Fei / Fey (Zürich)

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Fei / Fey (Zürich)
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Discussion & Documentation: 

There are two Fey families that arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 15 September 1766 aboard a ship under the command of Skipper Hans Karholm. Their relationship to each other is not recorded on the 1767 census.

(1) Philipp Peter Fey and his wife Philippina arrived in Oranienbaum, but the 1767 census records Peter on a list of Beauregard recruits (No.22) along with his new wife Maria and orphan, Philipp Jakob Schlarf. No relationship between the Fey and Schlarf families is recorded on the 1767 census.

(2) Jakob Fey, his wife Barbara, and children (Susanna, age 16; Philipp, age 11; Charlotta, age 8) arrived in Oranienbaum. It is believed that the children are actually Barbara's by a previous marriage and that their surname should be Schlarf - Philipp being the Philipp Jakob Schlarf that is later recorded living with Philipp Peter Fey. Jakob remarried to Francisca, the widow of Ernst Wiegandt, but she also died. Jakob then married Charlotte with whom he is recorded on the 1767 census on a list of Bearuregard recruits (No. 23) along with the surviving children of Ernst Wiegandt.

The 1767 census records that Philipp Peter Fei came from the German village of Weißenhasel. The 1767 census records that Jakob Fei came from the German village of Meine.

Sources: 

- 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): Zr50.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 353, 354.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #7047, #7048, #7068.

Researcher(s): 

Brent Mai

Pre-Volga Origin

Volga Colonies