David Klein, a farmer, his wife Sabina, and children (Katharina, age 19; Daniel, age 17; Appolonia, age 13; Barbara, age 9; Philipp, age 6; Margaretha, age 3) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 22 July 1766 aboard a Russian packet-boat under the command of Lieutenant Trusov.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Kautz on 20 May 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 3.
Before 1798, Daniel Klein's widow and children moved from Kautz to Merkel.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that David Klein came from the German region of Pfalz. The 1767 census records that he came from the German village of Freimersheim.
- Mai, Brent Alan. 1798 Census of the German Colonies along the Volga (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1999): Kz18, Kz33, Mr25.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet 1764-1767 Band 2 (Goettingen: Der Göttinger Arbeitskreis; 2001): 334.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #2467.