Just down the Street

Literally. According to Google Maps, it was a three-minute walk from 655 W 61st Street to 538 W 61st Street in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood. The other day I wondered about the possibility of my 2nd great-grandmother Elise Mueller and her brother John N. Schmitt attending the same church. I knew they lived near one another (and…

Schmitt Siblings

I know I shouldn’t have favorites. But I do. One of my favorite ancestors is Jean Nicolas Schmitt, born on this day in 1841 in Hellimer, Moselle, Lorraine, France. He was the third of what would ultimately be 13 children born to Nicolas Schmitt and his wife Marie Anne Gury. In 1854 Jean’s family immigrated…