Friedrich Meier, a single man, arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 8 August 1766 aboard the snow-brig Der Merkur under the command of Skipper Johann Heinrich Abelmann.
He settled in the Volga German colony of Urbach on 13 July 1767 and is recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 16 along with his new wife and daughter.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Friedrich Meier was a hosier while the 1767 census records that he was a farmer.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Friedrich Meier came form the German region of Sachsen (Saxony). The 1767 census records that he came from the German village of Apolda in the Weimar region. [Despite the discrepancies in profession and location, this is believed to be the correct Friedrich Meier as he is arriving in Oranienbaum on the same ship with many other colonists destined for Urbach.] The 1767 census of Urbach also records that his wife Anna Katharina was from the German village of Kirdorf near Darmstadt.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 273.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #3286.