Johann Adam Wenzel [sic], a farmer, his wife Maria, and daughter Maria Eva (age 17) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 4 July 1766 aboard the ship Die neue Freiheit von Bremen under the command of Skipper Steingraber.
Johann Adam Wetzel, a farmer, and his family settled in the Volga German colony of Husaren on 6 June 1767. He is recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 34 along with his wife Anna Maria and children (Maria Eva, age 18; Anna Maria, age 1).
Weigand and Johann Peter Wetzel, probably sons of Johann Adam Wetzel, are recorded on the 1798 census of Husaren in Household No. Hn30 with notes that Weigand is working in Pfeifer and Johann Peter is working in Volmer.
The death of Weigand Wetzel in 1818 is recorded on the 1834 census of Husaren in Household No. 88.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Johann Adam Wenzel [sic] came from the German region of Mainz. The 1767 census records that he came from the German village of Aschaffenburg.
- 1834 Husaren Census (Household No. 88).
- 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): Hn30.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 172.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #2050.