Johann Will, a carpenter, his wife Anna Katharina, and their children (Maria Elisabeth, age 16; Margaretha, age 11; Johann, age 7) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 4 July 1766 aboard the galliot Die Fortuna under the command of Skipper Peter Stahl.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Beideck and are recorded there on the 1775 census in Household No. 13.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Johann Will came from the German region of Linden [Lindheim?].
- 1775 Census of Beideck (No. 13).
- 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): Bd24, Bd71.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #2257.