In the early 1860's he married Margaretha Treimer (sometimes spelled Trinar, or Trimar in records). They had 9 children.
In October 1881 they left Hamburg on the ship Australia going to New York. Except for the two oldest children, who joined the family a year later. They settled on a farm in Illinois.
On May 15, 1919, Fritz died in Campbelhill, Illinois.
SpouseMargaretha Treimer 1838–1910
Margareta Schmidt 1862–1916
Christina Amelia Schmidt 1863–1922
Magda (Martha) Sophia Elizabeth Schmidt 1865–1949
Henrietta Deserie Schmidt 1867–1959
Fritz Emil Schmidt 1868–1939
Mary Gertrude Schmidt 1869–1952
Adolph Carl Schmidt 1870–1959
Henry Schmidt 1874–1874
Agnes Henrietta Schmidt 1875–1944