Rau(h) (Leitsinger)

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Rau (Leitsinger)
Рау (Leitsinger)
Rauh (Leitsinger)
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Discussion & Documentation: 

There are 2 Rau families that arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 12 September 1766. They are also recorded traveling together from St. Petersburg to Saratov in 1767. Both settled in the Volga German colony of Leitsinger, but their relationship to each other, if any, needs further research.

(1) Johannes Rauh, son of Georg & Barbara Rau, was born 18 June 1735 in Sassanfahrt.

Johann Rau, a farmer, his wife Margaretha, and children (Wilhelm, age 11; Barbara, age 7; Michael, age 5; Kaspar, age ¼) arrived in Oranienbaum.

Johann Rausch [sic], his wife Margaretha, and children (Wilhelm, age 11; Barbara, age 7; Michael, age 5) are recorded on the list of colonists being transported from St. Petersburg to Saratov in 1767.

Johann Rauch [sic], his wife Margaretha, and children (Wilhelm, age 11; Barbara, age 7; Michael, age 5; Kaspar, age ¼) are recorded on the 1767 census of Leitsinger in Household No. 38. They had settled in Leitsinger on 19 August 1767.

Following the destruction of Leitsinger, the Johannes Rau family resettled to the colony of Neu-Kolonie. They are recorded there on the 1798 census in Households No. Nk32 and Nk44.

Michael Rau, adopted son of Johannes Rau, is recorded on the 1811 census of Neu-Kolonie in Household No. 42 along with a note that he relocated to the colony of Hölzel in 1809.

Michael Rau from Keller [sic] is recorded on the 1811 census of Hölzel in Household No. 21 along with a note that he had arrived in Hölzel from Keller in 1809.

In 1814, David Rau, son of Wilhelm Rau, moved from Neu-Kolonie to Seelmann.

In 1826, Michael Rau (born 1797-1798) moved from Neu-Kolonie to Seelmann.

(2) Balthasar Rau, a farmer, and his wife Margaretha arrived in Oranienbaum.

Balthasar Rausch [sic], his wife Magdalena [sic], and daughter Eva Margretha (age 1½) are recorded on the list of colonists being transported from St. Petersburg to Saratov in 1767.

Balthasar Rauch [sic] and his wife Margaretha are recorded on the 1767 census of Leitsinger in Household No. 40. They had settled in Leitsinger on 19 August 1767.

Descendants of Balthasar Rau are believed to be recorded on the 1798 census in Household No. Nk15.

The 1767 census records that both Balthasar and Johann Rauch came from the German village of Sassanfahrt in the Bamberg district.

Sources: 

- 1811 Hölzel Census (Household No. 21).
- 1811 Neu-Kolonie Census (Household No. 42).
- 1834 Neu-Kolonie Census (Household No. 60).
- 1834 Seelmann Census (Household No. 82).
- 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): Nk15, Nk32, Nk44.
- Parish register of Sassenfahrt.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 69.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #5799, #5805.
- Rauschenbach, Georg. Deutsche Kolonisten auf dem Weg von St. Petersburg nach Saratow: Transportlisten von 1766-1767 (Moscow: G.V. Rauschenbach, 2017): #6507-6511, 6514-6516.

Contributor(s) to this page: 

Brent Mai

Irma Sabelfeld

Jorgelina Fischer

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Entry from the parish register of Sassanfahrt recording the birth of Johannes Rauh on 18 June 1735.
Source: Jorgelina Fischer.

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