There are two Bernhardt families that settled in the Volga German colony of Rothammel on 21 August 1767. They both arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 13 September 1766 aboard a ship under the command of Skipper Johann Grapp. The 1767 census records that both families came from the German village of Springen in the Nassau region.
(1) Anton Bernhardt arrived in Oranienbaum with his wife Barbara, and 2 children (Margaretha, age 5, and Anna, age 1). Neither of the daughters appear to have survived because they are not recorded on the 1767 Rothammel census in Household No. 6. Anton & Barbara also arrived in Oranienbaum with two children named Lorenz & Katharina Lauer who are identified on the 1767 census as stepchildren. However, both are too old to be the stepchildren of either Anton or Barbara, so perhaps at least one of them had an earlier spouse.
(2) Johannes Bernhardt arrived in Oranienbaum with his wife Anna Maria and son Jakob. The young son did not survive, as Johannes and Anna Maria are recorded without children on the 1767 census of Rothammel in Household No. 22.
- 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): Rt32.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 82, 85.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #5930, #5931.