Johann Sturmann, a stonemason, and his family arrived from Lübeck at the port in Oranienbaum on 8 August 1766 aboard a ship under the command of skipper Johann Gottfried Seelender. They settled in the Volga German colony of Dehler on 1 July 1767. Johann died 30 September 1767. His widow, Susanna, and their surviving daughter, Maria Eva, are recorded on the 1767 census of Dehler in Household No. 45. There is a note on the 1767 census that indicates that the Sturmann survivors moved to the colony of Preuss.
There do not appear to be any surviving male descendants of this family, so this surname does not continue among the Volga German colonies.
The 1767 census records that the Sturmann family came from the German village of Reifenberg in Bassenheim.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 276.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766 (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #3356.