Johann Heinrich Geis, a farmer, and his family arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 8 August 1766 aboard a ship under the command of Skipper Johann Gottfried Seelender.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Bangert on 1 July 1767. Heinrich Geis died and his widow Susanna remarried to Johannes Reber. They are recorded on the 1767 census of Bangert in Household No. 14 along with Reber's surviving sons.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Heinrich Geis came from the German region of Nassau while the 1767 census records that his sons came from the German region of Freiburg.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 109.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #3407.