Johann Schwerdt, a farmer, his mother Maria, and siblings (Johann [Peter], age 18; Elisabeth, age 12) arrived from Reval [Estonia] at the port of Oranienbaum on 31 May 1766 aboard the pink Slon under the command of Lieutenant Sergey Panov.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Kamenka on 1 March 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Households No. 64 and 65, respectively.
In 1794, Johannes Schwerdt left Kamenka.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that the Schwerdts came from the German Wetterau region. The 1767 census records that they came from the German town of Frankfurt am Main.
- 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): Km090, Km099, Mv1113.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 231, 232.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #534.