Silbert Rudolph Schmidt, a single farmer, arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 8 August 1766 aboard the Danish galliot Engel Rafail under the command of Skipper Konstadt.
He settled in the Volga German colony of Jost on 18 August 1767 and is recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 45 along with his new wife Anna Katharina.
The 1767 census records that Rudolph Schmidt came from the German village of Schwerin in the Mecklenburg region.
- 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): Jo17.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 205.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #3456.