Mai / Maÿ (Kaneau)*

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Mai (Kaneau)*
Май (Kaneau)*
Maÿ (Kaneau)*
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Discussion & Documentation: 

Gottfried Mai, a stonemason (Maurer), his wife Maria, and children (Gottfried, age 16; Johanna, age 12; Henrietta, age 9; Gertruda, age 6) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 4 July 1766 aboard the English frigate Love & Unity under the command of Skipper Thomas Fairfax.

Gottfried May [sic], his wife Magdalena, and children (Gottfr. Leopold, age 16; Johanna Louisa, age 12; Johanna Henrietta, age 9; Johanna Gertraute, age 6) are recorded on the list of colonists being transported from St. Petersburg to Saratov in 1767.

They settled in the Volga German colony of Kaneau on 7 June 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 5.

The 1767 census records that Gottfried Mai came from the German village of Oranienbaum in the region of Dessau.

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


- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 244.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #1237.
- Rauschenbach, Georg. Deutsche Kolonisten auf dem Weg von St. Petersburg nach Saratow: Transportlisten von 1766-1767 (Moscow: G.V. Rauschenbach, 2017): #0481-0486.

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Brent Mai

Pre-Volga Origin

Volga Colonies