Breit (Pfeifer)

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Breit (Pfeifer)
Брейтъ (Pfeifer)
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Discussion & Documentation: 

Johann Georg Breit, a farmer, his wife Katharina, and children (Sebastian, age 18; Franz Anton, age 13; Johann Thomas, age 10½; Katharina Elisabeth, age 7) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 13 September 1766 aboard the Russian galliot Citadel under the command of Midshipman Grigory Bukharin.

Johann Georg Breit, his wife Catharina, and children (Sebastian, age 20; Frantz Anthon, age 14; Johann Thomas, age 10; Catrina Elisabeth, age 8) are recorded on the list of colonists being transported from St. Petersburg to Saratov in 1767.

They settled in the Volga German colony of Pfeifer on 22 August 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 77.

The widow of son Sebastian [Anna Margaretha née Schwed] is recorded on the 1767 census of Pfeifer in Household No. 79.

The 1798 census of Pfeifer (Household No. Pf87) records that grandson Michael is living in Saratov and that grandson Franz is working in Brabander.

By 1798, the widow of Anton Breit and and their children are recorded in Semenovka in Household No. Se34.

The 1767 census records that Johann Georg Breit came from the German village of Michelstadt.


- 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): Pf56, Pf87, Se34.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Der Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 396.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #5226 (p.332).
- Rauschenbach, Georg. Deutsche Kolonisten auf dem Weg von St. Petersburg nach Saratow: Transportlisten von 1766-1767 (Moscow: G.V. Rauschenbach, 2017): #2700-2705.

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