König (Köhler)

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König (Köhler)
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Discussion & Documentation: 

There are two König famlies that settled in the Volga German colony of Köhler on 21 August 1767. It is unknown if or how they are related. Their 13-year age difference prevents them from being father and son, but they could be brothers.

(1) Johann König, his wife Anna Margaretha, and children (Johann Killian, age 18; Johann Adam, age 16; Anna Margaretha, age 8; Johann, age 6; Maria Elisabeth, age 5) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 29 August 1766 aboard the ship Apollo under the command of Skipper Detlov Merberg. They are recorded on the 1767 census of Köhler in Household No. 10 along with Johann's new wife Anna Barbara. The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Johann König was a tailor while the 1767 census records that he was a farmer.

(2) Sebastian König, a farmer, his wife Eva Elisabeth, and son Johann (age 2) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 13 September 1766 aboard the hooker Die Jungfer Dietrika under the command of Skipper Christian Korsholm. They are recorded on the 1767 census of Köhler in Household No. 12.

The Oranienbaum passenger list and the 1767 census record that both Johann & Sebastian König came from the German region of Fulda.

Sources: 

- 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): Kl22, Kl84.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 362.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #5171 & #5745.

Researcher(s): 

Brent Mai

Volga Colonies