Johann [Peter] Nickel and his family arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 18 June 1766 aboard the ship Mann und Frau under the command of Skipper Daniel Berg.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Warenburg on 12 May 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 35 along with orphan Johannes Raabe (age 15). The 1767 census does not record a relationship between the Nickel and Raabe families.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Johann Nickel was a farmer while the 1767 census records that he was a tailor (Schneider).
The 1767 census records that Johann Peter Nickel came from the German village of Windhausen in the Hessen-Kassel 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): Wr067.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 326.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #1147.