Zahn (Biberstein-1)*

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Zahn (Biberstein-1)*
Цанъ (Biberstein-1)*
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Nikolaus Zahn, a farmer, his wife Johanna, and children (Johann [Michael], age 16; Anna [Margaretha], age 15; Anna [Elisabeth], age 11; Johann, age 5) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 15 September 1766 aboard a ship under the command of Skipper Franz Nikolaus Schröder.

Nicolaus Zahn, his wife Juliana, and children (Johann, age 16½; Anna Margaretha, age 15¼; Anna Elisabeth, age 11; Johann Peter, age 5½) are recorded on the list of colonists being transported from St. Petersburg to Saratov in 1767 along with a note that mother Juliana and son Johann Peter died en route.

They are recorded on an appendix to the 1767 census of Beauregard in Household No. 6 along with a note that they relocated to the Volga German colony of Biberstein in 1768.

The 1767 census records that Nikolaus Zahn came from the German village of Mirnas [?].

There are no known surviving male lines of this Zahn family among the Volga German colonies.


- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 195.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #6847.
- Rauschenbach, Georg. Deutsche Kolonisten auf dem Weg von St. Petersburg nach Saratow: Transportlisten von 1766-1767 (Moscow: G.V. Rauschenbach, 2017): #4220-4225.

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