Johann Carl Schmidt married in Soden on 8 May 1724 to Anna Catharina Seipel, daughter of Johann Heinrich Seipel & Anna Maria Hagemann. She had been born 21 May 1703 in Romsthal. [There is a note in the marriage register that Johann Carl Schmidt is Lutheran and that there had been an earlier "illegitimate" marriage of this couple by a Lutheran clergyman (Recopulatus est Carolus Schmidt ab aliquo Ministro Lutherano illegitime copulatus, com Anna Catharina Seipel)]
The births in Romsthal of 10 children to Johann Carl Schmidt & Anna Catharina Seipel are recorded in the parish register of Soden: (1) Johannes, born 28 October 1724; (2) Johannes, born 21 December 1725; (3) Johann Adam, born 1 November 1727; (4) Maria, born 14 October 1729; (5) Johannes, born 17 March 1732; (6) Johann Martin, born 24 May 1736; (7) Anna Eva, born 29 March 1738; (8) Maria Catharina, born 25 August 1740; (9) Maria Catharina, born 11 January 1743; and (10) Johannes, born 19 March 1745.
Johann Carl Schmidt died in Romsthal on 19 April 1746 and is buried in Soden [with a note accompanying this burial record that he was Lutheran].
Johann Martin Schmidt (born 1736, above) married in the chapel in Soden on 18 August 1761 to Anna Maria Haffner from Marborn.
The births in Marborn of two daughters to Johann Martin Schmidt & Anna Maria Haffner are recorded in the parish register of Soden: (1) Maria Catharina, born 6 July 1762; and (2) Maria Barbara, born 23 September 1764.
Martin Schmidt, a farmer, his wife Anna, and children (Katharina, age 4; Maria, age 1½) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 4 July 1766 aboard the English frigate Love & Unity under the command of Skipper Thomas Fairfax.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Hildmann on 20 June 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 13 along with newborn son Hans Christoph (age ¼).
Martin Schmidt and his family are recorded on the 1798 census of Hildmann in Household No. Hd16.
Martin Schmidt and his family are recorded on the 1834 census of Hildmann in Household No. 53.
Philipp Schmidt, son of Martin Schmidt, is recorded on the 1834 census of Hildmann in Household No. 76 along with a note that he relocated to the colony of Warenburg in 1826.
Sebastian Schmidt, great grandson of Martin Schmidt, from Hildmann and his family are recorded on the 1857 census of Josefstal in Household No. 34.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Martin Schmidt came from the German region of Fulda. The 1767 census records that he came from the German village of Stein [probably Steinau an der Straße, which is near Marborn].
- 1834 Hildmann Census (Households No. 53, 76).
- 1857 Josefstal Census (Household No. 34).
- 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): Hd16.
- Parish register of Soden (which includes Romsthal).
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Der Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 100.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #1769.
Entry from the parish register of Soden recording the birth in Romsthal of Johann Martin Schmitt on 24 May 1736.
Source: Max Weinbinder.
Entry from the parish register recording the marriage in the chapel in Soden on 18 August 1761 of Johann Martin Schmitt to Anna Maria Haffner from Marborn.
Source: Max Weinbinder.