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Nikolai Bessi was born in approximately 1782. He served in Napoleon's army and fought against the Russians. He was captured by the Russians and was settled in the Volga German colony of Bettinger.

He is recorded on the 1834 Bettinger Census in Household No. 127.


- 1834 Census of Bettinger.
- Belousov, S.V. "Prisoners of war of Napoleon's army in the Volga region: the arrangement, content, relationships with the local population." Bulletin of the Samara State University, No. 1 (Samara, Russia: Samara State University, 2006): 48-55.
- Report to Count Nesselrode about all French subjects who became Russian citizens. State Archive of the Russian Federation (F.109, O.119, D.90).

Contributor(s) to this page: 

Brent Mai

Ivan Serov

Entry recording Nikolai Bessi on the 1834 Census of Bettinger.
Source: Brent Mai.

Volga Colonies