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Alexander Morbius, a coppersmith, and his family arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 8 August 1766.

It appears that Alexander died and his widow Elisabeth appears to have remarried first to Friedrich Zanner (who was also on the ship with them) and then to Michael Zimmermann (who was also on the same ship).

The two surviving sons (Georg & Christoph) are recorded on the 1798 census of Seelmann in Households No. Sm19 & Sm48. These are believed to be the same boys who are recorded on the 1767 census of Seelmann as Georg & Christoph Zanner in Household No. 24.

The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Alexander Morbius came from the German region of Lothringen.


- 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): Sm19, Sm48.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 154.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #3037, #3042, #3052.


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