Erbes (Dönhof)

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Erbes (Dönhof)
Эрбесъ (Dönhof)
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The births of the following children of Peter & Julianna Erbes are recorded in the parish register of Mittel-Seeman: (1) Johann Heinrich, born 22 October 1744; (2) Elisabeth, born 22 August 1752; and (3) Juliana, born 7 July 1761.

Peter Erbes, a farmer, his wife Julianna, and children (Johann [Heinrich] & his wife Anna; Kaspar, age 18; Elisabeth, age 15; Johann Heinrich, age 8; Julianna, age 5) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 4 July 1766 aboard the ship Der Junge Mathias under the command of Skipper David Wollert.

The parents, Kaspar, and the younger Johann Heinrich died after arrival in Russia. The surviving children settled in the Volga German colony of Dönhof on 18 June 1767. [Johann] Heinrich Erbes, a farmer, his wife Anan Margaretha, their son Johann Heinrich (age ½), and his sisters (Elisabeth, age 16; Julianna, age 7) are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 77.

Johann Georg Erbes, son of Johann Michael Erbes, and his family moved from Dönhof to Dobrinka in 1834 and are recorded on the 1834 census of Dobrinka in Household No. 130.

Both the Oranienbaum passenger list and the 1767 census record that the Erbes family came from the German region of Stolberg.


- 1834 Dobrinka Census (Household No. 130).
- 1834 Dönhof Census (Household No. 194).
- 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): Dh082, Dh083, Dh086.
- Parish register of Mittel-Seeman.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 362.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #1893, #1894.

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