Johann Georg Rutz, a farmer, and his family settled in the Volga German colony of Dönhof on 18 June 1767. They are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 97.
The 1767 census records that Johann Georg Rutz came from the German region of Darmstadt.
- Mai, Brent Alan. 1798 Census of the German Colonies along the Volga (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1999): Dh102.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet 1764-1767 Band 1 (Goettingen: Der Göttinger Arbeitskreis; 1999): 367.