Ritter (Dehler)

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Ritter (Dehler)
Ритеръ (Dehler)
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Discussion & Documentation: 

The baptisms of two children to Rudolph & Anna Maria Ritter [also recorded as Reuter and Reider] are recorded in the parish register of Dermbach, each born in Unteralba: (1) Anna Maria, born 13 February 1754; and (2) Johann Justin, born 24 January 1757.

Anna Maria Ritter, wife of Rudolph Ritter, died 4 November 1761 in Unteralba. Widower Rudolph Ritter of Unteralba remarried on 7 January 1762 to Maria Magdalena Spiegel, daughter of Johann Georg & Anna Catharina Spiegel from Unteralba. She had been born 12 September 1747 in Unteralba.

The baptisms of two children to Rudolph Ritter and Maria Magdalena Spiegel is recorded in the parish register of Dermbach, each born in Unteralba: (1) Johann Georg, born 19 April 1763; and (2) Catharina Elisabeth, born 9 April 1765.

Rudolph Ritter and his family arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 8 August 1766 aboard a ship under the command of Skipper Johann Gottfried Seelender.

They settled in the Volga German colony of Dehler on 1 July 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 3.

The Oranienabaum passenger list records that Rudolph Ritter was a farmer while the 1767 census records that he was a tile maker (Fleisenleger).

The 1767 census records that Rudolph Ritter is from the German village of Unteralba in the Fulda area.


- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 268.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #3354.

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Max Weinbinder

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