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Christian Weichelt, a single farmer, arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 12 September 1766 aboard an English frigate under the command of Skipper Adam Beerfeier.

Christian Weigeld [sic] is recorded on the list of colonists being transported from St. Petersburg to Saratov in 1767.

He settled in the Volga German colony of Bettinger on 3 August 1767 and is recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 30.

Christian Weichelt and his family are recorded on the 1798 census of Orlovskaya in Household No. Or08.

Xavierius Weichelt, son of Christian Weichelt, and his family are recorded on the 1834 census of Orlovskaya in Household No. 20.

The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Christian Weigeld [sic] came from the German region of Bayreuth while the 1767 census records that he came from the German village of Braun.


- 1834 Orlovskaya Census (Household No. 20).
- 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): Or08.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 137.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #4573.
- Rauschenbach, Georg. Deutsche Kolonisten auf dem Weg von St. Petersburg nach Saratow: Transportlisten von 1766-1767 (Moscow: G.V. Rauschenbach, 2017): #4892.

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