Johannes Dithion, a shoemaker (Schuhmacher), and his family arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 31 July 1766 aboard a Russian packet-boat under the command of Lieutenant Pyotr Malinkov.
His wife died after arriving in Russia. He remarried a widow named Philippina. Their combined families settled in the Volga German colony of Sewald on 20 August 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 5.
The 1767 census records that Johannes Dithion came from the German village of Mannheim in the Pfalz region.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 168.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #2794.