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Phillip Bamberger, son of Caspar & Anna Catharina Bamberger, was born 14 December 1732 in Sprendlingen. He married on 9 February 1751 in Sprendlingen to Anna Gertruda Stellwagen, daughter of Adam & Anna Barbara Stellwagen. She had been born 17 May 1728 and died on 11 March 1763.

The births of five children to Phillip Bamberger and Anna Gertruda Stellwagen are recorded in the parish register of Sprendlingen: (1) Johann Philipp, born 21 November 1751; (2) Johann Lorenz [Conrad], born 9 September 1753; (3) Anna Cunigunda, born 14 September 1754; (4) Maria Margaretha, born 11 April 1757; and (5) Catharina Elisabeth, born 2 April 1760.

Anna Barbara Bamberger née Stellwagen died 11 March 1763. Philipp remarried to Catharina Kraft, daughter of Philipp & Anna Elisabeth Kraft. She had been born 4 March 1733 in Sprendlingen. They had one additional child [date does not correlate to death of 1st wife]: Friedrich, born 12 May 1763 in Sprendlingen.

Philipp Bamberger, a farmer, his wife Katharina, and children (Philipp, age 17; Kunigunda, age 15; Konrad, age 13; Maria, age 10; Katharina, age 7; Friedrich, age 3) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 18 June 1766 aboard the ship Die Perle under the command of Skipper Thomson.

Philipp Bamberger died after arriving in Russia. Widow Katharina Bamberger née Kraft remarried to Nikolaus Scherf [See Scherf Family]. They settled in the Volga German colony of Moor on 15 January 1767. Nikolaus Scherf, his wife Katharina, and the children of her previous husband (Johann Philipp Bamberger, age 16; Anna Kunigunda Bamberger, age 14; Konrad Bamberger, age 13) are recorded on the 1767 census of Moor in Household No. 18.

Bamberg families moved to North America from Balzer, so at some point descendants of this family moved from Moor to Balzer.

The Bamberger family that settled in the Volga German colony of Moor traces its ancestry to the German village of Sprendlingen in the Pfalz.


- 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): Mo59.
- Parish register of Sprendlingen.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 160.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #1000.

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