Michael Totei and his family arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 8 August 1766 aboard the snow-brig Der Merkur under the command of Skipper Johann Heinrich Abelmann.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Urbach on 13 July 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 5. A note in Household No. 50 records that Elisabeth Katharina Herting is living with them.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Michael Totei was a saddler while the 1767 census records that he was a craftsman (Handwerker).
The 1767 census records that Michael Totei came from the German village of Debreczin in the Ungarn region and that his wife Sophia Helena came from the village of Narva in Livland [Estonia].
- 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): Ur07.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 270.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #3265.