Erdmann Präger and his wife Katharina arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 8 August 1766 aboard a ship under the command of Skipper Martin Friedrich Morkau.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Urbach on 3 July 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 33.
In 1785, Erdmann Präger and his family moved from Urbach to Stahl am Karaman. The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Erdmann Präger was a blacksmith while the 1767 census records that he was a craftsman (Handwerker).
The 1767 census records that Erdmann Präger came from the German region of Anhalt-Zerbst.
- 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): Sk01, Mv2896.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 277.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #2946.