Michael Klein, his wife Anna, and children (Anton, age 19; anna, age 17; Katharina, age 13) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 8 August 1766 aboard a ship under the command of Skipper Heidemann.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Brabander on 28 August 1767 and is recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 14. The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Michael Klein was a farmer while the 1767 census records that he was a cobbler (Schuhmacher).
The 1767 census records that Michael Klein came from the German village of Kaltenborn in the Köln region.
- 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): Bn50.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 218.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #4119.