Johann Heinrich Geier, a tailor, his wife Katharina, and children (Johann Georg, age 19; Maria Helena, age 17; Anna Margaretha, age 14; Margaretha, age 7; Bernhard, age ½) arrived from Lübeck at the port in Oranienbaum on 9 August 1766 aboard the pink Novaya Dvinka under the command of Lieutenant Perepechin. Catharina Geier died at some point after arriving in Russia, and Johann Heinrich remarried to the widow Christina Schwabauer.
The combined Geier-Schwabauer family settled in the Volga German colony of Huck on 17 August 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Households No. 63-65.
On the 1767 census, published by Igor Pleve, the Geier surname is incorrectly translated as Herr.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Johann Heinrich Geier came from the German region of Pfalz. The 1767 census records that he came from the Kurpfalz region.
- 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): Hk31, Hk32, Hk64.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 155, 156.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #3807.