According to a publication by the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia titled "File on Those Colonists Departing in 1773; also about their dispatch to Saratov under escort of Kontora Cavalry Seargeant-Major Gomolka and the discharge of several colonists upon payment; No. 25882," the Michael Hohweiler family was from the German village of Hailer. They arrived in St. Petersburg from Lübeck aboard a ship under the command of Skipper Martin Friedrich Marcau on 29 May 1773.
This document records:
Michael Hohweiler, 53, from Hailer in Isenburg, Reformed, farmer
wife: Maria Magdalena, 34, Reformed
son: Georg Ernst, 9
son: Johannes, 5
Son Johannes is recorded on the 1798 Census of the colony of Stephan in Household No. Sp29.
- Ge-Volga-L on Rootsweb (http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/ger-volga/2009-11/1258657363).
- 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): 945.