David Otto, a cobbler, and his family arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 10 August 1766 aboard a ship under the command of Skipper Nikolaus Peter Pinkom.
The parents and several children died after arrival in Russia. Surviving son Gottlieb settled in the Volga German colony of Boisroux on 3 August 1767 and is recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 64 along with his new wife Johanna Eleonora and her mother and brother (Johanna & Johann Georg Hoppe).
In 1785, Gottlieb Otto and his family moved from Boisroux to Katharinenstadt.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that David Otto came from the German region of Darmstadt while the 1767 census records that son Christian Gottlieb Otto came from the German village of Oranienbaum.
- 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): Kn01, Ka070, Mv0309.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 155.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #4363.