Johann Michael Voigt, a farmer, was born in 1736 in Leutershausen, east of Mannheim. He married in Schriesheim in 1760 to Anna Margaretha Stapp. She had been born in 1735.
The family immigrated first in 1760 to Denmark (Schleswig-Holstein) and then in 1766 to Russia. They arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 20 May 1766 aboard the Russian galliot Catharina Eleonora under the command of Skipper Peter Röder.
They settled in the colony of Anton on 1 January 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 13 with daughters (Anna Barbara, age 7; Anna Katharina, age 4) and son (Johann Peter, age 3-months).
The parish register of Sarepta records that a Barbara Feest [sic] from Anton received permission to relocate to Sarepta on 11 March 1782. She is believed to be the Anna Barbara Vogt recorded above.
The surname is recorded on various documents as Focht, Voigt, and Vogt.
- Eichhorn, Alexander, Jacob & Mary Eichhorn. The Immigration of German Colonists to Denmark and Their Subsequent Emigration to Russia in the Years 1759-1766 (Deiningen, Germany: Drukerei und Verlag Steinmeier GmbH & Co. Kg, 2012): B-1727.
- Lang, Gerhard. German Colonists of Denmark on the Volga.
- Parish register of Sarepta.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 55.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #305.