Joseph Schmalz and his wife Anna Maria arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 13 September 1766 aboard the Russian galliot Citadel under the command of Midshipman Gregory Bukharin.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Semenovka on 24 July 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 12 along with new-born son Nikolaus.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Joseph Schmalz was a watchmaker while the 1767 census records that he was a farmer.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Joseph Schmalz came from the German region of Löwenstein while the 1767 census records that he came from Strassburg.
- 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): Se38.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 180.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #5232.