Michael Eberlein, his wife Katharina, and daughters (Maria, age 8; Christina, age 6; Barbara, age ½) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 4 July 1766 aboard the ship Der Jager under the command of Skipper Gabriel Wild.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Laub on 12 July 1767. Michael Eberlein, a farmer, his [new] wife Anna Appolonia [widow of Adam Demler], daughters (Sophia, age 10; Christina, age 8), and stepson Johann Peter [Demler] (age 7) are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 6.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Michael Eberlein was a weaver while the 1767 census records that he was a farmer.
The 1767 census records that Michael Eberlein came from the German village of Schwanheim in the Darmstadt region.
- 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): Lb23.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Der Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 20.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #2144.