Ludwig Rudolph, a farmer, and his wife Anna arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 8 August 1766 aboard a ship under the command of Skipper Johann Gottfried Seelender.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Dehler on 1 July 1767. Anna died on 12 October 1767 and Ludwig Rudolph is recorded on the 1767 census of Dehler in Household No. 43.
In 1788, Ludwig Rudolf and his family moved from Dehler to Brabander.
The 1767 census records that Ludwig Rudolph came from the German village of Kreuzberg near Bassenheim in the region of Kurmainz.
- 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): Mv0374.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 276.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #3422.