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Johann Franz Wase, his wife Anna Catharina, and children (Alexander [Castelli], age 19; Christoph [Castelli], age 16; Heinrich, age 11; Carolus, age 9; Eva, age 6) are recorded on the list of colonists being transported from St. Petersburg to Saratov in 1767.

Franz Wens [sic], a stocking maker (Strumpfwirker), his wife Katharina, children (Heinrich, age 11; Karl, age 7; Eva, age 5), and stepsons [surname Castelli] (Alexander, age 22; Christoph, age 17) are recorded on the list of Beauregard recruits that is attached to the 1767 census of the Volga German colonies in Household No. 109.

In 1780, Karl Waas moved from Ober-Monjou to Katharinenstadt. Karl Waas from Ober-Monjou and his family are recorded on the 1798 census of Katharinenstadt in Household No. Ka075.

The death of Karl Waas in 1833 is recorded on the 1834 census of Katharinenstadt in Household No. 224.

The 1767 census records that Franz Wens [sic] came from the German village of Oberelbert in the Darmstadt region.

There are no known surviving male lines of this family among the Volga German colonies.


- 1834 Katharinenstadt Census (Household No. 224).
- 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): Ka075, Mv2055.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 370.
- Rauschenbach, Georg. Deutsche Kolonisten auf dem Weg von St. Petersburg nach Saratow: Transportlisten von 1766-1767 (Moscow: G.V. Rauschenbach, 2017): #6994-7000.

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Pre-Volga Origin

Volga Colonies