Jakob Denk and his wife Katharina arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 4 July 1766 aboard the English frigate Love & Unity under the command of Skipper Thomas Fairfax.
Jacob Denck [sic], his wife Catharina, and Othillia (born en route) are recorded on the list of colonists being transported from St. Petersburg to Saratov in 1767 along with a note that newborn Othillia also died en route.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Orlovskaya on 7 June 1767 and they are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 50.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Jakob Denk was a glazed tile maker while the 1767 census records that he was a hat maker (Hutmacher).
Both the Oranienbaum passenger list and the 1767 census record that Jakob Denk came from the German region of Neustadt.
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- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 322.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #1368.
- Rauschenbach, Georg. Deutsche Kolonisten auf dem Weg von St. Petersburg nach Saratow: Transportlisten von 1766-1767 (Moscow: G.V. Rauschenbach, 2017): #0723-0725.