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Johann[es] Dorndecker, a farmer, his wife Elisabeth, and children (Maria, age 9; Sibilla, age 5) 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 settled in the Volga German colony of Kamenka on 20 June 1767. Johannes Dorndecker is recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 80. The 1775 census of Kamenka records Johannes Dorndecker in Household No. 63 along with his new wife the Widow Margaretha Fischbach and her children (Peter, age 8; Johannes, age 5; Christina, age 3).

Both the Oranienabum passenger list and the 1767 census record that Johann Dorndecker came from the German region of Hanau. Some translations errantly record this surname as Dregesser.


- 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): Km012.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 236.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #1705.


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