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Mathias [sic] Gareis & Anna Maria Wagner were married on 8 April 1766 in the Lutheran Church of Büdingen.

Joseph Gareis, a miller (Müller), and his wife Anna Maria Wagner arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 8 August 1766 aboard the pink Cargo under the command of Lieutenant Moses Davydov.

They settled in the Volga German colony of Köhler on 21 August 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 6.

Joseph Gareis and his family are recorded on the 1798 census of Köhler in Household No. Kl63.

The sons of Joseph Gareis are recorded on the 1834 census of Köhler in Households No. 69, 71, & 73.

The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Joseph Gareis came from the German region of Boehmen (Bohemia) while the 1767 census records that he came from the German village of Eger in Austria.


- 1834 Köhler Census (Households No. 69, 71, 73).
- 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): Kl63.
- Mai, Brent Alan and Dona Reeves-Marquardt, German Migration to the Russian Volga (1764-1767) (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 2003): #492.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Der Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 361.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #4121.

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