Johann[es] Riel, a miller, his wife Anna, and children (Johann[es], age 14; Philipp, age 12; Anna, age 9; Elisabeth, age 7; Kaspar, age 5; Gertrude, age 1½) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 12 September 1766 aboard an English frigate under the command of Skipper Adam Beerfeier.
Joh. Heinrich Riehl, his wife Maria Elisabetha, and children (Johannes, age 19; Johann Philip, age 12; Anna Catharina, age 10; Anna Elisabetha, age 8; Johann Caspar, age 5; Anna Gerdrut, age 1¼) are recorded on the list of colonists being transported from St. Petersburg to Saratov in 1767 along with a note that father Joh. Heinrich and daughter Anna Gerdrut died en route.
The children settled in the Volga German colony of Nieder-Monjou and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 85 along with their stepfather Johannes Wahl.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that the Riel family came from the German region of Darmstadt.
- 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): Nm47.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 203.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #4671.
- Rauschenbach, Georg. Deutsche Kolonisten auf dem Weg von St. Petersburg nach Saratow: Transportlisten von 1766-1767 (Moscow: G.V. Rauschenbach, 2017): #2838-2845.