Johann[es] Kaiser, his wife Katharina, and [step]son Johann Georg [surname not recorded] (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.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Sewald on 20 August 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 2 along with orphan Michael Hiltenberger (age 10). The 1767 census does not record a relationship between the Kaiser and Hiltenberger families.
In 1795, Friedrich Peter Kaiser moved from Sewald to Brabander.
The 1798 census of Sewald records in Household No. Sd07 that Johannes Kaiser was in Merkel with his livestock.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Johann Kaiser was a teacher from the German region of Frankfurt am Main. The 1767 census records that he was a farmer from the German village of Heusenstamm.
- 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): Bn34, Sd07, Mv2766.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 167.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #3343.