Johannes Schmidt, a craftsman (Handwerker), and his family settled in the Volga German colony of Mariental. They are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 9.
The 1767 census records that Johannes Schmidt came from the German region of Blieskastel.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 97.