Johann Walter, a farmer, his wife Anna, and children (Adam, age not recorded; Maria [Katharina], age 22; [Maria] Eva, age 19; Maria, age 16; Gottfried, age 13; Anna, age 10½) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 18 June 1766 aboard the hooker Anna Catharina under the Skipper Adolph Scharpenberg.
The surviving children (Adam, Gottfried, Katharina, & Maria Eva) settled in the Volga German colony of Keller on 12 May 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Households No. 10, 11, & 75. A note in Household No. 75 of the 1767 census of Keller records that the father had died after arrival in Pokrovsk [Engels].
The 1767 census records that Johann Adam Walter came from the German village of Hattersheim in the Kurmainz 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): Nk37, Nk38.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 343, 357.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #853.