Ernst Appel, his wife Katharina Helmut, sons (Ernst Heinrich, age 3; Johann Heinrich, age ¾), and sister-in-law Elisabeth Helmut (age 32) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 2 July 1772 aboard a ship under the command of Skipper Hartwig.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Pobochnaya on 4 July 1773.
They are recorded on a 1773 list of Pobochnaya settlers (No. 21).
- 1773 Pobochnaya Census (No. 21).
- Mai, Brent Alan. 1798 Census of the German Colonies along the Volga: Economy, Population, and Agriculture (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1999): Pb13.