Johann Stürz, a single farmer, arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 29 August 1766 aboard the ship Apollo under the command of Skipper Detlov Merberg.
He settled in the Volga German colony of Kraft on 18 August 1766 and is recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 62 along with his new wife Anna Margaretha.
In 1796, Johannes Stürz moved from Kraft to Galka.
The 1767 census records that Johann Stürz came from the German village of Romrode in the Darmstadt region.
- 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): Gk18, Kf47, Mv1380.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 409.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766 (Saratov: State Technical University, 2010): #5138.