Johann Koch, a single man, arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 10 August 1766 aboard a ship under the command of Skipper Nikolaus Peter Pink.
He settled in the Volga German colony of Ernestinendorf on 3 August 1767 and is recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 28 along with his new wife Barbara. In 1769, Johannes Koch and his family moved from Ernestinendorf to Schönchen.
In 1785, Karl Koch and his family moved from Schönchen to Pobochnaya.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Johann Koch was a farmer while the 1767 census records that he was a carpenter (Tischler).
The 1767 census records that Johann Koch came frm the German village of Elsdorf in the Darmstadt 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): Pb28, Mv0563.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 402.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #4249.