The lists of recruiter Johann Facius record that on 13 February 1766, gathering at Aufenau to move to Russia, was the family of Johannes Steinmetz (age 26), a cobbler (Schuhmacher), with his wife and 2 children.
Johann Peter Steinmetz, a farmer, and his wife Anna Maria arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 13 September 1766 aboard the galliot Die Perle under the command of Skipper Thomson.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Walter on 10 September 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 98 along with their newborn son Johannes.
In 1858-1859, descendants of this Steinmetz family moved to the daughter colony of Brunnental.
The Facius list records that Johannes Steinmetz came from the German village of Hegeberg.
The 1767 census records that Johann Peter Steinmitz came from the German village of Ekebergen in the region of Hanau.
- Facius List.
- 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): Wt014.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 317.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #6252.