Scharf (Norka)

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Scharf (Norka)
Шарфъ (Norka)
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Johannes Scharf and his wife Anna Elisabeth arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 9 August 1767 aboard the pink Slon under the command of Lieutenant Sergey Panov.

Anna Elisabeth died, and Johannes Scharf remarried to Anna Kraft, the widow of Kaspar Kraft. She, too, died and Johannes Scharf remarried to Elisabeth Margaretha [surname not recorded].

Johannes and Elisabeth Margaretha Scharf settled in the Volga German colony of Norka on 15 August 1767. They are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 71 along with his stepson by Anna Kraft (Johannes Kraft, age 3) and Elisabeth Margaretha's children from a previous marriage [surname not recorded]: Anna Margaretha (age 14), Elisabeth (age 8), Johann Peter (age 4).

Johannes Scharf, his wife Elisabeth Margaretha, and children (Heinrich, age 6; Johann Konrad, age 4; Sophia, age 1) are recorded on the 1775 census of Norka in Household No. 7 along with his stepson Johannes Kraft (age 12) and other [step-]children [surname not recorded] Anna Elisabeth (age 18) and Johann Peter (age 14).

In 1790, Johann Peter Scharf moved from Norka to Bangert. In 1792, Johann Heinrich Scharf left Norka.

By 1798, Heinrich Scharf from Norka is recorded living in Straub (Sr37).  Konrad Scharf of Norka is also recorded on the 1798 census as working in Kukkus.

Konrad Scharf is recorded on the 1811 census of Norka in Household No. 223 along with a note that he has moved to the colony of Neu-Straub.

Both the Oranienbaum passenger list and the 1767 census record that Johannes Scharf came from the German district of Isenburg.


- 1775 Norka Census (Household No. 7).
- 1811 Norka Census (Household No. 223).
- 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): Bg29, Nr222, Sr37, Mv1949, Mv1978.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 248.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #4023.


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Volga Colonies