Mai / Maÿ (Norka)*

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Mai (Norka)*
Maÿ (Norka)*
Май (Norka)*
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Johann Heinrich Maÿ, son of Sebastian Maÿ, was baptized in Rothenbergen on 6 February 1729.  Catharina Daubert, daughter of Conrad Daubert from Mittelgründau, was baptized on 21 March 1734.  Johann Heinrich and Catharina married in Rothenbergen 31 July 1755.  The Gründau parish baptismal register records four of their children, each born in Rothenbergen: (1) Johannes, born 24 August 1757; (2) Elisabetha, born 10 February 1760; (3) Anna Catharina, born 6 May 1762; and (4) Hartmann, born 30 December 1765.

Heinrich Mai, a farmer, his wife Katharina, and children (Johann[es], age 10; Anna Elisabeth, age 8) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 9 August 1766 aboard the pink Slon under the command of Lieutenant Sergey Panov.

They settled in the Volga German colony of Norka on 15 August 1767. They are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 65.

Johann Heinrich Mai, his wife Katharina, and son Johannes (age 18) are recorded on the 1775 census of Norka in Household No. 9.

The 1811 Norka Census records Heinrich and son Johannes in Household No. 9 along with a note that Heinrich died in 1809.

Both the Oranienbaum passenger list and the 1767 census record that Heinrich Mai came from the German district of Isenburg.

There do not appear to be any surviving male descendants of this Maÿ family among the Volga German colonies.


- 1775 Norka Census (Household No. 9).
- 1811 Norka Census (Household No. 9).
- List of those recruited by Johann Facius from 13 November 1765 to 18 February 1766.
- Mai, Brent Alan. 1798 Census of the German Colonies along the Volga (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1999): Nr009.
- Parish records of Gründau (via
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet 1764-1767 Band 3 (Goettingen: Der Göttinger Arbeitskreis; 2005): 246.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #4046.

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Maggie Hein

Brent Mai

Pre-Volga Origin

Volga Colonies