Heinrich Paul Michel, a farmer, and his wife, Katharina, arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 13 September 1766 on a ship under the command of skipper Johann Grapp.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Dietel where they are recorded on the 1798 census in Household No. Dt65.
In 1793, Johann Wendel Michel moved from Dietel to Bauer.
The passenger list in Oranienbaum records that this Michel family came from the German region of the Pfalz. Andreas Idt and Georg Rauschenbach report that Heinrich Paul Michel came from the German village of Wallertheim.
- Idt, Andreas & Georg Rauschenbach, "Die Berufer."
- Mai, Brent Alan. 1798 Census of the German Colonies along the Volga (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1999): Dt65, Dt66, Mv0413.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #5881.