Erick Winkelstern and his wife Katharina arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 31 July 1766 aboard a Russian ship under the command of Lieutenant Samuel Gibbs.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Reinwald on 24 June 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 62 along with their 3-week-old daughter Katharina Elisabeth.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Erick Winkelstern was a cobbler while the 1767 census records that he was a farmer.
The 1767 census records that Erick Winkelstern came from the German village of Gedern in the region of Stolberg.
- 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): Rw53.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 46.