Balthasar Strauss, a farmer, and his wife Walpurga arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 10 August 1766 aboard a ship under the command of Skipper Nikolaus Peter Pink.
Balthasar settled in the Volga German colony of Orlovskaya on 3 August 1767 and is recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 69.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Balthasar Strauss came from the German region of Ansbach while the 1767 census records that he came from the village of Ostheim.
- 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): Or62.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 364.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #4417.