Johannes Rudel, a farmer, and his family arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 12 September 1766 on a ship under the command of Skipper Heinrich Sager.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Leitsinger on 5 September 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 62.
The 1767 census records that Johannes Rudel came from the German village of Ludwag in the Bamberg region.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 74.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #6153.