Christian Geis, a farmer, his wife Katharina, and children (Anna, age 25; Johann [Peter], age 20; Katharina, age 18; Christian, age 14; Christoph, age 12; Johanna, age 1-month) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 31 July 1766 aboard a Russian ship under the command of Lieutenant Samuel Gibbs.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Moor on 1 July 1767. Widow Anna Katharina, Johann Peter & his new wife Anna Maria, Christian, and Christoph are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 69 along with a note that they relocated to the colony of Huck in 1768.
Both the Oranienbaum passenger list and the 1767 census record that the Geis family came from the German region of Isenburg.
- 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): Hk80, Mo10, Mo61.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 173.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766 (Saratov: State Technical University, 2010): #2874.