Mörkel (Nieder-Monjou)

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Mörkel (Nieder-Monjou)
Меркель (Nieder-Monjou)
Merkel (Nieder-Monjou)
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Peter Mörkel, a farmer, his wife Anna, children (Anna, age 7; Peter, age 5; Konrad, age 3), and mother Anna arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 12 September 1766 aboard an English frigate under the command of Skipper Adam Beerfeier.

Peter Mörkel, his wife Anna Maria, children (Magdalena, age 7; Peter, age 4½; Conrad, age 3), and mother [unnamed] Brotzman are recorded on the list of colonists being transported from St. Petersburg to Saratov in 1767 along with a note that father Peter, son Conrad, and mother Brotzman died en route. [This family was also arrived in Oranienbaum and travelled from St. Petersburg to Saratov with the Ludwig Brotzmann family which implies a relationship. The Ludwig Brotzmann family has not been located among the Volga German colonies.]

Peter died and Anna [Maria?] remarried to Johann Georg Sohn. The combined Sohn / Mörkel family settled in the Volga German colony of Nieder-Monjou on 3 August 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 62.

The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Peter Mörkel came from the German region of Isenburg.


- 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): Nm22.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 199.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #4450.
- Rauschenbach, Georg. Deutsche Kolonisten auf dem Weg von St. Petersburg nach Saratow: Transportlisten von 1766-1767 (Moscow: G.V. Rauschenbach, 2017): #6243-6247.

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