Johann Georg Steiner, son of Johann Georg Steiner & Anna Barbara Schmidt, was born 24 October 1715 in Ochsenburg, today in Baden-Württemberg. His father's family was originally from the village of Heutingsheim which no longer exists. In 1972-1973, it was combined with two other villages about 20 miles north of Stuttgart to become the town of Freiberg am Neckar. Johann Georg Junior married in Ochsenburg on 10 February 1739 to Helena Dorothea Schüz, daughter of Jacob Schüz. They have a number of children including Johann Daniel, born 3 May 1749 in Ochsenburg.
The Steiner (including 4 children at that time) moved to Denmark (today Schleswig-Holstein) where they settled in December 1761 on the farmstead of Charlottenhof in the colony of Christians Thal. In 1765, the family immigrated to Russia, arriving on 27 April 1766 in Shcherbakovka. They are recorded there on the 1767 Census in Household No. 40.
At some point, a "t" was added to the end of this surname and it has remained in most families.
- Clausen, Otto. Chronik der Heide- und Moorkolonisation im Herzogtum Schleswig, 1760-1765 (Husum: Husum Druck- und Verlagsgesellschaft, 1981): 840.
- Parish records of Heutingsheim - LDS Film No. 1056787.
- Parish records of Ochsenburg - LDS Film No. 1184762.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 254.