Mai (Kaneau)

Spelling Variations: 
Mai (Kaneau)
Май (Kaneau)
Settled in the Following Colonies: 
Discussion & Documentation: 

Gottfried Mai, a stonemason (Maurer), his wife Maria, and children (Gottfried, age 16; Johanna, age 12; Henrietta, age 9; Gertruda, age 6) 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.

They settled in the Volga German colony of Kaneau on 7 June 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 5.

The 1767 census records that Gottfried Mai came from the German village of Oranienbaum in the region of Dessau.


- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 244.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #1237.


Brent Mai

Pre-Volga Origin

Volga Colonies