Gottfried Matz, his wife Anna, and children (Anna, age 8; Joseph, age 3) arrived from Rewal at the port of Oranienbaum on 31 May 1766 aboard the pink Slon under the command of Lieutenant Sergey Panov.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Preuss on 12 May 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 39.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Gottfried Matz was a farmer while the 1767 census records that he was a cartwright (Wagenbauer).
The 1767 census records that Gottfried Matz came from the German village of Holzhausen in the Kurtrier region.
- 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): Ps35.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 418.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #607.