Mauritius Schmalz, a farmer, and his family arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 8 August 1766.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Brabander on 26 June 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 104. Son Peter Schmalz is erroneously recorded on the 1798 census of Brabander (Household No. Bn31) under the surname Schmelzer.
The 1767 census records that Mauritius Schmalz came from the German village of Eschenbach in Bayern (Bavaria).
- 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): Bn31, Bn60, Bn62.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 237.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #3084.