Matthias Hoffmann, a carpenter (Zimmermann), and his wife Magdalena arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 15 June 1766 aboard the ship Die Vergelte Weintraube under the command of Skipper Anderson.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Keller on 12 May 1767, and he is recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 37 along with a new wife, Anna Maria.
The 1767 census records that Matthias Hoffmann came from the German village of Merzig in the Kurtrier region.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 349.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #779.