Wilhelm Grebing, a farmer, his wife Elisabeth, and daughter Barbara (age 16) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 8 August 1766 aboard the galliot Anna Katharina under the command of Skipper Johann Joachim Janson.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Ernestinendorf on 3 August 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 27 along with a note that Wilhelm is serving as the colony's mayor (Vorsteher).
In 1769, Johannes Greving [sic] and his family moved from Ernestinendorf to Schönchen.
The 1798 census of Mariental records Michael Grebing [probably from Schönchen] in Household No. Mt30.
The 1767 census records that Wilhelm Grebing came from the German village of Falwinhausen [?] in the Waldeck 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): Mt30, Mv0562.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 402.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #3963.