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According to his memoirs, schoolmaster Johann Georg Möhring records that his relative Martin Baßinger, a mason from the village of Wöhrd near Nürnberg, his wife Christina, and their daughters (Anna Maria & Dorothea) were traveling with him to Russia.

Johann Georg Möhring, a teacher (Schulmeister), his wife Christina, his mother-in-law Anna Stöslin, his sister-in-law Barbara and her husband Andreas Dalfuss, and the Baßinger family arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 4 July 1766 aboard the ship Die Neue Freiheit von Bremen under the command of Skipper Steingrawer. After several weeks, they set out for Novgorod. Many colonists became ill during this part of the journey, and on 9 September 1766, Christina Stöslin Möhring died, and on 3 November 1766, Martin Baßinger died. Johann Georg Möhring married the widow Baßinger.

They settled in the Volga German colony of Jost on 19 August 1767 and he is recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 39 along with the Baßinger daughters (Anna Maria, age 8; Dorothea, age 6).

There are no known surviving male descendants of this Baßinger family among the Volga German colonies.


- Memoirs of Johann Georg Möhring [online]
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 204.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #1966.


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