Johann Weitzel, a farmer, his wife Katharina, and sons (Peter, age 22; Heinrich, age 17) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 4 July 1766 aboard the English frigate Love & Unity under the command of Skipper Thomas Fairfax.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Kamenka on 20 June 1767. Johann is recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 88 along with his new wife (also Katharina) and her daughter Margaretha (age 20) [surname not recorded]. Orphan Konrad Bachmann (age 14), son of the deceased Hans Georg Bachmann, is also recorded in Household No. 88 on the 1767 census of Kamenka.
The 1767 census does not record a relationship between the Weitzel and Bachmann families. The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Johann Weitzel came from the German region of Mainz. The 1767 census records that Johann Weitzel came from the German village of Seligenstadt.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 238.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #1676.