Killian Dewald, a baker (Bäcker), his wife Anna Maria Laufer, and children (Anna Elisabeth, age 14; Samuel, age 13; Marilis, age 12; Georg Heinrich, age 11; Christian, age 10; Maria, age 8; Johann Peter, age 6) immigrated to Denmark (Schleswig-Holstein) arriving at Friderichshold on 8 August 1761. They are last recorded among the Danish colonies on 17 May 1763.
They joined the migration to Russia. Killian, his wife Anna Maria, and children (Elisabeth, age 20; Samuel, age 18; Maria Elisabeth, age 18; Heinrich, age 17; Christian, age 15; Peter, age 12; Sophia, age 3) arrived from Danzig at the port of Oranienbaum on 4 May 1766 aboard a ship under the command of Skipper Jacob Janson.
Dewald descendants are recorded on the 1798 census of Hussenbach in Households No. Hs042, Hs047, Hs135.
The Eichhorns record that Kilian Dewald came from the German region of Kurpfalz, but that he had been living in the region of Brandenburg before going to Denmark (Schleswig-Holstein). The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Killian Dewald came from the German region of the Pfalz.
The Eichhorns also record that Mattias Laufer, brother of Anna Maria Laufer, who was born in the Pfalz also accompanied them to Brandenburg and then to Denmark.
- Eichhorn, Alexander, Jacob & Mary Eichhorn. The Immigration of German Colonists to Denmark and Their Subsequent Emigration to Russia in the Years 1759-1766 (Deiningen, Germany: Drukerei und Verlag Steinmeier GmbH & Co. Kg, 2012): B-264, B-953.
- Mai, Brent Alan. 1798 Census of the German Colonies along the Volga (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1999): Hs042, Hs047, Hs135.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #56.
Susan Hopp Nakaji
Killian Dewald recorded on a marker in Schleswig commemorating the Volga Germans who had settled there before immigrating to Russia.
Source: Jorgelina Fischer.