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Jakob Keis [sic] and Gerdrauth Schaaff were married on 10 May 1766 in Büdingen.

Jakob Keib [sic], a farmer, and his wife Gertruda arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 15 September 1766 aboard the galliot Johannes under the command of Skipper Stahl.

They settled in the Volga German colony of Hussenbach where Jakob Keit [sic] is recorded on the 1798 census in Household No. Hs005.

The Büdingen marriage register records that Jakob Keis is from "Zahmen in the area of Riedesel" and that Gertrauth Schaaff is from "Altenschlerff." The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Jakob Keib [sic] is from the German region of Riedesel.


- 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): Hs005.
- Mai, Brent Alan and Dona Reeves-Marquardt. German Migration to the Russian Volga (1764-1767) : Origins and Destinations (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 2003): #628.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #6338.


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