Oswald / Oswalt (Kautz)

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Oswald (Kautz)
Oswalt (Kautz)
Ostwald (Kautz)
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Johannes Oswald, son of Johannes Oswald, & Maria Elisabetha Ruff, daughter of Peter Ruff, married in Eich on 23 July 1726.

Among their children were (1) Johann Valentin, born 25 October 1729; and (2) Conrad, born 25 August 1732. Valentin married Maria Elisabetha Bajers, daughter of Lorenz Bajers, on 5 June 1764. Conrad married Anna Barbara, the widow of Christoph Kimmel, on 6 June 1764. Conrad and Anna Barbara had a daughter, Anna Maria, who was born 22 March 1765. Anna Barbara & Christoph Kimmel had 3 children: (1) Johann Georg, born 7 September 1753; (2) Maria Elisabetha, born 17 February 1757; and (3) Anna Margaretha, born 4 September 1760.

Valentin & Conrad and their families immigrated to Russia.

Valentin Oswald, a farmer, and his family arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 25 July 1766 aboard a Russian packet-boat under the command of Lieutenant Sornev. They settled in Kautz on 21 August 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 19.

Konrad Oswald, a farmer, his wife, and step-children arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 8 August 1766 aboard the snow-brig Der Merkur under the command of Skipper Johann Heinrich Abelmann. They settled in the Volga German colony of Kautz on 20 July 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 12.

In 1795, Jakob Ostwald and his wife moved from Kautz to Franzosen.

The 1767 census records that both of these Oswald families came from the German village of Eich in the Pfalz.


- Mai, Brent Alan. 1798 Census of the German Colonies along the Volga (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1999): Fz08, Kz02, Kz09, Mv1260.
- Parish records of Eich (LDS Film No. 1441988).
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet 1764-1767 Band 2 (Goettingen: Der Göttinger Arbeitskreis; 2001): 336, 338.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #2713, #3322.


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Brent Mai

Pre-Volga Origin

Volga Colonies