Imhoff (Norka)

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Imhoff (Norka)
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Simon Imhoff, a single tailor, arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 9 August 1766 aboard the Russian galliot Strelna under the command of Lieutenant Sornev. He settled in the Volga German colony of Huck on 1 July 1767 and is recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 8 along with his new wife Margaretha.

Lorenz Imhoff is recorded in Household No. Nr134 on the 1798 census of Norka as the illegitimate son of Georg Bechtold's deceased wife. Neither the name of his mother nor his father is recorded there, but Simon Imhoff arrived in Oranienbaum aboard the same ship upon which Georg Bechtold arrived.

On the 1775 census of Norka, Lorenz is recorded in the household (No. 127) with the Georg Bechtold family. His mother is recorded there as Sophia (age 29). There does not appear to be a Sophia of the appropriate age on the galliot Strelna along with the Bechtold family when they arrived at Oranienbaum in 1766. [The other two children (Johann Adam & Charlotte) who are recorded on the 1775 census of Norka as step-children of Georg Bechtold are actually his children by his first wife.]

On the Oranienbaum passenger list, Simon Imhoff is recorded as being from the German region of Isenburg.  Lorenz Imhoff is also recorded on the 1834 census of Norka in Household No. 403, and does not appear to have any surviving male descendants.


- 1775 Census of Norka (No. 127).
- 1834 Census of Norka (No. 403).
- 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): Nr134.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 141.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #4939.


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Volga Colonies