Philipp Schnarr and his family immigrated to Russia from the German village of Steinau. They arrived at the port in Oranienbaum from Lübeck on 12 September 1766 aboard an English frigate under the command of Skipper Adam Beerfeier. They settled in the Volga German colony of Nieder-Monjou on 3 August 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 27. The family is recorded on the 1798 census of Nieder-Monjou in Household No. Nm20.
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