Johannes Dithion, a shoemaker (Schuhmacher), his wife Rosina, and [step-]son Georg [Schmidt] (age 6) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 31 July 1766 aboard a Russian packet-boat under the command of Lieutenant Pyotr Malinkov.
Johannes Dithion, his [new] wife Philippina, and stepsons (Heinrich [Lehmann], age 10; Georg Leonhard [Schmidt], age 7) are recorded on the 1767 census of Sewald in Household No. 5. They had settled there on 20 August 1767.
The 1767 census records that Johannes Dithion came from the German village of Mannheim in the Pfalz region.
There are no known surviving male lines of this family among the Volga German colonies.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 168.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #2794.