Philipp Busch, a farmer, and his family arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 29 August 1766 aboard the ship Apollo under the command of Skipper Detlov Merberg. Philipp died after arrival in Russia, and his widow Eva remarried to Johann Georg Batt.
The combined Busch and Batt families settled in the Volga German colony of Dietel on 1 July 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 9.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Philipp Busch came from the region of Friedeburg. The 1767 census records that the Busch family came from the German village of Peterheer near Frankfurt am Main. The translation of the Dietel First Settler's List in the Stumpp book gives a different name and origin location - Johannes Busch from the Palatinate.
According to the parish records of Mettenheim (today part of the municipality of Eich) in the district of Alzey-Worms in Rhineland-Palatinate, Johannes Busch (son of Johannes Busch from Mariethal near Rockenhausen) and Eva Maria Knobloch (daughter of Conrad Georg and Maria Eva Knobloch) married on 6 May 1755. Their son Georg Conrad Busch was born 29 Oct 1757. These records also report that Anna Margaretha Knobloch, daughter of Georg Conrad and Maria Eva Knobloch was born on 26 Mar 1760. It appears that Anna Margaretha (reported in the Dietel First Settler's List as Johann Georg Busch's sister) was actually the younger sister of Eva Maria Knobloch.
- Parish records of Mettenheim (Dekanat Osthofen, Hessen-Nassau Archive) on Archion.de
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010) p. 324
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): p. 283
- Stumpp, Karl. The Emigration from Germany to Russia in the years 1763 to 1862. (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1982), p. 83