Schwab (Kraft)

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Schwab (Kraft)
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Discussion & Documentation: 

There are two Schwab families that arrived together from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 9 August 1766 aboard the pink Slon under the command of Lieutenant Sergey Panov. They both settled in the Volga German colony of Kraft on 18 August 1767. Their relationship to each other is not recorded, but they are assumed to be father/son.

(1) Johannes Schwab, a farmer, and his wife Edelheist are recorded on the 1767 census of Kraft in Household No. 37 along with a note that they relocated to the colony of Dönhof in 1768.

(2) Peter Schwab, a farmer, and his wife Katharina are recorded on the 1767 census of Kraft in Household No. 54. In 1797, Johann Georg Schwab moved from Kraft to Galka.

The Oranienbaum passenger list records that both Johann[es] and Peter Schwab came from the German region of Darmstadt. The 1767 census records that Johannes Schwab came from the German village of Fauerbach in the Darmstadt region and that Peter Schwab came from the German village of Villbach? [Fauerbach perhaps] in the Darmstadt region.

Sources: 

- 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): Gk12, Kf03, Mv1797.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 403, 407.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #4062, #4063.

Researcher(s): 

Brent Mai

Pre-Volga Origin

Volga Colonies