Joseph Kornborn and his family arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 9 August 1766 aboard the pink Novaya Dvinka under the command of Lieutenant Perepechin.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Norka on 15 August 1767. Joseph's wife, Anna Maria, died, and he remarried to widow Marianna Adam. They are recorded in Norka on the 1767 census in Household No. 62.
On the passenger list in Oranienbaum, Joseph is recorded as a tailor, but on the 1767 census, he is recorded as a craftsman. Both the Oranienbaum passenger list and the 1767 census record that Joseph Kornborn came from the German district of Isenburg.
- 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): Nr145.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 245.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #3814.