Johann Schnell, a farmer, and his family arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 29 August 1766 on board a ship under the command of Skipper Johann Skott.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Norka on 26 August 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 193. The Oranienbaum passenger list records that this family is of the Reformed faith, while the 1767 census records them as Roman Catholic which brings doubt that these are the same family. They are believed to be the same because on the ship that arrived in Oranienbaum there are many other families that settled in Norka.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Johann Schnell came from the German district of Hessen while the 1767 census records that they are from the German district of Isenburg.
- 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): Nr149.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 281.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #3610.