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Michael Zilke, a farmer, and his wife Anna arrived from Danzig at the port of Oranienbaum on 4 May 1766 aboard a ship under the command of Skipper Jacob Janson.

Widower Michael Zilke, his son Christian, and Christian's family are recorded on the 1798 census of Hussenbach in Household No. Hs055 [mispublished as Zink in some sources].

The death of Michael Zilke in 1801 is recorded on the 1811 census of Hussenbach in Household No. 55.

Christian Zilke and his family are recorded on the 1834 census of Hussenbach in Household No. 261 along with the death of his only son Heinrich in 1823.

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


- 1811 Hussenbach Census (Household No. 55).
- 1834 Hussenbach Census (Household No. 261).
- 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): Hs055.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #39.

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Brent Mai

Volga Colonies