Johann Heinrich Moritz, a farmer, and his wife Anna Maria arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 9 August 1766 aboard the Russian galliot Strelna under the command of Lieutenant Sornev.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Norka on 15 August 1767 where Johann Heinrich is recorded on the 1767 census with a new wife, Maria Sibilla, in Household No. 136.
Their daughter, Anna Eva Moritz, and her husband Johann Wilhelm Schreiber traveled with them from Germany, and are recorded on the 1767 census of Norka in Household No. 135. Daughter Anna Eva Moritz was born on 29 November 1750 in Reckershausen, Hessen.
Johann Heinrich Moritz is still alive when the 1775 Census of Norka is taken, living in Household No. 139 with the Schreiber family.
The Moritz surname does not continue in the colony of Norka because there are no surviving male descendants.
- 1775 Census of Norka (No. 139).
- Parish records of Reckershausen.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 265.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #4990.