Michael Stroh, a hosier (Strumpfwirker), was born 30 December 1742 in Sprendlingen, Offenbach, Hessen. He was the son of Johann Philipp Stroh (born 23 October 1712) and Katharina Schicketantz (born 3 June 1711).
He arrived from Rewal at the port of Oranienbaum on 30 May 1766 aboard the pink Novaya Dvinka under the command of Lieutenant Ivan Perepechin. He settled in the Volga German colony of Frank in 1767 and is recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 30. He married Elisabeth Gruning.
In 1798, Johannes Stroh moved from Frank to Dobrinka.
The 1767 census records that Michael Stroh came from the German village of Sprendlingen in the Isenburg 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): Db26, Fk048, Fk049, Mv0641.
- Parish records of Sprendlingen (LDS Intl Film #1193263).
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 423.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #505.