Johann Dötzel, a farmer, his wife Anna, and children (Peter, age 16; Anna, age 10) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 8 August 1766 aboard a ship under the command of Skipper Johann Gottfried Seelender.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Sewald on 20 August 1767. Widow Anna Maria Dötzel and children (Peter, age 15; Anna Maria, age 10) are recorded on the 1767 census of Sewald in Household No. 41 along with a note that they relocated to the colony of Kamenka in 1768. The 1798 census of Volmer records Peter Dötzel in Household No. Vm38.
Johannes Dötzel from Volmer and his family are recorded on the 1857 census of Marienfeld.
This surname is most often spelled as Detzel or Ditzel by later generations.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Johann Dötzel came from the German region of Nassau. The 1767 census records that Anna Maria Dötzel came from the German village of Camberg in the Mainz region.
- 1857 Marienfeld Census.
- 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): Vm38.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Der Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 176.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #3391.