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F G Schmidt

Frederick George Schmidt and
Caroline Matilda Beadle

By W. T. Block

Will Block, Sr.’s maternal grandparents were Frederick George Schmidt (b. Dresden, Germany August 22, 1806-d. Johnson Bayou, LA February 2, 1877) 

Frederick George Schmidt (b. Dresden, Germany August 22, 1806-d. Johnson Bayou, LA February 2, 1877)

and Caroline Matilda Beadle (b. Sept. 1828 Abbeville, LA-d. February 19, 1915 at Johnson Bayou, LA). 

 Caroline Matilda Beadle (b. Sept. 1828 Abbeville, LA-d. February 19, 1915 at Johnson Bayou, LA)

Frederick Schmidt would not carry the Smith name, and his wife and children would not take the Schmidt name. And so read their tombstones in the well-kept Smith Cemetery, on Smith Road, Smith Ridge at Johnson Bayou, where I have visited a few times. Smith Ridge is a high land ridge in the marsh about ten miles long and from 200 yards to a half-mile wide. In 1992, a distant cousin of ours, Ruth (Mrs. Gay) McKinley, who lives on Howard St. in Beaumont, published Smith Family Ties: Descendants of Frederick Schmidt and Caroline Matilda Smith, hardback, in which all the Will Block descendants and their spouses are listed by birth (and death if applicable) dates. Some Will Block descendants own copies of this valuable genealogical source, which is still available for sale.

Frederick George Schmidt, a sailor, emigrated from Bremen to Johnson Bayou, LA ca. 1839, and he married Caroline Matilda Beadle (who was orphaned) ca. 1842. Schmidt was reputedly the first cotton plantation owner and cotton ginner at Johnson Bayou, all the earliest settlers being cattlemen. Frederick and Matilda Smith were the parents of about 15 children.

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