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Wilhelm Kummersdorf [sic], a farmer, his wife Anna, and children (Mathias, age 20; Anna Maria, age 18) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 15 September 1766 aboard the snow-brig Die Frau Dietrika under the command of Skipper Joachim Friedrich Luhn.

They settled in the Volga German colony of Semenovka on 24 July 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 16 under the surname of Wanstendorf.

Son Mathias Gundersdorf [sic] is recorded on the 1798 census of Semenovka in Household No. Se64.

The 1767 census records that Wilhelm Wanstendorf came from the German village of Adenau in the Köln region.


- 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): Se64.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 181.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #6096.


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