Joseph Schmidt, a farmer, and his family settled in the Volga German colony of Kamenka on 6 July 1765. They are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 50.
The 1767 census records that Joseph Schmidt came from the German village of Hassfurt.
- 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): Km043.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 228.