Dorn (Paulskaya)

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Dorn (Paulskaya)
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There are two Dorn families that arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 4 July 1766 aboard the English frigate Love & Unity under the command of Skipper Thomas Fairfax. They both settled in the Volga German colony of Paulskaya on 7 June 1767. Their relationship to each other is not recorded.

(1) Wilhelm [Friedrich] Dorn, his wife Katharina, and children (Johann, age 5; Konrad, age 1½) arrived in Oranienbaum. They are recorded on the 1767 census in Household No. 54 along with his wife's mother Anna Kraft who had arrived with them in Oranienbaum.

(2) Karl Dorn, a single farmer, and his mother Elisabeth arrived in Oranienbaum. Karl is recorded on the 1767 census of Paulskaya in Household No. 86.

The Oranienbaum passenger list records that both families came from the German region of Darmstadt. The 1767 census records that Wilhelm Friedrich came from the German village of Ganerin [?] in the Darmstadt region and that Karl came from the German village of Genderkingen [?].


- 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): Pl13, Pl25, Pl26, Pl28.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 344, 351.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #1467, #1468, #1473.


Brent Mai

Pre-Volga Origin

Volga Colonies