Balthasar Rau, a farmer, his wife Maria, and children (Anna, age 9; Julianna, age 6; Heinrich, age 4; Susanna, age 1/6) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 22 July 1766 aboard the pink Lev under the command of Lieutenant Fyodor Fyodorov.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Grimm and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 12.
Balthasar is recorded on the 1775 census of Grimm in Household No. 94 along with his new wife Elisabeth and brother-in-law David Lutz and his wife Anna Margaretha.
Both the Oranienbaum passenger list and the 1767 census recorded that Balthasar Rau came from the German region of Darmstadt.
- 1775 Grimm Census (Household No. 94).
- 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): Gm035.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 75.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #2411.