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Thomas Schöneberg, a farmer, his wife Margaretha, and children (Elisabeth, age 3; Johann, age 1) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 12 September 1766 aboard an English frigate under the command of Skipper Adam Beerfeier.

Thomas Schöneberg, a blacksmith (Schmied), his wife Katharina Hirsch, and stepchildren (Katharina Hirsch, age 12; Andreas Hirsch, age 10) are recorded on an appendix to the 1767 census of Beauregard in Household No. 58.

The movement tables that accompany the 1798 census of Boisroux record that, in 1772, Thomas Schöneberg "escaped."

The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Thomas Schöneberg came from the German village of Bergen. The 1767 census records that he came from the German village of Plettenberg.


- 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): Mv0278.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Der Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 208.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #4506.


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