Andreas Schnurr, his wife Margaretha, and children (Johann, age 16; Christian, age 14; Margaretha, age 10; Benedict, age 6; Kunigunda, age 3) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 12 May 1766 aboard the galliot Anna Katharina under the command of Skipper Daniel Geier.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Orlovskaya on 5 March 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 66.
In 1772, Andreas Schnurr and his family moved from Orlovskaya to Schönchen.
In 1788, Franz Schnurr moved from Schönchen to Wittmann.
In 1790, widow Schnurr and her son Gottfried moved from Schönchen to Boisroux.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Andreas Schnurr was an innkeeper from the German region of Ansbach. The 1767 census records that he was a musician (Musiker) from the German village of Georgensgmünd.
- 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): Bt42, Bx10, Sn09, Wm23, Mv2124, Mv2608, Mv2617.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 325.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #95.