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Katharina Elisabeth (Emmert) Schmal (1891 - 1978)

Katharina Elisabeth (Elisabeth) Schmal formerly Emmert
Born in Messer, Saratov, Volgamap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Mother of
Died in Tilitschet, Russia, Soviet Unionmap
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Volga German
Elisabeth (Emmert) Schmal is a Volga German.
Elisabeth (Emmert) Schmal has German Roots.

Katharina Elisabeth Emmert was born 06 February 1891 in Messer, Saratov, Russia, to Johann Heinrich and Amalia Emmert [1] and she is a descendant of Martin Emert, from Ausbach, Germany, and his wife Maria Dorothea. They were among the first settlers of Messer. [2] She is a descendant of Martin's son Jakob Emmert and his wife Maria Christina Ulrich who are listed as family Ms12 in the 1798 Messer census. [3] In 1798, Jakob and Maria Christina Emmert had three sons:

  • Johann Konrad Lorenz, born 1788
  • Johannes Emmert, born 1792
  • Heinrich Jakob Emmert, born 1795

Johann Konrad's surname appears to be Lorenz, making him Jakob Emmert's step-son. This means Maria Christina Ulrich was married first to a Mr. Lorenz and that Johann Konrad Lorenz is not a direct ancestor of Katharina Elisabeth Emmert, other than a half-uncle. This means Katharina Emmert was a descendant of either Johannes or Heinrich Jakob Emmert.

Direct descendant family records show that Katharina Elisabeth Emmert was Georg Heinrich Schmal's second wife: [4]

  • Louisa Groh, a Grimm resident, first wife, married 19 November 1903
  • Katharina Elisabeth Emmert, born in Messer, second wife, married 12 April 1911

First wife Louisa's death occurred 12 June 1909 and less than two years later he married Katharina Elisabeth.

Georg Heinrich and Katharina Elisabeth had five children:

  • Karl Schmal, born 20 February 1912
  • Wilhelmina "Mina" Schmal Root, born 21 March 1914
  • Alexander Schmal, born 04 March 1916, died about 1947
  • August Schmal, born 07 July 1918, died 1941
  • Heinrich Schmal, born 24 April 1921, died 21 February 1922

In addition, she was step-mother to Georg Heinrich's two surviving children with his first wife.

Georg Heinrich died 13 July 1921, when he was just 40 years of age. Because of the timing of his death, it was likely due to the severe famine that hit the Volga German villages that year. [5]

Katharina Elisabeth died 06 October 1978 in Tilischet, Russia, which was probably in the area of Kazakhstan, an area where Volga Germans were exiled to at the advent of World War II.

Research Notes

In MyHeritage Family Trees Georg Heinrich Schmal 1881 - 1922 [6]

Birth: 1881, Grimm, Russland
Death: 1922, Grimm/ RUS
Family members
Christian Jacob Schmal, 1852 - 1924
Christina Margarethe Schmal (Schneider), 1857 - 1917
Katharine Elisabeth Schmal (Geb. Emmert), 1891 - 1978
Eva Katharina Ramich (Schmal), 1876 - ?
Jakob Schmal, 1883 - ?
Scharlotta Schmal, 1885 - ?
Alexander Schmal, 1891 - 1961
Christian Jakob Schmal, 1879 - ?
Katharina Margarita Batz (Schmal), 1885 - ?
Ekatherina Elisabeth Schmal, 1889 - ?
Christina Schäfer (Schmal), 1893 - 1976
Федор Schmal, 1911 - ?
Wilhelmina (Mina) Root (Schmal), 1914 - ?
August Schmal, 1920 - 1941
Karl Schmal, 1912 - 1983
Alexander Schmal, 1916 - 1947


  1. Schmal family records, Schmal Web Site, Katharina Elisabeth Emmert, born 6 Feb 1891, in Messer, Saratov, Russia, online database, see:
  2. Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet 1764-1767, Band 3, Heerstellung: Mecke Druck and Verlag, 37115 Duderstandt; Published 1999; page 138, family 30, Martin Emert, age 47, Lutheran, handwerker from Ansbach, wife Maria Dorothea, age 22.
  3. Mai, Brent Alan; 1798 Census of the German Colonies along the Volga, Volume 1; American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, Lincoln, Nebraska; Published 1999 and 2005; page 714, family #Ms12.
  4. Schmal family records, Schmal Web Site, online database, Georg Heinrich Schmal, see:
  5. Russian Famine; The Center for Volga German Resources at Concordia University, Portland, Oregon; online database; history; articles; Starvation is Worse Further into the Provinces; see: and
  6. Schmal Web Site, online database, Schmal Web Site, Georg Heinrich Schmal, see:

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