Johannes Schmidt, a craftsman (Handwerker), settled in the Volga German colony of Kolb on 13 May 1767. He is recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 32 along with a note that he relocated to the colony of Müller in 1768 and was working as a day-laborer (Lohnarbeiter).
The 1798 census of Frank records Johann Schmidt from Kolb in Household No. Fk066.
The 1767 census records that Johannes Schmidt came from the German village of Rossbach in the Hanau region.
- Mai, Brent Alan. 1798 Census of the German Colonies along the Volga (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1999): Fk066.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet 1764-1767 Band 2 (Goettingen: Der Göttinger Arbeitskreis; 2001): 392.