The parish register of Mettenheim records that Johann Georg Krämer, a straw cutter (Strohschnitter), born in the Darmstadt area. His wife, Maria Barbara Franz from Fischbach, died in Astracan [the region in which the Volga German colonies were located at the time]. His daughter Anna Catharina married in Astracan. His other daughter died there.
Johann Georg Krämer, a farmer, his wife Anna, and daughter (Katharina, age 5) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 22 July 1766 aboard a Russian packet-boat under the command of Lieutenant Trusov.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Dietel on 1 July 1767. Widower Johann Georg Krämer is recorded there on the 1767 census along with his daughters (Katharina, age 8; Susanna Magdalena, age 6-weeks) and sister-in-law Elisabeth (age 17) [surname not recorded, probably Susanna Elisabeth Mattias, the illegitimate daughter of Magdalena Franz, who married Friedrich Jakob Schlund in 1768].
The 1767 census records that Johann Georg Krämer came from the German village of Grosshausen in the Darmstadt region.
- Mai, Brent Alan and Dona Reeves-Marquardt. German Migration to the Russian Volga (1764-1767) : Origins and Destinations (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 2003): #1242, #1243.
- Parish register of Mettenheim (LDS Film No. 1442055).
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 289.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #2474.