Johann [Heinrich] Keim, a farmer, his wife Elisabeth, their children (Katharina, age 17; Margaretha, age 11; and Christoph, age 8), and his mother Sophia arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 29 August 1766 aboard a ship under the command of Skipper Johann Skott.
They are believed to have settled in the Volga German colony of Huck in 1767, but by the time of the 1767 census only daughters Katharina (married to Johannes Eckert) and Margaretha (age 12) are recorded there in Households No. 89 and 21 respectively. The orphan Margaretha is recorded on the 1767 census in the household of Nikolaus Völcker, but no relationship between the Völcker and Keim families is recorded.
Margaretha Keim later married widower Johann Ernst Willmann from the colony of Messer and is recorded there on the 1798 census in Household No. Hk65.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Johann [Heinrich] Keim came from the German region of Isenburg.
- 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): Hk65.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 145.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #3602.