Paul Weigel, a farmer, and his family arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 22 July 1766 aboard the pink Lev under the command of Lieutenant Fyodor Fyodorov.
Paul and his surviving son Christoph settled in the Volga German colony of Pfeifer on 15 June 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 7.
Christoph Weigel and his family are recorded on the 1798 census of Pfeifer in Household No. Pf67.
Kaspar Weigel from Pfeifer and his family are recorded on the 1857 census of Josefstal in Household No. 23.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Paul Weigel came from the German region of Mainz. The 1767 census records that he came from the village of Aschaffenburg.
- 1834 Pfeifer Census (Households No. 68, 69, 117, 118).
- 1857 Josefstal Census (Household No. 23).
- 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): Pf67.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 379.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #2336.