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.
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.
In 1790, Philipp Schmidt and his family moved from Susannental to Meinhard.
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.
- 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): Ss02, Ss07, Mn07, Mv2888.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 261, 262, 264.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #4553, #4554.