Johann Rauch, a farmer, and his family arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 18 June 1766 aboard the hooker Anna Catharina under the Skipper Adolph Scharpenberg.
The parents and several children died after arrival in Russia. The remaining sons (Gottfried, age 13; Anton, age 11) settled in the Volga German colony of Keller on 12 May 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 22 where they are living with the Bartel Ebers family. The 1767 census does not record a relationship between the Ebers and Rauch families.
The Oranienbaum passenger list census records that Johann Rauch came from the German region of the Pfalz.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 346.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #889.