Peter Erbes, a farmer, and his family arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 4 July 1766 aboard the ship Der Junge Mathias under the command of Skipper David Wollert.
The parents died after arrival in Russia. The surviving children settled in the Volga German colony of Dönhof on 18 June 1767. They are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 77.
Johann Georg Erbes, son of Johann Michael Erbes, and his family moved from Dönhof to Dobrinka in 1834 and are recorded on the 1834 census of Dobrinka in Household No. 130.
Both the Oranienbaum passenger list and the 1767 census record that the Erbes family came from the German region of Stolberg.
- 1834 Dobrinka Census (Household No. 130).
- 1834 Dönhof Census (Household No. 194).
- 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): Dh082, Dh083, Dh086.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 362.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #1893, #1894.