Kniss (Yagodnaya Polyana)

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Kniss (Yagodnaya Polyana)
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Konrad Kniss and his brother Nikolaus arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 13 September 1766 aboard the galliot Die Perle under the command of Skipper Thomson.

They settled in the Volga German colony of Yagodnaya Polyana on 16 September 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 43.

The widow of Nikolaus Kniss and their children are recorded on the 1798 census of Pobochnaya in Household No. Pb06.

The Oranienbaum passenger list records that both Konrad and Nikolaus were innkeepers while the 1767 census records that they are farmers.

The 1767 census records that the Kniss brothers came from the German village of Sinrot in the region of Darmstadt.


- 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): Pb06, Yp03, Yp06.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 184.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #6327, #6328.


Brent Mai

Volga Colonies