $900 real estate; $200 personal estate; of Baden, US citizen Schmidt, Elizabeth, age 48, keeping house; of Bavaria; possibly deaf or blind. Schmidt, Catharine, age 20, tailoress Schmidt, Phillip, age 19, stovemounter Schmidt, Henry, age 15, apprentice moulder Schmidt, Mary, age 11