Spelling Variations: 
Krentz (Holstein)
Кренцъ (Holstein)
Гренцъ (Holstein)
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Discussion & Documentation: 

Johann Michael Grens [sic] & Maria Catharina Vogler, both from Reibach, were married on 19 April 1766 in the Lutheran Church of Büdingen.

Michael Grentz and his wife Maria arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 31 July 1766 aboard a Russian ship under the command of Lieutenant Samuel Gibbs.

They settled in the Volga German colony of Holstein on 7 July 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 36.

Michael Krentz [sic] and his family are recorded on the 1834 census of Franzosen in Household No. 70.

Georg Adam Krentz from Holstein and his family are recorded on the 1857 census of Oberdorf in Household No. 41.

The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Michael Grenz is a carpenter while the 1767 census records that he was a miller (Müller).

The 1767 census records that Michael Grenz came from the German village of Raibach near Darmstadt.


- 1834 Franzosen Census (Household No. 70).
- 1857 Oberdorf Census (Household No. 41).
- 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): Ho23.
- 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): #558.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Der Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 134.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #2845.

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Brent Mai

Entry from the Oranienbaum passenger list recording Michael Grentz and his wife.
Source: Brent Mai.

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