The parish register of the Lutheran Church in Mettenheim records that Sebastian Böhmer, a local soldier (alhiesinger Soldat), went with his family to Dietel in 1766. His wife, née Weigand, died in Astracan [the region in which the Volga German colonies were located at the time]. Their family includes: (1) Anna Elisabetha, born 3 January 1757; and (2) Carl Wilhelm, born 1763, died in Hamburg.
Sebastian Böhmer, his wife Anna, and daughter Johanna [sic] (age 10) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 31 July 1766 aboard a Russian packet-boat under the command of Lieutenant Pyotr Malinkov.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Dietel on 1 July 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 32.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Sebastian Böhmer was a farmer while the 1767 census records that he was a weaver (Weber).
The 1767 census records that Sebastian Böhmer came from the German village of Mettenheim in the Württemberg area.
- Mai, Brent Alan and Dona Reeves-Marquardt. German Migration to the Russian Volga (1764-1767) : Origins and Destinations (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 2003): #1236.
- Parish register of Mettenheim (LDS Film No. 1442055).
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 291.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #2801.