Michael Mertz, a farmer, and his wife Maria arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 12 September 1766 aboard the English frigate Love & Unity under the command of Skipper Thomas Fairfax.
They are recorded on an appendix to the 1767 census of Nieder-Monjou in Household No. 32. They relocated to the Volga German colony of Schönchen.
In 1796, Michael Mertz moved from Schönchen to Luzern.
The 1767 census records that Michael Mertz came from the German village of Bern in the Hessen 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): Lz13, Sn03, Sn04, Sn39, Mv2623.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 210.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766 (Saratov: State Technical University, 2010): #5279.