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Johann [Jakob] Weilmünster, his wife Anna, and children (Johann, age 6; Philipp, age 4; Paul, age 1½) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 25 August 1766 aboard the ship Apollo under the command of Skipper Detlov Merberg.

They settled in the Volga German colony of Grimm and are recorded on the 1767 census there in Household No. 47 [repeated again in Household No. 61].

Jakob Weilmeister, his wife Margaretha, and son Wilhelm Ludwig (age 7½) are recorded on the 1775 census of Grimm in Household No. 124.

The death of Wilhelm Weilmeister is recorded in 1833 on the 1834 census of Grimm (Household No. 134). This surname among the Volga German colonies appears to have died out with him at that time.

The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Johann Weilmünster was a carpenter while the 1767 census records that he was a craftsman (Handwerker).

Both the Oranienbaum passenger list and the 1767 census record that Johann Jakob Weilmünster came from the German region of Isenburg.


- 1775 Grimm Census (Household No. 124).
- 1834 Grimm Census (Household No. 134).
- 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): Gm098.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 79, 81.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #5006.

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