Johann Nikolaus Lorenz, a blacksmith (Schmied), his wife Anna, and children (Maria, age 6; Johann, age 3) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 15 September 1766 aboard a ship under the command of Skipper Franz Nikolaus Schröder.
Nicolaus Lorentz [sic], his wife Anna, and children (Maria, age 6; Johann, age 3) are recorded on the list of colonists being transported from St. Petersburg to Saratov in 1767 along with a note that mother Anna and son Johann died en route.
Johann Nikolaus Lorenz, his new wife Anna (age 20), and daughter Anna (age 8) are recorded on the 1767 census of Schönchen in Household No. 20. They had settled there on 3 August 1767.
The 1798 census of Schönchen records that Michael Lorenz is working in the colony of Wittmann, his brother Johann is working in the colony of Zug, and his sister Agnesa is working in the colony of Katharinenstadt.
The 1767 census records that Johann Nikolaus Lorenz came from the German village of Raunergrund.
- 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): Sn07.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 109.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766 (Saratov: State Technical University, 2010): #6887.
- Rauschenbach, Georg. Deutsche Kolonisten auf dem Weg von St. Petersburg nach Saratow: Transportlisten von 1766-1767 (Moscow: G.V. Rauschenbach, 2017): #4876-4879.