Johann Brehne, a plasterer (Stuckateur), and his wife Ursula settled in the Volga German colony of Seelmann on 5 September 1767. They are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 52 along with his stepchildren [surname Strack] (Margaretha, age 15; Simon, age 13; Christoph, age 10).
The 1767 census records that Johann Brehne came from the German village of Neustadt in the Kurpfalz region.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 159.