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Johannes Brucher was born 26 February 1710 in Rimhorn, near Höchst im Odenwald. He, his wife Eva Maria, and their son Johann Jacob arrived in Russia on 13 September 1766. Both Johannes and Eva Maria died during the journey.

Johann Brücher, a farmer, his wife Eva Maria, and son Johann Jakob (age 11½) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 13 September 1766 aboard the galliot Die Perle under the command of Skipper Thomson.

Johannes Brücher, his wife Maria, and son Johann Jacob are recorded on the list of colonists being transported from St. Petersburg to Saratov in 1767 along with a note that both parents died en route.

Son Jacob Brücher arrived as an orphan in Frank on 1 September 1767. He is listed there on the 1767 census in Household No. 93 living with the Johann Nicolaus Olt family.

Jakob Brücher and his wife are recorded on the 1798 census of Frank in Household No. Fk001.

The death of Jakob Brücher in 1802 is recorded on the 1811 census of Frank in Household No. 1.

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


- Gieg, Ella. "Neue Erkenntnisse zur Auswanderung nach Russland 1766."
- 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): Fk001.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Der Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 434.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766 (Saratov: State Technical University, 2010): #6272.
- Rauschenbach, Georg. Deutsche Kolonisten auf dem Weg von St. Petersburg nach Saratow: Transportlisten von 1766-1767 (Moscow: G.V. Rauschenbach, 2017): #8266-8268.

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