A newly-discovered cousin of mine in Australia emailed me the following pictures. These are photos of the parish church and countryside surrounding Hohen Sprenz, Germany, the ancestral home of my Schmidt line of ancestors. My great-grandfather, John Schmidt, was baptized in this church in 1865, as were many generations of his ancestors. To see Hohen Sprenz on a map, click here.
The Johann Schmidt in this list of war dead is a relative. These are men from the village who died fighting Napolean's army in 1813.
This is the school in Hohen Sprenz.
This is a view of the surrounding countryside.