Nikolaus Bontemps, 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.
Nikolaus died and his widow Johannetta and son Nikolaus settled in the Volga German colony of Hölzel on 11 September 1767. They are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 36.
In 1788, Nikolaus Bontemps and his family moved from Hölzel to Seelmann.
The 1767 census records that Nikolaus Bontemps came from the German village of Winsdorf in the Lothringen region.
Researcher Viktor Becker records that this family came from the German village of Filsdorf in the Moselle region of what today is in France.
- 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): Sm17, Mv0932.
- 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): #5972.