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Andreas Beßelt [sic] & Rosina [sic] Hemlimlin were married on 18 June 1766 in Roßlau.

Andreas Besseler and his wife Regina [sic] arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 12 September 1766 aboard a ship under the command of Skipper Heinrich Sager.

Andreas Bäsler and his wife Regina [sic] are recorded on the list of colonists being transported from St. Petersburg to Saratov in 1767.

They settled in the Volga German colony of Hölzel on 11 September 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 3.

The widow of Andreas Besseler is recorded on the 1798 census of Hölzel in Household No. Hz14.

Johann Besseler, presumed to be the son of Andreas Besseler, and his family are recorded on the 1798 census of Hölzel in Household No. Hz23.

The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Andreas Besseler was a farmer while the 1767 census records that he was a butcher (Fleischer).

The 1767 census records that Andreas Besseler came from the German village of Pettstadt in the Bamberg region.


- 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): Hz14, Hz23.
- Mai, Brent Alan and Dona Reeves-Marquardt, German Migration to the Russian Volga (1764-1767) (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 2003): #1023.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Der Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 110.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #6202.
- Rauschenbach, Georg. Deutsche Kolonisten auf dem Weg von St. Petersburg nach Saratow: Transportlisten von 1766-1767 (Moscow: G.V. Rauschenbach, 2017): #7759-7760.

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