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Michael Glanz, son of Johannes Glanz, was baptized 26 March 1706 in the German village of Lorbach.  He married 24 February 1735 in nearby Diebach-Haag to Esther Jacobine Sorberger, daughter of Johann Jacob Sorberger.  They have two known sons: (1) Johann Jacob, baptized 20 February 1746 in Büdingen; and (2) Johannes, baptized 28 September 1748.

Widow Esther Glanz and her sons arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 10 August 1766 abord the Russian pink Vologda under the command of Lieutenant Sergey Bartenyev.

They arrived in the Volga German colony of Norka on 15 August 1767 where they are recorded on the 1767 Census in Households No. 35 & 36.


- Mai, Brent Alan. 1798 Census of the German Colonies along the Volga (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1999): Nr118, Nr119, Nr203.
- Parish records of Lorbach.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 238.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #4917.


H. P. Goebel

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