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The Schubert’s. The story of John Franz Schubert and Mary Elizabeth D’ark links migratory patterns from Austria to Germany to Indiana, U.S. while also examining the struggles of fighting in the civil war. Origin of his Name.

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the schubert s
The Schubert’s

The story of John Franz Schubert and Mary Elizabeth D’ark links migratory patterns from Austria to Germany to Indiana, U.S. while also examining the struggles of fighting in the civil war.

origin of his name
Origin of his Name

John Franz was born in Guilford, state of Germany in 1829to the parents of Ferdinand Lukas Schubert and Anna Feike; and tradition says he was a nephew and namesake of Franz Schubert, the noted musician most known for his composition, “Ave Maria”.

Mary Elizabeth D’Ark was born on June 13th, 1837 in Utica, Clark County, Indiana, just east of the Ohio River.

John Franz left Guilford Germany at age 19 to escape conscription or forced enlistment in the army, and settled in Tell City, Indiana.


John Franz Schubert married Mary Elizabeth D’Ark on July 13th, 1857 in Lanesville, IN.


John Schubert military record (from National Archives )

Private- 26th Regiment, Indiana Infantry Volunteers; commanded by Capt. Warren Morris

Enlisted 9/27/1864 in Jeffersonville; was 5’ 3.5” Grey eyes, dandy hair and fair complexion. Was in siege at Spanish Fort, Alabama and in hospital at Donaldson, Louisiana

Discharged 9/6/1865 at Jackson, Miss.

Died 1/14/1869 at Tell City of ‘disabilities contracted in the service of the United States.


-----Mary Elizabeth Schubert –b:8/27/1861 d:1932

Mary Magdalene Schubert- b: 12/4/1861 d:6/2/1862

Catherine Schubert- b: 1/30/1863 d:8/9/1864

John G. Schubert- b:12/14/1864 d: 1865

Anna Barbara Schubert- b: 8/27/1866 d:10/31/1867

-----George Charles Schubert- b: 10/20/1868 d:12/23/1927

Out of six children, only two of them survived past their first year of life: Mary Elizabeth and George Charles.

  • John died on January 14,1869 in Tell City of injuries from the war. He is buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Tell City IN.

Mary Elizabeth remarried on August 17th of that year to George Wahler in Tell City then moved to Henderson county Kentucky where they both died. Mary’s death occurred on January 13, 1903 as a result of blood- poisoning from an infection which

followed a cut when she opened a can of salmon.

bibliography of secondary sources
Bibliography of Secondary Sources
  • Grahame, Deborah A, Austria (New York: Marshall Cavendish Benchmark,c2007)
  • Lithtenberger, Elisabeth, Austria: Society and Regions (Vienna: Austrian Academy of Sciences Press, c2000)
  • Bankson, John, The Life and Times of Franz Peter Schubert (Bear,Del: Mitchell Lane Publishers, c2004)
  • Williamson, David, The 47th Indiana Volunteer Infantry; A Civil War History (Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland &Company, Inc. , Publishers, c2012)
  • The Hoosier Genealogist (Genealogical Section of the Indiana Historical Society Indianapolis, Ind.)
  • Frost, Helen. 2002. German Immigrants, 1820-1920, Blue Earth Books (Mankato, MN), 2002.
bibliography of primary sources
Bibliography of Primary Sources

“United States, Civil War soldiers index”, index, Pal:/mm9.1.1/FSWl-8PI: accessed 18 April 2012), John Schubert. & Gs by+= 1829&Gsdyrd+17&Gsentry=853

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