Widow Dorothea Spretz and her son Wilhelm 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.
Widow Doroth. Spretz and son Johann Willhelm (age 17½) are recorded on the list of colonists being transported from St. Petersburg to Saratov in 1767.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Kaneau on 7 June 1767 where they are recorded on the 1767 census in Household No. 71.
In 1785, Wilhelm Spretz and his family moved from Kaneau to Rosenheim.
Both the Oranienbaum passenger list and the 1767 census record that Dorothea Spretz came from the German region of Zerbst.
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