Schlager (Dietel / Merkel)
There were two Schlager families travelling together from Germany to Russia. They are believed to be mother and son.
Widow Anna Schlager and her children Margaretha (age 18) and Johann [Kaspar] (age 15), along with Anna's sister's son Johann (age 9) [surname not recorded] are recorded on the Oranienbaum passenger list next to Konrad Schlager, a farmer, and his wife Magdalena. They arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 13 September 1766 aboard a ship under the command of Skipper Johann Grapp.
Conrad Schlager and his wife Magdalena along with widow Maria Schlager and her children (Margretha, age 18; Johann Caspar, age 17; Johann Adam, age 8) are recorded on the list of colonists being transported from St. Petersburg to Saratov in 1767.
Anna's son [Johann] Kaspar is recorded on the 1798 census in the Volga German colony of Merkel in Household No. Mr18. Konrad & Magdalena are recorded on the 1798 Census in the neighboring colony of Dietel in Household No. Dt77.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Konrad Schlager came from the German region of the Pfalz.
- 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): Dt77, Dt78, Mr18.
- Pleve, Igor. List of Colonists to Russia in 1766 "Reports by Ivan Kulberg" (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #5919, #5920 [numbered 6919 & 6920 on the original document].
- Rauschenbach, Georg. Deutsche Kolonisten auf dem Weg von St. Petersburg nach Saratow: Transportlisten von 1766-1767 (Moscow: G.V. Rauschenbach, 2017): #6322-6327.
Entries from the Oranienbaum passenger list compiled by Kuhlberg recording the Schlager families.
Source: Maria Flekler Laufer.