Daniel Hiltenberger, a farmer, his wife Anna, and children (Johann Philipp, age 18; Johann, age 16; Johann Michael, age 10; Susanna, age 7) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 8 August 1766 aboard the snow-brig Der Merkur under the command of Skipper Johann Heinrich Abelmann.
Both parents died after arrival in Russia and the surviving children settled in the Volga German colony of Sewald on 20 August 1767. Philipp, his new wife Maria Magdalena Haas, his brother Johannes, and Magdalena's brother Johann Wendel Haas are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 175. Michael Hiltenberger (age 10) is recorded in Household No. 10 with the Johannes Kaiser family. Susanna Hiltenberger (age 8) is recorded in Household No. 15 with the Johannes Schell family. The 1767 census does not record a relationship among the Kaiser, Hiltenberger, and Schell families.
The 1798 census of Leichtling records Johannes Hildenberger in Household No. Lg38. In 1798, Susanna is recorded on the 1798 census of Göbel in Household Gb65 married to Peter Neumann.
The 1767 census records that Philipp Hiltenberger came from the German village of Kusel near Zweibrücken.
- 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): Lg38, Lg42, Sd21.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 167, 170, 175.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #3327.