Bleier (Wittmann)*

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Bleier (Wittmann)*
Блейеръ (Wittmann)*
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Discussion & Documentation: 

Bonoratius [sic] Beier, his wife Margaretha, and children (Margaretha, age 8¾; Konrad, age 5¼; Joseph, age 2½) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 21 September 1766.

Boncratius [sic] Bleier, his wife Margaretha, and children (Margaretha, age 8; Conrad, age 5½; Johannes, born en route) are recorded on the list of colonists being transported from St. Petersburg to Saratov in 1767.

Bonifazius [sic] Bleier, a farmer, his wife Marianna, and children (Margaretha, age 9; Konrad, age 5; Johann, age 1) are recorded on an appendix to the 1767 census of Kaneau in Household No. 35 along with a note that they relocated to the Volga German colony of Wittmann in 1768.

The death of son Johann Bleier in 1831 is recorded on the 1834 census of Wittmann in Household No. 13.

The 1767 census records that Bonifazius Bleier came from the German village of Lauben.

There are no known surviving male lines of this family among the Volga German colonies.


- 1834 Wittmann Census (Household No. 13).
- 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): Wm07.
- Oranienbaum passenger list: #6681 [not included on the Kuhlberg list published by Igor Plehve].
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Der Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 269.
- Rauschenbach, Georg. Deutsche Kolonisten auf dem Weg von St. Petersburg nach Saratow: Transportlisten von 1766-1767 (Moscow: G.V. Rauschenbach, 2017): #3780-3784.

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Volga Colonies