Michael Geist, a farmer, and his family arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 12 September 1766 aboard the English frigate Love & Unity under the command of Skipper Thomas Fairfax. At this point, the family is recorded to include the parents (Michael & Barbara) and children (Barbara, 15; Johann, 14; Anna, 11; Ursula, 9; Kaspar 5; and Balzar, 3).
They settled in the Volga German colony of Ober-Monjou on 23 July 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 23. At this point, the family is recorded to include the parents (Michael & Barbara) and children (Anna, 18; Johannes, 16; Gertrude, 14; Ursula 12; Maria, 11; Balthasar, 8; and Martin, 6).
The 1798 census of Ober-Monjou records the following Geist children: Johannes, age 47 (Om35); Gertrude, age 47 (Om32), Margaretha, age 37 (Om 14); Balthasar, age 33 (Om09); Barbara, age 30 (Om33). Anna Geist, age 45, from Ober-Monjou is recorded on the 1798 census of Schönchen (Sn06). Anna Maria Geist, age 26, from Ober-Monjou is recorded on the 1798 census of Husaren (Hr28).
The 1767 census records that Michael Geist came from the German village of Alzey in the Würzburg 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): Om09, Om35.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 294.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #5479.