Johann Mathias Kegler, his wife Margaretha, and children (Maria, age 21; Katharina, age 19; Johann, age 15; Johann Peter, age 11; Katharina, age 9; Johannetta, age 4) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 15 September 1766 aboard the ship Der Junge Heinrich under the command of Skipper Heinrich Niemann.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Orlovskaya on 3 August 1767. The surviving children are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 75 along with their stepfather Jakob Geiderich.
The 1767 census does not record from where the Kegler family came.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 327.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #7208.