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Johann Schiffelmeier, a farmer, his wife Anna, and sons (Johann, age 9; Christoph age 5) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 12 September 1766 aboard the English frigate Love & Unity under the command of Skipper Thomas Fairfax.

Johannes Schiffelmeier, his wife Margaretha, and son Johann Daniel (age 8) are recorded on the list of colonists being transported from St. Petersburg to Saratov in 1767.

Johann Schiffelmeier, his wife Anna, and children (Johann, age 10; Anna, age 2-months) are recorded on the 1767 census of Kaneau in Household No. 7 along with a note that they relocated to the colony of Hockerberg in 1768. They had settled in Kaneau on 17 August 1767.

In 1786, Johann Daniel Schiffelmeier moved from Hockerberg to Basel.

Daniel Schiffelmeier and his family are recorded on the 1798 census of Basel in Household No. Bs25.

The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Johann Schiffelmeier came from the German region of Pfalz. The 1767 census records that he came from the German village of Bellheim.

There are no known surviving male lines of this 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): Bs25, Mv0884.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 245.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #5387.
- Rauschenbach, Georg. Deutsche Kolonisten auf dem Weg von St. Petersburg nach Saratow: Transportlisten von 1766-1767 (Moscow: G.V. Rauschenbach, 2017): #6890-6892.

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