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Wilhelm (Dreispitz)

Christian Wilhelm, a farmer, and his wife Anna Margaretha settled in the Volga German colony of Dreispitz on 16 September 1766. They are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 15.

The 1767 census records that Christian Wilhelm came from the German village of Seifhennersdorf in Sachsen (Saxony).

Wittmann (Preuss)

Michael Wittmann, a farmer, his wife Barbara, and sons (Philipp, age 8; Friedrich, age 5) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 25 July 1766 aboard the snow-brig Maria Sophia under the command of Skipper Johann Bauer.

They settled in the Volga German colony of Preuss on 16 August 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 83 along with a note that Barbara had died there on 14 September 1767.

Wittmann (Grimm)

Martin Wittmann, his wife Maria Barbara, and children (Martin, age 6; Julianna, age 4) immigrated to Denmark (Schleswig-Holstein) arriving in the city of Schleswig on 9 May 1761.

Martin died, and his widow remarried to Günther Thomsen. The combined Thomsen / Wittmann family left the Danish colonies in May 1764 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 Martin Wittman came from the German village of "Spöck, Margrafschaft Baden-Durlach."

Wittenbeck

There are 3 Wittenbeck families that settled in the Volga German colony of Katharinenstadt on 27 August 1766. Their relationship to each other is not recorded.

(1) Johann Wittenbeck (age 49), a mason (Maurer), is wife Elisabeth Götsch, and children (Johann, age 20; Christian, age 15; Andreas, age 11) are recorded on the 1767 census of Katharinenstadt in Household No. 39. In 1782, Andreas Wittenbeck left Katharinenstadt.

Wintermeier

Konrad Wintermeier, a miller (Müller), and his wife Katharina arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 18 June 1766 aboard the ship Die Jungfer Friederika under the command of Skipper Christian Korsholm.

They settled in the Volga German colony of Straub on 12 May 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 4.

The 1767 census records that Konrad Wintermeier came from the German village of Dotzheim in the Nassau region.

Winkelhausen

Johann Winkelhausen, a farmer, and his wife Katharina arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 8 August 1766 aboard the galliot Anna Katharina under the command of Skipper Johann Joachim Janson.

They settled in the Volga German colony of Ernestinendorf on 3 August 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 29.

In 1769, Johann Winkelaus [sic] and his family moved from Ernestinendorf to Schönchen.

The 1798 census of Pobochnaya records Johann Wilhelm Winkelaus [sic] (age 25) from Schaffhausen in Household No. Pb39.

Will (Kraft)

Friedrich Will, a single man, his wife Anna, and daughter Anna (age 5) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 29 August 1766 aboard a ship under the command of Skipper Johann Skott.

He settled in the Volga German colony of Kraft on 18 August 1767 and is recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 4 along with his new wife Sophia.

The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Friedrich Will was a farmer while the 1767 census records that he was a potter (Töpfer).

Will (Grimm)

Karl Will, a farmer, his wife Elisabeth, and children (Elisabeth, age 16½; Johann [Peter], age 12; Maria, age 7; Weigand, age 5) arrived from Rewal at the port of Oranienbaum on 30 May 1766 aboard the pink Novaya Dvinka under the command of Lieutenant Ivan Perepechin.

In 1788, Weigand Will moved from Grimm to Bauer. The 1798 census of Grimm records Peter Will in Household No. Gm140.

The 1798 census of Bauer records Weigand Will in Household No. Br37.

The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Karl Will came from the German region of Darmstadt.