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Karl Ernst [sic] Blass, his wife Maria, and daughter Anna (age 2) arrived from Lübeck on 15 September 1766 aboard the ship Der Junge Heinrich under the command of Skipper Heinrich Niemann. They settled in the Volga German colony of Katharinenstadt.

Widower Karl Erik [sic] Blass, a butcher (Fleischer), and his daughter Maria (age 9) are recorded on an appendix to the 1767 census of Nieder-Monjou in Household No. 118.

The widow of an unnamed Blass is recorded on the 1798 census of Katharinenstadt in Household No. Ka047.

On the 1798 census of Katharinenstadt, Maria's first husband is recorded as Ernst Wormsbecher, but it is believed that the "Ernst" belongs with her second husband, as the Wormsbecher husband's name was Jakob.

The 1767 census records that Karl Erik [sic] Blass came from the German region of Hessen.

There are no known surviving male lines of this Blass family among the Volga German colonies.


- 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): Ka047.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Der Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 224.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #7276.

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Volga Colonies