I am looking for information on Leonard Hammerschmidt b 4 Oct 1824 (probably in Russia) d 13 Aug 1900 m Catherine Wahl. I don't know if he ever came to the U.S. He is originally from Germany and settled with other "Volga Germans" along the Volga River in Russia. He had a son, Leonard b 1854 d 23 Sep 1931 m Anna Maria Susan Goetz and Barbara (Weigel) Brungardt. Leonard's son John is my husband's grandfather. Quite a few Russian immigrants settled in Ellis County, Kansas in the late 1800s. There are still a number of them left. John and his wife, Catherine Dreiling, had 7 children, 6 of them daughters. The only son, Rich, now lives in Liberal, Kansas.