Christoph Brenning and his family arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 8 August 1766.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Kutter on 8 July 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 1. A note on the 1767 census indicates that he is the mayor (Vorsteher) of the colony.
There is a Wilhelm Brenning from Kutter recorded on the 1798 census of Anton in Household No. An56.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Christoph Brenning was a weaver from the German region of Isenburg while the 1767 census records that he was a craftsman (Handwerker) from the German region of Hanau.
- 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): An56, Kt24, Kt26, Kt34, Kt53.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 475.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #3174.