Johannes Sommer, a carpenter (Tischler), and his wife Anna arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 12 September 1766 aboard the English frigate Love & Unity under the command of Skipper Thomas Fairfax.
Johannes Sommer, his wife Gerdrut, and son Johannes (age 4-weeks) are recorded on the list of colonists being transported from St. Petersburg to Saratov in 1767 along with a note that son Johannes died en route.
Johann[es] Sommer and his wife Gertrude are recorded on the 1767 census of Philippsfeld in Household No. 10 along with a note that they relocated to the colony of Zürich. They had settled in Philippsfeld on 3 August 1767.
In 1769, Johannes Sommer and his family moved from Paulskaya to Zürich.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Johannes Sommer came from the German region of Hessen. The 1767 census records that Johannes Sommer came from the German village of Heringen in the Hessen region.
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