Matthias Schmidt was married in Kork, Hesse-Darmstadt, on 24 June 1761 to Barbara Wegel, daughter of Jacob Wegel & Barbara Lutz. She had been born in Kork on 13 December 1738.
Matthias and Barbara had 2 children, each born and baptized in Kork: (1) Johann Jacob (born 9 February 1763 & baptized 11 February 1763, died 8 April 1763) and (2) Elisabeth (born 13 March 1764 & baptized 14 March 1764).
Matthias Schmidt and his family immigrated to Russia departing from the port of Lübeck on board a Russian packet-boat under the command of Lieutenant Makkensy. They arrived at the port of Oranienbaum on 22 July 1766. They arrived in the colony of Dietel on 1 July 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 Census in Household No. 10.
Matthias Schmidt is recorded on the 1798 Census of Dietel in Household No. Dt47.
- 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): Dt47.
- Parish records of Kork (LDS Film No. 1189656, 1189657, 1189658, & 1189662).
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Der Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 283.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #2451.
Alan R. Wambold