Johann[es] Seltzer, a farmer, his wife Anna, and children (Anna, age 11; Konrad, 5-days-old) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 15 September 1766 aboard the galliot Johannes under the command of Skipper Stahl. They are recorded in Household No. 11 on an appendix to the Volga German colony of Paulskaya along with orphan Johann Peter Müller. The 1767 census does not record a relationship between the Seltzer and Müller families.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Kind. In 1793, Johann Heinrich Seltzer moved from Kind to Näb.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Johann Seltzer came from the German region of Hessen while the 1767 census records that he came from the German village of Zwingenberg.
- 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): Kd05, Kd16, Nb13, Mv1303.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 354.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #6361.