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Heinrich Holdorf, a farmer, his wife Martha, and son Max (age 3) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 12 September 1766 aboard an English frigate under the command of Skipper Adam Beerfeier.

Heinrich settled in the Volga German colony of Orlovskaya on 3 August 1767 and is recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 11 along with his new wife Sophia and her children Gottfried & Wilhelmina Zöllner.

The 1767 census records that Heinrich Holdorf came from the German village of Seebach in the Holstein region.


- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 314.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766 (Saratov: State Technical University, 2010): #4814.


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