Nikolaus Martin, a blacksmith (Schmied), his wife Anna, and children (Katharina, age 19; Johann, age 17½; Rosina, age 16; Gottfried, age 9) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 8 August 1766 aboard a ship under the command of Skipper Martin Friedrich Morkau.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Lauwe on 5 September 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 28 along with Nikolaus's new wife Maria Walpurga and her children [surname Morasch] (Maria Katharina, age 18; Rosina Elisabeth, age 18; Johannes, age 13; Maria Margaretha, age 9).
The 1767 census records that Nikolaus Martin came from the German village of Eberbach in the Kurpfalz 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): Lw27, Lw41.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 43.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #2958.