Gottfried Ritzer and his family arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 4 July 1766 aboard the English frigate Love & Unity under the command of Skipper Thomas Fairfax.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Paulskaya on 7 July 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 32.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Gottfried Ritzer was a farmer while the 1767 census records that he was a brewer (Bierbrauer).
Both the Oranienbaum passenger list and the 1767 census record that Gottfried Ritzer came from the German village of Usingen.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 339.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #1454.