Ludwig Wegelin, a weaver from Prussia, and his wife settled in the Volga German colony of Merkel on 28 August 1766. They are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 13.
He is recorded on the 1798 census living in Kratzke where he is serving as the schoolteacher.
- 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): Mr09.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 122.