[Johann] Valentin Knopf and his wife Margaretha arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 31 May 1766 aboard the pink Slon under the command of Lieutenant Sergey Panov.
He settled in the Volga German colony of Preuss on 16 August 1767 and is recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 128.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Valentin Knopf was a physician (Feldsher) from the German region of the Pfalz. The 1776 census records that he was a tailor (Schneider) from the German village of Greuth in the Bamberg region.
[It is questionable whether these two records refer to the same individual.]
- 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): Ps77.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 437.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #608.