Will (Kraft)

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Will (Kraft)
Виль (Kraft)
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Discussion & Documentation: 

Friedrich Will, a farmer, his wife Anna, and daughter Anna (age 5) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 29 August 1766 aboard a ship under the command of Skipper John Scott.

He settled in the Volga German colony of Kraft on 18 August 1767 and is recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 4 along with his [new] wife Sophia.

The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Friedrich Will was a farmer while the 1767 census records that he was a potter (Töpfer).

The 1767 census records that Friedrich Will came from the German village of Eket [?] in the Friedburg 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): Kf30.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 394.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #3689.

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Volga Colonies