Ritz (Semenovka)*

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Ritz (Semenovka)*
Рицъ (Semenovka)*
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Anna Katharina Ritz, a single woman, arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 13 September 1766 aboard the galliot Die Perle under the command of Skipper Thomson.

Anna Katharina Ritz is recorded on the list of colonists being transported from St. Petersburg to Saratov in 1767 along with Kaspar Schwab.

Kaspar Schwab, a farmer, and his wife Katharina [Ritz] are recorded on the 1767 census of Semenovka in Household No. 30. They had settled in Semenovka on 24 July 1767.

Kaspar Schwab, his wife Katharina Ritz, and their family are recorded on the 1798 census of Semenovka in Household No. Se07.

The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Anna Katharina Ritz came from the German region of Fulda.

There are no known surviving male lines of this Ritz family among the Volga German colonies.


- 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): Se07.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 185.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #6291.
- Rauschenbach, Georg. Deutsche Kolonisten auf dem Weg von St. Petersburg nach Saratow: Transportlisten von 1766-1767 (Moscow: G.V. Rauschenbach, 2017): #8561.

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