Associated Colonies
Place of origin
Neuenhasslau, (Hasselroth), Main-Kinzig-Kreis, Hessen, Germany

Johann Heinrich Schmidt, a musketeer from Meerholz, and Anna Catharina Semmel married in Neuenhasslau on 29 March 1764. Anna Catharina Semmel was born 28 April and baptized 4 May 1738 in Neuenhasslau, the daughter of Johann Georg Semmel and Anna Catharina Müller. Johann Heinrich Schmidt and Anna Catharina Semmel had one child, Anna Catharina, born 28 January and baptized 2 February 1766 in Neuenhasslau.  

The family arrived in Russia on 17 July 1772. They, along with other families who also arrived in July and August of 1772, were transported to the the Volga German colonies, settling in Pobochnaya in 1773. 

No members of this family appear on the published translation of the Pobochnaya 1798 Census.


- Parish records of Niedermittlau (including Meerholz, Hailer, Neuenhasslau and Gondsroth) on
- Idt, Andreas and Georg Rauschenbach. Einige Kapitel aus der Geschichte des Kolonisationsprojekts von Katharina II. 1763-1775 (Moscow: Andreas Idt, Georg Rauschenbach, 2021): pp. 391 and 407
- Rye, Richard, translator. 1772 and 1798 Census of Pobochnaya (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1995)

Maggie Hein