Christoph Rupp, a farmer, his wife Margaretha, and children (Johann Georg, age 13; Nikolaus, age 8; Elisabeth, age 6) 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 Huck on 17 August 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 70 [were son Nikolaus is recorded as Olof] along with newborn son Johann Jakob.
In 1791, Nikolaus Rupp and his family moved from Huck to Balzer.
The 1798 census of Balzer records in Household No. Bz035 that Nikolaus is serving as the schoolmaster in Kratzke and that his brother Johann Ernst is working in the colony of Galka.
Johann Jakob Rupp is recorded on the 1834 Balzer census in Household No. 228.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Christoph Rupp came from the German region of Hessen. The 1767 census records that he came from the German region of Isenburg.
- 1834 Balzer Census (Household No. 228).
- 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): Bz035, Mv0971.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 157.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766 (Saratov: State Technical University, 2010): #4876.