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Johann Jürgen Nickelsen & Maria Elisabeth Preiss were married 28 May 1766 in St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Lübeck.

Heinrich [sic] Nickelsen and his wife Anna [sic] arrived at the port of Oranienbaum from Lübeck on 4 July 1766 aboard the English frigate Love and Unity under the command of Skipper Thomas Fairfax.

Georg Nickelsen, his wife Maria Elisabet., and daughter Elisabet. Friderica [sic] (age 8-days) are recorded on the list of colonists being transported from St. Petersburg to Saratov in 1767.

Georg Nickelson, a Prussian soldier (preußischer Soldat), his wife Elisabeth, and daughter Maria (age 9-months) are recorded on the 1767 census of Orlovskaya in Household No. 61. They had settled there on 7 June 1767.

In 1768, Georg Nickelsen and his wife were exiled from Orlovskaya.

The 1767 census records that Georg Nickelson came from the German region of Wittenberg.

There are no known surviving male lines of this family among the Volga German colonies.


- 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): Mv2117.
- Mai, Brent Alan, trans. & ed. Transport of the Volga Germans from Oranienbaum to the Colonies on the Volga: 1766-1767 (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1998): #5708-5709.
- 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): #69.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Der Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 324.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766 (Saratov: State Technical University, 2010): #1498.
- Rauschenbach, Georg. Deutsche Kolonisten auf dem Weg von St. Petersburg nach Saratow: Transportlisten von 1766-1767 (Moscow: G.V. Rauschenbach, 2017): #0876-0878.

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