Georg Ries, a farmer, his wife Elisabeth, and children (Johann, age 3; Peter, age 6-weeks) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 12 September 1766 aboard an English frigate under the command of Skipper Adam Beerfeier.
Georg died, and Elisabeth remarried to widower Heinrich Dergans. The combined Dergans / Ries family settled in the Volga German colony of Nieder-Monjou on 3 August 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 29 along with a note that they relocated to the colony of Beauregard in 1768.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Georg Ries came from the German region of Hessen.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 191.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #4540.