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Johann Martin & Anna Ottilia Schander have five known children, two of them baptized in the Evangelical Church of Rimbach, 43 kilometers south of Darmstadt: (1) Anna Catharina, born 8 January 1756, died 4 April 1756; and (2) Anna Catharina (again) baptized on 1 January 1758.

Johann Martin Schander and his family emigrated to Russia, departing from Lübeck by the English frigate Love & Unity with skipper Thomas Fairfax at the helm. They arrived at the Russian port of Oranienbaum on 12 September 1766.

Martin Schander, his wife Ottillia, and sons (Philip, age 21; Tobias, age 19; Conrad, age 17) are recorded on the list of colonists being transported from St. Petersburg to Saratov in 1767.

They arrived in the Volga German colony of Katharinenstadt on 3 August 1767, where they spent the first winter. They are recorded there on the 1767 Census in Households No. 28 & 29.

They resettled the following year to the colony of Basel where descendants are recorded on the 1798 Census in Households No. Bs01, Bs25, & Bs29.


- 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): Bs01, Bs25, & Bs29.
- Parish records of Rimbach (LDS Film No. 1340355).
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet 1764-1767 Band 1 (Goettingen: Der Göttinger Arbeitskreis; 1999): 328, 329.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical Universiy, 2010): 340.
- Rauschenbach, Georg. Deutsche Kolonisten auf dem Weg von St. Petersburg nach Saratow: Transportlisten von 1766-1767 (Moscow: G.V. Rauschenbach, 2017): #3240-3244.

Contributor(s) to this page: 

Corina Hirt

Brent Mai

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