Denk (Preuss)

Spelling Variations: 
Denk (Preuss)
Денкъ (Preuss)
Dink (Preuss)
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Discussion & Documentation: 

Hans Adam Dink, a farmer, his wife Maria Klara, and children (Hans Peter, age 20; Heinrich, age 15; Maria Katharina, age 10½; Johann Philipp, age 5; Johann Wilhelm, age 2½) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 15 June 1766 aboard the ship Die Vergelte Weintraube under the command of Skipper Anderson.

Widow Maria Klara Dink settled in the Volga German colony of Leitsinger on 12 May 1767 and is recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 81 along with a note that she is living in the household of Vorsteher (mayor) Philipp Leitsinger. The 1767 census does not record a relationship between the Dink and Leitsinger families.

Son Peter Dinkel [sic], a farmer, and his new wife Magdalena settled in the Volga German colony of Preuss on 12 May 1767. They are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 143.

The 1798 census of Preuss (Ps20) records that widow Magdalena Dinkel [sic] is working in Kamenka.

The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Hans Adam Dink was a farmer from the German region of Pfalz. The 1767 census records that Widow Dink's husband was a musician (Musikers) from the German village of Lange in the Kurtrier region. The 1767 census records that son Peter Dink came from the German village of Eppenbrunn in the Kurpfalz region.

Subsequent documents record this surname as Denk.


- 1834 Preuss Census (Households No. 29, 50, & 84).
- 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): Ps20, Ps39.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Der Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 77, 440.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #814.

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