Michael Schönfeld, a farmer, his wife Anna Maria, and children (Anna Margaretha, age 12; Johann Heinrich, age 7; Johann, age 3) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 9 August 1766 aboard the pink Novaya Dvinka under the command of Lieutenant Perepechin.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Pfeifer on 20 August 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 76.
The 1798 census of Volmer records Johannes Schönfeld from Schuck in Household No. Vm23. He is believed to be the younger Johann Schönfeld above.
Both the Oranienbaum passenger list and the 1767 census record that Johann Michael Schönfeld came from the German region of Fulda.
- 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): Pf20, Pf26, Pf33, Vm23.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 396.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #3843.