Johann Heinrich Günther, his wife Anna Veronika, and children (Anna Elisabeth, age 20; Johann, age 12; David, age 9; Johann Heinrich, age 4) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 13 September 1766 aboard a ship under the command of Lieutenant Gawril Poduzki.
Johann Heinrich Günter, Anna Veronicka, and children (Anna Elisabeth, age 18; Johannes, age 10; Johann David, age 7; Johann Heinrich, age 4) are recorded on the list of colonists being transported from St. Petersburg to Saratov in 1767 along with a note that the mother Anna Veronicka died en route.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Stephan on 24 August 1767. Johann Heinrich Günther is recorded there as a widower in Household No. 18. A note on the 1767 census records that this Günther family relocated to the colony of Schilling in 1768.
The 1798 Census of Stephan records that son Johann Heinrich Günther is living in Stephan (Sp36).
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Johann Heinrich Günther was a farmer while the 1767 census records that he was a cobbler (Schuhmacher).
The 1767 census records that Johann Heinrich Günther came from the German village of Heilberscheid.
- 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): Sp36.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 224.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #5580.
- Rauschenbach, Georg. Deutsche Kolonisten auf dem Weg von St. Petersburg nach Saratow: Transportlisten von 1766-1767 (Moscow: G.V. Rauschenbach, 2017): #2258-2263.