Johann Georg Ruhl, a single farmer, arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 13 September 1766 aboard a ship under the command of Lieutenant Gawril Poduzki.
He settled in the Volga German colony of Stephan on 24 August 1767 and is recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 21 along with his new wife Elisabeth.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Johann Georg Ruhl came from the German region of Darmstadt while the 1767 census records that he came from the German village of Helpershain.
- 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): Sp08.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 225.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #5586.