Heinrich Martel, a farmer from the district of Kurmainz, his wife, Elisabeth, and his two brothers (Johann & Peter) arrived from Lübeck at the port in Oranienbaum on 8 August 1766 aboard a ship under the command of skipper Wiebe Heinrichson.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Dehler on 26 June 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 29. Johannes Martel is also recorded there in Household No. 51.
In 1798, Johann Peter Martel moved from Dehler to Brabander.
- 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): Bn14, Dl15, Dl18, Dl21, Dl45, Mv0386.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Der Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 273, 277.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #3532.