Johann Nikolaus Lorenz, a blacksmith (Schmied), his wife Anna, and children (Maria, age 6; Johann, age 3) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 15 September 1766 aboard a ship under the command of Skipper Franz Nikolaus Schröder.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Schönchen on 3 August 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 20.
The 1798 census of Schönchen records that Michael Lorenz is working in the colony of Wittmann, his brother Johann is working in the colony of Zug, and his sister Agnesa is working in the colony of Katharinenstadt.
The 1767 census records that Johann Nikolaus Lorenz came from the German village of Raunergrund.
- 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): Sn07.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 109.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766 (Saratov: State Technical University, 2010): #6887.