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David Klinger [erroneously transcribed as Sollinger], a farmer, and his wife Marianna arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 25 July 1766 aboard the snow-brig Maria Sophia under the command of Skipper Johann Bauer.

David Klinger, his wife Maria, and son Jacob (born en route) are recorded on the list of colonists being transported from St. Petersburg to Saratov in 1767 along with a note that Maria and the newborn Jakob died en route.

Johann David Klinger, a craftsman (Handwerker), and his [new] wife Elisabeth are recorded on the 1767 census of Reinhard in Household No. 29. They had settled there on 11 August 1767.

The 1767 census records that Johann David Klinger came from the German village of Eding [?] near Wenenburg [?].

There are no known surviving male lines of this family among the Volga German colonies.


- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 26.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766 (Saratov: State Technical University, 2010): #2498.
- Rauschenbach, Georg. Deutsche Kolonisten auf dem Weg von St. Petersburg nach Saratow: Transportlisten von 1766-1767 (Moscow: G.V. Rauschenbach, 2017): #2171-2173.

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