Wilhelm Michel, a carpenter, and his wife, Anna, arrived from Lübeck at the port in Oranienbaum on 31 July 1766 aboard a Russian packet-boat under the command of Lieutenant Pyotr Malinkov. They settled in the Volga German colony of Dietel on 1 July 1767. They are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 38.
In 1794, Wilhelm Michel and his family moved from Dietel to Bauer. By the 1798 census, they are recorded in Kautz (Kz34 & Kz35).
The 1767 census records that Wilhelm Michel came from the district of Baden.
- Mai, Brent Alan. 1798 Census of the German Colonies along the Volga (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1999): Dt22, Kz34, Kz35, Mv0428.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 294.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #2807.