Family #35 in the 1775 Grimm census.
Family #21 in the 1798 Grimm census.
Family #57 in the 1834 Grimm census.
Although Katharina Geis/Fries was born in Germany, when her family immigrated to the Volga area of Russia, they settled in Ust Zolicha, also known as Messer. According to Center for Volga German Studies at Concordia University, Messer was founded as a Reformed colony on 7 July 1766, located on the Zolicha River near where it meets with the Goloi Karamysh. The 85 founding colonist families came from the Palatinate, Hesse, and Prussia.
She was Johann Georg Schmidt's second wife. His first wife, Katharina Elisabeth, died after 1775 but before 1778. Katharina married Johann Georg before 1779 and their son Johannes was born later than year.
Her age from census to census is not consistent:
If she was born in 1758, she was around 40 years of age in 1798 and her oldest child was around 20. This means she was around 20 when she gave birth to son Johannes. In 1834 her age was 71, but this is lower than it should be (40 + 36 years to next census = 76). So she may have been a little younger than 40 in 1798, which would mean the age she gave in 1834 was just 3 or 4 years off.
1775 Grimm Census 
1798 Grimm Census 
1834 Grimm Census 
I may have combined two profiles that should have been kept separate. I am keeping the bios of each for each recreation of each profile. The confusion comes with the 1798 census where it states that Katharina Freis was from Messer. I originally read that as she was a different person from the one who was first in Dobrinka and then Grimm, who we know from the 1775 census had two daughters named Fries from her first husband. But now as I re-read everything, they could still be the same person if she moved to Messer first, before settling in Grimm in 1775. There were no Fries families in the 1767 census, so they would have moved from Dobrinka to Messer after 1767 but before 1775. It's a short window of time, but still possible. That could explain why she was listed in the 1798 census as being from Messer.
Husband Johann Georg Fries passed away at some point before 1769, and she remarried shortly thereafter so she would have someone to provide for her and her young children. Her second husband was Johann Georg Schmidt and they had their first child together in 1770. They went on to have twins born in 1774. The Fries children are listed as Johann Georg Schmidt's step-children in the 1775 Grimm census.
Katharina Elisabeth and Johann Georg Fries immigrated to Denmark from Niederramstadt, Lichtenberg, Hessen-Darmstadt. They departed on 03 June 1762 from the processing site in Altona and arrived in Flensburg on 09 June 1762, in a group led by Johannes Wenner. They were one of the last six groups out of 49 to make this journey. The Immigration of German Colonists to Denmark and Their Subsequent Emigration to Russia in the Years 1759-1766 says that Katharina Elisabeth was Johann Georg's financee, but they must have married either shortly before or after their arrival in Denmark.
At the time that they were recorded as living in Denmark as reserve colonists, they had a two-day-old daughter, Elisabeth Catharina. Their Danish home was number 40 in Colony G18 Neuboerm, in the region of Gottorf. The family left Denmark on 02 May 1764.
The couple immigrated to Grimm, but their daughter Catharina Elisabeth didn't survive the journey. They went on to have three more children:
Katharina Elisabeth passed away before 1778. Her widower, Johann Georg Schmidt, remarried Katharina Geis. There was some confusion between the two women since they both went by the same name, Katharina, but Katharina Elisabeth was three years older than Johann Georg, and Katharina Geis was three years younger.
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