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Discussion & Documentation: 

There are two Tenerkauf families (believed to be father & son) that settled in the Volga German colony of Kaneau on 7 June 1767. They both arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 4 July 1766 aboard the English frigate Love & Unity under the command of Skipper Thomas Fairfax.

(1) Johann Christian Tenerkauf, his wife, and two daughters arrived in Oranienbaum, but his wife and younger daughter died after arrival.  Widower Johann Christian (age 43) and daughter Johanna Sophia (age 17) are recorded on the 1767 census of Kaneau in Household No. 3.

(2) Johann Christian Tanerkauf (age 21) and his wife Maria arrived in Oranienbaum. They are recorded on the 1767 census of Kaneau in Household No. 4 along with a newborn son, Johann Gottlieb.

The Oranienbaum passenger list records that both of these families came from the German region of Dessau while the 1767 census records that they came from the German village of Quellendorf.


- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 244.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #1238, #1239.


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Pre-Volga Origin

Volga Colonies