Michael Schatz, a farmer, his wife Elisabeth, and children (Johanna, age 4; Johann, age 9-weeks) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 12 September 1766 aboard a ship under the command of Skipper Heinrich Sager.
Michael's wife died, and he remarried to the widow of Bernhard Göhringer. The combined Schatz and Göhringer [mis-translated as Kerner in some publications] families settled in the Volga German colony of Lauwe on 5 September 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 21.
The 1767 census records that Michael Schatz came from the German village of Oberalterheim.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 41.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #6198.