Gottfried Schmidt, a farmer, his wife Katharina, and children (Johann, age 9; Georg, age 7; Philipp, age 4) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 12 September 1766 aboard an English frigate under the command of Skipper Adam Beerfeier.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Susannental on 3 August 1767. Gottfried Schmidt and his surviving sons are recorded on the 1767 census of Susannental in Household No. 9 along with his new wife Katharina and her children (Daniel, age 8; Elisabeth, age 7) whose surname is not recorded.
In 1798, Gottfried Schmidt moved from Susannental to Bettinger.
The 1767 census records that Gottfried Schmidt came from the German village of Taubach in the Fulda 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): Bt39, Ss11, Mv2888.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 261.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #4535.