Claudius Bernhardt was born in 1723 in Narich, Choren, France. Nikolaus [sic] Bernhard, a farmer, his wife Anna Christina, and children (Georg Sebastian, age 12; Eva Barbara, age 7; Anton, age 4) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 15 September 1766 aboard the galliot Johannes under the command of Skipper Stahl.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Frank and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 39. His name is given as Nicolaus [sic] Bernhard on the 1767 census of Frank. He's recorded as Claudius again on the 1798 census of Frank in Household No. Fk052.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Nikolaus Bernhardt came from the German region of Lothringen. The 1767 census records that he came from the French village of Nazig [?] near Gerene [?]. This is believed to be the German city of Nanzig which was located in Lothringen. Today it is called Nancy and located in France.
- 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): Fk014, Fk052, Fk110, Fk112, Fk130.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 425.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #6324.