Thomas Stössel, his wife Charlotta, and children (Susanna, age 11; Friedrich, age 6; Elisabeth, age 3) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 15 September 1766 aboard a ship under the command of Skipper Hans Karholm.
The list of Beauregard recruits (No. 24) on the 1767 census records Thomas Stössel and his new wife Katharina along with his surviving daughter Susanna.
Widow Katharina is recorded on the 1798 census of Zürich in Household No. Zr25.
The 1767 census records that Thomas Stössel came from the German village of Bonbaden in the Solms region.
- 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): Zr25.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 354.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #7106.