There are two Schmidt families that settled in the Volga German colony of Keller on 12 May 1767 who are probably related to each other.
(1) Johannes Schmidt (age 30), a farmer, and his wife are recorded on the 1767 census of Keller in Household No. 46.
(2) Lorenz Schmidt (age 25), also a farmer, and his wife are recorded on the 1767 census of Keller in Household No. 47.
Following the destruction of Keller, they must have resettled to the colony of Neu-Kolonie because in 1788, Lorenz Schmidt is recorded moving from Neu-Kolonie to Brabander.
The 1767 census records that both Johannes and Lorenz came from the German village of Bommersheim in the Kurmainz.
- Mai, Brent Alan. 1798 Census of the German Colonies along the Volga (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1999): Bn55, Mv1861.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet 1764-1767 Band 2 (Goettingen: Der Göttinger Arbeitskreis; 2001): 351.