Heinrich Lebrecht Schönefeld, a joiner (Tischler), his wife Johanna Charlotta, and children (Maria Magdalena, age 6; Katharina Elisabeth, age 3) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 8 August 1766 aboard the snow-brig Der Merkur under the command of Skipper Johann Heinrich Abelmann.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Jost on 16 August 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 51.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Heinrich Lebrecht Schönfeld came from the German region of Prussia while the 1767 census records that he came from the town of Magdeburg.
- 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): Jo27.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 207.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #3266.