Michael Rausch, a blacksmith (Schmidt), and his wife Anna Margaretha Braun had three children whose births are recorded in the Family Register of Wehrda: (1) Andreas, born 6 October 1758, died 6 October 1758; (2) Anna Barbara, born 15 November 1759; and (3) Andreas [Johann Adam], born 26 November 1761.
Michael and his family arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 22 July 1766 aboard the pink Lev under the command of Lieutenant Fyodor Fyodorov.
The parents died after arrival in Russia. The surviving children settled in the Volga German colony of Grimm and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Households No. 8 and 10 living with two different Braun families. The 1767 census does not record an exact relationship between the Rausch and Braun families, although they are assumed to be related through the Braun families.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Michael Rausch came from the German village of Schlitz, southwest of Wehrda. The 1767 census of Grimm also records that Anna Barbara & her brother Johann Adam came from the German village of Schlitz.
- 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): Gm174.
- Parish register of Wehrda.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 74.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #2397.