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Johann Adolph Manweiler, son of Hans Manweiler, was baptized 5 August 1703 in Finkenbach-Gersweiler, northwest of Mannheim. He married on 25 April 1726 in nearby Meisenheim to Maria Elisabeth Schliechel. Among their children are (all baptized in Meisenheim): (1) Philipp, baptized 17 August 1732; (2) Johann Adam, baptized 5 July 1743; and (3) Maria Amelia, baptized 12 July 1746.

Adolph & his wife, along with their sons and son's families, immigrated to Schleswig-Holstein (Denmark) where they settled in Flensburg on 17 May 1762. They left Flensburg on 10 June 1763.

This family arrived in the colony of Messer on 7 July 1766. Adolph and Maria Elisabeth are recorded there in Household No. 11 on the 1767 Census, son Philipp and his family in Household No. 5, and son Adam and his family in Household No. 9. Daughter Maria Amelia and her husband (Simon Voigt, whom she married in route to Russia in Danzig on 2 June 1765) are recorded in Household No. 14.

There is also a Jacob Manweiler, age 19, recorded in Household No. 12, on the 1767 Census of Messer, but he is not found in the records of Meisenheim to be a son of Adolph & Maria Elisabeth. There is a Johann Jacob Manweiler of the right age, the son of Johann Nikolaus & Anna Margaretha Manweiler, who was baptized in Meisenheim on 12 July 1746. The relationship between this Johann Nikolaus Manweiler and Adolph Manweiler has yet to be established. They do not appear to be brothers.

Descendants of the Adolph Manweiler family are living in Franzosen by the time of the 1798 Census of the Volga German colonies.

Peter Manweiler from Messer and his family are recorded on the 1834 census of Franzosen in Household No. 40.

Friedrich Manweiler from Messer and his family are recorded on the 1834 census of Franzosen in Household No. 77.

Jakob Peter Manweiler from Franzosen and his family are recorded on the 1857 census of Rosenberg in Household No. 45.


- 1834 Franzosen Census (Households No. 17, 40, 69, 77, 103, 107).
- 1857 Rosenberg Census (Household No. 45).
- Eichhorn, Alexander. The immigration of German colonists to Denmark and their subsequent emigration to Russia in the years 1759-1766 (Deiningen, Germany: Steinmeier, 2012): 510-511.
- 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): Fz06, Ms50, Ms54, Ms56, Ms84, Mv1721.
- 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): #760.
- Parish records of Finkenbach-Gersweiler - LDS Film No. 193845.
- Parish records of Meisenheim - LDS Film No. 193979.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Der Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 132-134.
- Thode, Ernest. Palatine Migrations to Brandenburg and Pomerania (Penobscot Press, 2009): 29, 59, and 60.

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