Johann Lauwe, a hunter (Jäger), and his family arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 15 September 1766 aboard the Danish galliot Nord Stern under the command of Skipper Detlev Belling.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Lauwe on 19 August 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 1 along with a note that Johann was serving as the colony's mayor (Vorsteher). It is after him that the colony received its German name.
In 1788, Johann Friedrich Lauwe moved from Lauwe to Stahl am Tarlyk.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Johann Lauwe came from the German region of Prussia while the 1767 census records that he came from the village of Braunschweig.
- 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): St18, Mv1516.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 37.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #5215.