Lais / Leis
There are several Lais families that settled in the Volga German colony of Hussenbach. They arrived together from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 15 September 1766 aboard the snow-brig Die Frau Dietrika under the command of Skipper Joachim Friedrich Luhn.
(1) Johann Nikolaus Lais, a farmer, his wife Anna Margaretha, and children (Johann Jakob, age 17; Julianna Maria, age 15; Johann Heinrich, age 11) arrived in Oranienbaum. Daughter Julianna Maria is recorded on the Hussenbach 1798 census in Household No. Hs047.
(2) Widow Eva Barbara Lais and her son Konrad (age 20) arrived in Oranienbaum. Konrad Lais is recorded on the 1798 census of Hussenbach in Household No. Hs066.
(3) Johann Lais, a single farmer, arrived in Oranienbaum.
(4) Friederika Lais, a single woman, arrived in Oranienbaum. She is recorded in Hussenbach on the 1798 census in Household No. Hs038.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that each of these Lais families came from the German region of Darmstadt.
- 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): Hs066, Hs124.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #6124, #6125, #6126, #6127.
Susan Hopp Nakaji