Matthias Brehm, a farmer, and his family arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 15 June 1766 aboard the ship Die Vergelte Weintraube under the command of Skipper Anderson.
Matthias died after arriving in Russia and his widow Katharina remarried to Johannes Schaaf who had arrived in Oranienbaum on the same ship. They settled in the Volga German colony of Keller on 12 May 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 59.
Following the destruction of Keller, the Brehm family relocated to the colony of Neu-Kolonie.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Matthias Brehm came from the German region of Mainz.
- 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): Nk01.
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- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #782.