Friedrich Tautfest, a farmer, arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 31 July 1766 aboard a Russian packet-boat under the command of Lieutenant Korsakov.
Along the way, he married Susanna Wetzel, widow of Johann Simon Becker. She did not survive the journey to the colonies. Friedrich settled in the Volga German colony of Dietel on 1 July 1767. He is recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 25 along with his new wife Sybilla and two step-sons from Susanna: Georg Adam Becker (age 10) & Heinrich Adam Becker (age 6).
In 1792, Friedrich Tautfest moved from Dietel to Hussenbach.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Friedrich Tautfest came from the German regioni of the Pfalz. The 1767 census records that he came from the German village of Schornsheim in the Kurpfalz region.
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