Jakob Gross, a farmer, and his family along with his brother Johann Gross, a farmer, and his wife Maria arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum 4 July 1766 aboard the English frigate Love & Unity under the command of Skipper Thomas Fairfax.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Schulz on 15 June 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Households No. 22 & 23.
The 1767 census records that both Jakob & Johann came from the German village of Litolberg in the region of Stolberg.
- 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): Sz06, Sz13.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 125.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #1674, #1679.