Johann Schmeltzer, a farmer, his wife Maria, daughters (Katharina, age 6; Margaretha, age 2), and servant Eva Katharina [surname not recorded] (age 17) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 12 September 1766 aboard an English frigate under the command of Skipper Adam Beerfeier.
Johann Schmeltzer and his family are recorded on the 1798 census of Luzern in Household No. Lz16.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Johann Schmeltzer came from the German region of Bamberg.
- 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): Lz16.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #4610.