There are 3 Gilau families that arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 4 July 1766 aboard the ship Die Neue Freiheit von Bremen under the command of Skipper Steingrawer.
They all settled in the Volga German colony of Warenburg on 12 May 1767.
(1) Johannes Gilau, a farmer, and his wife are recorded on the 1767 census of Warenburg in Household No. 143.
(2) The widow Maria Katharina Gilau arrived in Oranienbaum. She is recorded on the 1767 census of Warenburg remarried to Johann Georg Krickau and living along with her children in Household No. 156.
(3) Christian Gilau, a farmer, and his wife are recorded on the 1767 census of Warenburg in Household No. 158.
The 1767 census records that all three of these families came from the German village of Wolfenhausen in the region of Runkel. The Oranienbaum passenger errantly translated the surname of Gilau as Pilau and Kühlthau.
- 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): Wr045, Wr103.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 343, 345.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #1986, #2016, #2021.