Greiter / Kreiter

Spelling Variations: 
Settled in the Following Colonies: 
Discussion & Documentation: 

Johann Peter Geiter, farmer, his wife Katharina, and children (Maria, age7; Rosina, age 4) arrived from Reval [Estonia] at the port of Oranienbaum aboard the pink Slon under the command of Lieutenant Sergey Panov.

They settled in the Volga German colony of Warenburg on 12 May 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 1 along with Johann Anton Ikstadt (age 5) and his sister Anna Margaretha Ikstadt (age 15), the orphaned children of Nikolaus Ikstadt. The 1767 census does not record a relationship between the Kreiter and Ikstadt families. A note on the 1767 census of Warenburg records that Johann Geiter [sic] is serving as the colony's mayor (Vorsteher).

This surname is recorded as Kreiter in later records.

The 1767 census records that Johann Geiter [sic] came from the German village of Seelbach in the Nassau region.


- 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): Wr082, Wr102.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 321.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #590.

Contributor(s) to this page: 

Brent Mai

Pre-Volga Origin

Volga Colonies

Immigration Locations