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The baptism of a Johann Jakob Deppenschmitt [sic] on 1 March 1757 to a Michael & Eva Deppenschmitt [sic] is recorded in the parish register of Orb.

Michael Depperschmidt, a farmer, his wife Eva, and children (Heinrich, age 10; Margaretha, age 6) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 12 September 1766 aboard the English frigate Love & Unity under the command of Skipper Thomas Fairfax.

Michael Tobschmied [sic], his wife Eva, and children (Heinrich, age 11¼; Margaretha, age 6; Maria, age ½) are recorded on the list of colonists being transported from St. Petersburg to Saratov in 1767.

Michael Depperschmidt, his wife Eva, and children (Heinrich, age 11; Maria, age 7; Margaretha, age 1) are recorded in 1767 on a list of Beauregard recruits in Household No. 54.

They settled in the Volga German colony of Zug where Michael Depperschmidt is recorded on the 1798 census in Household No. Zg25.

Theobald Depperschmidt from Zug and his family are recorded on the 1834 census of Schönchen in Household No. 36.

The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Michael Depperschmidt came from the German region of Mainz while the Beauregard list records that he came from the German village of Orb.


- 1834 Schönchen Census (Household No. 36).
- 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): Zg11, Zg23, Zg25, Zg26, Zg27.
- Ortsfamilienbuch Bad Orb (
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 360.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #5480.
- Rauschenbach, Georg. Deutsche Kolonisten auf dem Weg von St. Petersburg nach Saratow: Transportlisten von 1766-1767 (Moscow: G.V. Rauschenbach, 2017): #3817-3821.

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