Johann Stephan Berger, a cobbler (Schuhmacher), his wife Maria, and children (Anna, age 14; Joseph, age ¾) arrived from Rewal at the port of Oranienbaum on 30 May 1766 aboard the pink Lopamink under the command of Lieutenant Kryukov.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Seelmann on 24 August 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 44.
The 1767 census records that Stephan Berger came from the German village of Grävenstein in the Kurpfalz region. [There is an historic castle Gräfenstein located in the Kurpfalz region. Perhaps this family originated there.]
- 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): Sm58.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 157.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766 (Saratov: State Technical University, 2010): #350.