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Widow Magdalena Drinak and her two sons (Johannes & Michael) arrived from Rewal at the port of Oranienbaum on 30 May 1766 aboard the pink Novaya Dvinka under the command of Lieutenant Ivan Perepechin.

The boys settled in the Volga German colony of Göbel on 25 May 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Households No. 73 (Johannes) and 2 (Michael).  Michael is living with the Nikolaus Stamm family. No relationship between the Stamm and Drinak families is recorded on the 1767 census.

In 1792, Michael Drinak and his family moved from Husaren to Göbel.

The 1767 census records that the Drinak family came from the German village of Orb in the Kurmainz region.


- 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): Gb48, Mv1039.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 38, 58.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #497.


Brent Mai

Pre-Volga Origin

Volga Colonies