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Wen(t)zel (Kraft)

Adam Wenzel, a farmer, his wife Katharina, and children (Heinrich, age 19; Johannes, age 17½; Anna, age 10; Helwig, age 8) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 29 August 1766 aboard a ship under the command of Skipper Johann Skott.

They settled in the Volga German colony of Kraft on 18 August 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 64.

The 1767 census records that Adam Wenzel came from the German village of Amt Breitenbach in the Darmstadt region.

Wen(t)z (Leitsinger)

Michael Wenz, a farmer, and his wife Ursula arrived from Rewal at the port of Oranienbaum aboard the pink Slon under the command of Lieutenant Sergey Panov.

They settled in the Volga German colony of Leitsinger on 12 May 1767. Michael is recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 76 along with a note that his wife had died on 20 November 1767.

The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Michael Wenz came from the German region of Mainz. The 1767 census records that he came from the German village of Stickersrusen [?] in the Kurtrier region.

Wendehahn

Andreas Wendehahn, a tailor (Schneider), and his wife Sophia arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 4 July 1766 aboard the English frigate Love & Unity under the command of Skipper Thomas Fairfax.

They settled in the Volga German colony of Orlovskaya on 7 June 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 7.

Both the Oranienbaum passenger list and the 1767 census record that Andreas Wendehahn came from the German region of Erfurt.

Wellinger (Wittmann)

Johann Adam Wellinger, a farmer, and his wife Anna arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 15 September 1766 aboard a ship under the command of Skipper Franz Nikolaus Schröder.

He is recorded on a list of Beauregard recruits attached to the 1767 census in Household No. 69 along with a note that he relocated to the colony of Wittmann in 1768.

The 1767 census records that Johann Adam Wellinger came from Burinos [?].

Weller (Straub)

Johann [Georg] Weller, a single farmer, arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 18 June 1766 aboard the hooker Anna Katharina under the command of Skipper Adolph Scharpenberg.

He settled in the Volga German colony of Straub on 12 May 1767 and is recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 1 along with the Johann Heinrich Straub family. The 1767 census does not record a relationship between the Weller and Straub families.

The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Johann Weller came from the German region of Solms.

Weitz (Seelmann)

Anton Weitz and his wife Anna arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 4 July 1766 aboard the ship Der Jager under the command of Skipper Gabriel Wild.

They settled in the Volga German colony of Preuss on 15 July 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 122 along with a note that they relocated to the colony of Seelmann in 1768.

The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Anton Weitz was a farmer while the 1767 census records that he was a hunter (Jäger).

Wetzel (Grimm)

Johannes Wetzel, his wife Regina, and daughters (Johanna, age 14; Friederika, age 12; Elisabeth, age 6; Louisa, age 5) immigrated to Denmark (Schleswig-Holstein) arriving in Flensburg on 17 July 1761.

They were dismissed from the Danish colonies on 24 April 1765 and joined the migration to Russia.

They settled in the Volga German colony of Grimm and are recorded there on the 1775 census in Household No. 53.

The Eichhorns record that Johannes Wetzel came from the German region of Württemberg.

Werbach

Christoph Werbach, a farmer, and his wife Elisabeth arrived from Rewal at the port of Oranienbaum on 31 May 1766 aboard the pink Slon under the command of Lieutenant Sergey Panov.

They settled in the Volga German colony of Hildmann on 14 May 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 8.

The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Christoph Werbach came from the German region of Würzburg while the 1767 census records that he came from the German village of Gmünd in the Württemberg region.