Kirchgessner (Schönchen)

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Kirchgessner (Schönchen)
Кирхгеснеръ (Schönchen)
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Discussion & Documentation: 

Karl Kirchgessner, a joiner (Tischler), his wife Anna, and children (Eva, age 22; Valentin, age 21; Elisabeth, age 19) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 12 September 1766 aboard the English frigate Love & Unity under the command of Skipper Thomas Fairfax.

Carll Kirchgesner [sic] and his children (Eva Maria, age 22; Valentin, age 21; Elisabetha, age 19) are recorded on the list of colonists being transported from St. Petersburg to Saratov in 1767 along with a note that Eva Maria died en route.

They settled in the Volga German colony of Schönchen on 3 August 1767. Widower Karl and daughter Elisabeth (age 21) are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 6. Son Valentin, also a joiner (Tischler), and his new wife Elisabeth are recorded on the 1767 census of Schönchen in Household No. 7.

The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Karl Kirchgessner came from the German region of Löwenstein. The 1767 census records that both Karl and Valentin came from the German village of Rosenberg.


- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 106.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #5515.
- Rauschenbach, Georg. Deutsche Kolonisten auf dem Weg von St. Petersburg nach Saratow: Transportlisten von 1766-1767 (Moscow: G.V. Rauschenbach, 2017): #3700-3703.

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Pre-Volga Origin

Volga Colonies