Kaspar Kraft, a farmer, and his family arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 29 August 1766 aboard a ship under the command of Skipper Johann Skott.
Kaspar died after arrival in Russia. His widow Anna evidently remarried to Johannes Scharf, but she, too, appears to have died. Johannes Kraft (age 3), the son of Kaspar and Anna Kraft, is recorded on the 1767 census of Norka where he is recorded in Household No. 71 as the stepson of Johannes Scharf.
The 1798 census of Norka records that the Johannes Kraft family is living at the mill near Messer.
Both the Oranienbaum passenger list and the 1767 census record that the Kraft family came from the German district of Darmstadt.
- 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): Nr219.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 248.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #3790.