Bille / Pille

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Ludwig Bille [sic], a carpenter (Zimmermann), and his wife Anna arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 10 August 1766 aboard a ship under the command of Skipper Nikolaus Peter Pinkom.

They settled in the Volga German colony of Bettinger on 3 August 1767 and are recorded there [with surname Pille] on the 1767 census in Household No. 12.

The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Ludwig Bille [sic] came from the German region of Dessau. The 1767 census does not record from where he came.


- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 134.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #4301.


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Volga Colonies