Pfeifer (Pfeifer / Luzern)
The parish register of St. Martin's Church in Orb records the baptisms of the following children of Valentin & Catharina Pfeifer: (1) Johannes Heinrich, baptized 2 October 1733; (2) Anna Maria, baptized 4 March 1735; (3) Catharina, baptized 1 December 1737; (twins 4 & 5) Johannes Heinrich & Georg, baptized 11 July 1740; (6) Johannes Jacob, baptized 30 September 1742; (7) Johannes, baptized 25 January 1746; (8) Maria Margaretha, baptized 25 March 1750; and (9) Philipp, baptized 23 January 1753, died 16 August 1760. Valentin remarried on 7 January 1761 at St. Martin's Church in Orb to widow Elisabeth [surname not recorded].
Valentin Pfeifer, a farmer, his wife Elisabeth, and [step-]children [surnames not recorded] (Katharina, age 6; Anna, age 1) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 10 August 1766 aboard a ship under the command of Skipper Nikolaus Peter Pink. They have not been located among the Volga German colonies.
Two of Valentin's sons by his first marriage also immigrated to Russia:
(1) Johannes Pfeifer and his wife Katharina arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 22 July 1766 aboard the pink Lev under the command of Lieutenant Fyodor Fyodorov.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Pfeifer on 20 August 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 6.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Johannes Pfeifer was a stonemason from the German region of Mainz while the 1767 census records that he was a farmer from the village of Orb.
(2) Jakob Pfeifer, a farmer, and his wife Anna arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 10 August 1766 aboard a ship under the command of Skipper Nikolaus Peter Pink.
They are recorded on a list of Beauregard recruits (No. 57) attached to the 1767 census along with the orphan Anna Maria Bossert [Basser] (age 15). The 1767 census does not record a relationship between the Pfeifer and Bossert [Basser] families.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Jakob Pfeifer came from the German region of Mainz. The 1767 census records that he came from the German village of Orb.
- 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): Lz29, Pf40.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 379.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 360.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #2348, #4256, #4257.