Johann [Jakob] Rickes, a farmer, his wife Anna, and children (Bernhard, age 18; Dorothea, age 12; Johannes, age 4) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 12 September 1766 aboard the English frigate Love & Unity under the command of Skipper Thomas Fairfax.
They are recorded in Household No. 12 on an appendix to the 1767 census of Paulskaya. They settled in the Volga German colony of Kind.
In 1768, widow Anna Margaretha Rickes and her children moved from Kind to Ernestinendorf.
In 1777, Bernhard Rickes and his family left Biberstein.
In 1791, Johannes Rickes moved from Ernestinendorf to Katharinenstadt.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Johann Rickes was a farmer from the German region of Hessen. The 1767 census records that he was a wool carder (Wollschläger) from the German town of Langenstein.
- 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): Ka072, Mv0576, Mv1264, Mv0249.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 354.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #5332.