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Wilhelm Grissel, his wife Anna, and children (Christoph, age 17; Wilhelm, age 12½) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 31 July 1766 aboard a Russian ship under the command of Lieutenant Ilyin.

Willhelm Krösel [sic], his wife Anna Maria, and sons (Christoph, age 17¼; Wilhelm, age 12¼) are recorded on the list of colonists being transported from St. Petersburg to Saratov in 1767.

They settled in the Volga German colony of Seelmann on 24 August 1767 where wife Anna died on 15 November 1767. The remainder of the family is recorded on the 1767 census of Seelmann in Household No. 82.

The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Wilhelm Grissel was a farmer while the 1767 census records that he was a mason (Maurer). The 1767 census records that Wilhelm Grissel came from the German village of Sohren in the Kurpfalz region.

This family does not appear to have any surviving male descendants among the Volga German colonies.


- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Der Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 164.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766 (Saratov: State Technical University, 2010): #2752.
- Rauschenbach, Georg. Deutsche Kolonisten auf dem Weg von St. Petersburg nach Saratow: Transportlisten von 1766-1767 (Moscow: G.V. Rauschenbach, 2017): #2745-2748.


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Brent Mai

Pre-Volga Origin

Volga Colonies