Michael Herold, a farmer, and his wife Anna settled in the Volga German colony of Schönchen on 17 August 1767. They are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 15.
The widow and children of Michael Herold are recorded on the 1798 census of Schönchen in Household No. Sn23.
The 1767 census records that Michael Herold came from the German village of Arnstein.
- 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): Sn23.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 108.