Johann Heinrich Görlitz, a farmer, and his wife Maria Barbara arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 15 September 1766 aboard the snow-brig Die Frau Dietrika under the command of Skipper Joachim Friedrich Luhn.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Yagodyana Polyana on 16 September 1767 and Johann Heinrich is recorded there as a widow on the 1767 census living in Household No. 51 along with his son-in-law Johann Heinrich Beutel.
Also arriving in Oranienbaum with Johann Heinrich Görlitz was Johann Konrad Görlitz, believed to be his son. He and his wife also settled in Yagodnaya Polyana on 16 September 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 50.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that both Johann Heinrich Görlitz and Johann Konrad Görlitz came from the German district of Darmstadt while the 1767 census records that they came from the area of Nidda.
Researcher Georg Kromm reported in 1912 that the Görlitz family came from the German village of Wallernhausen near Nidda.
- Kromm, Georg: research reprinted in Flegel, Arthur & Cleo. "Research in Hessen." AHSGR Work Paper XIII (December 1973): 33.
- 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): Yp68, Yp74, Yp94.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 186.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #6111.