Johann Heinrich Stark, a cobbler (Schuhmacher), his wife Elisabeth, and children (Konrad, age 16; Johannes, age 12; Heinrich, age 10; Peter, age 7; Georg, age 2) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 15 September 1766 aboard a ship under the command of Skipper Gabriel Wild.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Schönchen on 17 August 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 17.
In 1780, Peter Stark moved from Schönchen to Katharinenstadt.
The 1767 census records that Johann Heinrich Stark came from the German village of Momberg.
- 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): Ka152, Sn24, Sn25, Sn32, Sn36, Mv2599.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 108.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766 (Saratov: State Technical University, 2010): #7013.