Johann Michael Hendel, a tailor (Schneider), and his wife Rosina arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 15 September 1766 aboard the ship Der Junge Heinrich under the command of Skipper Heinrich Niemann.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Katharinenstadt on 1 August 1767 where Johann Michael Hendel is recorded in Household No. 41 along with his new wife Maria.
The 1767 census records that Johann Michael Hendel came from the German village of Susshausen in the Württemberg region.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 285.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #7279.