Johann Georg Wetzel, a farmer, his wife Anna Sabina, children (Martin, age 15; Sophia, age 10½; Christian, age 7½), and mother-in-law Katharina Elisabeth [surname not recorded] arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 15 September 1766 aboard the Danish galliot Nord Stern under the command of Skipper Detlev Belling.
Johann Georg Wetzel, his wife Dorothea, children (Johann Martin, age 15; Johanna Sophia, age 12; Johann Christian, age 10), and his mother[-in-law?] Maria Elisabeth are recorded on the list of colonists being transported from St. Petersburg to Saratov in 1767 along with a note that the mother[-in-law?] Maria Elisabeth died en route.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Jost on 19 August 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 58.
The 1767 census records that Johann Georg Wetzel came from the German village of Litschen in the region of Sachsen (Saxony).
There are no known surviving male lines of this Wetzel family among the Volga German colonies.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 208.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #5255.
- Rauschenbach, Georg. Deutsche Kolonisten auf dem Weg von St. Petersburg nach Saratow: Transportlisten von 1766-1767 (Moscow: G.V. Rauschenbach, 2017): #2083-2088.