An article by Hermann Wäschke records the following going to Russia:
David Otto, a cobbler (Schuhmacher) from Oranienbaum, owner of a house laden with debt in the amount of 17 Thlr. 5 Gr. The sale amounted to 35 Thlr. He left with his wife and five children.
David Otto, a cobbler, his wife Eleonora, and children (Gottlieb, age 22; Johanna, age 20; Dorothea, age 18; Katharina, age 12; Christian, age 7) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 10 August 1766 aboard a ship under the command of Skipper Nikolaus Peter Pinkom.
Johann David Otte, his wife Eleonora, and children (Catharina, age 12; Christ. Gotthilf, age 6; Fried. Christ., born en route; Joh. Sophia, born en route) are recorded on the list of colonists being transported from St. Petersburg to Saratov in 1767. Son Gottlieb Otto is recorded later on the list.
Widower David Otto and his children (Katharina, age 13; Christian, age 8) settled in the Volga German colony of Kaneau on 3 August 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 30.
Son Gottlieb Otto settled in the Volga German colony of Boisroux on 3 August 1767 and is recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 64 along with his new wife Johanna Eleonora and her mother and brother (Johanna & Johann Georg Hoppe).
In 1785, Gottlieb Otto and his family moved from Boisroux to Katharinenstadt.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that David Otto came from the region of Darmstadt while the 1767 census records that he came from the region of Dessau. The 1767 census records that son Christian Gottlieb Otto came from the German village of Oranienbaum.
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Article (May 1766) announcing the public auction of the house and household goods left behind by David Otto after he immigrated to Russia.
Source: Karl Becker.