Johann Georg Wetlaufer, a farmer, and his family arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 29 August 1766 aboard the ship Apollo under the commandof skipper Detlov Merberg.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Norka on 15 August 1767 where Johann Georg is recorded as a widower on the 1767 census in Household No. 158.
Both the Oranienbaum passenger list and the 1767 census record that he came from the German district of Hessen.
- 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): Nr015.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 271.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #5205.