Jakob Schmelzinger and his wife Margaretha arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 15 September 1766 aboard a ship under the command of Skipper Gabriel Wild.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Brabander on 28 August 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 16.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Jaob Schmelzinger was a farmer from the German region of Solms. The 1767 census records that he was a weaver (Lineweber) from the German village of Hemsbach in the Kurpfalz region.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 218.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766 (Saratov: State Technical University, 2010): #6784.