Benner (Walter)

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Benner (Walter)
Беннеръ (Walter)
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Discussion & Documentation: 

Several translation errors have created a difficult documented history for the Benner family that settled in Walter.

Konrad Benner, a farmer, and his family arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 15 September 1766 aboard the snow-brig Die Frau Dietrika under the command of Skipper Joachim Friedrich Luhn.

Konrad Benner's widow Magdalena and the surviving children settled in the Volga German colony of Walter on 25 August 1767.  They are recorded there (surname erroneously translated as Becker) on the 1767 Census of Walter in Household No. 44.

The descendants of this family also had their surname of Benner erroneously translated as Becker on the 1798 Census (Wt030, Wt066, Wt067).

The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Konrad Benner came from the German region of Hanau. The 1767 census records that Magdalena Benner came from the German village of Rossdorf.


- 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): Wt030, Wt066, Wt067.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 305.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #6059.

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