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Maria Sophia (Vogel) Schmal (abt. 1734 - bef. 1834)

Maria Sophia (Sophia) Schmal formerly Vogel
Born about in Leiman, Baden, Germanymap
Wife of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died before before about age 99 in Grimm, Saratov, Russiamap
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Volga German
Sophia (Vogel) Schmal was a Volga German.
Sophia (Vogel) Schmal has German Roots.


Family #81 in the 1775 Grimm census.
Family #119 in the 1798 Grimm census.

Maria Sophia Vogel was born 24 May 1734 in Leiman, Baden, Germany.

Birth Record [1]

Name: Maria Sophia Vogel
Event Date: 1734
Gender: Female
Birth Date: 24 May 1734
Birth Year: 1734
Birthplace: Leimen, Baden, Germany
Christening Date: 26 May 1734
Father's Name: Johann Jacob Vogel
Mother's Name: Maria Elisabetha

The couple had one daughter, Maria Catharina, when they immigrated to Denmark, also traveling with a maid, Margaretha Magdalena Reitern. [2] They arrived at the immigrant processing site in Altona, Duchy of Holstein on 24 May 1762. Five days later they arrived in Flensburg, Duchy of Schleswig.[2] Considered reserve colonists, they resided at Wohnstelle Number 31 in Colony G18 Neubörm, in the region of Gottorf. [2] Frustrated with their efforts at successful farming, the family left Denmark on 12 January 1765 and immigrated to Russia, along with other Germans in Denmark. [2] They first settled in an earlier established village, like Dobrinka, but then later moved to their final place of residence, Grimm. This is why they are not listed in the 1767 Grimm census. [3]

Johann Georg Schmal and his family are first listed in the 1775 Grimm census.

1775 Grimm Census [4]

Family # 81
Head of the Household Johann Georg Schmal, age 36
Wife Maria Sophia Schmal, age 40
Child #1 Jakob Christian Schmal, age 7
Child #2 Maria Katarina [sic] Schmal, age 8 years 6 months
Child #3 Maria Elizabeta [sic] Schmal, age 2 years 6 months
Child #4 Elizabeta [sic] Dorotea [sic] Schmal, age 1 week

1798 Grimm Census [5]

Family # 119
Head of the Household Georg Schmal, age 61
Wife Maria Sofia [sic] Vogel Schmal, age 64
Child #1 Jakob Christian Schmal, age 30
Wife of Child #1 Elizabeta [sic] Bats [?] [sic] Schmal, age 31
Grandchild #1 Johannes Schmal, age 3 months
Grandchild #2 Maria Katatina [sic] Schmal, age 7
Grandchild #3 Katarina [sic] Elizabeta [sic] Schmal, age 5

Georg is not listed in the 1834 Grimm census and was probably deceased. Had he survived, he would have been 97 years old. The death years of all males in the Volga German villages were always noted in the next census. The fact that his name is missing from the 1834 census suggests that he died before the 1816 census and his death was noted there. Had been alive in 1816 when the male-only census was taken, he would have been 77 years old.


  1. "Deutschland Geburten und Taufen, 1558-1898," database, FamilySearch ( : 10 February 2018), Maria Sophia Vogel, 26 May 1734; citing Leimen, Baden, Germany; FHL microfilm 1,272,780.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Eichhorn, Alexander, Dr., and Dr. Jacob and Mary Eichhorn. The Immigration of German Colonists to Denmark and Their Subsequent Emigration to Russia in the Years 1759-1766, Druck and Bindung: Druckerei and Verlap Steinmeier GmbH & Co. KG, 86738, Deiningen, Germany; Published 2012; page 296. A 43-29 and A 43-30; page 583, B-1453. Johann Georg Schmall and Margaretha Reitern.
  3. Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet 1764-1767, Band 2, Herausgegeben von Alfred Eisfeld under Mitarbeit von Sabine Eichwald, Published by the Nordost-Instsitut - 38085 Göttingen, 2005.
  4. The 1775 and 1798 Census of the German Colony on the Volga, Lesnoy Karamysh, also known as Grimm; Published by the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, Lincoln, Nebraska, USA; Published date: 1995; family #81 in the 1775 census, Johann Georg Schmal family.
  5. The 1775 and 1798 Census of the German Colony on the Volga, Lesnoy Karamysh, also known as Grimm; Published by the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, Lincoln, Nebraska, USA; Published date: 1995; family #119 in the 1798 census, Georg Schmal family.

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