Brill (Norka)

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Brill (Norka)
Бриль (Norka)
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Discussion & Documentation: 

Johann Heinrich and Barbara Elisabeth Brill were married on 17 March 1747 in Neuenschmidten. Of their eight children (each born in Neuenschmidten), five arrived with them in Russia: (1) Johann Heinrich, born 29 January 1752; (2) Johann Jacob, born 13 October 1754; (3) Anna Margaretha, born 11 January 1757; (4) Conrad, born 23 February 1758; (5) Anna Catharina, born 24 April 1761; and (6) Elisabeth Catharina, born 16 December 1763.

There are 3 Brill families that settled in the Volga German colony of Norka:

(1) Johann Heinrich Brill, a stonemason, his wife Barbara Helena, and children (Johann Heinrich, age 16; Jakob, age 14; Johann Konrad, age 12; Katharina, age 7; Elisabeth, age 5) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 9 August 1766 aboard the pink Slon under the command of Lieutenant Sergey Panov.

Heinrich Brill (age 53), a farmer, his wife Barbara Elisabeth, and children (Johann Heinrich, age 18; Johann Jakob, age 15; Elisabeth Katharina, age 4) are recorded on the 1767 census of Norka in Household No. 73. They had settled there on 15 August 1767.

(2) Heinrich Brill, a farmer, his wife Anna Elisabeth, and son Johann (age 3) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 9 August 1766 aboard the pink Slon under the command of Lieutenant Sergey Panov - along with Anna Elisabeth's brother Johann Jakob Gropp and mother Anna Maria.

Heinrich Brill (age 30), a farmer, his wife Anna Elisabeth, and son Johannes (age 4) are recorded on the 1767 census of Norka in Household No. 76. They had settled there on 15 August 1767.

(3) Johann[es] Brill, a farmer, and his wife Elisabeth arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 9 August 1766 aboard the pink Slon under the command of Lieutenant Sergey Panov.

Johannes Brill (age 36), a farmer, and his wife Eva Elisabeth are recorded on the 1767 census of Norka in Household No. 77. They had settled there on 15 August 1767.

Heinrich Brill (senior), his son Johann Heinrich & daughter-in-law Elisabeth, and his son Jakob & granddaughter Anna Margaretha (age 1) are recorded on the 1775 census of Norka in Household No. 8.

Both the Oranienbaum passenger list and the 1767 census record that each of these Brill families came from the German region of Isenburg.

Sources: 

- 1775 Norka Census (Household No. 8).
- 1811 Norka Census (Households No. 37, 92, 97, 168).
- 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): Nr037, Nr092, Nr097, Nr168.
- Parish records of Hellstein.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 248, 249.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #3996, #4081, #4082.

Researcher(s): 

Maggie Hein

Brent Mai

Pre-Volga Origin

Volga Colonies

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