Johann Heinrich Pfeif, a farmer, his wife Christina, and children (Johannetta, age 18; Johann Georg, age 14; Magdalena, age 9; Johann Konrad, age 5) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 13 September 1766 aboard the galliot Die Perle under the command of Skipper Thomson.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Frank in 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 43.
The 1767 census records that Johann Heinrich Pfeif came from the German village of Bonbach [?] near Sulz in the Lobbach 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): Fk072, Fk105.
- Mai, Brent Alan, trans. & ed. Transport of the Volga Germans from Oranienbaum to the Colonies on the Volga: 1766-1767 (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1998): 7124-7129.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 425.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #6251.