Christoph Gross, a farmer, his wife Johanna, and children (Christoph, age 14; Andreas, age 11; Louisa, age 5) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 10 August 1766 aboard a ship under the command of Skipper Nikolaus Peter Pink.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Susannental on 3 August 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 24.
The 1798 census (Ss13) records that son Andreas is blind and living with relatives in the colony of Boisroux.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Christoph Gross came from the German region of Dessau. The 1767 census records that he came from the German village of Kochstedt.
- 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): Ss13, Ss18.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 264.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #4370.