Thomas Spitzwieser, a farmer, and his wife Magdalena arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 12 September 1766 aboard the snow-brig Frei Gebruder under the command of Skipper Minzberger.
They indicated on the Oranienbaum passenger list that they wanted to go to Saratov, but they settled in the Volga German colony of Brabander on 5 September 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 76.
In 1788, Thomas Spitzwieser went to Astrakhan.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Thomas Spitzwieser came from the German village of Reit in Bayern (Bavaria).
- 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): Mv0346.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 231.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #5800.