There are several Schmidt families that settled in the Volga German colony of Boisroux on 7 June 1767. Two of them are believed to be related because they came from the same place in Germany, but their exact relationship is not recorded.
(1) Johann Christian Schmidt from Gohrau, eldest son of Christian Schmidt, married on 22 April 1745 in Seegrehna to Maria Catharina Stallbaum, pegnant daughter of the deceased Gottfried Stallbaum. Since she was pregnant, they had gone to another village in order to get married. Daughter Dorothea Elisabeth was born 7 July 1745 and baptized on 10 July 1745 in Rehsen, Anhalt-Dessau. They had a number of additional children.
In April 1767, the parish records of Rehsen note the departure of Christian Schmidt and his family. They arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 10 August 1766 aboard a ship under the command of Skipper Nikolaus Peter Pink.
The parents did not survive the journey to the Volga colonies. Sons Johann Christian and Christoph are recorded on the 1767 census of Boisroux in Household No. 28 with their older sister, the above noted Dorothea Elisabeth and her family.
In 1772, Christian Schmidt moved from Boisroux to Katharinenstadt.
(2) Friedrich Schmidt, a farmer, and his family arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 4 July 1766 aboard the English frigate Love & Unity under the command of Skipper Thomas Fairfax.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Boisroux and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 43.
The 1767 census records that Friedrich Schmidt came from the German village of Rehsen in the region of Dessau. A note on the 1767 census records that he was born in the village of Gohrau.
- 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): Bx45, Ka001, Mv0275.
- Parish records of Rehsen.
- Parish records of Riesigk.
- Parish records of Seegrehna.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 141, 146.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #1333, #4230.
- 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.