Hölzer / Helzer (Norka-2)

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Johann Konrad Hölzer, a farmer, and his brothers Johannes (age 20) and Johann Adam (age 18½) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 9 August 1766 aboard the pink Slon under the command of Lieutenant Sergey Panov.

They settled in the Volga German colony of Norka on 15 August 1767 where they are recorded on the 1767 census in Households No. 88, 137, and 164.

Konrad Hölzer, his wife Charlotte, and children (Anna Elisabeth, age 3½; Johann Konrad, age 1) are recorded on the 1775 census of Norka in Household No. 18.

Johannes Helzer, his wife Anna Maria, and children (Johann Georg, age 7; Maria Elisabeth, age 5; Johannes, age 1½) are recorded on the 1775 census of Norka in Household No. 13.

Adam Hölzer, his wife Gertrude [Wilhelm], and children (Eckart, age 5; Amalia, age 3½; Konrad, age ½) are recoded on the 1775 census of Norka in Household No. 16.

In 1786, Johannes Hölzer moved from Norka to Schaffhausen.

The 1811 census of Huck records Jakob Hölzer from Schaffhausen in Household No. 78.

Both the Oranienbaum passenger list and the 1767 census record that this Hölzer family came from the German district of Hessen.


- 1775 Norka Census (Households No. 13, 14, 16).
- 1811 Huck Census (Household No. 78).
- 1857 Rosendamm Census (Households No. 2, 10).
- Campbell, Ellen. "The Helzers from Norka, Russia." The Grand Island Independent (18 February 2005). [Online]
- 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): Nr014, Nr016, Nr020, Nr100, Sh41, Mv1930.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 252, 265, & 273.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #4088.

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