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.
Lorenz Schmidt from Keller is recorded on the 1798 census Brabander in Household No. Bn55.
Lorenz Schmidt is recorded on the 1811 census of Brabander in Household No. 55 along with a note that he relocated to the colony of Dehler in 1800.
Lorenz Schmidt is recorded on the 1811 census of Dehler in Household No. 8 along with a note that he had arrived in Dehler in 1800.
Lorenz Schmidt and his family are recorded on the 1834 census of Dehler in Household No. 62.
The 1767 census records that both Johannes and Lorenz came from the German village of Bommersheim in the Kurmainz.
- 1811 Brabander Census (Household No. 55).
- 1811 Dehler Census (Household No. 8).
- 1834 Dehler Census (Household No. 62).
- 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.