Kaspar Pittel, a stonemason (Maurer), and his family arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 12 September 1766 aboard the English frigate Love & Unity under the command of Skipper Thomas Fairfax.
They are recorded on the 1767 list of Beauregard recruits in Household No. 124 along with a note that they settled in the colony of Wittmann.
In 1787, Kaspar Pittel and his family moved from Luzern to Schönchen.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Kaspar Pittel came from the German region of Mainz while the Beauregard list records that he came from the German village of Orb.
- 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): Sn15, Mv1612.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 374.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #5491.