Gottfried Thiel, a single hatter (Hutmacher), arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 18 June 1766 aboard the ship Mann und Frau under the command of Skipper Daniel Berg.
He settled in the Volga German colony of Jost on 5 July 1767 and is recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 20 along with his new wife Katharina.
The 1767 census records that Gottfried Thiel came from the German village of Freyburg in the Sachsen (Saxony) region.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 199.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #1109.