Johann[es] Fritz and his family arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 14 September 1766 aboard the galliot Der Jan under the command of Skipper Markus Dragun.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Brabander on 19 August 1767. Johannes is recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 63 along with his new bride.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Johann Fritz was a farmer while the 1767 census records that he was a mason (Maurer).
The 1767 census records that Johannes Fritz came from the German village of Kalefalz in the Trier region.
- 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): Nr129, Nr218.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 228.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #5679.