Hans Kröning, a farmer, his wife Veronica, and children (Johann[es], age 19; Barbara, age 18; Elisabeth, age 14; Margaretha, age 11) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 14 September 1766 aboard a ship under the command of Skipper Reders.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Frank on 1 September 1767. Hans Kröning is recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 111 along with his new wife Anna Maria and her children (Margaretha, age 18; Johann Balzer, age 11 [surname not recorded]).
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Hans Kröning came frm the German village of Gersfeld. The 1767 census records that he came from the German village of Lussbach [it's possible that this could be Mosbach which is a few kilometers east of Gersfeld].
- 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): Fk093.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 438.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766 (Saratov: State Technical University, 2010): #6489.