Johann Schwerdt, a farmer, and his wife Maria arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 4 July 1766 aboard the English frigate Love & Unity under the command of Skipper Thomas Fairfax.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Paulskaya on 7 June 1767 where he is recorded on the 1767 census in Household No. 11 along with his new wife Christina and her daughter Dorothea [surname not recorded] (age 18).
Both the Oranienbaum passenger list and the 1767 census record that Johann Schwerdt came from the German town of Königsburg.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Der Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 334.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #1584.