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Johann Heinrich Büchsenschütz, son of Johann Michael Büchsenschütz, and Catharina Elisabeth Straub, daughter of Johannes Straub, were married in Rückingen on 2 June 1763. They had two children in Rückingen: (1) Catharina Elisabeth, born 26 April 1764; and (2) Maria Catharina, born 22 December 1765 (died 6 January 1766).

The family, along with Heinrich's mother Anna, immigrated to Russia arriving from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 18 June 1766 aboard the ship Die Perle with skipper Thomson at the helm.  They also had with them a servant, Adam Maÿ.

Adam Maÿ is recorded on the 1767 Census in the Volga German colony of Kolb.  The Büchsenschütz family does not appear to have been recorded on the 1767 census, but daughter Katharina is recorded on the 1798 Census in the Volga German colony of Bauer (Household No. Br25) as being "from Kolb."

The Büchsenschütz surname does not appear to have continued among the Volga German colonies.


- Mai, Brent Alan. 1798 Census of the German Colonies along the Volga: Economy, Population, and Agriculture (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1999): Br25.
- Parish records of Rückingen.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #1068.


Maggie Hein

The baptismal register of Rückingen recording the birth of Catharina Elisabeth Büchsenschütz on 26 April 1764.
Source: Maggie Hein.

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