Franz Wilhelm Schneider, son of Michael Schneider and stepmother Maria Elisabeth Buchin, his unnamed wife, and four unnamed sisters (daughters of the deceased Michael Schneider) immigrated to Denmark (Schleswig-Holstein) arriving in Flensburg on 9 June 1762.
They were dismissed from the Danish colonies on 13 June 1763 and joined the migration to Russia.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Messer on 7 July 1766.
Franz Schneider, a farmer, his wife Katharina Friederika, and daughters (Maria Barbara, age 5; Anna Maria, age 1½) are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 2.
The 1767 census records that Franz Schneider came from the German region of Zweibrücken.
- Eichhorn, Alexander, Jacob & Mary Eichhorn. The Immigration of German Colonists to Denmark and Their Subsequent Emigration to Russia in the Years 1759-1766 (Deiningen, Germany: Drukerei und Verlag Steinmeier GmbH & Co. Kg, 2012): B-1494.
- 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): Ms46.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Der Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 131.