Johann Schetzel, a cobbler, and his family arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 31 July 1766 aboard a Russian ship under the command of Lieutenant Samuel Gibbs.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Pfeifer on 15 June 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 10.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Johann Schetzel came from the German region of Mainz while the 1767 census records that he came from the German region of Orb.
It is believed that Johann had remarried by the time of the 1767 census and that some of the children recorded may not be his.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 379.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #2871.