Franz Köhler, his wife Elisabeth, daughter Elisabeth (1-month-old), and stepchildren (Johann Metzger, age 16; Anna Metzger, age 14) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 4 July 1766 aboard the ship Der Junge Heinrich under the command of Skipper Henrich Niemann.
They settled in the Volga German village of Warenburg on 12 May 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 63.
The 1767 census records that Franz Köhler came from the German village of Reichenbach in the Erbach region.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 331.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #2081.