Sebastian Schmidt, a farmer, his wife Anna Maria, and children (Anna Rosina, age 18; Johann, age 12; Johann Michael, age 8; Johann Filbert, age 5) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 8 August 1766 aboard a pink under the command of Lieutenant Moisey Davydov.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Kraft on 18 August 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 20.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Sebastian Schmidt came from the German region of Dienheim while the 1767 census records that he came from the German village of Burgsinn.
- 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): Kf25.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 398.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #4195.