Christian Spahn, a farmer, and his family arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 9 August 1766 aboard the pink Slon under the command of Lieutenant Sergey Panov.
Only son Johann Heinrich (age 4) survived to settled in the Volga German colony of Norka on 15 August 1767. He is recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 53, living with the Wilhelm Würtz family.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Christian Spahn came from the German district of Isenburg.
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