Christian Michaelis, a barber (Knopfmacher), and his wife Maria arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 10 August 1766 aboard a ship under the command of Skipper Nikolaus Peter Pink.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Jost on 16 August 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 46.
In 1790, Johann Christian Michaelis and his daughter moved from Stahl am Tarlyk to Jost. The 1798 census of Dinkel records Christian Michaelis in Household No. Dn06.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Christian Michaelis came from the German region of Berlin while the 1767 census records that he came from the German region of Anhalt-Köthen.
- 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): Dn06, Mv2820.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 205.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #4334.