Widower Ludwig Mertz and his children arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 14 September 1766 aboard a ship under the command of Skipper Reders.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Norka on 2 September 1767 where they are recorded on the 1767 census in Household No. 208.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Ludwig Mertz was a potter while the 1767 census records that he was a craftsman (Handwerker). Both documents record that Ludwig Mertz came from the German district of Isenburg.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 286.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #6452.