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Joseph Kornborn, his wife Anna Maria, and daughter Sophia Elisabeth (age 2½)  arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 9 August 1766 aboard the pink Novaya Dvinka under the command of Lieutenant Perepechin. 

They settled in the Volga German colony of Norka on 15 August 1767. Joseph's wife died, and he remarried to widow Maria Anna Adam. They are recorded in Norka on the 1767 census in Household No. 62 along with stepchildren (Peter Ludwig Adam, age 6; Georg Martin Adam, age 3).

Joseph Kornborn, his wife Maria Anna, daughter Katharina [sic] Elisabeth (age 13), and stepsons (Peter Ludwig [Adam], age 14; Georg Martin [Adam], age 13) are recorded on the 1775 census of Norka in Household No. 138.

On the passenger list in Oranienbaum, Joseph is recorded as a tailor, but on the 1767 census, he is recorded as a craftsman.  Both the Oranienbaum passenger list and the 1767 census record that Joseph Kornborn came from the German district of Isenburg.

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


- 1775 Norka Census (Household No. 138).
- 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): Nr145.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 245.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #3814.


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