Johann Heinrich Günther and his family arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 13 September 1766 aboard a ship under the command of Lieutenant Gawril Poduzki.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Stephan on 24 August 1767. Johann Heinrich Günther is recorded there as a widower in Household No. 18. A note on the 1767 census records that this Günther family relocated to the colony of Schilling in 1768.
The 1798 Census of Stephan records that son Johann Heinrich Günther is living in Stephan (Sp36).
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Johann Heinrich Günther was a farmer while the 1767 census records that he was a cobbler (Schuhmacher).
The 1767 census records that Johann Heinrich Günther came from the German village of Heilberscheid.
- 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): Sp36.
- 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): #5580.