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Johannes Buxbaum, son of Georg Heinrich Buxbaum (3 June 1695-16 May 1776) and Maria Dorothea Maÿ (2 July 1718-27 Feb 1761), was born 27 April 1743 in Sprachbrücken. He decided to immigrate to Russia, and while in Büdingen where families were gathering before they departed for Russia he married Maria Elisabeth Meier. Their marriage is recorded in the parish register of Büdingen: "Johannes Buchsbaum from Sprachbrücken & Maria Eliesabetha Meÿer from Reicheim [Reichelsheim] married on 25 April 1766." His two Maÿ cousins from Sprachbrücken were also married there on the same day.

Johannes and his new bride 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 Holstein on 7 July 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 Census in Household No. 38.

The Oranienbaum passenger list records Johannes Buksbaum [sic] as a farmer from the German region of Darmstadt.


- Kohl, Gunnar and Helmut Ramge. Familienbuch Spachbrücken (Darmstadt: Deutsche Ortssippenbücher, 2001): 51.
- 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): Ho34, Ho35.
- Mai, Brent Alan & Dona Reeves-Marquardt. German Migration to the Russian Volga (1764-1767): Origins and Destinations (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 2003): #585.
- Parish records of Spachbrücken (LDS Film No. 1190550).
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 135.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #2853.


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