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Friedrich Zanner, a single farmer, arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 8 August 1766.

It appears that he married Elisabeth, the widow of Alexander Morbius who had been on the same ship, and then died himself.  Elisabeth appears to have remarried to Michael Zimmermann who was also on the same ship.

Michael & Elisabeth Zimmermann are recorded on the 1767 census of Seelmann in Household No. 24 along with Elisabeth's two sons (Georg & Christoph) from her first marriage to Alexander Morbius - although they are mistakenly recorded with the surname of Zanner. These boys are recorded on the 1798 census of Seelmann in Households No. Sm19 & Sm48 as Georg & Christoph Morbius.

The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Friedrich Zanner came from the German region of Bayreuth.

There do not appear to be any actual surviving male descendants of Friedrich Zanner.


- 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): Sm19, Sm48.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 154.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #3037, #3042, #3052.

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