Karl Katzendorn, a tailor (Schneider), and his family arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 15 September 1766 aboard a ship under the command of Skipper Franz Nikolaus Schröder.
They settled in the Volga German colonies on 3 August 1767 and are recorded on the 1767 census in the Appendix of Recruiter Beauregard in Household No. 123. They later settled in the Volga German colony of Wittmann.
The 1767 census records that Karl Katzendorn came from the German village of Basenstein.
- 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): Wm48.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 373.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #3961.