Jakob Schweigert, a butcher (Fleischer), and his family immigrated to Russia, arrived from Lübeck at the port in Oranienbaum on 18 June 1766 aboard the ship Mann & Frau under the command of skipper Daniel Berg.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Preuss on 16 August 1767. They are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 124.
In 1795, Johannes Schweigert moved from Preuss to Hölzel.
The 1767 census records that the family is from the German village of Niederstotzingen.
- 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): Hz11, Mv2362.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 436.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #1078.