Jakob Hildebrandt, a single man, arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 10 August 1766 aboard a ship under the command of Skipper Skipper Nikolaus Peter Pink.
He settled in the Volga German colony of Bettinger on 3 August 1767 and is recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 19 along with his new wife Maria Lehmann.
In 1790, widower Jakob Hildebrandt moved from Fischer to Schilling.
The Orainenbaum passenger list records that Jakob Hildebrandt was a farmer from the German region of Mecklenburg. The 1767 census records that he was a cobbler (Schuhmacher) from the German village of Meilberg [Mühlberg?].
- 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): Sg059, Mv0596.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 135.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #4353.