Johannes Hammerschmidt and his family arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 8 August 1766 aboard a ship under the command of Skipper Wiebe Heinrichson.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Dehler on 26 June 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 28.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Johannes Hammerschmidt was a farmer while the 1767 census records that he was a coal miner (Köhler).
The 1767 census records that Johannes Hammerschmidt came from the German village of Erbach in the region of Kurpfalz.
- 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): Dl08, Dl35.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 272.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #3511.