Karl Sewald, a farmer, his wife Katharina, and children (Johannes, age 17; Johann, age 10; Elisabeth, age 8; Magdalena, age 3) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 31 July 1766 aboard a Russian packet-boat under the command of Lieutenant Pyotr Malinkov.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Sewald on 20 August 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 4.
In 1797, Johannes Sewald and his family moved from Franzosen to Seelmann.
Between 1816 and 1834, Philipp Sewald and his son Stephan moved from Franzosen to Kamenka.
Between 1816 and 1834, Simon Sewald and his family along with his brother Franz moved from Franzosen to Husaren.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Karl Sewald came from the German region of Pfalz. The 1767 census records that Karl Sewald came from the German village of Dirmstein in the Worms region.
- 1834 Franzosen Census (Household No. 24).
- 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): Fz07, Sd08, Sd16, Sm07, Mv0659.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 168.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #2792.