Johannes Loch, a farmer, and his family arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 12 September 1766 aboard a ship under the command of Skipper Heinrich Sager.
The only surviving member of this family (son Michael, age 7) settled in the Volga German colony of Hölzel on 11 September 1767 and is recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 10 along with the combined Niesslein/Herbstsommer families. The 1767 census does not record a relationship between the Hiesslein/Herbstommer families and the Loch family.
Both the Oranienbaum passenger list and the 1767 census record that the Loch family came from the German region of Bamberg.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 111.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #6164.