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Christian Petsch, a farmer, his wife Maria, and sons (Christian, age 8; Johann, age 6) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 4 July 1766 aboard the English frigate Love & Unity under the command of Skipper Thomas Fairfax.

Christoph [sic] Betsch, his wife Elisabeth, and sons (Andreas, age 8; Christian, age 6; Gottfried, age 1) are recorded on the list of colonists being transported from St. Petersburg to Saratov in 1767 along with a note that all 3 sons died en route [but the death of son Christian seems to have been recorded in error].

Christian Petsch, a farmer, his wife Maria, and son Johann Christian (age 7) are recorded on the 1767 census of Paulskaya in Household No. 23. They had settled in Paulskaya on 7 June 1767.

In 1795, Christian Petsch and his family moved from Schwed to Urbach.

Christian Petsch from Schwed and his family are recorded on the 1798 census of Urbach in Household No. Ur06.

Both the Oranienbaum passenger list and the 1767 census record that Christian Petsch came from the German region of Zerbst.


- 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): Ur06, Mv2705.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 336.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #1297.
- Rauschenbach, Georg. Deutsche Kolonisten auf dem Weg von St. Petersburg nach Saratow: Transportlisten von 1766-1767 (Moscow: G.V. Rauschenbach, 2017): #0628-0632.

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