Sebastian Keim, a farmer, his wife Veronika, and their son Johann (6-weeks-old) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 13 September 1766 aboard a ship under the command of Skipper Johann Grapp.
Sebastian Keim and his wife Feronika are recorded on the list of colonists being transported from St. Petersburg to Saratov in 1767.
Sebastian Keim and his wife Veronika settled in the Volga German colony of Kautz on 21 August 1767. They are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 23. Widow Veronika is recorded on the 1798 census in Kautz (Kz19).
The 1767 census records that they came from the German village of Hamm near Alzey in the Pfalz.
In various translations of documents from Kautz, the surnames of Klein and Keim have been confused.
- 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): Kz19.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 338.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #5914.
- Rauschenbach, Georg. Deutsche Kolonisten auf dem Weg von St. Petersburg nach Saratow: Transportlisten von 1766-1767 (Moscow: G.V. Rauschenbach, 2017): #6773-6774.