Johannes Haal and his family immigrated to Russia, arriving from Lübeck at the port in Oranienbaum aboard the ship Mann & Frau on 18 June 1766.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Preuss on 15 July 1767 where they are recorded on the 1767 census in Household No. 67.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Johannes Haal is a farmer while the 1767 census records that he is a basket weaver (Korbflechter).
In 1797, widower Johann Adam Haal moved from Preuss to Leichtling.
The 1767 census records that Johannes Haal came from the German village of Werheim in the Kurtrier region.
- 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): Lg34, Ps65, Ps80, Mv2372.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 424.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #1161.