Johann Matthias Katzendorn, a tailor (Schneider), arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 15 September 1766 aboard a ship under the command of Skipper Franz Nikolaus Schröder.
He settled in the Volga German colonies on 3 August 1767. They are recorded on the 1767 census in the Appendix of Recruiter Beauregard in Household No. 132 along with his bride Maria. They later settled in the Volga German colony of Wittmann.
The 1767 census records that he came from the German region of Arnweiler [Ahrweiler?].
- 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): Wm32.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 375.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #6921.