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Friebus

There are two Friebus families that settled in the Volga German colony of Fischer on 28 July 1765. Their relationship to each other is not recorded on the 1767 census.

(1) Johann Friebus (age 50), a farmer, and his family are recorded on the 1767 census of Fischer in Household No. 11. The 1767 census records that Johann Friebus came from the German village of Zittau in Sachsen (Saxony).

Bontemps (Hölzel)

Nikolaus Bontemps, a farmer, and his family arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 15 September 1766 aboard the galliot Adler under the command of Skipper Paul Adam Drath.

Nikolaus died and his widow Johannetta and son Nikolaus settled in the Volga German colony of Hölzel on 11 September 1767. They are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 36.

In 1788, Nikolaus Bontemps and his family moved from Hölzel to Seelmann.

The 1767 census records that Nikolaus Bontemps came from the German village of Winsdorf in the Lothringen region.

Weigel (Pfeifer)

Paul Weigel, a farmer, and his family arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 22 July 1766 aboard the pink Lev under the command of Lieutenant Fyodor Fyodorov.

Paul and his surviving son Christoph settled in the Volga German colony of Pfeifer on 15 June 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 7.

The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Paul Weigel came from the German region of Mainz. The 1767 census records that he came from the village of Aschaffenburg.

Sommersdorf, Kr. Ansbach, Bayern

Sommersdorf is administratively part of the municipality of Burgoberbach in the Central Franconia region of Bayern (Bavaria).

Leikam (Laub)

Andreas Leikam, a farmer, and his wife Anna Ursula arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 12 September 1766 aboard the snow-brig Frei Gebruder under the command of Skipper Minzberger.

They settled in the Volga German colony of Laub on 19 August 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 33.

The 1767 census records that Andreas Leikam came from the German village of Sommersdorf in the region of Ansbach.

Spomer

There are two Spomer families that settled in the Volga German colony of Beideck. Neither the Büdingen parish register nor the 1775 census of Beideck record their relationship to each other.

(1) Johann Peter Spomer & Anna Margretha Wagner were married on 10 March 1766 in Büdingen. They are recorded on the 1775 census of Beideck in Household No. 46. In 1792, widow Anna Maria Spomer married in Bangert to Mr. Steinhauer, and took her children with her.

Beiseker, Alberta

Volga German families settled in and around Beiseker, Alberta.

Kähm (Balzer)

There are two Kähm families that settled in the Volga German colony of Balzer. The 1767 census does not record their relationship to each other.

(1) Markus Kähm, a farmer, and his wife settled in Balzer on 18 June 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 48.

(2) Kaspar Kähm, a farmer, and his wife Eleonora settled in Balzer on 8 August 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 93. In 1790, Kaspar Kähm moved from Balzer to Beideck.

Spengler

Johann Heinrich Spengler and his family arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 9 August 1766 aboard the pink Novaya Dvinka under the command of Lieutenant Perepechin.

They settled in the Volga German colony of Kraft on 18 August 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 50.

In 1790, Christian Spengler and his family moved from Kraft to Müller.

The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Johann Heinrich Spengler was a barber while the 1767 census records that he was a hunter (Jäger).