Johannes Rudel, a farmer, his wife Agnessa, and sons (Kaspar, age 20; Johann, age 18) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 12 September 1766 on a ship under the command of Skipper Heinrich Sager.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Leitsinger on 5 September 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 62.
After Leitsinger was destroyed, the Rudel family resettled in the colony of Neu-Kolonie. They are recorded there on the 1798 census with son Kaspar in Household No. Nk02 and the descendants of son Johann[es] in Households No. Nk27 and Nk28.
The 1767 census records that Johannes Rudel came from the German village of Ludwag in the Bamberg region.
- 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): Nk02, Nk27, Nk28.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 74.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #6153.