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Johann[es] Rückmesser [sic], a farmer, his wife Katharina [Ackermann], mother Margaretha, sister Elisabeth, niece Katharina, and sister-in-law Anna arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 12 September 1766 aboard the English frigate Love & Unity under the command of Skipper Thomas Fairfax.

Joh. Rückmesser and his wife Catharina are recorded on the list of colonists being transported from St. Petersburg to Saratov in 1767 along with sister-in-law Margar. Neckermann and the widow Elisabeth Ruckmesser [sic] and her daughter Margaretha (age 2¼).

They are recorded on the 1767 list of Beauregard recruits in Household No. 73. They settled in the Volga German colony of Luzern.

Between 1816 and 1834, Johannes Rickenmesser [sic] and his family moved from Luzern to Wittmann where he died in 1820.

The Beauregard list records that Johannes Richmesser came from the German village of Obermörlen in the Mainz region.


- 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): Lz04.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 363.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #5490.
- Rauschenbach, Georg. Deutsche Kolonisten auf dem Weg von St. Petersburg nach Saratow: Transportlisten von 1766-1767 (Moscow: G.V. Rauschenbach, 2017): #3739-3740, 3750-3751.

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