Michael Bergheim, a farmer, and his family arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 15 September 1766 aboard the galliot Adler under the command of Skipper Paul Adam Drath.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Hölzel on 11 September 1767. They are located there on the 1767 census in Household No. 34 [erroneously under the surname of Bernhard].
In 1797, Johannes Bergen [Bergheim] moved from Hölzel to Preuss.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Michael Bergheim came from Luxembourg. The 1767 census records that they came from the village of Remeling in Luxembourg. There is a Remeling (Rémeling in French) that is located in the historical German region of Lothringen near where the French, German, and Luxembourg borders meet. However, there is a village called Remerschen that is on the Luxembourg side of where those borders meet. Perhaps this is the location. Further research needs to be conducted on the records of these locations.
- 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): Hz29, Mv0955.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 117.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #5965.