Zacharius Schönheiter, a farmer, and his family arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 8 August 1766.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Seelmann on 16 August 1767 and is recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 37.
Ludwig Schönheiter is recorded on the 1798 census of Preuss in Household No. Ps15 along with a note that he is working in Seelmann.
Ludwig Schönheiter and his family are recorded on the 1834 census of Neu-Kolonie in Household No. 4.
The 1767 census records that Zacharius Schönheiter came from the German village of Epsong in the district of Schwaben (Swabia).
- 1834 Neu-Kolonie Census (Household No. 4).
- 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): Ps15.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 156.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #3056.