Johann Caspar Schmidt, son of Heinrich Schmidt & Barbara Scheid of Queckborn, was born 17 February 1724. He married 10 October 1748 in Steinbach (Fernwald) to Anna Dorothea Haas, daughter of Johannes Haas & Anna Catharina Arnold. She had been baptized on 15 October 1719 in Steinbach. In Steinbach, the birth of seven children are recorded.
The family immigrated to Russia, arriving on 17 August 1767 in the colony of Paulskaya where they spent the winter. They are recorded there on the 1767 Census. The following year, they moved to their permanent settlement of Basel. They are recorded there on the 1798 census in Household No. Bs41.
- Mai, Brent Alan. 1798 Census of the German Colonies along the Volga: Economy, Population, and Agriculture (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1999): Bs41.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 360.
- Stumpf, Otto and Hanno Müller. Familienbuch Steinbach: Kreis Gießen (Darmstadt: Hessische Familiengeschichtliche Vereinigung, 1994): 196.