Mathias Gerhard, servant of Georg Monschau, arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 14 September 1766 aboard the galliot Der Jan under the command of Skipper Markus Dragun.
He settled in the Volga German colony of Brabander on 19 August 1767 and is recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 62 along with the Georg Monschau family.
This Mathias Gerhard is believed to be the Friedrich Gerhard that is recorded on the 1798 census of Franzosen (Household No. Fz23) because this Friedrich's descendants use the name Mathias. The descendants of this Friedrich/Mathias Gerhard relocated to the colony of Neu-Kolonie, and continue there.
Neither the Oranienbaum passenger list nor the 1767 census record from where Mathias/Friedrich Gerhard came.
- 1834 Census of Neu-Kolonie (Households No. 23, 36, 37).
- 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): Fz23.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 228.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #5667.