Andreas Ernst, a farmer, and his family 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 1767 census records that Andreas Ernst came from the German district of Isenburg.
Another Ernst, single Hans Georg Ernst (age 21) is also recorded on the 1767 census of Moor in Household No. 58 along with his uncle, Martin Roth.
It is unknown whether there is a relationship between these two Ernst families.
- 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.