There are 3 Bauer families from the German village of Orb that arrived together from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 10 August 1766 aboard a ship under the command of Skipper Nikolaus Peter Pink. They all settled in the Volga German colony of Luzern. Their relationship to each other, if any, needs further research.
(1) Johannes Bauer, son of Philipp & Anna Maria Bauer, married 18 January 1740 in St. Martin's Church in Orb to Anna Maria Auerbach, daughter of Johannes Heinrich Auerbach & Eva Bauer.
The baptisms of several of their children are recorded in the parish register of St. Martin's Church in Orb: (1) Maria, baptized 21 November 1741; (2) Johannes Adam, baptized 20 June 1743; (3) Catharina, baptized 7 July 1746; (4) Johann Adam, baptized 11 August 1749; (5) Conrad Bauer, baptized 12 February 1751; (6) Nikolaus, baptized 21 February 1752; (7) Anna Maria, baptized 17 March 1755; and (8) Conrad, baptized 24 August 1758.
Johann[es] Bauer, a farmer, his wife Anna, and children (Katharina, age 20; Nikolaus, age 17; Anna, age 15; Konrad, age 7) arrived in Oranienbaum.
Johann[es] Bauer, his wife Maria, and children (Nikolaus, age 18; Anna, age 16; Konrad, age 10) are recorded on a list of Beauregard recruits attached to the 1767 census in Household No. 64 along with a note that they relocated to the colony of Luzern in 1768.
In 1789, Michael Bauer moved from Luzern to Wittmann.
(2) The baptism of Johannes Adam Bauer, son of Philipp Bauer & Anna Maria Hofacker, is recorded on the parish register of Orb on 28 April 1740.
Adam Bauer, a farmer, and his wife Katharina arrived in Oranienbaum.
Adam Bauer, a farmer, and his wife Katharina are recorded on a list of Beauregard recruits attached to the 1767 census in Household No. 113 along with orphan Christina Ritter (age 12). The 1767 census does not record a relationship between the Bauer and Ritter families, but further research reveals that Christina Ritter is the younger daughter of [Anna] Katharina [Ritter] whose widowed mother and other siblings also arrived in Oranienbaum on the same ship.
Widower Adam Bauer is recorded with his wife on the 1798 census of Luzern in Household No. Lz15.
There are no known surviving male lines of this Bauer family among the Volga German colonies.
(3) The baptism of Johannes Jacob Bauer, son of Johannes Bauer & Anna Maria Gänser, is recorded on the parish register of Orb on 13 August 1740.
Jakob Bauer, a farmer, his wife Anna, and daughter Barbara (age 4-weeks) arrived in Oranienbaum.
Johann Jakob Bauer, a farmer, and his wife Maria are recorded on a list of Beauregard recruits attached to the 1767 census in Household No. 114.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that each of these Bauer families came from the German region of Mainz. The 1767 census records that they came from the German village of Orb.
- 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): Lz09, Lz11, Lz15, Lz21, Wm20, Mv1614.
- Ortsfamilienbuch Bad Orb (ofb.genealogy.net).
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 361, 371, 372.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #4267, #4268, #4269.