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Karl Spelten [sic] was born in approximately 1795 in France. He served in Napoleon's army and fought against the Russians. He was captured by the Russians, and in 1812, was settled in the Volga German colony of Seelmann.

Karl Spendel is recorded there on the 1834 Census of Seelmann in Household No. 19, on the 1850 Census of Seelmann in Household No. 26, and on the 1857 Census of Seelmann in Household No. 35.


- 1834 Seelmann Census (Household No. 19).
- 1850 Seelmann Census (Household No. 26).
- 1857 Seelmann Census (Household No. 35).
- Belousov, S.V. "Prisoners of war of Napoleon's army in the Volga region: the arrangement, content, relationships with the local population." Bulletin of the Samara State University, No. 1 (Samara, Russia: Samara State University, 2006): 48-55.

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Volga Colonies