Brühl (Pfeifer)*

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Brühl (Pfeifer)*
Brill (Pfeifer)*
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Nicolaus Brüel from Aufenau married on 12 January 1751 in Salmünster to Elisabeth Weiss from Salmünster.

Nikolaus Brühl, a farmer, and his wife Elisabeth arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 31 July 1766 aboard a Russian ship under the command of Lieutenant Samuel Gibbs.

They settled in the Volga German colony of Pfeifer on 15 June 1767 where Nikolaus is recorded as a single man on the 1767 census in Household No. 40.

The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Nikolaus Brühl came from the German village of Aufenau while the 1767 census records that he came from the German region of Freiburg.

[The Protestant records of Aufenau begin in 1754. The parish in Aufenau was a "Simultaneum" which means that it served both the Protestant and Catholic inhabitants of the village. Perhaps the Catholic register will record further information about this family.]

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


- Parish register of Salmünster.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 387.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #2884.

Contributor(s) to this page: 

Max Weinbinder

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Entry in the parish register of Salmünster recording the marriage of Nicolaus Brüel & Elisabeth Weiss on 12 January 1751.
Source: Max Weinbinder.

Pre-Volga Origin

Volga Colonies