Johann Christoph Ermisch, a miller (Müller), and his family arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 4 July 1766 aboard the English frigate Love & Unity under the command of Skipper Thomas Fairfax.
Christoph Ermisch, his wife Charlotta, and children (August [age not recorded], Fried. Christoph, age 6; Joh. Elisabeth, age 2½) are recorded on the list of colonists being transported from St. Petersburg to Saratov in 1767 along with a note that mother Charlotta and daughter Joh. Elisabeth died en route.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Orlovskaya on 7 June 1767 and are recroded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 16. They are recorded on the 1798 census of Orlovskaya in Households No. Or04, Or10, and Or36.
Both the Oranienbaum passenger list and the 1767 census record that Johann Christoph Ermisch came from the German region of Zerbst.
- 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): Or04, Or10, Or36.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Der Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 315.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #1408.
- Rauschenbach, Georg. Deutsche Kolonisten auf dem Weg von St. Petersburg nach Saratow: Transportlisten von 1766-1767 (Moscow: G.V. Rauschenbach, 2017): #0774-0778.