Gottlieb Matthias, a farmer, his wife Katharina, and children (Maria Sophia, age 5; Gottlieb, age 2½) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 15 September 1766 aboard the Danish galliot Nord Stern under the command of Skipper Detlev Belling.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Urbach on 3 July 1767. Gottlieb Matthias died, and his widow remarried to Johann Heinrich Krämer. The combined Krämer / Matthias families are recorded on the 1767 census of Urbach in Household No. 53.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Gottlieb Matthias came from the German region of Sachsen (Saxony).
- 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): Ur21.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 282.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #5228.