Johann [Heinrich] Straub, a single weaver, arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 18 June 1766 aboard the ship Die Jungfer Friederika under the command of Skipper Christian Korsholm.
He is recorded on the 1767 census of Straub in Household No. 1 newly married to the oldest daughter Anna Maria of Christoph Schmidt with whom he had arrived in Oranienbaum. They are recorded there along with his brother- and sister-in-law (Christoph Schmidt, age 16; Elisabeth, age 9) and orphan Johann Georg Weller (age 18). The 1767 census does not record a relationship between the Schmidt and Weller families.
It is after Johann Heinrich Straub that the colony takes its name.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Johann Straub came from the German region of Hanau. The 1767 census records that he came from the German village of Ohrdruf in the region of Sachsen (Saxony).
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 229.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #904.