Johann Friedrich Fehr, a single carpenter (Tischler), arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 10 August 1766 aboard a ship under the command of Skipper Nikolaus Peter Pink.
Fried. Fahr [sic], his wife Anna, and daughter Christina (born en route) are recorded on the list of colonists being transported from St. Petersburg to Saratov in 1767.
Johann Friedrich Fehr and his wife Anna are recorded on the 1767 census of Boisroux in Household No. 71 along with orphaned brothers Philipp Heinrich (age 18) and Georg (age 16) Schneider. A note accompanying the census states that they all relocated to the colony of Schönchen in 1768. Another note accompanying the 1798 census records that Friedrich Fehr and his family moved from Boisroux to Schönchen in 1772.
The 1767 census records that Johann Friedrich Fehr came from the German village of Schwerin in the Mecklenburg region.
There are no known surviving male lines of this family among the Volga German colonies.
- 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): Mv0274.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 148.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #4369.
- Rauschenbach, Georg. Deutsche Kolonisten auf dem Weg von St. Petersburg nach Saratow: Transportlisten von 1766-1767 (Moscow: G.V. Rauschenbach, 2017): #5147-5149.