Biberstein

Names: 
Biberstein
Georgiewka
Georgievka
Georgiyevka
Glarus
Serdinskii
Гларус
Глярус
Биберштейн
Георгиевка
Сердинский
Daughter Colonies: 
History: 

Biberstein was founded as a Lutheran colony on 20 August 1767 by Baron Caneau de Beauregard. It moved to a new location between Bettinger and Schaffhausen along the Volga River in 1770.

Today, what remains of the former colony of Biberstein is known as Georgiyevka.

Church: 

Biberstein was part of the Lutheran parish headquartered in Bettinger. A new church was built of wood in Biberstein in 1862.

Population: 
Year
Households
Population
Total
Male
Female
1767
 
 
 
 
1769
25
107
76
31
1773
46
176
102
74
1788
40
221
112
109
1798
44
310
156
154
1816
85
480
239
241
1834
109
813
408
405
1850
146
1,017
523
494
1857
132
1,065
535
530
1859
116
1,029
529
500
1883
 
1,854
 
 
1889
 
1,896
 
 
1894
 
 
 
 
1897
 
1,899
942
957
1905
 
2,898
 
 
1910
289
2,992
1,574
1,418
1912
 
3,036
 
 
1920
363*
2,440
 
 
1922
 
2,023
 
 
1926**
271
1,535
750
785
1931
 
2,330***
 
 

*Of which 361 households were German.
**Of whom 1,534 (749 male & 785 female) were German, living in 270 households.
***Of whom 2,321 were German.

Sources: 

- Beratz, Gottieb. The German colonies on the Lower Volga, their origin and early development: a memorial for the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the first German settlers on the Volga, 29 June 1764. Translated by Adam Giesinger (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1991): 348.
- Diesendorf, V.F. Die Deutschen Russlands : Siedlungen und Siedlungsgebiete : Lexicon. Moscow, 2006.
- Pallas, P.S. Reise durch verschiedene Provinzen des Russischen Reichs. Theil 3,2, Reise aus Sibirien zurueck an die Wolga im 1773sten Jahr (St. Petersburg: Kaiserl. Academie der Wissenschaften, 1776): 614.
- Preliminary Results of the Soviet Census of 1926 on the Volga German Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic (Pokrovsk, 1927): 28-83.
- Reith, Andreas. Bettinger Lutheran Church, 2009 (online - in Russian).
- Report of Conditions of Settlements on the Volga to Catherine II by Count Orlov, 14 February 1769.
- "Settlements in the 1897 Census." Journal of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia (Winter, 1990): 16.Stumpp, Karl. Die Auswanderung aus Deutschland nach Rußland in den Jahren 1763 bis 1862 (Landsmannschaft der Deutschen aus Rußland, 2004): 68.

Map showing Biberstein - in the center (1935).

Interior photos of the Biberstein church.
Source: Jorge Bohn.

Latitude: 50.551022
Longitude: 8.780011
Latitude: 50.665278
Longitude: 9.273056
Latitude: 51.358396
Longitude: 9.529196
Latitude: 50.661645
Longitude: 8.710678
Latitude: 50.607778
Longitude: 8.786389

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