Johann Heinrich and Barbara Elisabeth Brill were married on 17 March 1747 in Neuenschmidten. Of their eight children (each born in Neuenschmidten), five arrived with them in Russia: Johann Heinrich, born 29 January 1752; Johann Jacob, born 13 October 1754; Anna Margaretha, born 11 January 1757; Conrad, born 23 February 1758; Anna Catharina, born 24 April 1761; and Elisabeth Catharina, born 16 December 1763.
They arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 9 August 1766 aboard the pink Slon under the command of Lieutenant Sergey Panov.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Norka on 15 August 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 Census in Household No. 73.
Heinrich Brill (senior), his son Johann Heinrich & daughter-in-law Elisabeth, and his son Jakob & granddaughter Anna Margaretha (age 1) are recorded on the 1775 census of Norka in Household No. 8.
Both the Oranienbaum passenger list and the 1767 census record that Johann Heinrich Brill came from the German region of Isenburg.
- 1775 Norka Census (Household No. 8).
- 1811 Norka Census (Households No. 37, 92, 97, 168).
- 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): Nr037, Nr092, Nr097, Nr168.
- Parish records of Hellstein.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 248, 249.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #3996.