Johann Nikolaus Hoffmann, a farmer, his wife Anna Margaretha, and children (Susanna Elisabeth, age 9½; Johann Peter, age 5; Johann Nikolaus, age 2½; Maria Katharina, 1-week-old) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 15 September 1766 aboard the snow-brig Die Frau Dietrika under the command of Skipper Joachim Friedrich Luhn.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Hussenbach. Father [Johann] Nikolaus and son [Johann] Peter are recorded there on the 1798 census in Household No. Hs083.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Johann Nikolaus Hoffmann came from the German region of Zweibrücken.
- 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): Hs023, Hs083, Hs121.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #6121.