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Knopf (Frank)

Kaspar Knopf, a farmer, and his family arrived from Rewal at the port of Oranienbaum on 30 May 1766 aboad the pink Novaya Dvinka under the command of Lieutenant Ivan Perepechin.

They settled in the Volga German colony of Frank in 1767 and they are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 8.

The 1767 census records that Kaspar Knopf came from the German village of Mauerwelt in the region of Fulda.

Zimmermann (Frank)

Johannes Zimmermann and his family settled in the Volga German colony of Frank. His son, Johannes (age 8), is recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 78 living with the Johann Heinrich Frick family. The 1767 census does not record a relationship between the Zimmermann and Frick families.

The 1767 census records that Johannes Zimmermann came from the German village of Wallernhausen in the Fulda region.

Söll

Joseph Söll, a farmer, and his wife Maria arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 12 September 1766 aboard a ship under the command of Skipper Heinrich Sager.

They settled in the Volga German colony of Frank and are recorded there on the 1798 census in Household No. Fk096.

The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Joseph Söll came from the German region of Ulm.

Zeiler (Frank)

Andreas Zeiler, a farmer, and his wife Klara Elisabeth settled in the Volga German colony of Frank in 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 33.

The 1767 census records that Andreas Zeiler came from the German village of Marklieker in the region of Nürnberg.

Wittwänger

George Franz Wittwänger married Dorothea Leonhardt in Büdingen on 13 May 1766. She had been born 31 May 1737 in Sprendlingen.

Georg Franz Wittwänger, a craftsman (Handwerker), and his family settled in the Volga German colony of Frank in 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 58.

The 1767 census records that Georg Franz Wittwänger came from the German village of Aurach in the Württemberg region.

There do not appear to be any surviving male descendants of this family among the Volga German colonies.

Wittmaier

Johann Michael Wittmaier, a farmer, his wife Dorothea, and their son Johann Jakob arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 4 July 1766 aboard the ship Die Neue Freiheit von Bremen under the command of Skipper Steingrawer.

They have not been located on the 1767 census, but according to the 1798 census Jakob Wittmaier left Frank in 1784. Where he went is not recorded.

The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Johann Michael Wittmaier came from the German region of Württemberg.

Horth

Johann Gottlieb Horth and his wife arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 15 September 1766 aboard the galliot Adler under the command of Skipper Paul Adam Drath.

They settled in the Volga German colony of Laub on 15 September 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 47.

The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Johann Gottlieb Horth was a farmer while the 1767 census records that he was a hosier (Strumpfwirker).

Horst (Dobrinka)

Wilhelm Horst, a farmer, and his family arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 4 July 1766 aboard the ship Der Junge Mathias under the command of Skipper David Wollert.

They settled in the Volga German colony of Dobrinka on 20 June 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 85.

The 1767 census records that Wilhelm Horst came from the German village of Seminrot in the Darmstadt area.