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Johann Bonzalt [sic], a stonemason, his wife Katharina, brother Peter (age 16¼), and mother Anna arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 19 September 1766 aboard a ship under the command of Skipper Johann Hermann Anderson.

Johann Pensack [sic], his wife Catharina, brother Peter (age 16), and mother Anna Mar. are recorded on the list of colonists being transported from St. Petersburg to Saratov in 1767.

Johannes Bensak, a farmer, and his wife Katharina are recorded on the 1767 census of Semenovka in Household No. 18 along with orphan Peter Haspert (age 16) [who may be the same Peter recorded earlier as the brother of Johannes Bensak], son of the deceased Georg Haspert. They had settled there on 24 July 1767. The 1767 census does not record a relationship between the Bensak and Haspert families.

The widow and son of Johannes Bensack are recorded on the 1798 census of Semenovka in Household No. Se14.

Ignatius Bensak from Kamenka and his family are recorded on the 1857 census of Marienfeld.

The 1767 census records that Johannes Bensak came from the German village of Michelbach in the Kurmainz region.


- 1857 Marienfeld Census.
- 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): Se14.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 182.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766 (Saratov: State Technical University, 2010): #6568.
- Rauschenbach, Georg. Deutsche Kolonisten auf dem Weg von St. Petersburg nach Saratow: Transportlisten von 1766-1767 (Moscow: G.V. Rauschenbach, 2017): #7465-7468.

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