Martin Gärtner, a farmer, and his wife Maria Elisabeth settled in the Volga German colony of Seelmann on 15 July 1767. They are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 71.
The 1767 census records that Martin Gärtner came from the German village of Hoffen in the Kurmainz region.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 162.