Just Erth [sic], a farmer, his wife Katharina, and children (Philipp, age 13; Anna, age 11½) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 8 August 1766.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Balzer on 1 July 1767. Widower Just Erth [sic] and son Philipp (age 14) are recorded on the 1767 census of Balzer in Household No. 90.
Subsequent censuses (1798, 1834, and 1857) record this surname as Herdt.
Both the Oranienbaum passenger list and the 1767 census record that Just Erth [sic] came from the German region of Isenburg.
- 1834 Balzer Census (Household No. 24).
- 1857 Balzer Census (Household Nos. 24 & 142).
- 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): Bz052.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 99.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #3013.