Kniess (Norka)

Spelling Variations: 
Kniss (Norka)
Knies (Norka)
Книсъ (Norka)
Kniess (Norka)
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Discussion & Documentation: 

Johann Georg Kniss, son of Johannes Kniss, and Maria Margaretha Franck, daughter of Johann Heinrich Franck of Radmühl, were married in Büdingen on 14 April 1763. Maria Margaretha was baptized on 20 October 1730 in Unterreichenbach. They had one child according to the Büdingen parish records: Sabina Henrietta, baptized on 26 February 1764.

Johann Georg Kniss and his family arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 9 August 1766 aboard the pink Slon under the command of Lieutenant Sergey Panov.

They settled in the Volga German colony of Norka on 15 August 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 81.

The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Georg Kniss was a farmer while the 1767 census records that he was a craftsman (Handwerker).

The 1798 translation errantly recorded the surname as Geiss (Nr073).


- 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): Nr073, Nr152.
- Parish records of Büdingen.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Der Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 250.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #4050.

Contributor(s) to this page: 

Maggie Hein

Brent Mai

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Entry in the parish register of Büdingen recording the baptism of Sabina Henrietta Kniss on 26 February 1764.
Source: Maggie Hein.

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