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Johann Jacob Schmeer and Anna Eva Glebe were married on 1 October 1748 in Heddersdorf. Anna Eva had been born in Biedebach, Kr. Hersfeld-Rotenburg on 28 March 1724. They had three children whose births are recorded the Heddersdorf: (1) Johann Georg on 25 October 1749; (2) Anna Gertruda on 25 September 1752; and, (3) Anna Katharina on 16 December 1757.

Johann Schmer, a farmer, and his family arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 29 August 1766 aboard a ship under the command of Skipper Johann Skott. 

They settled in the Volga German colony of Norka on 15 August 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 143.

Jakob Schmeer, his wife Anna Eva, and daughter Katharina (age 18) are recorded on the 1775 census of Norka in Household No. 4 along with his son Johann Georg, daughter-in-law Anna Maria, and granddaughter Anna Eva (age 6-weeks).

Both the Oranienbaum passenger list and the 1767 census record that Johann Schmer came from the German district of Hessen.


- 1775 Norka Census (Household No. 4).
- 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): Nr191.
- Parish records of Heddersdorf.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 267.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #3616.


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