Johann Kelbermater and his family arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 29 August 1766 aboard the ship Apollo under the command of Skipper Detlov Merberg.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Pfeifer on 20 August 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 54 along with his brother-in-law Johann Philipp Hirschfeld.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Johann Kelbermater was a cobbler while the 1767 census records that Joseph [sic] Kelbermater was a farmer.
The 1767 census records that Joseph Kelbermater came from the district of Raron [in the Canton of Valais] in Switzerland.
- 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): Pf31.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 390.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #5097.