Michael Hoffmann was born about 1744 in Linx, today a part of the town of Rheinau. He and his wife Katharina and their daughter Katharina arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 22 July 1766 aboard a Russian packet-boat under the command of lieutenant Makkensy.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Dietel on 1 July 1767 and are recorded there on 1767 census in Household No. 12.
In 1792, Michael Hoffmann moved from Dietel to Kutter.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Michael Hoffmann came from the German region of Hanau. The 1767 census records that Michael Hoffmann came from the German village of Linz in the Darmstadt 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): Dt72, Kt21, Mv295.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 285.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #2453.