Johann Peter Matthias, a cobbler (Schuhmacher), his wife Maria Charlotta, and children (Katharina, age 5; Margaretha Elisabeth, age 4; Johann Michael Philipp, age 2-months) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum aboard the ship Die Vergelte Weintraube under the command of Skipper Anderson.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Keller on 12 May 1767. Peter was the only surviving member of the family, and he is recorded on the 1767 census of Keller in Household No. 26 along with his new wife Sibilla and son (Philipp, age ¼).
The 1767 census records that Peter Mathias came from the German village of Offenbach in the Isenburg region.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 347.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #804.