Johann[es] Ross, a farmer, his wife [Anna] Elisabeth, and son Johann Heinrich (age 12) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 10 August 1766 aboard the Russian pink Vologda under the command of Lieutenant Sergey Bartenyev.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Balzer on 8 August 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 97.
Heinrich Ross from Balzer is recorded on the 1798 census of Stahl am Tarlyk in Household No. St34.
Both the Oranienbaum passenger list and the 1767 census record that Johann[es] Ross came from the German region of Isenburg.
- Mai, Brent Alan. 1798 Census of the German Colonies along the Volga (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1999): Bz089, St34.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 101.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #4845.