Johann Peter Schmidt, a farmer, his wife Elisabeth, and children (Franz, age 22; Philipp, age 20) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 12 September 1766 aboard an English frigate under the command of Skipper Adam Beerfeier.
Johann [Heinrich] Schmidt and his wife Eva were travelling with Johann Peter and this Johann Heinrich is believed to be another son. This is believed to be the Johann Hinrich Schmidt & Eva Zimmermann who were married on 22 July 1766 in St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Lübeck.
They all settled in the Volga German colony of Susannental on 3 August 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 12, 13, & 23.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Johann Peter Schmidt came from the German region of Hessen. The 1767 census records that he came from the German village of Kemel.
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