Christian Schmidt, a farmer, and his wife Elisabeth settled in the Volga German colony of Susannental on 3 August 1767. They are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 26.
In 1794, widow Katharina Elisabeth Rittger née Becker married Johannes Eifert in Meinhard and took her son from her first husband, Christian Schmidt, Johannes Heinrich Schmidt with her.
Johann Heinrich Schmidt from Susannental is recorded on the 1798 census of Meinhard in Household No. Mn03.
The 1767 census records that Christian Schmidt came from the German village of Hoch-Weisel [?] in the Darmstadt.
- 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): Mn03, Mv2883.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 264.