Michael Bergheim [sic], a farmer, his wife Elisabeth, and daughter Margaretha (age 4) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 15 September 1766 aboard the galliot Adler under the command of Skipper Paul Adam Drath.
Michael Bergern [sic] and his wife Elisabeth are recorded on the list of colonists being transported from St. Petersburg to Saratov in 1767.
Michael Bernhard [sic], his wife Elisabeth, and daughter Elisabeth (age ¼) are recorded on the 1767 census of Hölzel in Household No. 34. They had settled in Hölzel on 11 September 1767.
In 1797, Johannes Bergen moved from Hölzel to Preuss.
Michael Bergen and his family are recorded on the 1798 census of Hölzel in Household No. Hz29.
The 1834, 1850, and 1857 censuses of Hölzel clearly record this surname as Berger.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Michael Bergheim came from Luxembourg. The 1767 census records that they came from the village of Remeling in Luxembourg. There is a Remeling (Rémeling in French) that is located in the historical German region of Lothringen near where the French, German, and Luxembourg borders meet. However, there is a village called Remerschen that is on the Luxembourg side of where those borders meet. Perhaps this is the location. Further research needs to be conducted on the records of these locations.
- 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): Hz29, Mv0955.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 117.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #5965.
- Rauschenbach, Georg. Deutsche Kolonisten auf dem Weg von St. Petersburg nach Saratow: Transportlisten von 1766-1767 (Moscow: G.V. Rauschenbach, 2017): #7523-7524.