The death of Georg Friedrich Knippel, 11-week-old son of colonist Friedrich Knippel from Fillingen [Villingen] in the area of Braunfels, is recorded on 25 April 1766 in the parish register of the Lutheran Church in Büdingen.
Friedrich Knippel, a farmer, his wife Amalia, and daughter Katharina (age 7) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 29 August 1766 aboard the ship Apollo under the command of Skipper Detlov Merberg.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Norka on 15 August 1767. They are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 110.
Friedrich Knippel, his wife Amalia, and daughters (Katharina, age 16; Anna Margaretha, age 6; Katharina Elisabeth, age 3) are recorded on the 1775 census of Norka in Household No. 21.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Friedrich Knippel is a farmer and came from the German district of Laubach while the 1767 census records that he was a craftsman (Handwerker) who came from the German district of Darmstadt.
- 1775 Norka Census (Household No. 21).
- 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): Nr021.
- Mai, Brent Alan and Dona Reeves-Marquardt, German Migration to the Russian Volga (1764-1767) (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 2003): #1216a.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 258.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #5103.