There are two Ernst families that settled in the Volga German colony of Moor. Their relationship to each other, if any, requires further research.
(1) Andreas Ernst, a farmer, his wife Anna, and sons (Hans, age 19; Heinrich, age 15; Walter, age 12; Johann, age 10) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 4 July 1766 aboard a Russian packet-boat under the command of Midshipman Mankensey.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Moor on 18 June 1767. They are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 22.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Andreas Ernst came from the German regino of Hessen. The 1767 census records that he came from the German district of Isenburg.
(2) Martin Roth, a farmer, his wife Anna, daughter Anna (age 6), and [nephew] Georg [Ernst] (age 21) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 9 June 1766 aboard the English frigate Love & Unity under the command of Skipper Thomas Fairfax.
Orphan Hans Georg Ernst (age 21) is recorded on the 1767 census of Moor in Household No. 58 along with his uncle, Martin Roth.
- 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): Mo01, Mo27, Mo31, Mo32, Mo50.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 161, 170.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #1194, #1601.