Kaspar Mehl, a farmer, his wife Anna, daughter Elisabeth (age 4), mother-in-law Rosina [surname not recorded], and wife's sister Elisabeth [surname not recorded] (age 22) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 18 June 1766 aboard the hooker Anna Katharina under the command of Skipper Adolph Scharpenberg.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Straub on 12 May 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 20.
The 1767 census records that Kaspar Mehl came from the German village of Großrechtenbach in the Nassau-Weilburg region.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 234.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #884.