Peter Zimmermann, a farmer, and his family arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 4 July 1766 aboard the English frigate Love & Unity under the command of Skipper Thomas Fairfax.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Orlovskaya on 1 August 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 38.
In 1791, Peter Zimmermann and his family moved from Orlovskaya to Ober-Monjou.
In 1793, Friedrich and Michael Zimmermann moved from Ober-Monjou to Schönchen.
Both the Oranienbaum passenger list and the 1767 census record that Peter Zimmermann came from the German region of Bamberg.
- 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): Om38, Sn05, Sn17, Mv2097, Mv2098, Mv2182.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 320.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #1357.