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Maria Catharina Stallbaum, daughter of the deceased Gottfried Stallbaum, married on 22 April 1745 in Seegrehna to Johann Christian Schmidt from Gohrau, eldest son of Christian Schmidt.  Maria Catharina had been born in 1722 in Seegrehna.  They had a number of additional children including Dorothea Elisabeth who was born 7 July 1745 and baptized in nearby Rehsen.

The Schmidt family immigrated to Russia along with the family of Christian Stallbaum, presumed to be a relative of Maria Catharina.  Christian, his wife, and their three children arrived on 4 July 1766 at the port in Oranienbaum having sailed aboard the English frigate Love & Unity from Lübeck.

Christian Stallbaum and his wife did not survive the journey down the Volga River.  Son August Wilhelm is recorded on the 1767 census of Boisroux living in Household No. 42 with the Gedde family.  Daughter Maria Christina Stallbaum is recorded living in Household No. 28 with Dorothea Elisabeth, the eldest daughter of the aforementioned Schmidt family.


- Parish records of Seegrehna.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): 109.
- Schmidt, David F. "Using Russian and Gemran Records to Research Your Family Back to Germany." Journal of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia 40:1 (Spring 2017): 29-34.


David F. Schmidt

Volga Colonies