I'm trying to find earlier records and earlier relatives for my 2g-grandfather, Johann Schwarz (John Schwartz).
Although nothing I know about him puts him in St. Tammany Parish, it is possible that he is the John M Schwartz in St. Tammany in the 1850 census, living with an older Fanny Schwartz (mother? aunt?).
Here is completely everything I do know about my 2g-grandfather:
1829 - b. Eilingen, Prussia, from his gravestone, but I cannot identify a location that was in Prussia by that name in the early 19th century.*
1859 - Naturalized in St. Mary Parish (must have immigrated by 1854?)
1861 - married Franziska Förstl in St. Mary Parish
1864 - Son Joseph born in New Orleans
1867 - Son John Nicholas born in New Orleans
1870 - Died (weeks before the census)
1870 - Buried in Franklin, St. Mary Parish
His wife, Franziska Förstl, arrived from Baden to N.O. in 1861.
I can only surmise that Johann was a Union soldier, as was his wife’s uncle, Valentin Ibert, who lived in St. Mary Parish at the time of Johann’s naturalization.
(There is a Johann Schwarz in St. Louis in the 1863 draft records, but I suspect he is the same one in that city in 1870, after my ancestor’s death.)
He is here in my tree of this branch of my family: http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/26236145/person/1811065093
Thanks for any clues.
* I keep a map of close names and plausible places at http://goo.gl/maps/MP78i