Johann Michael [sic] Zorn, from Gräfenhainichen, his wife, three sons, and one daughter are recorded on a list of those departing Dessau.
Martin Zorn, a cobbler (Schuhmacher), and his family 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.
Martin Zorn, his wife Soph. Elisab., and sons (Johann Friedrich, age 6; Johann Gottfried, age 4; Johann Gottlieb, age 2½) are recorded on the list of colonists being transported from St. Petersburg to Saratov in 1767.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Orlovskaya on 7 June 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 19.
In 1783, Gottfried Zorn moved from Orlovskaya to Enders.
The 1767 census records that Martin Zorn came from the German village of Gräfenhainichen in the region of Dessau.
- 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): En16, Or35, Or46, Mv2152.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 316.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #1435.
- Rauschenbach, Georg. Deutsche Kolonisten auf dem Weg von St. Petersburg nach Saratow: Transportlisten von 1766-1767 (Moscow: G.V. Rauschenbach, 2017): #0840-0844.
List of those depating Dessau in 1766 recording Johann Michael Zorn (#5).
Source: Karl Becker.