Christian Rau, a farmer, and his wife Anna Maria arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 10 August 1766 aboard the Russian pink Vologda under the commandof Lieutenant Sergey Bartenyev.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Krasnoyar on 20 July 1767 where Christian Rau is recorded on the 1767 census in Household No. 25 along with his new wife Julianna [widow of Nikolaus Schröder] and her son Johann Konrad [Schröder] (age 5).
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Christian Rau came from the German region of Darmstadt. The 1767 census records that he came from the German village of Alsfeld in the Darmstadt region.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 420.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #4872.