Johannes Waldschmidt, son of Johann Ludwig Waldschmidt & Anna Catharina Steinmüller, was born 23 July 1742 in Fellingshausen (today part of the Biebertal area) in Oberhessen. He was baptized 27 July 1742 in Rodheim am Bieber.
Johannes immigrated to Russia, arriving in Boisroux on 17 August 1767. He is recorded there on the appendix to the 1767 Census of Boisroux in Household No. 43 along with wife Elisabeth (age 25).
He relocated to Meinhard where he is recorded on the 1798 Census in Household No. Mn16 with new wife Eleanora Döring (age 31) who was from Katharinenstadt.
- 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): Mn16.
- Parish records of Rodheim am Bieber.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Der Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 170.