Johann Adam Schmidt, a single craftsman (Handwerker), settled in the Volga German colony of Graf on 10 June 1766. He is recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 44 along with a note that he is working for mayor (Vorsteher) Graf.
In 1789, Adam Schmidt and his family moved from Katharinenstadt to Graf.
The 1767 census records that Johann Adam Schmidt came from the German village of Ulm.
- 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): Gf29, Mv1204.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 71.