Wilhelm Zimmer and his wife Katharina arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 8 August 1766.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Brabander on 26 June 1767. They are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 91 along with Katharina's orphaned brother Johann Eberhardt (age 16) and orphan Katharina Braun (age 16) whose parents died on the transport to the Volga. The 1767 census does not record a relationship between the Zimmer and Braun families.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Wilhelm Zimmer was a farmer from France. The 1767 census records that he was a saddle maker (Sattler) from the German village of Kleingöttingen near Jonville in France.
- 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): Bn06.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 233.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766 (Saratov: State Technical University, 2010): #3035.