Schmidt (Straub-1)

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Schmidt (Straub-1)
Шмидтъ (Straub-1)
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Melchior Schmidt, a farmer, his wife Elisabeth, and their children (Johann, age 20; Eva, age 17½; Anna, age 14; Katharina, age 11; Anna, age 9) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 25 July 1766 aboard the snow-brig Maria Sophia under the command of Skipper Johann Bauer.

Melchior Schmidt, his wife Elisabeth, and children (Johann Willhelm, age 20; Anna Eva, age 17; Elisabeth, age 14, Catharina, age 11) are recorded on the list of colonists being transported from St. Petersburg to Saratov in 1767.

Wife Elisabeth died, and Melchior remarried to Helena Bollinger, the widow of Johann Bollinger. The combined Schmidt/Bollinger family settled in the Volga German colony of Lauwe on 5 September 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 48 along with a note that they relocated to the colony of Straub in 1768.

The 1798 census of Warenburg records in Household No. Wr002 a widow Elisabeth Klara Schmidt (age 69) from Straub. It is possible that she was a subsequent wife of Melchior Schmidt.

The 1767 census records that Melchior Schmidt came from the German village of Sasa [?] in the Darmstadt 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): Wr002.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Der Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 47.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #2526.
- Rauschenbach, Georg. Deutsche Kolonisten auf dem Weg von St. Petersburg nach Saratow: Transportlisten von 1766-1767 (Moscow: G.V. Rauschenbach, 2017): #7961-7966.

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