Johann Bollinger, a farmer, his wife Magdalena, and their children (Eva Katharina, age 17½; Johann Friedrich, age 14; Georg Philipp, age 8; Anna Maria, age 5; Dorothea, age 2½) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 13 September 1766 aboard the Russian galliot Citidel under the command of Midshipman Grigory Bukharin.
The father died and Magdalena (Helena) remarried to Melchior Schmidt. The combined Schmidt/Bollinger family settled in the Volga German colony of Lauwe on 5 September 1767. They are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 48 along with a note that they relocated to the colony of Straub in 1768.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Johann Bollinger came from the German region of Erbach.
- 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): Sr33.
- Mai, Brent Alan, trans. & ed. Transport of the Volga Germans from Oranienbaum to the Colonies on the Volga: 1766-1767 (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1998): 7246-7252.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 48.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #5241.