There are two Brandau families that migrated to Russia from Rotenburg. There relationship to each other, if any, needs further research.
(1) Johann Heinrich Brandau, son of Georg Brandau, was born 5 December 1721 in Rotenburg an der Fulda.
Heinrich Brandau, a farmer, his wife Anna, and daughter Angel[ina] (age 16) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 31 July 1766 aboard a ship under the command of Lieutenant Samuel Gibbs.
Heinrich Brandau, a farmer, his wife Anna Elisabeth, and daughter Angelina (age 18) are recorded on the 1767 census of Moor in Household No. 65. They had settled there on 1 July 1767.
Angel[ina] Ernst née Brandau and her family are recorded on the 1798 census of Moor in Household No. Mo50 along with her widowed [step-]mother.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Heinrich Brandau came from the German district of Hessen while the 1767 census records that he came from the German district of Isenburg.
(2) Heinrich Brandau, a baker, his wife Anna, and sons (Johann [Christoph], age 16½; Johannes, age 13) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 10 August 1766 aboard a ship under the command of Skipper Nikolaus Peter Pink.
Henrich [sic] Brandau, his wife Anna Barbara, and sons (Christoph, age 16; Johann, age 13) are recorded on the list of colonists being transported from St. Petersburg to Saratov in 1767 along with a note that mother Anna Barbara died in route.
Father Heinrich must also have died shortly after arrival in the Volga region because only the boys are recorded on the 1767 census:
(1) Johann Christoph Brando [sic], age 16, is recorded on the 1767 census of Boisroux in Household No. 97.
(2) Johann Brando [sic], age 13, is recorded on the 1767 census of Boisroux in Household No. 46 along with the Johann Gottlieb Zose family. The 1767 census does not record a relationship between the Brando and Zose families.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Heinrich Brandau came from the German region of Hessen. The 1767 census records that Johann Christoph Brando came from the German village of Rothenberg.
There are no known surviving male lines of either of these Brandau families 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): Mo50.
- Parish register of Rotenburg an der Fulda.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Der Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 150, 162.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Der Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 172.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #2898, #4380.
- Rauschenbach, Georg. Deutsche Kolonisten auf dem Weg von St. Petersburg nach Saratow: Transportlisten von 1766-1767 (Moscow: G.V. Rauschenbach, 2017): #5935-5938.