Widow Maria Specht and her sons (Johann, age 21; Gottlieb, age 15) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 10 August 1766 aboard a ship under the command of Skipper Nikolaus Peter Pink.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Nieder-Monjou where Gottlieb is recorded on the 1767 census in Household No. 16 along with his stepfather Johann Sibelius along with a note that they resettled to the colony of Biberstein in 1768.
The 1798 census of Biberstein records Gottlieb Specht and his family in Household No. Bb12.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Maria Specht came from the German region of Zerbst.
- 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): Bb12.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 188.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #4341.