Eloiß and Anna Barbara Michel had the following children, each born in the German village of Fischborn: (1) Johann Adam, born 27 June 1759 and (2) Eva, born 6 June 1763. Their baptisms are recorded in the parish records of Unterreichenbach. The family immigrated to Russia.
Johann [Eloiß] Michel, a farmer, his wife Anna, and children (Johann [Adam], age 10; and Anna, age 4] arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 8 August 1766.
Eloiß died after arriving in Russia, and Anna Margaretha remarried to Johannes Schneider. They and the two Michel children settled in the Volga German colony of Huck on 1 July 1767, and are recorded there on the 1767 Census in Household No. 47.
Johannes & Barbara Schneider are recorded on the 1798 Census of Huck in Household No. Hk09. Michael Adam Bless is actually Adam Michel, Barbara's son from her first marriage [why the surname of Bless is recorded is unknown; perhaps it comes from their father's first name of Eloiß]. [An Elisabeth Bless is recorded on the 1798 census of Huck in Household No. Hk75. It is unknown whether she connects to this family.]
Adam Michel and his family continue on the 1811 census of Huck in Household No. 9 and on the 1834 census of Huck in Household No. 25.
The Oranienabum passenger list records that Johann Michel came from the German region of Isenburg.
- 1811 Huck Census (Household No. 9).
- 1834 Huck Census (Household No. 25).
- 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): Hk09, Hk75.
- Huck Communion Register (1836-1845), Households Nos. 20 & 25.
- Parish records of Unterreichenbach.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 152.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #3196.
Fabian Zubia Schultheis