Johann Kaspar Köhler, a farmer, his wife [Anna] Barbara, and children (Johann, age 9; Christian, age 7; Johann, age 2 [it is believed that some of this information is inaccurate]) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 15 September 1766 aboard a ship under the command of Skipper Franz Nikolaus Schröder.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Balzer on 1 July 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 96.
The 1767 census records that Kaspar Köhler came from the German region of Isenburg.
- Mai, Brent Alan. 1798 Census of the German Colonies along the Volga (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1999): Bz084.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 96.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #6933.