von der Au (Luzern)

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von der Au (Luzern)
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Heinrich von der Au, his wife Gertruda, and children (Anna, age 12; Elisabeth, age 10; Nikolaus, age 7; Johann, age 4; Adam, age 3) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 12 September 1766 aboard an English frigate under the command of Skipper Adam Beerfeier.

Heinrich von der Au, his wife Gertraut, and children (Anna Maria, age 12; Elisabeth, age 10¼, Johann, age 4) are recorded on a list of colonists being transported from Oranienbaum to Saratov along with a note that the father Heinrich died en route.

Gertrude remarried to Jakob Völker who was traveling with them on the journey from Oranienbaum to Saratov. They and the von der Au children are recorded on a list of Beauregard recruits that accompanied the 1767 census of the Volga German Colonies in Household No. 83.

They eventually lived in the Volga German colonies of Susannental and Luzern.

In 1789, Johannes von der Au moved from Luzern to Schönchen.

In 1789, Johann von der Au moved from Schönchen to Wittmann.

Son Johannes von der Au from Schönchen is recorded on the 1798 census of Wittmann in Household No. Wm24.

Daughter Anna Maria von der Au from Susannental is recorded on the 1798 census of Schönchen in Household No. Sn34.

According to the University of Marburg database HESAUS, this Heinrich von der Au family came from Altenhof, an area of Fulda.


- HESAUS (University of - 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): Sn34, Wm24, Mv1615, Mv2612.
- Mai, Brent Alan, trans. & ed.  Transport of the Volga Germans from Oranienbaum to the Colonies on the Volga: 1766-1767 (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1998): 4771-4775.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 365.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766 (Saratov: State Technical University, 2010): #4527.
- Rauschenbach, Georg. Deutsche Kolonisten auf dem Weg von St. Petersburg nach Saratow: Transportlisten von 1766-1767 (Moscow: G.V. Rauschenbach, 2017): #5740-5744.

Contributor(s) to this page: 

Bill Pickelhaupt

Brent Mai

Pre-Volga Origin

Volga Colonies