There are two Biel families that arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 19 July 1766 aboard a ship under the command of Skipper Jakob Bauer. They both settled in the Volga German colony of Schwab on 8 July 1767.
(1) [Johann] Georg Biel, a farmer, his wife Katharina, and his sister Katharina (age 30) arrived in Oranienbaum. They are recorded on the 1767 census of Schwab in Household No. 12.
The widow of Georg Biel and his descendants are recorded on the 1798 census of Schwab in Household No. Sb10.
(2) Heinrich Biel, a farmer, his wife Katharina, and his brother [Johann] Wilhelm (age 20) arrived in Oranienbaum. They are recorded on the 1767 census of Schwab in Household No. 13.
Wilhelm Biel and his family are recorded on the 1798 census of Schwab in Household No. Sb09.
There is a Johann Heinrich Piel [sic] from Katharinenstadt and his family who are recorded on the 1798 census of Hockerberg in Household No. Hb13. It is possible that this is the same family recorded in Schwab in 1767.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that both of these Biel families came from the German region of Isenburg. The 1767 census records that they came from the German village of Rohnstadt.
- 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): Hb13, Sb09, Sb10.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 130.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #2610, #2611.