Ruhl (Kraft)

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Ruhl (Kraft)
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Discussion & Documentation: 

There are two Ruhl households recorded on the 1767 census of the Volga German colony of Kraft. Their relationship to each other is not recorded on the 1767 census.

(1) Andreas Ruhl, a farmer, and his wife Anna arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 29 August 1766 aboard a ship under the command of Skipper Johann Skott. Andreas settled in the Kraft on 18 August 1767 and is recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 10 along with his new wife Anna Maria and her siblings (Sophia [Lotz], age 13; Johann Konrad [Lotz], age 8).

The Büdingen marriage register records marriage of Johann Andreas Ruhl from Langenschwartz & Anna Maria Lotz from Langenschwartz on 14 May 1766.

(2) Sebastian Ruhl, a farmer, his wife Anna, daughter Elisabeth (age 18), and father Johann arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 29 August 1766 aboard a ship under the command of Skipper Johann Skott. They settled in Kraft on 18 August 1767 and Widow Anna Maria is recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 71.

The Oranienbaum passenger list and the 1767 census both record that these Ruhl families came from the German region of Alsfeld.

Sources: 

- 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): Kf35, Kf53.
- Mai, Brent Alan and Dona Reeves-Marquardt. German Migration to the Russian Volga (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 2003): #648.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 396, 411.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #3644.

Researcher(s): 

Brent Mai

Pre-Volga Origin

Volga Colonies