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Johann Lihr, a farmer, his wife Katharina, and children (Kaspar, age 20; Dietrich, age 17; Elisabeth, age 12) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 10 August 1766 aboard a ship under the command of Skipper Nikolaus Peter Pink.

They settled in the Volga German colony of Ernestinendorf on 3 August 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 6.

In 1785, Kaspar Lehr and his family moved from Ernestinendorf to Katharinenstadt.

In 1788, widower Johannes Lehr and his family moved from Ernestinendorf to Fischer.

The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Johann Lihr came from the German region of Darmstadt. The 1767 census records that he came from the German village of Berod in the Kurpfalz region.


- 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): Er06, Fs11, Ka069, Mv0570, Mv0574.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 396.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #4252.


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