Johann Philipp Herdt, a single man, arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 29 August 1766 aboard a ship under the command of Skipper Johann Skott.
He settled in the Volga German colony of Kraft on 18 August 1767 and is recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 23 along with his new wife Elisabeth.
The 1798 census of Norka records the descendants of Philipp Herdt [one translation records this surname incorrectly as Kess] (sons: Joseph, age 25; Michael, age 19; Johannes, age 16) from Kraft in Household No. Nr015. Michael Herdt is recorded there as actually working in the colony of Warenburg.
Joseph, Michael, and Johannes Herdt are recorded on the 1811 census of Norka in Household No. 15 with a note that Johannes had died in 1799.
Joseph and Michael Herdt and their families are recorded on the 1834 census of Norka in Household No. 444.
The descendants of Joseph and Michael Herdt are recorded on the 1857 census of Norka in Household No. 477.
Ernest Herdt and his family are recorded on the 1857 census of Norka in Household No. 477 and on the 1857 census of Brunnental.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Johann Philipp Herdt was a cobbler while the 1767 census records that he was a blacksmith (Schmied).
The 1767 census records that Philipp Herdt came from the German village of Pawlagua [?] in the Hanau region.
- 1811 Norka Census (Household No. 15).
- 1834 Norka Census (Household No. 444).
- 1857 Norka Census (Household no. 477).
- 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): Nr015.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 399.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #3730.