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Johannes Bisthumer, son of Andreas & Elisabeth Bisthumer, was baptized 3 August 1732 in Mernes.

Johannes Bistümer from Oberndorf married on 29 July 1760 in Salmünster to Christina Ruppel from Romsthal. The marriage register records that Johannes had been raised in the village of Ahl.

The children of Johannes & Christina are: (1) Johann Balthasar, baptized 25 April 1761 in Wahlert; and (2) Johannes, baptized 20 November 1763 in Marborn.

Johann Bisheimer, a farmer, his wife Christina, and sons (Johann Balthasar, age 5; Johann, age 3) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 9 August 1766 aboard the pink Novaya Dvinka under the command of Lieutenant Perepechin.

They settled in the Volga German colony of Köhler on 21 August 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 50.

The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Johann Bisheimer came from Austria. The 1767 census records that Johann Bisheimer came from the German region of Orb.

This surname has a variety of spellings in the German records: Bistümer, Bisthümer, Bisthumer, Bisthemer, Bistemer, Pistumer.


- 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): Kl52, Kl85.
- Parish register of Salmünster.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Der Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 371.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #3851.

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Max Weinbinder

Brent Mai

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Baptismal record of Johannes Bisheimer on 3 August 1732.
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Marriage record of Johannes Bisheimer & Christina Ruppel on 29 July 1760.
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Baptismal record of Johann Balthasar Bisheimer on 25 April 1761.
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Baptismal record of Johannes Bisheimer on 20 November 1763.
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