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SCHMITT Sebastian[1]

Male 1862 - 1943  (~ 80 years)


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  • Name SCHMITT Sebastian  
    Born November18, 1862  Eichenberg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Feb 1943  Philadelphia, PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Sebastian was born in Eichenberg, Germany, and went to school until the age of 11. He then learned the tailor's trade as an apprentice. At age 25 he married Appolonia Arenz in Frankfurt, Germany on Sept. 19, 1887.

      They had three children, Carl, Rudolph and Pauline, all born in Germany.

      In August of 1890 they emigrated to America, arriving in Philadelphia, Pa. after a one month boat trip.

      Only ten days after arriving in America, their first born Carl died at the age of 2 1/2, in Philadelphia at Children's Hospital.

      In 1892 Frederick was born. A year later Emil was born in September of 1893, but lived only 4 months. He died of croup on January 17, 1894.

      Sebastian worked as a ladies' tailor at Darlington's on Chestnut St. in Phila. They lived in the German community of Phila. at 4th and Girard Sts. They opened a grocery shop, which Appolonia ran during the day.

      Only ten months after Emil's death, the remaining children, Rudolph, 5, Pauline, 4, and Frederick, 2 attended a Halloween party where they all contracted diptheria from one of the children who lived at the home where the party was held.

      The disease became epidemic in Philadelphia and was called Black Diptheria. Appolonia was 9 months pregnant with her sixth child, Louisa, when the children became sick.

      Rudolph died on Nov. 10th, Pauline died on Nov. 17th, and Frederick died on Nov.23rd. Three days after Pauline's death, Appolonia gave birth to Louise. Three days later, Frederick died.

      After this tragedy, Sebastian and Appolonia moved to Atlantic City with Louise, their only remaining child. Here Sebastian opened his own tailoring shop. They lived in Atlantic City for about two years.

      They then returned to North Philadelphia, where Sebastian opened a tailoring shop again. Exactly three years after Louise was born, Appolonia had her seventh child, Margaret, born on Nov. 20th, 1897.

      They had two more children, Franz, born in 1899, and their last child, Francis, born in 1900.

      Sebastian's business became very successful, employing 36 people. He specialized in ladies' riding habits, and had a life-sized wooden horse in the shop, which was used for properly fitting them. Appolonia handled the finances for the business.

      In June of 1914, Louise married Gerald Lawser. One month later, Appolonia died of pneumonia and blood poisoning following a knee operation. She was not quite fifty years old.

      That year was the Depression and Sebastian lost almost all of his money which had been invested in building and loans. Ready-made clothes started arriving on the scene about this time making matters worse for Sebastian. He eventually lost the business and the home they lived in.

      Starting all over again at the age of 55, he moved to Germantown with Francis, his only child still living at home. There he rented a large three-story home and rented rooms to bring in extra income. This time Sebastian started a business altering clothes, and cleaning and pressing.

      About five years later, at the age of 60, he married Victoria K., his housekeeper. They lived in Germantown until about 1937, when they went to live with Louise and Gerald in Norwod, Pa.

      Sebastian at the age of seventy, got a job altering clothes at a men's clothing store, Torrelli's in Norwood. He would walk six or seven blocks to go to work.

      A few years later, in Feb. 1943, Sebastian died of cancer. Victoria died several years later.
    • Application for Passport - July 1, 1908
      Born in Eichenberg in Bayern, Germany
      November 18, 1862
      Emigrated from Antwerp on September 5th, 1890
      Lived in Philadelphia for 18 years
      Ladies tailor - occupation

      Application for citizenship - March 24, 1897
      2124 N. 15th Street
      Was naturalized on June 24, 1901

      July 1, 1908
      Was going abroad, intended to return in 2 years
      Age and description at time of application:
      45 years
      height: 5' 4"
      brown eyes, black hair, dark complexion
      Sworn to by Appolonia Schmitt
      Lived at 2139 North 15th Street, Philadelphia
    Person ID I29  Kirk-Miller
    Last Modified 6 Apr 2014 

    Father Schmitt Johann,   b. 1830-1840 
    Family ID F88  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Klimko Viktoria 
    Married 1922 
    Last Modified 6 Apr 2014 
    Family ID F22  Group Sheet

    Family 2 ARENZ Appolonia,   b. 14 Sep 1864, Budenheim, Hessen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jul 1914 6 A.M., Philadelphia, PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 19 Sep 1887  Frankfurt,Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. SCHMITT Louise Marie,   b. November 20, 1894, Philadelphia, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. April 18, 1982, Rest Haven Nursing Center, Broomall ,PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 88 years)
     2. SCHMITT Carl Wilhelm,   b. 24 Jan 1888, Frankfurt, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Sep 1890 4:00 AM, Children's Hospital, Philladelphia, PA Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. SCHMITT Emil,   b. 14 Sep 1893, Philadelphia, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jan 1894 11:30 AM, Children's Hospital, Philadelphia, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 0 years)
     4. SCHMITT Rudolph Heinrich,   b. February 14, 1889, Frankfurt, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 November 10, 1894 4:00 AM, Philadelphia,PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 5 years)
     5. SCHMITT Pauline Elizabeth,   b. June 8,1890, Frankfurt, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. November 17, 1894 1:30 AM, Philadelphia, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 4 years)
     6. SCHMITT Frederick Wilhelm,   b. January15, 1892, Philadelphia, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. November 23 ,1894 1:00 PM, Philadelphia, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 2 years)
     7. SCHMITT Margaret,   b. 20 Nov 1897, Philadelphia, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 May 1925, Philadelphia, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 27 years)
     8. SCHMITT Franz Martin,   b. 15 Jan 1899, Philadelphia, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1955  (Age 55 years)
     9. SCHMITT Frances Appolonia
    Histories
    History of Sebastian Schmitt and family
    History of Sebastian Schmitt and family
    Family ID F11  Group Sheet

    Family 3 Purnell Mary J. 
    Married 13 Jul 1919  Philadelphia, PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 31 Dec 2011 
    Family ID F92  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    Sebastian Schmitt and family formal portrait
    Sebastian Schmitt and family formal portrait

  • Sources 
    1. [S1] GEDCOM File : MILLER.ged, Beverly Miller, 1 May 1996.



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