Valentin Traub and his wife, Eva, arrived from Lübeck at the port in Oranienbaum on 8 August 1766 aboard the snow-brig Der Merkur with skipper Johann Heinrich Abelmann at the helm.
Eva died at some point along the journey, and Valentin remarried to the widow Katharina Knaub who originally was travelling with 6 children: (1) Katharina Friedrika, age 17.5; (2) Johann Konrad, age 14; (3) Ludwig, age 12; (4) Johann Heinrich, age 10; (5) Philipp Peter, age 8; and (6) Magdalena, age 1.5.
Valentin, Katharina, and three of her children (Konrad, Ludwig, & Philipp) settled in the Volga German colony of Kautz on 29 July 1767. They are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 15.
The 1767 census records that Valentin Traub came from the German village of Schriesheim in the Pfalz.
- 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): Kz26.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 336.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #3335, #3340.