Mathias Schütz, a farmer, his wife Anna, and daughter Julianna (age ¾) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 10 August 1766 aboard a ship under the command of Skipper Nikolaus Peter Pink.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Bettinger on 3 August 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 18.
In 1791, Johann Philipp Schütz moved from Bettinger to Biberstein.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Mathias Schütz came from the German region of Darmstadt while the 1767 census records that Mathias Spitz [sic] came from the German village of Burg Gemünden.
- 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): Bt06, Bb30, Mv0239.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 135.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #4280.