Johann Gottfried Balde, a single man, arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 8 August 1766 aboard the snow-brig Der Merkur under the command of Skipper Johann Heinrich Abelmann.
He settled in the Volga German colony of Urbach on 13 July 1767 and is recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 13 along with his new wife Christina.
The 1798 census of Urbach records in Household No. Ur14 that Gottfried is working as the schoolmaster in Rosenheim.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Johann Gottfried Balde was a cobbler while the 1767 census records that he was a craftsman (Handwerker).
The 1767 census records that Gottfried Balde came from the German village of Delitzsch in the region of Sachsen (Saxony).
- 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): Ur14.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 272.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #3284.