Johann Gottlieb Obetz, a weaver, his wife Johann Sophia, and children (Johann Christian, age 17; Bernhard Wilhelm, age 12; Maria Elisabeth, age 9) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 8 August 1766 aboard the snow-brig Der Merkur under the command of Skipper Johann Heinrich Abelmann.
The surviving son, Johann, settled in the Volga German colony of Jost on 16 August 1767 and is recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 78.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Johann Gottlieb Obetz came from the German region of Anhalt Dessau.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 213.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #3293.