Johann[es] Kern, a farmer, his wife Anna, and children (Anna, age 17½; Kaspar, age 12; Johann, age 9) arrived from Reval [Estonia] at the port of Oranienbaum on 30 May 1766 aboard the pink Novaya Dvinka under the command of Lieutenant Ivan Perepechin.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Göbel on 25 May 1767. Widower Johannes Kern and his sons are recorded on the 1767 census of Göbel in Household No. 35. Oldest daughter [Anna] Margaretha Kern is recorded there in Household No. 37 married to Johannes Reuer.
Widow Christina Kern from Göbel and her family are recorded on the 1857 census of Josefstal in Househod No. 33.
The 1767 census records that Johannes Kern came from the German village of Schotten in the Darmstadt region.
- 1857 Josefstal Census (Household No. 33).
- 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): Gb57, Gb67.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Der Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 47.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #489.