There are two Matthias families that arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 10 Augsut 1766 aboard a ship under the command of Skipper Nikolaus Peter Pink. They both settled in the Volga German colony of Ober-Monjou on 3 August 1767. Their relationship to each other is not recorded.
(1) Valentin Matthias, a weaver (Weber), and his wife Katharina arrived in Oranienbaum. They are recorded on the 1767 census of Ober-Monjou in Household No. 72.
(2) [Johann] Ernst Matthias, a farmer, and his wife Katharina arrived in Oranienbaum. They are recorded on the 1767 census of Ober-Monjou in Household No. 75.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that both Matthias families came from the German region of Franken (Franconia). The 1767 census records that Valentin Matthias came from the German village of Wiesthal in Franken (Franconia) and that Johann Ernst Matthias came from the German village of Ockstadt.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 305, 306.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #4210.