Nikolaus Brühl, a farmer, and his wife Elisabeth arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 31 July 1766 aboard a Russian ship under the command of Lieutenant Samuel Gibbs.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Pfeifer on 15 June 1767 where Nikolaus is recorded as a single man on the 1767 census in Household No. 40.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Nikolaus Brühl came from the German village of Aufenau while the 1767 census records that he came from the German region of Freiburg.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 387.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #2884.