Johann David Otto, a cobbler (Schuhmacher), and his family arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 10 August 1766 on a ship under the command of Skipper Nikolaus Peter Pinkom.
David's wife and several children died after arriving in Russia. Widower David and the remaining children (Katharina, age 13; Christian, age 8) settled in the Volga German colony of Kaneau on 3 August 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 30.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that David Otto came from the region of Darmstadt while the 1767 census records that he came from the region of Dessau.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 250.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #4363.