Johann Siegmund Döring and his family arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on board a ship under the command of Lieutenant Gawril Poduzki.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Stephan on 24 August 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 13.
In 1797, Johann Just & Johann Heinrich Döring moved from Stephan to Balzer.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Johann Siegmund Döring was a farmer from the German region of Riedesel. The 1767 census records that Simon [sic] Döring was a weaver (Weber) from the German village of Lauterbach.
- 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): Bz005, Bz018, Sp10, Sp37, Mv2852, Mv2857.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 224.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #5575.