The parish register of the Evangelishe Kirche Stadkirche (City Lutheran Church) in Friedberg record the Henrich [sic] Laub from Niederohm [Nieder-Ohmen] and Maria Magdalena Schmidt from Mehrenberg [Merenberg] were married there on 15 April 1766.
Johann Heinrich Laub, his wife Marianna [should be Maria Magdalena?], and children (Kaspar, age 16; Anna, age 4) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 4 July 1766 aboard the ship Der Jager under the command of Skipper Gabriel Wild.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Laub on 12 July 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 1. A note on the 1767 census indicates that Johann Heinrich Laub was the mayor (Vorsteher) of the colony. It is after him that the colony took its name.
In 1789, Johann Heinrich Laub moved from Laub to Dinkel.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Johann Heinrich Laub was a wheelwright while the 1767 census records that he was a turner (Dreher).
The 1767 census records that Johann Heinrich Laub came from the German village of Niederhof in the Darmstadt region.
- 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): Dn03, Mv1498.
- 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): #313.
- Parish register of Evangelische Kirche Stadkirche (City Lutheran Church) in Friedberg (LDS Film #1269633).
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 19.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #2138.
Patricia Gayol Windecker