Georg Gottfried Simon, a son of Peter Simon and Philippina Kuepperts, was baptized on 21 July 1732 in the Lutheran Church in Hassloch, located about 17 kilometers southwest of Mannheim. He married to Barbara Hatzenboehler on 23 May 1758 in the same church.
They had three known children, each baptized in Hassloch: (1) Johann Jost, baptized on 23 October 1759; (2) Johann Georg, baptized on 7 June 1761; and (3) Georg Daniel, baptized on 5 December 1763.
Georg Gottfried Simon and his family immigrated to Russia, departing from the port of Lübeck by a Russian packet-boat under the command of lieutenant Trusov. They arrived in the port of Oranienbaum on 22 July 1766.
The family settled in Dietel, and son Johann Georg is recorded there on the 1798 Census in Household No. Dt03.
In 1793, Johann Wendel Simon moved from Dietel to Bauer. It is believed that Johann Wendel Simon is anothe rson of Georg Gottfried Simon.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Gottfried Simon came from the German region of Pfalz.
- 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): Dt03, Mv0411.
- Parish records of Hassloch (LDS Film No. 488292).
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Der Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 296.
- Pleve, Igor. List of Colonists to Russia in 1766 "Reports by Ivan Kulberg" (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #2460.