Friedrich Kerner, a single cobbler, arrived from Lübek at the port of Oranienbaum on 9 August 1766 aboard a ship under the command of Skipper Martin Friedrich Morkau.
He appears to have settled in the Volga German colony of Katharinenstadt.
In 1787, Joseph Friedrich Körner moved from Katharinenstadt to Schönchen.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Friedrich Kerner came from the German region of Sachsen (Saxony).
- 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): Mv1187.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #2964.