Kessler (Hölzel / Preuss)
There are several interconnected Kessler families in the Volga German colonies of Hölzel and Preuss. Their relationship to each other, if any, needs further research.
(1) Johann Georg Kessler, a farmer, and his wife Katharina are recorded on the 1767 census of Hölzel in Household No. 50.
The 1767 census records that Johann Georg Kessler came from the German village of Hölzern in the Württemberg region.
(2) Johannes Kessler and his family are recorded on the 1798 census of Preuss in Household No. Ps72.
In 1790, Johannes Kessler moved from Preuss to Hölzel.
Johann Kessler from Preuss is recorded on the 1798 census of Hölzel in Household No. Hz25.
(3) Johann Georg Kessler, a baker, his wife Anna Margaretha, and sons (Johann, age 16; Philipp, age 14) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 15 June 1766 aboard the ship Die Vergelte Weintraube under the command of Skipper Anderson.
Philipp Kessler from Preuss and his family are recorded on the 1798 census of Dehler in Household No. Dl43.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Johann Georg Kessler came from the German region of Mainz.
- 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): Dl43, Hz25, Ps72, Mv2349.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 121.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #808.