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Leonhard Vitois and his family (including his mother-in-law, Gertrude Busch) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 15 September 1766 aboard the galliot Adler under the command of Skipper Paul Adam Drath.

They settled in the Volga German colony of Hölzel on 11 September 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 52.

The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Leonhard Vitois was a farmer while the 1767 census records that he was a mason (Maurer).

The 1767 census records that Leonhard Vitois came from the German village of Fell in the Trier region.


- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 121.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #5975.


Brent Mai

Pre-Volga Origin

Volga Colonies