Johann[es] Stürtz, a farmer, his wife Katharina, and children (Simon, age 19; Anna Katharina, age 16; Anna Elisabeth, age 12; Elisabeth Katharina, age 3) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 29 August 1766 aboard the ship Apollo under the command of Skipper Detlov Merberg.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Stephan on 24 August 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 7.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Johann Stürtz came from the German region of Darmstadt. The 1767 census records that Johannes Stürtz came from the German village of Wohnfeld.
- 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): Sp11.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 222.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #5188.