Ludwig Wilhelm Zahn, a miller (Müller), and his wife Charlotta arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 15 September 1766 aboard a ship under the command of Skipper Gabriel Wild. Ludwig Wilhelm Zahn is recorded on an appendix of Beauregard recruits to the 1767 census (No. 19) along with his new wife Dorothea and her children Christian Reier (age 13), Johannes Reier (age 11), and Martin Reier (age 5).
They evidently settled in the Volga German colony of Biberstein.
In 1771, Louisa Holtz moved from Boisroux and married Ludwig Zahn in Biberstein. She took her son Gottfried with her.
The 1767 census records that Ludwig Wilhelm Zahn came from the German village of Wirbelau.
- 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): Bb27, Mv0268.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 353.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #6948.