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Johann[es] Ditter, a cobbler, his wife Maria and children (Gertraude, age 4; Johann [Philipp], age 2) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 13 September 1766 aboard a ship under the command of Skipper Johann Grapp.

They settled in the Volga German colony of Frank in 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 56.

The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Johann Ditter is a cobbler from the German region of Solm. The 1767 census records that he is a farmer from the German village of Feinstein in the region of Solms.

A translation of the 1767 census (as well as the Oranienbaum passenger list) records this surname as Dietrich, but subsequent censuses consistently record the Johann Philipp and his descendants with the surname of Ditter.


- 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): Fk063.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 427.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #5937.


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