Peter Schlert, a farmer, and his wife Margaretha arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 13 September 1766 aboard the galliot Die Perle under the command of Skipper Thomson.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Semenovka on 24 July 1767. Peter, his new wife (Anna Katharina), and new-born son (Christoph, age 8 weeks) are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 10.
Peter died and Anna Katharina remarried to Johannes Weingard in Kamenka. She died as well, and the children are recorded on the 1798 census of Kamenka in Household No. Km067 along with a note that Johannes Schlert is working in Semenovka.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Peter Schlert came from the German region of Würzburg. The 1767 census records that he came from the German village of Urbach in the Schwarzburg region.
- 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): Km067.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 180.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766 (Saratov: State Technical University, 2010): #6302.