Nikolaus Bontemps, a farmer, his wife Johannetta, and son Nikolaus (age 18) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 15 September 1766 aboard the galliot Adler under the command of Skipper Paul Adam Drath.
Nicolaus Bontems [sic], his wife Johanna [sic], and son Nicolaus (age 20) are recorded on the list of colonists being transported from St. Petersburg to Saratov in 1767 along with a note that father Nicolaus died en route.
Nikolaus [junior], his [newly-wed] wife Anna, and mother Johannetta are recorded on the 1767 census of Hölzel in Household No. 36. They had settled in Hölzel on 11 September 1767. Anna, the wife of Nikolaus [junior] is believed to be Anna Arnold, sister-in-law of Stephan Seelmann, who was traveling with them from St. Petersburg to Saratov.
In 1788, Nikolaus Bontemps and his family moved from Hölzel to Seelmann.
Katharina Bondang, widow of Nikolaus Bondang, her children by Nikolaus Bondang (Anna, age 19; Katharina, age 15; Margaretha, age 13; Johannes, age 11; Michael, age 9; Christoph, age 8; Susanna, age 6; Anna Maria, age 1), and Gerhard Bondang, the son of Nikolaus Bondang by his first wife, are recorded on the 1798 census of Seelmann in Household No. Sm17.
The death of Gerhard Bondang in 1801 is recorded on the 1811 census of Seelmann in Household No. 17.
Michael Bondang, son of Nikolaus Bondang, is recorded on the 1811 census of Seelmann in Household No. 17 along with a note that he relocated to the colony of Neu-Kolonie in 1809.
Michael Bondang, son of Nikolaus Bondang, from Rohleder is recorded on the 1811 census of Neu-Kolonie in Household No. 33 along with a note that he had arrived in Neu-Kolonie from Rohleder in 1809.
The 1767 census records that Nikolaus Bontemps came from the German village of Winsdorf in the Lothringen region.
Researcher Viktor Becker records that this family came from the German village of Filsdorf in the Moselle region of what today is in France.
- 1811 Neu-Kolonie Census (Household No. 33).
- 1811 Seelmann Census (Household No. 17)
- 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): Sm17, Mv0932.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 117.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #5972.
- Rauschenbach, Georg. Deutsche Kolonisten auf dem Weg von St. Petersburg nach Saratow: Transportlisten von 1766-1767 (Moscow: G.V. Rauschenbach, 2017): #7536-7538, 7593.