Duvivier / Diwie

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Karl Duvivier, a single farmer, arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 12 September 1766 aboard an English frigate under the command of Skipper Adam Beerfeier.

He settled in the Volga German colony of Franzosen on 20 August 1766 and is recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 2 along with his wife and newborn son, François [Franz].

The 1798 census of Franzosen records Karl Duvivier and his family in Household No. Fz16, erroneously recorded with the surname of Dukart.

The 1834 census of Franzosen records that Franz Diwi and several of his sons resettled to the colony of Husaren. The 1834 census of Husaren records that this move occurred in 1826.

His son Stephan also resettled at this time to the colony of Seelmann. Son Karl had evidently made this move to Seelmann before 1816 because he was already recorded in Seelmann.

The 1767 census records that Karl Duvivier came from the French village of Rue.

This surname has had a variety of spellings over the centuries: Devie, Diwi, Diwie, Diwiwi, Diwiwie, Duve, and Duwiwi among others.


- 1834 Census of Franzosen (No. 67).
- 1834 Census of Husaren (No. 22).
- 1834 Census of Seelmann (Nos. 10 & 29).
- 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): Fz16.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Der Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 441.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #4485.

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