Jakob Schmidt, a single craftsman (Handwerker), settled in the Volga German colony of Walter on 25 August 1767 and is recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 60 along with a note that he relocated to the Volga German colony of Messer in 1768.
The 1767 census records that Jakob Schmidt came from the German village of [Groß] Schoritz in Prussian Pomerania.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Der Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 308.