Gottfried Koch, a farmer, his wife Anna, and sons (Johann, age 13; Christoph, age 3) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 4 July 1766 aboard the English frigate Love & Unity under the command of Skipper Thomas Fairfax.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Boisroux on 7 June 1767. Gottfried is recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 2 along with a new wife and some of her children [surname not recorded].
The 1767 census records that Gottfried Koch came from the German village of Leipzig in the Sachsen (Saxony) region.
- 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): Bx46.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 139.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #1402.