Hans Michael Kolkepp, a single tailor (Schneider), arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 15 June 1766 aboard the ship Die Vergelte Weintraube under the command of Skipper Anderson.
He is recorded on the 1767 census of Seelmann in Household No. 15 along with his new wife Elisabeth and their new-born daughter (Maria Margaretha, age ¼). They had settled there on 15 July 1767.
In 1788, widow Elisabeth Kolkepp and her children moved from Seelmann to Neu-Kolonie.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Hans Michael Kolkepp came from the German region of Würzburg. The 1767 census records that he came from the German village of Hecken in the Kurmainz region.
This surname erroneouly translated as Kolgen or Kolgst on some documents.
- 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): Nk17, Mv2711.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 152.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #796.