Melchior Müller and his wife Margaretha [Hartwig] arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 12 September 1766 aboard an English frigate under the command of Skipper Adam Beerfeier.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Katharinenstadt on 3 August 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 147.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Melchior Müller was a farmer while the 1767 census records that he was a window maker (Fensterbauer).
The 1767 census records that Melchior Müller came from the German village of Döngelstiel [?] in Schwaben (Swabia) in the Nürnberg region and that Margaretha Hartwig came from the German village of Achtleben [?] near Bremen.
- 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): Ka129.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 307.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #4493.