Nikolaus Bontemps, a farmer, his wife Johannetta, and son Nikolaus (age 18) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 15 September 1766 aboard the galliot Adler under the command of Skipper Paul Adam Drath.
Nicolaus Bontems [sic], his wife Johanna [sic], and son Nicolaus (age 20) are recorded on the list of colonists being transported from St. Petersburg to Saratov in 1767 along with a note that father Nicolaus died en route.
Nikolaus (junior), his [newly-wed] wife Anna, and mother Johannetta are recorded on the 1767 census of Hölzel in Household No. 36. They had settled in Hölzel on 11 September 1767. Anna, the wife of Nikolaus (junior) is believed to be Anna Arnold, sister-in-law of Stephan Seelmann, who was traveling with them from St. Petersburg to Saratov.
In 1788, Nikolaus Bontemps and his family moved from Hölzel to Seelmann.
The 1767 census records that Nikolaus Bontemps came from the German village of Winsdorf in the Lothringen region.
Researcher Viktor Becker records that this family came from the German village of Filsdorf in the Moselle region of what today is in France.
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