Gottfried Saltzmann was born about 1756 to parents Balthasar and Brigitta Katharina Saltzmann, probably in the Darmstadt area of what is now Germany.
According to the Kulberg Lists, Gottfried Saltzmann immigrated to Russia with his parents and older sister Maria Elisabeth. The family departed for Russia on 10 August 1766.
His father was a hammer maker from Darmstadt, and the family identified themselves as Lutheran.
Traveling with them but documented separately was his brother Johann Georg Saltzmann and his wife Elisabeth Raeder [also identified as Anna Catharina] who married in Büdingen on April 04, 1766, four months before their departure for Russia.
Wife Maria Elisabeth [Saltzmann] Hepp, age 24 [second wife]
Child #1 Maria Katharina Hepp, age 6 months
Mother-in-Law Katharina Elisabeth Salzman [sic], age 64
Brother-in-Law Gottfried Salzman [sic], age 18
Pleve, Igor. List of Colonists to Russia in 1766, "Reports by Ivan Kulberg," Ministry of Education and Science of Russian Federation, Saratov State Technical University; Published in Saratov, Russia 2010; page 308.
Mai, Brent Alan, and Donna Reeves-Marquardt; German Migration to the Russia Volga (1764-1767), Origins and Destinations; American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, Lincoln, Nebraska; Published 2003, page 60, #479.
Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet 1764-1767, Band 2, Herausgegeben von Alfred Eisfeld under Mitarbeit von Sabine Eichwald, Published by the Nordost-Instsitut - 38085 Göttingen, 2005; page 78, family #37.
↑The 1775 and 1798 Census of the German Colony on the Volga, Lesnoy Karamysh, also known as Grimm; Published by the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, Lincoln, NE, USA; Published 1995; family #115 in the 1775 census.