Johann Michael Raabe, a mason (Maurer), and his wife Veronica arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 15 June 1766 aboard the ship Die Vergelte Weintraube under the command of Skipper Anderson.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Dinkel on 12 July 1767 and he is recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 27 with another wife, Christina.
The 1767 census records that Michael Raabe came from the German village of Wolfsheim in France.
Wolfsheim is located in Rheinland-Pfalz, but the village was founded by a Frenchman and from 1792 to 1815 was occupied by France.
- 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): Dn27.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 304.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #764.