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Etzel (Pfeifer)

Anton Etzel, a farmer, and his family arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 29 August 1766 aboard the ship Apollo under the command of Skipper Detlov Merberg.

They settled in the Volga German colony of Pfeifer on 20 August 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 55.

The 1767 census records that Anton Etzel came from the German village of Wertheim in the district of Franconia.

Dechant (Pfeifer)

Christoph Dechant, a single man, arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 19 July 1766 aboard a ship under the command of Skipper Jakob Bauer.  He married after arrival in Russia, but his wife died after they settled in the Volga German colony of Pfeifer on 15 June 1767.  He is recorded in Pfeifer on the 1767 census in Household No. 30.

The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Christoph Dechant was a farmer while the 1767 census records that he was a hosier (Strumpfwirker).

Eberle (Pfeifer)

Johann Georg Eberle, a farmer, and his wife Anna Barbara arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 22 July 1766 aboard the pink Lev under the command of Lieutenant Fyodor Fyodorov.

They settled in the Volga German colony of Pfeifer on 20 August 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 96 along with their new-born son, Johannes.

The 1767 census records that Johann Georg Eberle came from the German village of Neustadt in the Pfalz region.

Dresser (Pfeifer-2)

Georg Dresser, a single farmer, arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 19 July 1766 aboard a ship under the command of Skipper Jakob Bauer.

He settled in the Volga German colony of Pfeifer on 15 June 1767 and is recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 35 along with his new wife Margaretha.

Both the Oranienbaum passenger list and the 1767 census record that Georg Dresser came from the German district of Hanau.

Dresser (Pfeifer-1)

Michael Dresser, a farmer, and his wife Katharina settled in the Volga German colony of Pfeifer. They are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 88.

The 1767 census records that Michael Dresser came from the German village of Arnstein.

Herr (Pfeifer)

Jakob Herr, a farmer, and his wife Elisabeth arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 31 July 1766 aboard a Russian ship under the command of Lieutenant Samuel Gibbs.

They settled in the Volga German colony of Pfeifer on 15 June 1767 where they are recorded on the 1767 census in Household No. 23.

In 1788, Johannes Herr moved from Pfeifer to Köhler.

The 1767 census records that Jakob Herr came from the German village of Orb in the Mainz region.

Keberlein (Pfeifer)

Dorothea Keberlein, a farmer, and her children arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 13 September 1766 aboard the hooker Die Junger Dietrika under the command of Skipper Christian Korsholm.

Her older son, Andreas and his wife, arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 29 August 1766 aboard the ship Apollo under the command of Skipper Detlov Merberg.