Johann Georg Zilg, his wife Katharina, and sons (Johann, age 6; Valentin, age 3) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 29 August 1766 aboard a ship under the command of Skipper John Scott.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Norka on 15 August 1767 where they are recorded on the 1767 census in Household No. 145.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Johann Georg Zilg was a farmer while the 1767 census records that he was a craftsman (Handwerker).
In 1798, Johann Heinrich Zilg moved from Norka to Kolb.
Both documents record that Johann Georg Zilg came from the German district of Hessen.
- 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): Ko29, Nr158, Mv2027.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 268.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #3606.