Christoph Arnst, a farmer, and his wife Elisabeth settled in the Volga German colony of Boisroux on 3 August 1767. They are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 81 along with 5 stepchildren with the surname Lieder (Johann Detlof, age 18; Karl, age 15; Sophia, age 10; Karl Ludwig, age 8; Joachim, age 5).
The 1767 census records that Christoph Arnst came from the German village of Gonna in the Mecklenburg region.
- Mai, Brent Alan. 1798 Census of the German Colonies along the Volga (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1999): Bx10.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet 1764-1767 Band 1 (Goettingen: Der Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 159.