Joseph Kott, a farmer, and his wife Katharina settled in the Volga German colony of Paulskaya on 22 July 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 41 along with the orphan Sophia Friedrich. The 1767 census does not record a relationship between the Kott and Friedrich families.
The 1767 census records that Joseph Kott came from the German region of Bayreuth.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 341.