Anton Mai, a farmer, and his wife Anna arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 12 September 1766 aboard an English frigate under the command of Skipper Adam Beerfeier.
Anna died after arrival in Russia. Anton settled in the Volga German colony of Nieder-Monjou on 3 August 1767 and is recorded there on the 1767 census as a widower in Household No. 94.
The 1767 census records that Anton Mai came from the German village of Gladbach in the Mainz region. A pair of Gladbach villages (Niedergladbach and Obergladbach), as part of the Merlau Treaty in 1583, were exchanged for two villages in the Pfalz. This exchange left the Gladbach villages in the territory of the Electorate of Mainz (Kurmainz).
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 204.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #4462.