Nikolaus Grasser, a farmer, and his family arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 15 September 1766 aboard the galliot Adler under the command of Skipper Paul Adam Drath.
Nicolaus Grasser, his wife Anna Maria, and children (Anna Maria, age 16; Schildt [?], age 12; Anna Cathrina, age 8; Anna, age 6; Nicolaus, age 2) are recorded on the list of colonists being transported from St. Petersburg to Saratov in 1767.
Nikolaus Grasser, his [new] wife Anna [the widow of Johann Riedel], children [by his first wife] (Anna, age 18; Julius, age 16; Anna Katharina, age 12; Nikolaus, age 4), and step-children (Johann Nikolaus Riedel, age 20; Anna Maria Riedel, age 15; Johann Andreas Riedel, age 12; Georg Riedel, age 8) are recored on the 1767 census of Hölzel in Household No. 35. The combined Grasser/Riedel family had settled in Hölzel on 11 September 1767.
The 1767 census records that Nikolaus Grosser came from the village of Frelen [?] in Luxembourg.
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