May 29 – Carl August Joachim Schmidt #52ancestors No. 15

I missed a lot of the 52 ancestors challenge created by Amy Crow at

I have a lot of catching up to do. And this is where I start.


We meet one of my paternal great grandfathers.

Carl August Joachim SCHMIDT was born on May 29, 1875 in Tüschenbek, Saxe-Lauenburg, Germany.

church Groß Grönau

church Groß Grönau

He received his christening on June 27, 1875 in the church of Groß Grönau, Saxe-Lauenburg, Germany.

He was the second born child of the stableman from Tüschenbek estate Carl Friedrich Wilhelm SCHMIDT and his wife Christina Maria née Holst.

Unfortunately, his older sister was a stillborn child, so he grew up as the oldest of three children.

In 1876 he got his first immunization against smalllpox. The second one was on June 10, 1887. With pigs’ lymph. He received six cuts and since he developped pustules, the immunization was called a success.

While searching for him in the city archive of Lübeck where I knew he moved to since my grandmother was born there I found his name in the recruitment papers for the 41th infantry regiment of 1896. Which means he moved from Tüschenbek which was just outside of Lübeck to the city between 1887 and 1896.

I didn’t find the exact entry for his wedding with my great grandmother Emma Catharina OHRT yet, but from 1901 til 1912 Emma gave birth to six children, four girls and a boy. You might remember my blogpost about Emma and her children, which you can find here.

This is an entry of the adressbook of Lübeck 1920. Carl is the third entry from below in the second column.

adressbook 1920 Lübeck

adressbook 1920 Lübeck

Following his move to Lübeck he changed his occupation from a stableman to a coachman. And soon he started his own transport business. First by horse and coaches, but when the time came he bought his first truck – an Opel Blitz (the German word for lightning).



Unfortunately, I don’t have a picture from his first car, but this is one I found of the model at wikipedia.. and let me tell you one thing: it looks a lot cooler than most middlesized trucks today 😉



My great grandfather Carl died on December 23, 1955 in Lübeck and he got laid to rest on December 27, 1955.

obituary Carl Schmidt

obituary Carl Schmidt

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