Johannes Schmidt, a craftsman (Handwerker), and his family settled in the Volga German colony of Schäfer on 6 August 1766. They are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 23.
The 1767 census records that Johannes Schmidt came from the German vilage of Grünberg.
- 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): Sf06, Sf35.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 95.