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Philipp Nunius, a farmer, and his wife Anna arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on13 September 1766 aboard a ship under the command of Skipper Johann Grapp.

Johann Phillip Nonius [sic] and his wife Anna Eva are recorded on the list of colonists being transported from St. Petersburg to Saratov in 1767.

They settled in the Volga German colony of Messer on 14 September 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 84.

In 1796, Peter Nunius moved from Messer to Warenburg.

Johann Peter Nunius from Messer and his wife are recorded on the 1798 census of Warenburg in Household No. Wr032.

The death of Johann Peter Nunius in 1832 is recorded on the 1834 census of Warenburg in Household No. 102.

Both the Oranienbaum passenger list and the 1767 census record that Johann Philipp Nunius came from the German region of Darmstadt.

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


- 1834 Warenburg Census (Household No. 102).
- 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): Wr032, Mv1743.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Der Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 151.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #5939.
- Rauschenbach, Georg. Deutsche Kolonisten auf dem Weg von St. Petersburg nach Saratow: Transportlisten von 1766-1767 (Moscow: G.V. Rauschenbach, 2017): #7819-7820.

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