Gertke / Hartke

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Christian Hartke, a single man, arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 4 July 1766 aboard the English frigate Love & Unity under the command of Skipper Thomas Fairfax.

Christian Hartje [sic] is recorded on the list of colonists being transported from St. Petersburg to Saratov in 1767.

He settled in the Volga German colony of Orlovskaya on 7 June 1767 and is recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 90.

Andreas Gertke, son of the deceased Christian Gertke, and his family are recorded on the 1798 census of Orlovskaya in Household No. Or36.

The death of Andreas Gertke in 1832 is recorded on the 1834 census of Orlovskaya in Household No. 66.

The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Christian Hartke was a cooper while the 1767 census records that he was a religious art painter (Heiligenbildmaler).

Both the Oranienbaum passenger list and the 1767 census record that Christian Hartke came from the German region of Magdeburg.

This surname has also been translated as Hardt and Herget in various documents.


- 1834 Orlovskaya Census (Household No. 66).
- 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): Or36.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Der Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 330.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #1326.
- Rauschenbach, Georg. Deutsche Kolonisten auf dem Weg von St. Petersburg nach Saratow: Transportlisten von 1766-1767 (Moscow: G.V. Rauschenbach, 2017): #0651.

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