Johannes Schilling, a weaver (Leinweber) from the German village of Niederhofen, was baptized 11 July 1720 at the church in Stetten. Johannes, his wife Maria Magdalena, and their children (Eva Barbara, age 15; Christina Margaretha, 13; Maria Agnesa, age 6; Dorothea, age 5; Magdalena, age 3; Johann Friedrich, age ½) along with their maid (Magd) Elisabeth Merkel immigrated to Denmark (Schleswig-Holstein).
They arrived in the city of Schleswig on 6 June 1761. They are last recorded in the Danish colonies on 26 April 1763.
They joined the migration to Russia and are recorded on the 1775 census of Schilling in Household No. 30.
In 1788, Friedrich Schilling moved from Dönhof to Schilling.
The Eichhorns record that Johannes Schilling came from the German village of Niederhofen, Amt Brackenheim in the region of Württemberg.
- 1775 Census of Schilling (No. 30).
- Eichhorn, Alexander, Jacob & Mary Eichhorn. The Immigration of German Colonists to Denmark and Their Subsequent Emigration to Russia in the Years 1759-1766 (Deiningen, Germany: Drukerei und Verlag Steinmeier GmbH & Co. Kg, 2012): B-1443.
- 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): Sg031, Mv0465.