Christoph Timler, a farmer, his wife Maria Anna, and their daughter Franciska (age 3) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 14 September 1766 aboard the galliot Der Jan under the command of Skipper Markus Dragun.
Christoph's wife an daughter died, and he remarried to Dorothea. They settled in the Volga German colony of Lauwe on 5 September 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 40 along with stepdaughter Johanna [surname not recorded] (age 10). The 1767 census includes a note that they relocated to the colony of Straub in 1768.
The 1798 census of Stahl am Tarlyk records Magdalena, the widow of Vitius [sic] Timler in Household No. St26.
The 1767 census records that Christoph Timler came from the German village of Klesinberg [?] in the Ansbach 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): St26.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 46.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #5644.