Melchior Schneider, a single tailor, arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 29 August 1766 aboard a ship under the command of Skipper Johann Skott.
Melchior Schneider, a farmer, his wife Anna Maria, and his wife's sister Elisabeth [Jost] (age 16) settled in the Volga German colony of Norka on 26 August 1767. They are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 187.
Melchior is recorded on the 1798 census of Norka in Household No. Nr183, erroneously under the name of Michael Schneider.
The death of Melchior Schneider in 1801 is recorded on the 1811 census of Norka in Household No. 184.
Both the Oranienbaum passenger list and the 1767 census record that Melchior Schneider came from the German district of Isenburg.
- 1811 Norka Census (Household No. 184).
- 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): Nr146.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 279.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #3659.