Wilhelm [Friedrich] Sartorius, a single weaver, arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 8 August 1766 aboard the galliot Anna Catharina under the command of Skipper Johann Joachim Janson.
He settled in the Volga German colony of Nieder-Monjou on 3 August 1767 and is recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 46 along with his wife Elisabeth (age 28) and stepchildren: Peter Schmidt (age 12), Johann Ludwig Schmidt (age 9), and Johannes Schmidt (age 2). Elisabeth is not old enough to be the mother of all of these Schmidt children.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Friedrich Sartorius came from the German village of Merzhausen. The 1767 census records that he came from the German region of the Pfalz.
- 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): Nm21.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 195.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #5571.