Johann Schmeltzer, a farmer, his wife Maria, daughters (Katharina, age 6; Margaretha, age 2), and servant Eva Katharina [Beck] (age 17) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 12 September 1766 aboard an English frigate under the command of Skipper Adam Beerfeier.
Johann Schmeltzer, his wife Friederica, and daughters (Cathrina [sic], age 5; Margretha [sic], age 2½) are recorded on the list of colonists being transported from St. Petersburg to Saratov in 1767 along with a note that Friederica died in route.
Johann Schmilzer [sic], a farmer, his wife Katharina [Beck] (age 20), and daughter Katharina (age 3) are recorded on an appendix to the 1767 census of Boisroux in Household No. 4.
Johann Schmeltzer and his family are recorded on the 1798 census of Luzern in Household No. Lz16.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Johann Schmeltzer came from the German region of Bamberg. The 1767 census records that he came from the German village of Sasselfahrt [Sassanfahrt?] in the Bamberg region.
- 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): Lz16.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Der Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 163.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #4611.
- Rauschenbach, Georg. Deutsche Kolonisten auf dem Weg von St. Petersburg nach Saratow: Transportlisten von 1766-1767 (Moscow: G.V. Rauschenbach, 2017): #5916-5919, #5922.