Jäkel (Biberstein)

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Jäkel (Biberstein)
Екель (Biberstein)
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Valentin Jeckel [sic] & Barbara Rolmann were married on 11 April 1766 in the Lutheran Cathedral (Evangelische Kirche Dom) in Lübeck.

Dietrich Jäkel, a farmer, his wife Anna, and children (Johann [Valentin], age 22; Georg, age 20; Maria, age 17½; Maria [again], age 13; Elisabeth, age 11] arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 12 September 1766 aboard an English frigate under the command of Skipper Adam Beerfeier.

Joh. Ditrich [sic] Jeckel [sic], his wife Anna Maria, and children (Joh. Valentin, age 22; Johann Georg, age 20; Maria Catharina, age 17¼; Anna Maria, age 13; Elisabetha, age 11) are recorded on a list of colonists being transported from St. Petersburg to Saratov in 1767 along with a note that both mother & daughter Anna Maria died in route.

Widower Valentin Jäkel, a farmer, and his sister Elisabeth (age 14) settled in the Volga German colony of Ernestinendorf on 3 August 1767. They are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 43 along with a note that they relocated to the colony of Biberstein in 1768.

The movement tables of the 1798 census record that Valentin Jäkel and his family moved from Ernestinendorf to Biberstein in 1769.

The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Dietrich Jäkel came from the German region of Hessen. The 1767 census records that Valentin Eckel [sic] came from the German village of Heimbach.


- 1857 Rosendamm Census (Households No. 21, 23).
- 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): Bb31, Mv0555.
- 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): #133.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Der Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 406.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766 (Saratov: State Technical University, 2010): #4692.
- Rauschenbach, Georg. Deutsche Kolonisten auf dem Weg von St. Petersburg nach Saratow: Transportlisten von 1766-1767 (Moscow: G.V. Rauschenbach, 2017): #3297-3303.

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Volga Colonies